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Macdonald Randolph Hotel

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We enjoyed the Macdonald Randolph for a week of work and pleasure. The location can't be beat, walking distance to the Old Fire Station Theatre, gallery and cafe. Don't miss the Cafe from Crisis for a good nosh that helps the community. Walk to any and all of central Oxford.

The overall hotel experience was good but I think I did see a mouse in the restaurant. Excellent staff and concierge service but overall upkeep of the hotel is not a five star.

It's a hotel not a museum. Management needs to train housekeeping to clean. I have stayed in 5 star places. This is not even close. Not clean. Needs extensive refurbishment. Black mold in bathroom. Dirty linen. Tea things cleaned by the maid in the sink, no sanitizing in a dishwasher. Furnished at a sparse minimum. Old and worn out furnishings. Cheap bathroom fittings. No dresser in the room. "Free WiFi" might last a whole minute before disengaging. Who devised this rating system? Pros: it is centrally located. We didn't get sick.

Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I've stayed at the MacDonald Randolph four times now and plan on returning in the future. While it is one of the priciest hotels in town, the ambiance, services and proximity to all things Oxford, makes it a fair value. If you have a car, but do not need it during your stay, I would recommend parking offsite. There is a parking lot near the ice skating rink (adjacent to the train station long-term lot) that charges £7-£8 per day, significantly less than the £20-£30 most hotels in the area charge.

We had a lovely stay at the Macdonald House. Grand old hotel. Beautiful entry way beautiful breakfast room - love the staircase, love the high ceilings. The bathroom was the best - just beautiful. The only problem we had was we had the room right over the front entrance so the lights on the front of the hotel reflected into our room. But the blackout curtains did a good job of blocking most of the light. We would stay there again in an instant if we go back to Oxford.

From arrival to departure, everything was perfect in this fine old hotel- the staff are wonderful and the location is excellent. I can't recommmend the Randolph highly enough.

Great location and staff was wonderful. Food was very good. Great place for a cocktail. The shortbread served with the Tea was to " die for".

Woken up by some loud noises each morning by chimes and a recorded voice. Worse shower I have ever had in England. Pressure one moment then slowly down to a dribble then the cycle would repeat. Simple small room. Nice location and friendly staff. Eventually left for another hotel in town for the remainder of my trip.

Very nice hotel in a great location. Wonderful restaurant. Nice room and terrific staff. Right across the street from Ashmoleum. Easy access to just about everything in Oxford.

Great hotel in a perfect location. Truly a 4-5 star hotel. Rooms are small but what else do you expect in a 200 year old building? Bathroom is small but brand new. You get what you pay for and you pay a lot here. If you like to pay for a top tier hotel and get the service and restaurants then this is for you. We liked it.

Overall wonderful hotel, conveniently located to the main shopping,tourist areas, and many of the colleges in Oxford. Room was huge and room service couldn't be beat. Had fractured my foot just prior to visit and had some difficulty getting a room that didn't require any stairs but they eventually found one for me. Didn't get a chance to try the spa, but the menu of services looked great.

We booked several rooms in this hotel for ourselves and our adult children. We were attending a wedding, so we wanted to be close to everything. The Randolph is in the middle of everything you want to do in Oxford - rivaled only by The Old Bank Hotel. The rooms vary in size. We had one facing the alley in the back, but it was huge. The others had rooms facing the street with great views of the Ashmolean Museum, but their rooms were considerably smaller. Rooms are beautifully furnished, have a wonderful tea set, and well worth the higher price. It was sometimes noisy, but given the location, it is to be expected. We would not recommend spending extra money at breakfast here - there are many other places, and the breakfast items were not great.

This hotel had immense, beautiful, modern,first-class rooms and an excellent location in Oxford. We got this hotel for about $200.00 a night during the height of the recession, and it was definitely worth more than what we paid. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that many items, like breakfast and internet access, were not included and ridiculously expensive. Since it is a big hotel, it also doesn't have much of a personal feel.

