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

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

'A very pleasant meal in the outside courtyard at QuodGood, friendly service and cooking which was appetizing, without being sensational. ' - Robert Gower - June, 2017
'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. Service was very good. The food in Quod is passable rather than wonderful. The restaurant is rather noisy at night. Far more agreeable at an early breakfast. The bed and room temperature were very comfortable, and the bedlinen was the most luxurious feeling I have encountered for a long while. Quality snacks in the mini bar at fairly sensible prices. A well-run, very pleasant hotel. ' - Sara Hollowell - March, 2015

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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.