The Best Boutique Hotels in Oxford, UK

Oxford has beautiful architecture, a fascinating history, culture, great food and independent shops
Oxford has beautiful architecture, a fascinating history, culture, great food and independent shops | Courtesy of Old Parsonage Hotel / Expedia
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20 October 2020

Oxford is the perfect city for a weekend away. With beautiful architecture, a fascinating history, culture, great food and independent shops, it’s got it all. Make your stay extra special by checking into one of these stunning boutique hotels – you may be tempted to extend your trip by one more night.

Old Parsonage Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Garden Hotel
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With its cool country-house charm, the Old Parsonage is the kind of place you never want to leave. Managing to balance a friendly home-from-home vibe with seriously luxurious surroundings, it makes the perfect bolthole for a weekend in Oxford. The 35 individually designed bedrooms and suites with their handmade beds and grand marble bathrooms are a quirky mix of old and new. Drag yourself away (if you can) to enjoy afternoon tea in the tranquil walled garden, or curl up with a book in the cosy library. You can even borrow one of the hotel’s vintage bicycles to explore Oxford in the traditional way.

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Vanbrugh House Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Welcome to one of Oxford’s best kept secrets. The Vanbrugh House Hotel is a little haven of peace, perfect for escaping after a packed day of sightseeing. This intimate boutique hotel has 22 bedrooms, each with their own style and character. Whether you opt for the traditional Georgian room or the beautiful Art and Crafts room, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking to splash out, book into the Vicarage suite or the Nicholas Hawksmoor room, both of which boast their own city garden and terrace area. This is your own private hideaway to enjoy a glass of wine and truly relax.

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Old Bank Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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If you’re looking for the ultimate in five-star luxury, check into Old Bank Hotel. With an unbeatable city-centre location, many of the hotel’s 42 stunning rooms boast spectacular views of Oxford. The bedrooms are a masterclass in modern design, with the walls covered in eclectic, contemporary artwork from the owner’s private collection. If you’re feeling weary after a day walking around the city, indulge in one of the in-room spa and beauty treatments on offer, before heading to the cool on-site restaurant, Quod, for cocktails and dinner.

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Malmaison Oxford

Boutique Hotel
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A converted prison might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you imagine a luxury boutique hotel, but Malmaison Oxford, located in the Oxford Castle Quarter, is one of the coolest places to stay in the city. Each of the 95 rooms and suites is bursting with character, not to mention outfitted with the comfiest beds you could wish for, an indulgent drench shower and a packed minibar. Grab a spot at the bustling Brasserie and kick back with a cocktail or two in the stylish neon-lit bar for a taste of Oxford’s nightlife.

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The Head of the River

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Inn
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Set on the banks of the River Thames just moments from the city centre, the Head of the River is more than just a pub with rooms. Newly refurbished, the 20 bespoke bedrooms are stylish, cool and modern – think exposed brickwork, bold furnishings and luxe bathrooms – with many boasting river views. The kitchen offers some of the best pub food in Oxford, perfect for refuelling after exploring the city. Finish off with a few drinks at the riverside bar and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend.

These recommendations were updated on October 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.