Top 15 Cool and Unique Hotels in Oxford 2023

Known for its world-famous prestigious university, its beautiful historic architecture, its incredible collections of books, the iconic “Dreaming Spires”, centuries-old markets, cycle-friendly streets and for providing a backdrop for mesmerising scenes from Harry Potter, Oxford is one of the most-loved – and elegant – cities in England.

To make your city break even more magical find somewhere extra-special to stay. From chic boutiques and historic accommodations to modern riverside establishments and luxury B&Bs, here are my favourite cool and unique hotels in Oxford, England (in no particular order)

Best For Unique Stay

Malmaison Oxford

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The Malmaison invents a unique, one-of-its-kind staycation setting with a former prison renovated into elegantly appointed luxury accommodations.

This upscale Oxford hotel was once a prison, and now the jail cells have been converted into spacious guest rooms decked with indulgently comfortable beds, finely crafted furniture and spa-like bathrooms.

Guests can explore 95 beautifully designed bedrooms and suites, depending on their housing needs and budget. The Malmaison delights its guests with opulent dining at the onsite modern restaurant, specializing in contemporary and classic British cuisine served in generous portions.

The onsite neon bar is the perfect place to sample rare wines and inventive cocktails in a high-spirited environment.


Fabulous Victorian architecture

Malmaison Bar & Grill

Insta-worthy decor


Limited car parking space

Air conditioning can be a bit temperamental

Best For Instagrammable Decor

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

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Hip and cool hotel in Oxford

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Artists and creatives eager to lose themselves in the countryside charm of the Cotswold will find the Artist Residence a delightfully lavish abode to revel in the splendors of Oxford shire.

Remodelled in a 16th-Century inn, the Artist Residence offers five tastefully furnished guest rooms and three sprawling suites located in the outbuildings.

The Residence is also home to an eclectic Shepherd’s Hut, extensively renovated with modern upgrades. The accommodations have a unique bohemian flair characterized by rustic farmhouse-style décor, rich textures, fine linens and antique furniture.

The onsite Clubhouse is one of the most popular country pubs to mingle with the locals and enjoy hearty specialties inspired by traditional Oxford shire cuisine.


The Mason Arms restaurant

Private and secluded space

A converted Shepherd’s Hut


15 minutes' drive to Oxford city centre

Food can be a little pricey

Best For Couples

Museum Hotel Oxford

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An intimate getaway nestled in the heart of Oxford’s charming historic quarters, the Museum Hotel Oxford is housed in a breathtaking 1594 heritage site. The property has a distinct architectural significance with its rich Gothic structure and Baroque-style European accents.

The interiors have been extensively renovated to make meaningful upgrades, pouring new life into the opulently designed living spaces. The tastefully furnished 10 bedrooms feature tech-savvy amenities, imaginative vintage themes, and antiquated fireplaces.

The hotel has embraced state-of-the-art technologies without losing touch with the architectural soul, retaining characterful elements like the spiral staircase, ambient salons and hidden fireplaces.

The Museum Hotel is the first UK accommodation to offer a fully automated check-in service without compromising on traditional hospitality and warm welcomes.


Located opposite from the Museum of Oxford

Wholly automated check-in

Unique blend of Gothic and Baroque architecture


breakfast choice is limited

TV channels are limited

No reception

Best For Extraordinary Design

The Randolph Hotel

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The Randolph Hotel beckons travellers to enjoy the old-world charm of Oxford from its lavishly opulent setting overlooking the Ashmolean Museum. Situated in the heart of the historic town, the Randolph is a beautiful establishment with elegantly appointed guest rooms.

The finely crafted furniture and rich palette of deep wine-toned burgundies set against cool-toned creams pay homage to the natural splendors, and scenic expanse of Oxford.

This 5-star boutique hotel combines a tranquil atmosphere with round-the-clock service and state-of-the-art amenities.

The in-house spa is situated in the atmosphere cellars, and guests walk through a romantic candlelit corridor to explore the aroma rooms, bio sauna, hydrotherapy Jacuzzi and ice fountain.


All-day dining at The Alice

Chic extravagant design of rooms

Therapeutic wellness services

The Morse Bar for cocktails


Additional fee for parking

Some noise

Unique style might not be for everyone

Best For Great Location

Old Bank Hotel

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The Old Bank Hotel is a magnificent Georgian remnant with a centrally located address and swoon-worthy views of Oxford’s unique cityscape featuring Baroque, Gothic and classic European design accents.

This award-winning establishment has been listed as one of the finest places to stay in Oxford by the Sunday Times, amongst multiple other accolades.

This 5-star accommodation is home to 43 luxury rooms and suites, including an opulent rooftop guest room with a private terrace. The bedrooms feature air conditioning, smart appliances, spa-like marble bathrooms and captivating 20th Century artworks.

Guests enjoy easy access to multiple popular attractions, including the University of Oxford, the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. The onsite Quod Restaurant is an ambient fine dining spot with a laid-back Italian terrace and head-turning onyx bar.


