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Tower House, Oxford
Set into Oxford's old city walls on a quiet street just a few footsteps from the action, Tower House couldn't be more central. A 17th-century former townhouse, its drunken floors and lopsided door frames add a bit of quirky charm to the tasteful contemporary styling. Pale colour schemes, pared-back design and a scattering of antiques among the upcycled and reclaimed furniture give the hotel a homely feel, and its social enterprise business model adds a feel-good factor to your stay. The building's thick walls and higgledy-piggledy layout mean the eight rooms vary a lot, and some share bathrooms, but the central location more than makes up for this.
We love the proximity of all the sights, shops, bars and restaurants - there's no need for taxis, buses or even practical shoes here!
Tower House is on a quiet backstreet, right in the heart of Oxford's historical centre. As well as shops and restaurants, nearby attractions include the Weston Library and the Radcliffe Camera.
By car: The hotel is 1 hour 30 mins from London, 1 hour 20 mins from Birmingham and 3 hours from Manchester. The Westgate multi-storey carpark is around 10 minutes' walk away and there are two other city centre car parks nearby.
By train: London Paddington or Marylebone to Oxford takes around 1 hour. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Short, tolerant types (there are some low ceilings!) who prefer a homely charm and central location to 24-hour service and extensive facilities. The sense of history, and the feeling of being part of the student hub with colleges and academics all around, is lovely.
Service & Facilities
We love the little touches, such as fresh flowers and homemade cookies, that you might expect in a more expensive hotel.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Daily housekeeping
For its charm and college views, the bright, spacious Deluxe Double built into the semi-circular bastion of the original city walls is our favourite room. We love the quirky nature of the building as a whole - it's about as far removed from a chain hotel as you could possibly imagine.
Double Shared Bathroom, Standard Ensuite, Double Deluxe Ensuite
Facilities include: wash basin, toiletries, towels, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
Breakfast: Tower House is currently not offering breakfast in its room rates, but is close to a number of cafés and restaurants.