The Randolph Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • It is situated opposite the Ashmolean Museum in central Oxford 
  • Leisure facilities include a mini gym & a spa 
  • There's an elegant restaurant & a wood-panelled bar, which has featured in episodes of "Inspector Morse" & "Lewis" 
  • Afternoon tea in the Drawing Room is something of an Oxford institution


The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is set in an imposing Victorian Gothic building on the corner of Magdalen and Beaumont Street in central Oxford. The hotel opened in 1866 and has seen its fair share of visiting celebrities and dignitaries. It's particularly well known for its connection to the television series "Inspector Morse" and its spin-off series "Lewis", scenes of which were filmed at the hotel. The wood-panelled Morse Bar, which will be recognisable to fans of the show, has even been named in honour of the Chief Inspector.

With its central location, the hotel is a good bet for those who want to explore the city on foot. It's opposite the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, which houses diverse collections of artefacts and artworks spanning the centuries from 8000BC to the present day. The New Theatre is just a 3-minute walk from the hotel, and there are plenty of pubs and eateries nearby.

The hotel's own restaurant, the high-ceilinged Acanthus, offers fine dining and an a la carte menu of classic British dishes which use high-quality ingredients such as fine Scottish beef and British lamb. Afternoon tea at the Macdonald Randolph has been served at the hotel since it first opened, and is considered something of an Oxford institution. It is served in the elegant Drawing Room.

The hotel's spa offers a range of Elemis treatments and has a Jacuzzi, an ice fountain, steam rooms, saunas and a mini gym. There is a £15 per-guest charge to use the spa and the gym.

The classically decorated rooms feature all the facilities you would expect of a 5-star city-centre hotel. Executive rooms, are more spacious than the Classic rooms, and have extra features such as Nespresso coffee machines and seating areas. For special occasions, consider a Four-Poster room or a spacious suite.

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  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


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


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 3:30pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No rollaway/extra beds available. No cribs (infant beds) available

Pets: Only dogs are allowed. Pets allowed (no fees)

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details:

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are required for spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 21.50 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: GBP 40.00 per night

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

Cash not accepted. Debit cards not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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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