42. 1 suitable for disabled.
lift, residents’ library/bar, bar, dining terrace, 2 meeting/private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, small garden.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 room £175–£355. Breakfast (full English) £15, (continental) £13.50, à la carte £35 (plus 12½% discretionary service charge).
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Standards remain reassuringly high’ at Jeremy Mogford’s ‘well-run’, ‘very pleasant’ hotel, in a ‘perfect’ location steps from the Bodleian Library. (‘Alas, prices are even higher – my one gripe.’) 2016 saw extensive refurbishment: public areas have been refreshed; a sleek bar in white onyx now serves snacks and classic cocktails; the well-planted garden terrace has been extended for even more alfresco diners. The ‘outstanding feature’? ‘The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.’ Choose among smart bedrooms varying in size and aspect: front rooms have the best views, rear ones are quietest. All have flowers, bottled water, bathrobes, ‘heavenly’ toiletries. ‘Our room was lovely, spacious, with a well-appointed bathroom.’ The modern art divides opinion: one guest this year found the collection ‘odd’; another ‘liked it all’. Food is served all day in the popular restaurant: perhaps ‘well-cooked’ steaks at dinner; ‘good choice’, including ‘enjoyable’ buttermilk blueberry pancakes, at breakfast. ‘The restaurant was frantically busy, but our waitress maintained a smile.’ (Sara Hollowell, Elspeth and John Gibbon, Robert Cooper)
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