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We love our hotel as much as we love Oxford itself, but it’s also nice to hear about it from other people too!

To help you gain an broader view of Vanbrugh House Hotel we have collected a series of our recent award wins and independent hotel reviews.

You had me at ‘Georgian front door’. Vanbrugh House Hotel won the Muddy Stilettos Award 2016 & 2017 for best boutique hotel and having stayed the night it’s easy to see why.

You had me at ‘Georgian front door’. Vanbrugh House Hotel won the Muddy Stilettos Award 2016 & 2017 for best boutique hotel and having stayed the night it’s easy to see why.

This honey-stoned beauty, bang in central Oxford, offers something a bit different. Firstly, there’s no restaurant for dinner and no bar, and I loved that, because it feels very modern – why have one of those fusty hotel eateries when you’re on St Michael’s St with all the city delights within a 2 minute walk?

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A stylishly decorated boutique hotel in an 18th-century house opposite the Oxford Union buildings with smart, well-equipped rooms & friendly staff.

The hotel is in a hard-to-beat location, within easy walking distance of Oxford’s colleges, museum, theatre and shops. A great retreat for a short break in the Oxford. Opposite the Oxford Union buildings (which houses the famous debating society), and within a few paces of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Playhouse, many colleges and the main shopping streets, this hotel couldn’t be better placed for exploring the sights. Carousing students can sometimes affect front rooms in the early hours
during term time, so ask for one of the beautifully quiet rooms at the
back if you want to be sure of a tranquil night.

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A stylishly decorated boutique hotel in an 18th-century house opposite the Oxford Union buildings with smart, well-equipped rooms & friendly staff

Turn the corner at the end of Oxford’s bustling high street and you will find a beautiful 18th century building on a quiet road – this is the Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford.

Turn the corner at the end of Oxford’s bustling high street and you will find
a beautiful 18th century building on a quiet road – this is the Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford.

Designed by English architect Sir John Vanbrugh, the man behind Blenheim Palace, the stone building is now a stylish boutique hotel. There are 22 hotel rooms, including four suites, and a small dining area for breakfast and lunch. As with the rest of Oxford, the building has a rich history, in fact, the wall behind the breakfast bar is one of the few surviving parts of Oxford’s medieval city wall. 

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Vanbrugh House Hotel, on St. Michael’s Street, Oxford, is situated right at the heart of the city centre.

The world famous Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library and Science Museum
are all just a few minutes walk away in central Oxford. At the latter of these
you can see the chalkboard that Albert Einstein used to deliver his lecture on the theory of relativity, with his scrawled formula still preserved intact. 

On entering through the discreet doorway, the hotel reception/lobby
is more like the drawing room of a welcoming country house than a hotel.
Courteous staff instantly make you feel welcome and take you to
one of the 22 lavishly appointed hotel rooms and suites. 

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Vanbrugh House Hotel, on St. Michael’s Street, Oxford, is situated right at the heart of the city centre.

The Vanbrugh House Hotel, named after the 18th century architect Sir John Vanbrugh, offers a perfect location for exploring Oxford.

The Vanbrugh House Hotel, named after the 18th century architect Sir John Vanbrugh, offers a perfect location for exploring Oxford.

A short 10 minute walk from Oxford Rail Station, this elegant boutique hotel is located near Oxford vcity centre. Once home to three generations of the Peisley family, stonemasons to Blenheim Palace, the hotel retains many of its 18th century features. The attractive, updated hotel rooms are equipped with every modern convenience, and the wonderful young staff offer a friendly personal service. 

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With summer just around the corner now has never been a better time to visit Oxford. The ‘city of dreaming spires’ is as beautiful and
beguiling as ever.

The perfect destination for a weekend getaway, exploring this pedestrian-friendly city is like travelling back in time and best done on foot, using our guide. There’s a good mix of options to suit most budgets, but for something a little bit special head over to the Vanbrugh House Hotel. This cosy little Oxford boutique, benefits from a great location on the quiet-but-central St Michael’s Street, opposite the Oxford Union, where students come together to debate the issues of the day.

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With summer just around the corner now has never been a better time to visit Oxford. The ‘city of dreaming spires’ is as beautiful and beguiling as ever.

Pristine yet unfussy, this sophisticated hotel near the Oxford Union is handsomely outfitted in natural fabrics, exposed stone and soothing, grey-painted wood panelling.

Pristine yet unfussy, this sophisticated hotel near the Oxford Union is handsomely outfitted in natural fabrics, exposed stone and soothing, grey-painted wood panelling.

David Robinson is the manager. Spread over two buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, the inviting bedrooms are individually styled along three themes – Georgian, Eclectic, and Arts and Crafts. Each has a fireplace, hand-crafted furniture,
a media hub, and a minibar with fresh milk and complimentary drinks and snacks.

Splurge on the best hotel rooms – the Vicarage Suite and the Nicholas Hawksmoor Room – which have a private garden and terrace area. The ‘secret’ garden is one of Oxford’s best kept.

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When Vanbrugh House Hotel was built in the early 18th century, it must have stood grandly alone, its back to the old city walls that still encircled Oxford.

Now this stylish boutique hotel in Oxford sits among restaurants and cafes, and the carriages of past centuries have been replaced by the bicycles of students whizzing by to catch out the unwary. Being a Grade II listed building you'll find all the period features you could wish for, with original fireplaces, wooden beams and a decorative painted alcove in the reception room.

Vicarage Suite review

We had a very enjoyable stay at Vanbrugh. The hotel location is great, just a block from the centre of town, yet our room was very quiet, and had a lovely large private patio. We could easily walk to all the sights we wanted to see.

Rooms

Stay in our luxury Oxford Hotel Bedrooms…

All of our 22 rooms are luxurious and uniquely designed, ensuring you can relax in style.
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History

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To stay at Vanbrugh House Hotel is to live at the heart of Oxford, past and present. Our hotel has a rich history and is named after English architect Sir John Vanbrugh.
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Explore Oxford

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Oxford, also known as the City of Dreaming Spires is one of the UK’s most popular destinations with over 1000 years of history for you to explore.

This stunning medieval city has something to offer everyone regardless of age or interest.

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Dine

Have a bite to eat

At Vanbrugh House Hotel enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch made from fantastic local ingredients, influenced by our Oxford roots.

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Take a tour of our Hotel

Dating back to the 18th century, Vanbrugh offers 22 uniquely designed rooms each with their own unique character and charm.

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