Getting to the Old Bank by private car is a bit of a challenge because of certain street closures during daylight hours, but well worth the likely misstep on first try to find the hotel's private parking. The hotel staff of many ethnicities all go out of their way to serve their guests. Both public areas and sleeping quarters are filled with original art. The outdoor dining area at the rear of the property is charming. The location of the hotel on High Street is unequaled for sightseeing by foot. Free 24 hour self-serve espresso or tea in the "library" is a real treat. One of the nicest amenities of the hotel is the 90 minute free tour of the immediate area by a knowledgable "resident" tour guide.
We were aware of the difficulties facing the hotel due to a fire quite recently. However I was disappointed with the size of our room (classic double), it was very dark & needed a bit of tlc - deep clean & lick of paint. My main moan would have to be the mattress - it had seen better days & you ended up both in the middle of it whether you wanted to or not! We experienced workmen walking by our room on the scaffolding on the 2nd floor - again no fault of the hotel but a bit of an odd experience! On the whole we found the staff ok but were expecting to be asked on checkout if our stay had been satisfactory - just informed of the total & that was it. We treated ourselves to a stay here to celebrate our Silver Wedding anniversary but were on the whole underwhelmed.
The hotel is very convenient for the motorway travellers, and for public transport into Oxford, where car parking is at a premium. There is ampule secure car parking in the hotel grounds. The hotel is spacious with very caring staff. The spar and swimming pool are a welcome relaxing experience after a days shopping and sight seeing in Oxford.
Spent a week in Oxford for business. The Old Parsonage was a terrific find. The hotel was recently renovated, with stylish and comfortable rooms. The restaurant is cozy and the food is excellent. To top it off, the hotel has a remarkable collection of paintings.
The unique location is well worth a visit, interesting and historic, but with all mod Cons.
The location is perfect for exploring Oxford, staff were friendly and helpful.
Breakfast was plentiful and nicely presented. Rooms are comfortable , bathroom very good.
Worth a visit if you can get a bargain deal, but otherwise a little over priced.
The dreaming spires of Oxford have inspired poets, musicians and novelists. Home to Inspector Morse and the world famous university, it also has a rich industrial heritage. The Ashmolean Museum is one of the finest in the country, Cowley Road is lined with cool pubs, and punting on the Isis is great fun, but most visitors are content just to wander the cobbled streets and soak up the grandeur.
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