I stayed at Merifield for one week last summer and it was a great experience! The price was not expensive (approximately £25.00) per night and the flats were kept in immaculate condition. Although used as a graduate residence during the school term, it opens its doors to visitors during the summer months.
The flat I was in contained six rooms and two bathrooms with a very large kitchen/communal area. The flats are modern and well managed by a friendly site manager. It is located in Summertown, a little away from the centre of town up the Banbury Road, but a stone's throw away from shops, restaurants and other conveniences. It's the perfect place if you are on a budget and planning a stay of a few days or more.
I stayed here for 1 night and was very satisfied with the accommodation and service. I was warmly welcomed and shown to a very pleasant room with tv and tea/coffee making facilities.
I paid 50 pounds for a double ensuite room. Which is very reasonable for Oxford!
The location is good. Oxford historic centre is approx 25 minutes walk away. Or if you're feeling a bit lazy (like me) the bus stop is approx 30 secs away! The buses are very regular and take 5-10mins to get to the centre.
Breakfast was excellant, a good choice including cereals and full english etc. They also have honey from their own bees!
I would definately recomend this friendly family run B&B to anyone visiting Oxford.
BREAKFAST! The English breakfast was great. There was lots of it and it was very tasty! They also do other stuff but the fry up was more than enough for me.
Also, it's a very good location for exploring the city.
During most of my 3 week journey, my home was at regent's Park College. I stayed in a spacious dorm room of double occupancy. If you find yourself looking into studying here or be fortunate to be invited to stay as a guest especially during the summer as I, accomodations will be likely wonderful. I stayed in "The Jamaican Room" The dark wood interior of shelving is perfect for a student with a bevy of books to go through the scholastic year. Housekeeping came every other day on weekdays and met good standard of quality. Laundry facilities are available. It costs about 4 pounds to wash and dry and detergent is provided. Internet access is provided near the campus library.
very secure system of entry, excellent cafeteria service
Brasenose was incredible! Our scout Gordon cleaned our rooms and bathrooms daily, and the food served in the dining hall was actually pretty good. However, if you prefer wheat toast, don't forget to ask for toast with whole grains.
The lawns in the courtyards are my favorite part of the college, and they are so much fun the lounge on with a book or after a late night at the pubs.
If you're coming during the summer holidays, when school is not in term, try staying at a college! A few colleges, like St. Hilda's or St. Anne's, offer rooms in college for visitors to Oxford. You can stay anywhere from a few nights to a few months. Depending on the college and which accomodation they offer, you'll typically a single ensuite / washbasin only room, although St. Anne's offers a few doubles. Most rooms comes with internet access and daily housekeeping, though this varies from college to college. A great way to get an Oxford experience, in my opinion!
Prices will run anywhere from 20-70 pounds, usually paid upon arrival. E-mail the colleges individually for more information. The Oxford website is http://www.ox.ac.uk and you can find a list of Oxford colleges there.
This is the old Oxford Prison. Actually, the prison has been closed for years now.
The front part that looks like a small castle, which was the administration building at one time and was one of the council offices too.
We actually know someone who went for a stay in oxford prison on the night before the last execution was ever done there, this person had to walk underneath the room where they used to hang people... Scary huh?!
I always said that his would make a cool hotel and believe this or not? I have found a website and found out that the city council have turned Oxford prison into an Hotel!.... Honest!
They must have read my bloody Oxford tips on here?!!
Also, Oxford Prison was used in the remake of 'The mean machine' with Vinnie Jones.
But I had always thought ....... Wouldn't it make a cool Hotel for VTer's eh! But when it was still a prison!
Just give the guests/inmates bread and water for their breakfast and supper.
You would have to be strip searched before you were allowed to your 'cell'.
You are only allowed one shower a week!
You'd only be allowed out sightseeing for one hour a day.
Lights out at ten pm.
With no chance of Internet access!
So ladies and gentleman, you just know how luxurious your stay with us will be! hahaha ;-)
The Mount Pleasant Hotel is a family-run stop-over located on London Road in Headington, just around 2.5miles out of Oxfords historical city centre.
I stayed with friends for a night, during a weekend music festival, and found the hotel very comfortable, and the staff (i remember a very friendly and chatty old lady) very hospitable and welcoming.
This non-smoking, 2star** establishment (though it should be higher!) has 8 bedrooms, en-suite facilities, and all the norms, with a hairdryer, ironing board, kettle, TV, telephone etc. as standard.
You can get a traditional (and delicious) full english breakfast before you check out in the morning, which sets you up perfect for the day ahead.........
Its good qualities are its simple, down-to-earth approach, with a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere, and a useful location. (NOTE: To stay nearer the centre would cost much more).
Also, if you ask nicely, one of the owners does not mind waking up to let you in, if you are late back..... which is priceless!! Particularly as the gig finished after midnight!!
Single bed/breakfast (pppn) can cost between £45 and £65 depending on the time of the year.
Or for a cheaper alternative, you can share a room with two others, and only pay £30 each for a night (£90 for the room).
In the summer of 1988, I was in Oxford for two weeks while I did research at the Bodleian Library. An acquaintance of mine in London, Geoffrey Throckmorton-Hayes, was an "old boy" of Christ Church, and made arrangements for me to stay in the College's guest lodgings at 88 St. Aldates, across the street from Tom Quad. My room was simple and modern, with private toilet, though the shower was down the hall. I was fortunate to have dining privileges in the remarkable Collegiate Hall. Sitting in this great oak dining chamber, with the fine portraits of authors and statesmen staring down at me, was a memorable experience for this naive but imaginative student from Kansas.
I don't know if the Tara Guest House is still open, but I occasionally stayed here when visiting Oxford in the 1990s. It was a little more expensive than some other Oxford B & B's, but was well worth it because of its unbeatable location in the middle of the colleges, as well as its charming and historic atmosphere.
I've put down the last phone number I had for Tara - I most recently stayed there in 1996.
Used by many visiting scholars over the decade, Tara felt like an academic hall with its own hallowed traditions.
If I could live anywhere in Oxford, this house would be near the top of my list. It's in a great location, adjacent to the Botanic gardens, overlooking Christ Church, Merton fields and the river.
The independent hostle accross the street from the train station. I haven't actually stayed here but its one of the 'chain' of independent hostles accross England & Scotland. Most of which I've had VERY pleasant stays!
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful
Latest Oxford hotel reviews