Old Bank Hotel

92-94 High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4BN, United Kingdom

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    Single £150.00
    Standard double/twin £165.00
    Deluxe double/twin £205.00
    Superior deluxe double/twin £240.00
    Junior Suite £270.00
    Elizabethan Suite £325.00

    Rates are effective from 1st January 2005, inclusive of Value Added Tax and exclusive of breakfast.

    English Breakfast £14.00
    Continental Breakfast £10.00

    Unique Quality: The Old Bank Hotel, a hotel of timeless luxury, sets the standard for modern, comfortable and stylish accommodation in Oxford. Located on the High St, the Old Bank was the first hotel to be created in the centre of Oxford for 135 years and offers the best of both the historic old city and the modern, vibrant social scene.

    With exceptional levels of personal service, contemporary style and elegance as the basis of an Old Bank experience, prepare to be greeted with a new and fresh hotel experience. Most of the 42 rooms were created with spectacular views for guests to enjoy Oxford's famous skyline of towers and spires. Characterising every room are clever and original combinations of linen bed covers trimmed with velvet and shantung silk harmonised with all the latest mod-cons and a dazzling collection of 20th Century British art.

    Lying at the heart of the hotel is the perennially popular Quod Restaurant and Bar. Vibrant and energetic from Monday to Sunday, the restaurant is contemporarily designed with stone floors, an oval zinc-topped bar and leather banquette seating. Offering fresh Italian style dishes from breakfast onwards, the emphasis is on good quality seasonal produce, and an excellent atmosphere

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The best hotel that we have stayed at.

by TripAdvisor Member jarci84

This should be a five star hotel, the staff are amazing and very helpful. The location is fantastic, which is a must if you are coming to Oxford for either leisure or business. The hotel itself speaks for itself, the rooms are divine and very comfortable with the best views of Oxford in Oxford.

If you are to come to Oxford, there is no other place to stay.

One Bank where you feel you get more out than you put in!

by A TripAdvisor Member

I recently had the pleasure of spending a leisurely long weekend at this fantastic hotel situated right in the heart of the dreamy spires of Oxford. I am not one to normally post reviews on sites like this, but I have to confess this was the most delicious hotel stay I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
From its location, nestled in between some of the oldest colleges in Oxford and the fantastic art decorating its walls, to the discreet attentiveness of the staff and the fantastic restaurant facilities found next door at Quod or at the Old Bank's sister hotel The Old Parsonage, I could find no fault.
Popping out for a stroll in the afternoon you return to your room to find your sheets turned down and chocolates on your bed, talk about feeling pampered!
To stay in Oxford and not stay here is a crime, so don't be wicked, treat yourself to a little piece of heaven.

A modern hotel in a traditional setting

by A TripAdvisor Member

The Old Bank is a small and intimate delight in a stunning location. We were very well treated by the staff and enjoyed the lively sense of humour of the head porter. The room was small but cosy and well insulated from the sound of the traffic.
The hotel is close to the shops but far enough away to remain exclusive and part of the traditional Oxford. It's surrounded by many of the oldest colleges which is really what this town is all about. Alas our stay was during the winter but I gather that punts can be hired close by.

Oxford city break

by TripAdvisor Member BaddyPurt

Stayed here a month back over a weekend and whilst the room was ok, we had to move after dinner on the Friday night due to noise.The restaurant is franchised and a cattle market, full of trendy noisy Oxford types although the food and service was OK.Although we've been to far worse city hotels I might look elsewhere next time.

A very pleasant place to stay

by TripAdvisor Member JMJAE

We stayed over the Bank Holiday weekend and were very pleased on the whole with the hotel. We chose it because of its location right in the heart of the city. Words cannot describe the beautiful buildings and the whole place is awe inspiring-a must for tourists from home and abroad. It was very busy on the Saturday but empty on Sunday-a better day for sightseeing. Do not miss the tour on the open top bus (£9.50 per person for all day hop on and off)

The hotel is listed as a 4* and I think it deserves it. There is a large free carpark at the back for guests and we never used the car all weekend. The reception is very smart and welcoming. We booked standard rooms overlooking the courtyard. In future we would book rooms on the High Street in summer as the courtyard can get very noisy on warm nights because the restaurant/wine bar opens out on to it. Make sure to ask for the largest standard as they are different sizes.
The room was adequate, smart, clean and well appointed.

We had booked dinner at Quod,the hotel restaurant, but on arrival decided it was not for us(over 60)-too noisy and lively so we walked down the High Street to a Thai Restaurant. There are plenty of places to eat and The Turf Tavern is not to be missed.

We asked if there was a quieter bar to sit in and were shown to a cosy but comfortable Residents bar where we spent quite a bit of time both in the evening and the following morning and never saw anyone else in it.

The only negative point was that I think the price for the room should include breakfast, which is extra.

We will be going again and would definitely stay here. Oxford is a very smart, lively city and I think The Old Bank Hotel complements it.

