The hotel is centrally located on Beaumont Street which is less than 10, minutes walk to the train station and city centre.
The rooms are situated at the front of the hotel and have good views of Oxford. The bedrooms are very elegant and furbished in rich fabrics with all facilities. They are of an excellent decor and standard and are of a medium size. All rooms have the facilities that you would expect of a 5 star hotel.
The restaurant at the Hotel has recently just won its second AA rosette for its cuisine and features contemporary menus in an unrivalled setting with fabulous views of the city.If a more relaxed atmosphere is desired for a quiet drink then the Morse Bar provides a peaceful environment in which you can relax and unwind.
It is traditional. The hotel was built in 1864 and is a prime example of neo-gothic architecture.
The reception area is medium in size and is panelled in dark wood. There is a large sweeping staircase. The public areas are very grand.
You might recognise this lovely hotel as it was often used to file both Inspector Morse and it was a firm favourite with the cast and crew of Inspector Lewis (the follow on programme from Inspector Morse) which filmed at the hotel in 2005. The newly opened 'The SPA at The Randolph' is built in the old cellar of the hotel with vaulted ceilings, luxury Italian tiling and fabrics plus relaxing candle light that creates a luxurious atmosphere unlike any other in city. Awared it's 5 stars in March 2007, this is Oxford's finest hotel. (09/08 db).
Note from the hotel: Macdonald Randolph Hotel had a fire in April 2015. Thankfully no one was hurt and the damage was minimal. However, we are still carefully bringing the hotel back to its former glory and do have portions of the building covered in scaffolding. When you arrive at the hotel, access is currently not possible via the front main entrance due to ongoing works. Please follow the signs to the temporary entrance. We are hopeful that the vast majority of the works will be completed by December 2015.
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We found the Macdonald Randolph Hotel to be very centrally located and thus ideal for our needs. My husband and I were in the older part of the hotel while my son and his wife who had booked separately were in the new Executive wing. I could not fault the bedrooms in terms of comfort and cleanliness even though ours was tiny with a small double bed - I had expected a bigger bed in a 5-star hotel. My son and his wife had a bigger room. The staff were friendly and courteous but we felt that they were a little bit overwhelmed at breakfast on both mornings of our stay. I hasten to add that the hotel was full and people had to wait for tables on one morning. Nevertheless the staff seemed to be a little confused and on one morning we were almost finished our hot dish before our coffee arrived. My son and my daughter-in-law had breakfast later than us on the second morning and had quite a wait, even when seated, before their hot breakfast order was taken. However, I would definitely stay there again but my expectations would not be as high. So overall a very positive experience but 4-star rather than 5-star service.
4 out of 5
We stayed at the Randolph in October for one night. ...
We stayed at the Randolph in October for one night. The room was 'intimate' to shoebox depending on your perspective with a relatively big bathroom. If you like your bedrooms big avoid this hotel unless you are willing to pay the bucks required. That said, the room was extremely clean with high quality sheets and fluffy pillows etc. We had a great time in Oxford and loved the Randolph which cost us around 250 Euro for the night including a fabulous buffet breakfast. If you are a Morse fan then this is the hotel for you!