Oxford has long been a place that has been prized for its great education and culture. With a history that stretches back hundreds of years, it’s no surprise that it has become a tourist hotspot in the past few decades.

Everyone wants a taste of the history and life here, it seems!

And with that influx of interest, there has also been an uptick in the number of people that are looking to spend the night in a hotel or accommodation in the city. And that means tons of hotels to follow that demand.

If anything, there are almost too many hotels in Oxford now. Picking just one or even two from dozens, if not hundreds, is a logistical nightmare.

Fret not, however. Because we have done all that difficult searching and looking for you!

In this guide, we will take you across the city to find the best hotels that you can stay the night, the week, or even longer, in.

From central to outskirts, exuberant to affordable, there are a ton of amazing hotels for you to find here.

So, let’s get started!

1. The Randolph Hotel

We’re starting this one off in a classy hotel that is sure to please anyone that loves luxury that is a little more subtle in its presentation.

The Randolph Hotel is a beloved hotel by locals and visitors to the city alike, having been running in the city centre for decades at this point.

While people were concerned when the Graduate Group, an American hotel chain, bought up the hotel in the last few years, those fears turned out to be unwarranted.

Not only is the Randolph Hotel the same establishment, but it’s also better than ever!

From the dramatic stained glass entrance, you’re welcomed into a subtle, yet still dramatic lounge and reception area.

Everything has been done to retain the original old-world English character, from the wooden panelling of the old Morse Bar to the decorative furnishings that you’ll find across the building.

And, of course, there are the rooms that you’ll be staying in! Every room in this amazing establishment has matching floral floors, luxuriously comfortable beds, gorgeous white Victorian-esque baths, and even wooden

Plus, there’s also the Alice restaurant that you’ll find on-site. Comfortable, yet still incredibly classy, you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury with this restaurant, especially with its amazing menu.

Overall, if you’re looking for a hotel that has that distinct Oxford character, this is the place to go!

2. Old Parsonage Hotel

Now, if it’s a hotel with a history that you’re looking for, you can’t do much better than the Old Parsonage Hotel.

And when they say ‘old’ here, they mean old. The original building that the hotel is based in was built back in 1660. That’s older than the United States, for crying out loud!

You’d think that a building this old, even with all the modernization in the world, might struggle to accommodate guests. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Each room at the Old Parsonage comes equipped with an en suite bathroom, desk, flat-screen TV, and air conditioning. So you’re certainly not struggling to feel at home in the 21st century here!

Plus, the hotel has 2 terraces for guests to sit and lounge on a library, and an amazing grill restaurant and bar, which can sit up to 20 private guests at any time.

The fact that this hotel serves a proper English breakfast until late is just the cherry on top (or perhaps bacon is more appropriate here).

The hotel can even host small wedding ceremonies, with up to 20 guests being able to see a happy couple get married here.

Plus, being just 5 minutes away from Oxford city centre means that you’ll never be far away from something to do during your stay, from Oxford Castle and Prison to the Oxford Playhouse, one of the best theatres in the country.

3. The Galaxie

Now, if you’re looking for a hotel in Oxford that is a little more out of the way from the city centre, and at a more affordable rate, then the Galaxie Hotel might just be what you’re looking for.

While not located in central Oxford, the hotel itself is based in the North of the city, in a historic Victorian suburb, making it feel right at home with the older character that this city is known for.

What isn’t old-feeling, however, are the rooms that you’ll be staying in.

Kitted out with plenty of modern furnishings, Wi-Fi included, and a modern boutique style, furnished with warm browns and beige, these rooms are cosy, and give you more than enough to relax and enjoy yourself.

Plus, with plush leather chairs in the lounge, and a lovely shaded garden to rest in, this is a very relaxed and laid-back hotel to spend time in.

(If you’re planning on spending a little time in the garden, we highly recommend checking in during late spring or summer, for a verdant green space!)

Add to that some plentiful helpings of breakfast, and tons of amazing restaurants and shops to check out in the area, and you have a great little corner of Oxford to explore here!

4. Head Of The River

Running through the city of Oxford is a section of the River Thames.

Before it opens up into the giant waterway that passes through London, it passes through many other towns and cities, including Oxford, where it is sometimes known alternatively as the river Isis.

This city is based on top of one of the most famous rivers in the United Kingdom means that any hotel that is based next to this waterway is going to have a premium view.

So, count yourself lucky if you happen to stay in the Head of the River, a Pub-Inn that has been converted from an old boathouse into a premium hotel!

Being a premium city hotel, you’ve got all your basic amenities covered, from Wi-Fi to an en suite.

Plus, they have the little extra Oxford character, with brass headsteads and retro telephone features (don’t worry, they’re definitely up to modern standards)!

And, of course, also housing a pub restaurant, the food here is both comfy and delicious, especially when served with a fresh pint. And doubly especially when the sun is out, and the riverside dining is available!

If you can, make sure to grab an indulgence room, for that amazing river view!

5. The Porterhouse Grill & Rooms

Located just a few minutes from Oxford train station, the Porterhouse Grill & Rooms is a hotel that combines both an amazing bedroom with an amazing place to eat, just a few steps out of the door!

As we’ve said, your room will have pretty much everything that you could need for a comfortable stay in it, from a flat-screen TV.

Plus, being so close to the city centre means that you’re never far away from something to do in Oxford.

However, if you’re booking a night or a few days in Porthouse Grill & Rooms, there’s probably one big reason that you’re there.

With a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a menu that even some of the best restaurants in Oxford can’t beat, this grill bar is seriously one of the best that we’ve ever enjoyed.

Especially if you’re a fan of British steaks, which this restaurant specializes in.

Good food and a soft bed to sleep in. What more could you want from a city visit?

6. Voco Oxford Thames Hotel

Time for another hotel by the River Thames!

The Voco Oxford Thames hotel building was at one point owned by the Knight’s Templar.

Now, this stately mansion located just outside of Oxford has been converted into a luxury hotel that makes full use of the green and pleasant countryside surrounding it.

From the rolling green gardens and lawns outside to the spacious and cosy bedrooms inside, there’s plenty of space to unwind here at Voco Oxford!

7. Old Bank Hotel

And, tailing off this list of incredible hotels, we have one of its most famous.

Situated in the heart of the old Oxford city, the Old Bank Hotel is nestled right in the heart of action in Oxford, so to speak.

Just a 5-minute walk from the iconic Oxford botanical garden and Magdalen Bridge, and just 15 minutes away from Oxford train station, you’re not far away from pretty much anything when you spend a night or two here.

Then again, given how luxurious this hotel is, you may not even want to leave! The rooms are decorated both spaciously, and elegantly, with plenty of amenities to make any length of stay comfortable.

Plus, when you’re ready for it, you’ll find that the Quod restaurant inside the hotel is more than up to the task of filling your belly with good food and drinks.

The bar is also a standout here, with a range of exquisite cocktails on offer to guests, making it a great place to start a night out in Oxford too!

Final Notes

So, you’re not going to be struggling to find a good hotel in Oxford, whether you’re staying a night or a week, in the lap of luxury, or simple comfort.

Then again, with a city this old, is it so strange that so many people might want to experience it for themselves?