Name: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Location: United Kingdom
The Macdonald Randolph Hotel has got to be THE iconic Oxford hotel. Located right in the heart of the city, elegant and refined, with a fine-dining restaurant and an exceptional spa haven, there is much to appeal to the luxury traveller here.
You’ll find the Macdonald Randolph Hotel right opposite the Ashmolean Museum in the beautiful Oxford city centre. You are surrounded by the sights of Oxford, with The University of Oxford Colleges and the main shopping area literally steps away. A 15-minute walk takes you to the picturesque riverside and boathouses and Oxford Railway Station is half a mile away. We spent a delightful Sunday morning with our children at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History which is a short walk away and which proved a refreshing alternative to London’s largest and much busier offering.
Style & Character
The hotel is housed in a stunning, landmark building. And the feeling of grandeur continues inside. The décor is classic, traditional and luxurious. The infamous panelled Morse Bar welcomes you as you enter and a grand staircase sweeps up to the guest rooms.
Service & Facilities
Well, the service is a huge part of the appeal here. From the second the valet parks your car (which for us with two small children in the snow took an enviable degree of patience!), the enthusiastic and warm team of concierges are only too happy to assist you however possible. The style of service echoes of days gone by and made me feel as if I’d just stepped off the set of Downton Abbey. They were also wonderful with our children (in the restaurant particularly), which isn’t always the case at 5-star hotels of this calibre.
Tucked down a winding stone staircase which felt like something out of a fairy-tale, you’ll find The Spa at The Randolph. Once you’re underground you feel time slow and you start to relax. A candlelit walkway leads you to your treatment room. Facilities here include a Jacuzzi, a bio sauna, ice fountain, sensation shower, aroma steam room and a micro gym. I enjoyed a wonderful manicure with an experienced therapist who perfectly managed that tricky line between chatty and letting me almost drift off in blissful peace!
The hotel is also well set up for business and functions with six function rooms capable of accommodating up to 400 guests for conferences. It would be a heavenly venue for a wedding too. Parking is available at a charge and there’s complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel which had the added bonus for us of just working without having to enter any irritating codes!
The charming rooms are well appointed with plush furnishings, high ceilings and period features. There are 151 rooms and suites. We were staying in a Feature Suite, the perfect choice for discerning travellers. It benefitted from heaps of character, a spacious living area, a Nespresso coffeemaker, Molton Brown toiletries (yes, including conditioner!) and a gorgeous ensuite bathroom with a television set over the freestanding bath and a separate walk-in shower. The Suites also grant you access to the Executive Club lounge which served drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Food & Drink
We dined at the newly opened Acanthus Restaurant and returned for a sumptuous breakfast the next morning. Our evening meal was delicious and the room itself is simply stunning. As well as the Morse Bar, there’s the new Cartoon Bar which serves a range of gins, whiskeys and champagnes, and a beautiful dining room where afternoon tea is served.
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