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Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • It's in "one of the best locations in Oxford for exploring the university quarter on foot", says The Daily Telegraph
  • The hotel has an Italian restaurant by Marco Pierre White
  • Set in a 17th-century building, it is steeped in history
  • Literary greats JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are famously connected with the hotel


Located opposite the beautiful Grade II-listed Examination Schools building, and just a stone's throw from Magdalen College, the Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel is a perfect base from which to explore Oxford's historic centre. There are numerous bars and eateries in the area, and the River Cherwell and meadows -- think picnics and punting -- are just five minutes away, as is The University of Oxford Botanic Garden. Christ Church, with its magnificent quad and picturesque bell tower designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Set in a 17th-centrury building, the Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel was once a coaching inn and is steeped in history. Literary greats JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are famously connected with the hotel, and it is said that an ancient tunnel beneath the building leads to Magdalen College.

Fast forward to the present day and you'll find that the hotel is now home to Marco's New York Italian restaurant. The menu at this eatery by Marco Pierre White features dishes such as antipasto misto, penne New York meatballs, and an Italian burger with mozzarella and crispy prosciutto.

Interiors are influenced by the hotel's surroundings -- artwork depicts local scenes and there are bicycle-inspired design touches. Upgrade to a Privilege Room for more space and extra features including Nespresso coffee machines. Deluxe suites also have king-sized beds and separate lounge areas.

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  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets not allowed

Additional details:

Know Before You Go

  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between GBP 10 and GBP 20 per person (approximately)
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Cash not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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