Beautiful Georgian remnant

20th-century artworks

Ambient Quod Restaurant

Close to Radcliffe Camera


Some rooms are compact

Can get booked up

Can be noisy at night

Best For Great Breakfast

Vanbrugh House Hotel

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The Vanbrugh House is a historic landmark with a rich and poignant legacy dating back to the 18th Century. This architectural masterpiece was designed by John Vanbrugh as the primary residence for the Paisley Family.

Today, this Grade-II landmark is one of the most elegant historic hotels to enjoy the scenic charm of Oxford.

The Hotel is a visual feast of classic European and Baroque-style architecture, and despite extensive modernization, the building has retained its antiquated cosmetic elements.

The 22 guest rooms and suites are an oasis of vintage beauty with their finely crafted wooden beams, ornate fireplaces and paneled walls.

The Vanbrugh House provides an intimate and secluded setting to unwind and rejuvenate with home-like comforts.


Delicious Oxfordshire continental breakfast

Every room is differently decorated

Plenty of luggage loading/unloading space


The only meal served is breakfast

There is no elevator in the building

Best For Scenic Views

Head of the River

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Nestled against the picturesque River Thames, the Head of the River offers a splendidly scenic location to enjoy the countryside beauty of Oxford, with easy access to the city centre and historic quarters.

This one-of-its-kind accommodation offers elegantly appointed guest rooms, sumptuous onsite dining, inventive cocktails and a breathtaking setting to revel in rural charm.

Guests can find their match from the Hotel’s selection of 20 beautifully decorated rooms featuring delightful views of the riverside and Folly Bridge.

Travelers who want to wake up to stunning water views and freshly-cooked breakfast spreads will find this luxury accommodation well-endowed with impressive service standards.


Traditional English pub experience

Luxurious waterside rooms

British classics at the restaurant


Some rooms have no air conditioning

Narrow stairs

Best For Historic Landmark Stay

Old Parsonage Hotel

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A charming 17th Century venue nestled on the historic St. Giles Boulevard, the Old Parsonage Hotel is a characterful accommodation popular for its antiquated interiors and luxurious amenities.

The Old Parsonage has masterfully retained breathtaking elements of its traditional Gothic architecture while infusing the interiors with tech-savvy upgrades.

Guests can choose from 35 elegantly furnished rooms, including the Churchill suites, the Winston and Randolph. Many of the luxury suites have glorious marble bathrooms, handcrafted furniture and private terraces overlooking the whimsical garden.

The onsite Parsonage Grill has a chic bohemian decor, a hip club-like ambience, and an extensive menu of traditional British cuisine.


Parsonage Grill with a bohemian atmosphere

Exclusive well-equipped residents’ library

Historical roots from the 14th century


No elevator in the building

Parking areas are small

Can get booked up

Best For Families

The Galaxie

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The epitome of quirkiness and eccentricity, the Galaxie curates a unique blend of opulence and simplicity. Nestled in the scenic expanse of Summertown, this upscale hotel is housed in a beautifully preserved Victorian manor. The interiors feature traditional British design elements combined with contemporary upgrades and unconventional artwork.

There’s a variety of accommodations suited to every traveller. For instance, Single Rooms are ideal for solo travellers seeking comfortable sleep stations, while the Standard Double serves as a spacious two-person accommodation.

The Superior Double is the biggest of all suites, decked with regal comforts and luxurious amenities.

Guests staying at the Galaxie Hotel enjoy close proximity to the Oxford Castle & Prison, Bodleian Library, the Museum of Oxford and the Bridge of Sighs.


Beautifully preserved Victorian manor

Decorated with eccentric artwork

Close to Bodleian Library


Located on the main road

Difficult to access car parking

Best For Midrange Budget Option

Tower House Guest House

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The proud recipient of the prestigious Gold Award and 5-star ratings 17 years in a row, the Tower Guest House has a treasure trove of awards and accolades for its unparalleled service standards and full English breakfast spread.

The Tower House is a rich and poignant base to unravel the historic mysteries of Oxford while revelling in the contemporary splendors of retail and fine dining.

The building housing the hotel is a 400-year-old heritage site, masterfully preserved with thoughtful renovations and luxury upgrades.

The 8 beautifully designed deluxe rooms and suites feature a stunning amalgamation of antiques, handcrafted furniture, recycled pieces and modern amenities. Guests can enjoy Oxford’s most indulgent breakfast spread at the Turl Street Kitchen, tucked a stone’s throw away from the Tower House.


Part of medieval city walls

Late checkout is available

Easy walk from the train station

Central location


Sloping floors

Front desk is not 24/7

Some noise

Best For Rustic-Chic Decor

The Chequers at Burcot

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Cute country rooms in Oxford

This 400-year-old pub is embedded deep within the heart of Burcot, hailed as one of the oldest historic inns with a rich legacy of serving travellers and merchants trading along the River Thames.

Today, the historic pub is home to nine finely appointed guest rooms decked with modern comforts and contemporary amenities.

Travellers with a keen appreciation for historical heritage will find this accommodation an endless source of intrigue and captivation. Every nook and cranny of this inn-like pub tells a thousand tales of eras gone by.

