Old Bank

‘Standards remain reassuringly high’ at Jeremy Mogford’s ‘well-run’, ‘very pleasant’ hotel, in a ‘perfect’ location steps from the Bodleian Library. More

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Old Bank
92–94 High Street
01865 799599
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Hotel information


42. 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, residents’ library/bar, bar, dining terrace, 2 meeting/private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, small garden.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] 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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Old Bank
92–94 High Street

Guest comments

'An excellent hotel in a perfect position in a lovely city; it isn't cheap. WE had a lovely, spacious and quiet room at the back. Public space is limited so we were disappointed that the library was out of commission. Dinner was generally good, and there was good choice at breakfast. The staff, nearly all foreign were very pleasant and helpful ' - John Gibbon - April, 2016
'The outstanding feature of the hotel was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The restaurant was frantically busy (and indeed the service was understandably slow) but our waitress still maintained a smile. Our room was comfortable and quiet - beds very good. We liked the original art both there and through the hotel. Breakfast was very good. ' - Robert Cooper - June, 2015
'Standards remain reassuringly high. Alas, prices are even higher than on my earlier visits. There have been a number of enhancements to the offering, such as a guided tour included in the price. Service was very good. I was identified as a returning customer when I checked in. A nice young man from guest services ran backwards and forwards to my table while I was having my dinner as he tried to see well enough to put a new battery in my pedometer. The food in Quod is passable rather than wonderful. The restaurant is rather noisy at night. Far more agreeable at an early breakfast. The highlight of the breakfast is without doubt the Ferme des Peupliers yogurts. The bed and room temperature were very comfortable and the bedlinen was the softest and most luxurious feeling I have encountered for a long while. I liked the quality snacks offered in the mini bar at fairly sensible prices. I also enjoyed having two big bottles of water provided every day at no extra charge. A well-run, very pleasant hotel. ' - Sara Hollowell - March, 2015
'We were very well looked after. Someone came to mend a faulty bedside light as soon as we reported it; we were given an extra bottle of still mineral water for free when we tried to buy one; when our morning papers went missing they were instantly replaced. The room was compact but very serviceable, with the usual delightful view of the High, St Mary's and All Souls to the fore. Breakfast was good and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We feel it is expensive, but the do what they do very well. ' - David Grant - March, 2014

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Tourist attractions

  • Botanic Gardens

    A national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant.

  • Magdalen Bridge

    A bridge across the River Cherwell, which students have traditionally jumped off on May Day.

  • Radcliffe Camera

    The main reading room of the Bodleian Library, completed in 1749.