Could improve

by TripAdvisor Member frenchandparisian

Spent 2 nights here for May Day week-end, as a celebration for my partner 40th birthday. I had booked the Elizabethan Suite, supposed to be the best there, with a special deal of 2nd night 50% down.
Great location in town. In the middle of all colleges, and shopping area, with a free car park at the back, which does come handy since parking -and driving- is a nightmrish experience in Oxford. 2 nice buidings. Suite at the top of the oldest one. Two windows over the main street at the front, with nice views, not outstanding, but nice.
Suite is kinda romantic, and consists in a small foyer, with a view of a -charming- narrow street, and vast main room. Bathroom not big but nicely appointed, with separate shower stall. Nice works of art on the wall (eventhough I would take them home). Sofas, desk. But something they just don't know is style, and making it for the price : nothing special in the room, apart from bottled water. No flower, no wine. A tag on every single artifact in the room "if you want to purchase this item ...". Got the message. Even the big size Molton Brown bottles of shampoo (additional to normal toiletries) carried one of those ! Big, old bulky TV could be upgraded to a flat screen ! Comes with a DVD, and a notice stating that DVD are available from concierge for £2.50 !!! Never heard of that before.
Breakfast is average. Rip off on monday, where buffet had disappeared, and everything was priced separately (something I realised with the check).

Other reviews on the upkeep is true. Carpet in the corridors is in desperate need of replacement, and in the suite, it did needed some shampoo.

Concierge was nice and efficient. Other service was definitely student-style, and a problem to me, foreign : they just don't have a clue about anything outside the hotel.

Excellent Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member concetta2

The Old Bank is an excellent hotel with an impressive restaurant/bar attached. You can't beat the central location on the High Street. I would recommend it to anyone staying in Oxford for business or pleasure. Rooms are immaculate and stylish. Bathrooms are luxurious. All staff (hotel and restaurant) is eager to please and super polite. Overall one of the best English hotels I've ever experienced.

Great location, comfortable room

by TripAdvisor Member honeymoonNZ

We stayed for two nights and very much enjoyed the hotel. Our room was one of the larger standard ones, with an enormous bed (if a bit too soft for my partner's taste), and very quiet. We were up in the eaves meaning the room had beams but the bathroom suffered a little, in that the sloping ceiling came down to waist level and we had to clamber round the shower screen to get in. Plenty of hot water though!

Breakfast is expensive but there are lots of coffee bars and other places nearby so we didn't bother with hotel breakfast. Reception staff friendly and helpful, car parking a great bonus in the centre of Oxford. We'd definitely come again.

Great Hotel, but with a few minor issues...

by TripAdvisor Member Aria00

I stayed at the Old Bank hotel for two days during June 2006. The first impressions are a stylish modern hotel in the heart of Oxford, luxurious bedrooms (ask for 239) with a king size bed, lounge area, walk in wardrobe with hairdryer, large bathroom with double shower and bathroom – great views over the terrace bar/restaurant and university.

The reception staffs are an asset to the hotel, polite, professional and swift with dealing with requests however other staffs including chefs, waiting staff have a more laid back approach and this can mean waiting hours/mins for drinks etc.

The hotel consists of waiting staff looking busy rather than dealing with the task in hand.

I wouldn’t recommend booking the venue for conferences as the rooms available (Red and Garden) are simple not up to scratch for more than 5 people at a time. The old bank should stick with advertising private dining rather than conference booking for 15 people maximum.

However if you are staying at the hotel to capture the beauty of Oxford the hotel fits the bill for a central location, clean, polite staff, good free parking facilities and good size rooms.

Avoid over price breakfast, lunch and dinner at this hotel and head into Old Castle Street for good food at a reasonable price.

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From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by LIsaanne

Well well, Lis, you're late as usual

I'm leaving here(Copenhagen) on Thurs morning first thing and flying to heathrow I'm taking a bus to Oxford. From bus station I need to navigate myself to The Old Bank Hotel. Can anybody help me?

Should I take a cab? Or can I walk?? I won't have much luggage and enjoy walking..

Any suggestions appreciated!



RE: From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by aaaarrgh

Oxford is a small city so it should not be difficult to walk. And the Old Bank Hotel has an excellent website with a good map of Oxford! I'm not sure how a taxi would get there, because many of the main streets in between are for pedestrians and buses only.

Basically walk up George Street, turn right past the 'Martyrs Monument' into Cornmarket Street (pedestrianised) and, at Carfax Tower, turn left into High Street. If you are adventurous, a scenic route would be to walk through the Market.

RE: RE: From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by besbel

Walking is the best option. The taxi cabs outside Gloucester Green, the bus station, may charge you around 5 pounds (depends on the taximeter) for a ride to your hotel. And you'll see that everybody walks with their luggage to their lodgings, so you'd probably have some company :)
Good luck!
Flor de Maria

RE: From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by leics

Walk........you'll enjoy it and it will be easy to find your way (there are street-map signs around the city too). Will take about ten minutes to walk to the High Street. Might be raining though, so be prepared!

RE: RE: From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by LIsaanne

Hey guys, thanks for your answers.. I think that I'll walk it then, I checked the website as suggested and they do have a really good map..

And please cross your fingers for me that there will be no rain!

thanks again,

RE: RE: From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by leics

Doubt if that will help much.......it's March!

RE: RE: From bus station to The Old Bank Hotel

by Spincat

I agree with the others - you should be able to walk it in about 15 minutes and you'll get a better idea of the city that way. I've been doing a lot of walking from oxford station these days...

The area immediately around the station is a bit depressing (perfectly safe, just not that attractive). It gets (much) better very quickly.


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Address: 92-94 High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4BN, United Kingdom