Famous for its award-winning chef Steven Sanderson, the onsite restaurant specializes in 100% grass-fed British beef steaks, served with an assortment of 22 delectable sides.


Extensive menu of drinks

Well-known Sunday roast dinner

Quirky Country-chic decor


Breakfast is not included

Located on a busy street

Best For Boutique Style Accomodation

Ethos Hotel

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The Ethos Hotel is the perfect base for travellers seeking a tranquil ambience without distancing themselves from the hustle and bustle of the Oxford city centre.

Ethos is home to the most luxurious and spacious guest rooms in the historic town, offering sweeping views of the dreaming spires and architectural landscape.

Vacationers can explore an extensive range of standard, mid-ranged and spacious suites, designed with comfort-accentuating accents like super-plush 3000-pocket-sprung beds, soft pillows and state-of-the-art appliances.

The onsite restaurant, Caffe Ethos, is the go-to spot for a traditional English breakfast and colourful spreads of baked goodies served at the classic British high-tea.


Brilliant views of architectural landscape

Classic British high-tea

Walking distance to town center


Per day charges for car parking

Inconvenient for heavy luggage

Best For Pet-friendly Stay


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Voco - Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel - a charming and romantic place to stay

A trendy and upscale accommodation situated a stone’s throw away from the vibrant city centre and its popular attractions, Voco – Oxford Spires is a chic address to enjoy a lavish Oxford staycation. The dreamy setting, surrounded by Oxford’s majestic architecture and historic quarters, makes this elegant boutique hotel ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways.

Voco offers a relaxing abode to escape the humdrum of the busy city centre and unwind in the luxurious comforts of contemporary bedrooms and suites.

Guests enjoy spending time on the scenic river banks of Thames or having picnics in the beautiful apple orchards maintained by the hotel.

This sanctuary of serenity impresses discerning travellers with its diligent housekeeping team, 24/7 service and extravagant indulgences.


Willows Health Club & Spa

Deacon’s Restaurant for excellent dining

Apple orchards perfect for dogs

Modern pool


Long corridors

Some rooms can be dark

Daily parking fees

Best For Bed and Breakfast

Sabine Barn B&B

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A quaint and charming B&B nestled near the Bridge of Sighs, The Sabine Barn offers a rustic farmhouse-style ambience to indulge in the simplicity and scenery of the English countryside.

Guests can explore sprawling guest rooms equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including high-speed WiFi, smart appliances and en-suite bathrooms.

The rustic chic interiors are vibrant and brightly lit, with the sun-soaked wooden textures that brim up the B&B with inviting warmth and homeliness. Guests can begin their mornings with a full-English breakfast and head out to explore nearby attractions, including the Christ Church, Eynsham Park, and Oxford Castle & Prison.


Barn-styled accommodation

Classic rustic-chic interiors

Vibrant and brightly lit rooms

Full English breakfast is served


Floorboards may creek sometimes

Open layout of the property

Can be noisy at times

Best For Vintage-chic Interior Design

Burlington House

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Situated in a verdant section of the historic town of Oxford, Burlington House is a quintessentially English bed & breakfast that combines homely warmth with contemporary comforts.

This 1889 Victorian home was the primary residence of a prominent merchant, repurposed into a lavish B&B with beautifully landscaped gardens.

Voted as one of the 50 Best B&Bs by The Independent, the Burlington House overshadows popular corporate hotels with personal touches, such as the aroma of freshly baked goodies, impressive attention to detail, and indulgent breakfast spreads.

Travellers can explore 12 gracefully appointed bedrooms equipped with modern appliances and amenities to rival high-end boutique hotels. The delightful Japanese courtyard offers an ambient setting to unwind after an exhausting day of sightseeing. 


Quirky-chic decor of rooms and corridors

Quintessential English B&B

Japanese courtyard

Freshly baked goodies


Gets booked up

Early checkouts on weekends

Located on the roadside

Comparison of the Best Hotels in Oxford 

For your ease, the following compares the Top 15 Cool and Unique Hotels in Oxford, England.

Hotel NameLocationPrice Range (per night)Fitness FacilitiesDistance to Attractions (km)Nearby Restaurants
Malmaison OxfordNew Road$235-$416No0.14
Artist Residence OxfordshireStation Road$196-$231No3.22
Museum Hotel OxfordSt. Aldate's$242-$331No0.33
The Randolph Hotel, by Graduate HotelsBeaumont St$350-$2412Yes0.18
Old Bank HotelHigh Street$388-$1114No0.54
Vanbrugh House HotelSt Michael's Street$253-$331No0.16
Head of the RiverFolly Bridge$!65-$183No0.74
Old Parsonage HotelBanbury Road$331-$1076No0.65
The GalaxieBanbury Road$125-$266No2.43
Tower House Guest HouseShip Street$216-$243No0.28
The Chequers at BurcotChequers Burcot$126-$164No6.53
Ethos HotelWestern Road$235-$286No0.85
Voco – Oxford Spires, an IHG HotelAbingdon Road$196-$468Yes1.44
Sabine Barn B&BCumnor Rd$113-$127No5.72
Burlington HouseBanbury Road$160-$205No3.24