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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates a better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 6 key areas – cleanliness, service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and hospitality.

The merit score for this hotel is 76%. This helps you to compare quality between hotels of the same star rating.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 1828 reviews

Boutique quirky accommodation in a converted prison

AA Inspector

At a glance

Wheelchair accessible
Indoor parking
Dogs welcome
Civil weddings

Once the city's prison, this is definitely a hotel with a difference. Many of the rooms are actually converted from the old cells. Not to worry though as there have been many improvements in facilities, services and decor since the prisoners left over 20 years ago. Exceedingly comfortable beds and luxury bathrooms are just two of the changes. The hotel has a popular brasserie with quality and value much in evidence. Limited parking space is available.


  • En-suite rooms: 95
  • Ground-floor rooms: 5
  • Dogs allowed on premises
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms
  • Broadband available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Free satellite TV in rooms
  • Freeview TV in rooms

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Night porter
  • Lift available
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 10 (charged)
  • Indoor parking spaces: 20 (charged)


  • Accessible bedrooms: 5
  • Walk-in showers


  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Laundry facilities
  • Ironing facilities


  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme


  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 80
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 40
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 40


  • Holds a civil ceremony licence
  • Maximum number of guests: 120

Getting here

M40 junction 9, A34 north to Botley interchange. Follow city centre and rail station signs. At rail station take the 2nd exit at roundabout, then 1st exit into Park End Street. Straight on at next lights, hotel 2nd right.

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