Beaumont Street Oxford England

Located in Oxford City Centre, Macdonald Randolph Hotel is adjacent to Ashmolean Museum and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like Exeter College. This 151-room, 5-star hotel has conveniences like a full-service spa, free in-room WiFi, and a health club. Centrally located in Oxford, the hotel is also a short walk from Covered Market and Sheldonian Theatre.


Dining

This hotel serves as home to a cocktail bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in British cuisine. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Rooms

All of Macdonald Randolph Hotel's 151 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, free newspapers, and free bottled water. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Safes, ironing boards, and desks are also standard.


Property features

Guests staying at Macdonald Randolph Hotel enjoy access to a full-service spa, a health club, and a spa tub. Valet parking is available for GBP 28.50 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and express check-in.

Room options

Classic Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Executive Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Everyone (4) Business (3) Couples (4) Friends (1) Other (1)
5

excellent location central location

Everyone

We enjoyed the Macdonald Randolph for a week of work and pleasure. The location can't be beat, walking distance to the Old Fire Station Theatre, gallery and cafe. Don't miss the Cafe from Crisis for a good nosh that helps the community. Walk to any and all of central Oxford.

By , from Atherton, CA on Dec 13, 2016

3

not bad

Everyone

The overall hotel experience was good but I think I did see a mouse in the restaurant. Excellent staff and concierge service but overall upkeep of the hotel is not a five star.

By on Dec 12, 2016

2

old does not equal nice.

Everyone

It's a hotel not a museum. Management needs to train housekeeping to clean. I have stayed in 5 star places. This is not even close. Not clean. Needs extensive refurbishment. Black mold in bathroom. Dirty linen. Tea things cleaned by the maid in the sink, no sanitizing in a dishwasher. Furnished at a sparse minimum. Old and worn out furnishings. Cheap bathroom fittings. No dresser in the room. "Free WiFi" might last a whole minute before disengaging. Who devised this rating system? Pros: it is centrally located. We didn't get sick.

By on Dec 3, 2016

4

best at oxford

Everyone

Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I've stayed at the MacDonald Randolph four times now and plan on returning in the future. While it is one of the priciest hotels in town, the ambiance, services and proximity to all things Oxford, makes it a fair value. If you have a car, but do not need it during your stay, I would recommend parking offsite. There is a parking lot near the ice skating rink (adjacent to the train station long-term lot) that charges £7-£8 per day, significantly less than the £20-£30 most hotels in the area charge.

By on Jun 28, 2016

5

great hotel for academic visitor

BusinessTravelers

We had a lovely stay at the Macdonald House. Grand old hotel. Beautiful entry way beautiful breakfast room - love the staircase, love the high ceilings. The bathroom was the best - just beautiful. The only problem we had was we had the room right over the front entrance so the lights on the front of the hotel reflected into our room. But the blackout curtains did a good job of blocking most of the light. We would stay there again in an instant if we go back to Oxford.

By on Feb 15, 2015

5

classic, fantastic, excellent hotel

GetawayWithFriends

From arrival to departure, everything was perfect in this fine old hotel- the staff are wonderful and the location is excellent. I can't recommmend the Randolph highly enough.

By on Nov 5, 2013

5

great experience

Couples

Great location and staff was wonderful. Food was very good. Great place for a cocktail. The shortbread served with the Tea was to " die for".

By on Jul 9, 2012

3

small room, unintentional wake ups everyday.

BusinessTravelers

Woken up by some loud noises each morning by chimes and a recorded voice. Worse shower I have ever had in England. Pressure one moment then slowly down to a dribble then the cycle would repeat. Simple small room. Nice location and friendly staff. Eventually left for another hotel in town for the remainder of my trip.

By on Jun 3, 2012

4

lovely hotel in prime location

Couples

Very nice hotel in a great location. Wonderful restaurant. Nice room and terrific staff. Right across the street from Ashmoleum. Easy access to just about everything in Oxford.

By on Nov 8, 2010

5

great hotel!

BusinessTravelers

Great hotel in a perfect location. Truly a 4-5 star hotel. Rooms are small but what else do you expect in a 200 year old building? Bathroom is small but brand new. You get what you pay for and you pay a lot here. If you like to pay for a top tier hotel and get the service and restaurants then this is for you. We liked it.

By on Oct 9, 2010