Malmaison Oxford ★★☆
A luxury hotel converted from the 19C prison in Oxford Castle
Take a 19th century prison that grew out of a medieval castle, convert it into a chic boutique hotel, and you have the Malmaison of Oxford.
In a twist of hip irony, the rooms converted from the actual cells in the "main building"—with their cell doors and cheeky counting-off-the-days carpeting—are more sought after than the rooms in the annex extension. However, even with most rooms created by linking three or more cells together, they remain a bit small for the steep prices.
On the plus side, the thick walls (and the fact that you're a few minutes' walk from the bustle of downtown) ensure peace and quiet.
The restaurant, though dim, is nice, and there is a small terrace bar on the roof.
Sadly, the valet parking (a bit under £30 per day) is not included in the rates.Book it