Malmaison Oxford Castle

3 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY, England

Fodor’s Expert Review

Housed in what was a 19th-century prison, this high-concept boutique hotel remains true to its unusual history by showing off the original metal doors and exposed-brick walls. In the main guest wing, past the chic reception area, it is unmistakingly an old prison, albeit a stylishly lit one. Truth be told, this does take some getting used to; you half expect guests to bang their spoons on the white metal railings if breakfast isn't served on time. But fear not, the accommodations in the old cell block are quite luxurious and have modern bathrooms. There are more bedrooms located in converted outbuildings on the other side of the old exercise yard (ominously called "The House of Correction"). These are smaller and a little plainer, although still modern and perfectly pleasant.

PROS

  • modern luxury in a beautifully converted building
  • unique setting
  • great bar and restaurant

CONS

  • no matter how comfortable they make it, the prison ambience can still be weird
  • expensive parking
  • no elevator and lots of stairs

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Trendy
Sophisticated
Central
Design

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01865-689944

HOTEL DETAILS

95 rooms

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