Updated: December 2017

Reviews: Best Oxford Hotels

If you are planning on going to London, then taking a sidetrip up to Oxford is certainly worth considering. Oxford is only about 50 miles northwest of downtown London and is easily accessible by train if you don't have a rental car. A few years back I rented a car with a friend near Heathrow Airport and we drove through Oxford on our way up to see famed Blenheim Palace which is just a few miles up the road near the town of Woodstock. We stopped into Oxford for the night and walked throughout the town to see all the different colleges and historic buildings that exist here. Hotels in Oxford are definitely cheaper than those you find in downtown London, but they are by no means cheap by American standards. The good news is that most are within walking distance of the quaint city center of Oxford so you don't need to get a taxi or hop on a bus in order to see all the shops, restaurants, and colleges in this historic city.

In order to get an idea of what each hotel offers and read reviews on each, we went to the very reliable website called TripAdvisor.com. They rate hotels in different cities around the world based on user feedback and comments. The Burlington House Hotel is listed as the most popular hotel in Oxford at around $160 (US) a night. This old victorian house/hotel is 5 star rated and it offers up 12 exquisite rooms to choose from. The hotel is a short bus ride from the main city center of Oxford, but guests say it's worth the effort since the Burlington House Hotel is worth it. They do have king size ensuite rooms as well as queen, double, and single rooms. All prices include VAT and breakfast. A good 4 Star guest accommodation is the Remont Hotel in Oxford which is a modern, yet contemporary place to stay. Rates are around $150/night but include a complimentary breakfast and there is free parking if you have a rental car. UPDATE MARCH 2009 - On a recent trip to Oxford I stayed at Remont Oxford Hotel and had a nice 1 night stay. The family run guest house turned hotel is just outside of town on Banbury Road. I took the bus into town with my wife and toured the city and then stopped off at a restaurant on the way home. The staff was friendly and helpful with tips on restaurants and local pubs to visit. The Old Bank Hotel is a 3 star boutique hotel near the city center of Oxford and within walking distance to all the famous colleges. The hotel offers up 42 luxury bedrooms which start at $185 British Pounds per night and breakfast is extra. Lastly, the Malmaison Oxford Castle is the perfect luxury hotel for honeymooners wanting a stylish hotel with well appointed suites and rooms. Room rates average around $370 US, but the location is superb for enjoying the city center of Oxford. If hotels aren't your thing, then consider the 4 Star Guest House Red Mullions which is just outside of town and is a "best find" on several websites including TripAdvisor. You can view details of this guest house in Oxford at Redmullions.co.uk. Plan on booking in advance depending on time of year and if you will have a car as many hotels we checked with have limited parking available. Also, several of the hotel websites offered last minute deals on rooms, so always check a few weeks before you depart to see if any "internet specials" are offered. Oxford is a beautiful stop on any trip and well worth at least 1 day and 1 night exploring the town and all its history.

Most Popular Oxford, England Hotels

  • Remont Oxford Hotel - Excellent location a few miles from the city centre. The buses run all day long so it's quick and easy to jump on and off to get into town. The standard rooms are a bit small but the superior rooms were large and spacious. Room rate includes continental breakfast which was delicious.
  • Victoria House Hotel - Great rates ($140/night) and excellent location make this a top spot to stay in the University City. Within walking distance to most attractions, the rooms are spacious and clean. Room rate includes continental breakfast and VAT.
  • Royal Oxford Hotel - Another luxury hotel with rates starting at around $200/night that include breakfast. Recommend for business or leisure travelers. Near train and bus stations and a 2 minute walk to city center.
  • Old Parsonage Hotel - Situated between the Keble and Somerville Colleges. Privately owned luxury hotel has 30 rooms to choose from. They have double, deluxe, and junior suites available with rates starting at $170 (GBP).
  • The Randolph Hotel - 5 Star hotel in Oxford opposite the Ashmolean Museum in town. Has 151 en-suite bedrooms and parking is charged per night. The MacDonald Randolph Hotel has rates starting at $132 GBP for a double.
  • Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel - Historic city center is less than 1/2 mile away. 4 star hotel in Oxford with over 160 luxury bedrooms and suites. Rates start at $100 GBP and go up.
  • The Old Bank Hotel - Probably the best Oxford boutique hotel around. Rooms aren't cheap ($185+ GBP) and breakfast is not included in the regular rates but guests continue to rate this superb old hotel as one of the "best" in Oxford. Be sure to check out Quod Brasserie when at the hotel for food and drink.
  • Best Western Linton Lodge Hotel - This is an old Edwardian house that has been converted to a hotel. Located 1 mile from the heart of Oxford city center room rates are between $100 and $130 GBP. Free parking and wifi access.
  • Marlborough House Hotel - On the outskirts of Oxford, the hotel features 17 bedrooms. Full English breakfast included in rates that are very reasonable compared to some of the other hotels. $69 to $120 GBP per night.

Oxford, England Vacation Tips, Recommendations, and Advice: Suggestions for a better Trip!:

Whether you take the train from London or rent a car and drive to Oxford, it really is a great place to visit if you are traveling throughout England and want some history. Oxford is only about 55 miles from London and an easy drive once you get into the country. The town is small enough that you can walk to the University of Oxford and all its colleges (38 of them) without a problem. The university is the oldest in the English speaking world and is unparalled in academics. Things to see are the Christ Church Cathedral, Sheldonian Theatre, Tom Tower, Radcliffe Camera, and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. If you have time for lunch consider places like Cafe Rouge, The Big Bang for bangers and mash, Tootsies, and the Living Room (great bar). Many of these places are listed on the Oxford City guide website located online HERE. Blenheim Palace is a must see if you are in the area. I have been back several times and it still amazes me. I took the tour of the main palace and walked the parklike grounds (2100 acres). It was once home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and is famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The palace is gorgeous, the gardens are amazing, and it's all just 8 miles from Oxford in a town called Woodstock. Check it the palace out on the web at Blenheimpalace.com.