Sleeping with Inspector Morse

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Macdonald Randolph Hotel is an iconic 5-star hotel right in the centre of the beautiful city of Oxford. It’s famed for its gorgeous architecture, its fancy doormen that unload even fancier cars as they arrive at their impressive entrance, and for its classy neighbour, the Ashmolean.

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Part of Macdonald Hotel’s Signature Collection, it’s known among locals and tourists alike as one of the places to stay. Rich academics spend their graduation nights here (Oxford is one of the most famous universities in England), whilst Prime Ministers and Presidents hold business lunches, and lucky romantics wed here in true fairy-tale style. Inspector Morse even frequented the bar, using it as one of his local watering holes. This hotel has hosted some incredible events and if walls could talk, no doubt there’d be a lot to tell.

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During my two years in Oxford I often cycled past (yes, everyone cycles in Oxford) and wondered what it’d be like to step inside, let alone stay overnight. Last weekend I wondered no more.

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Staying at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Greeted by suited and booted gentlemen, you’re made to feel like a guest, rather than a visitor. Numerous offerings to take your bag surround you as you make your way to the reception desk. After a swift check-in process you have the option of using the grand staircase, walled with beautiful stained-glass, arch windows, or negotiating the tiny lift that is somewhat of a novelty. If you’re the kind of person who laughs at the thought of travelling lightly, let the staff take your bag otherwise you’ll never fit in the lift with it.

As you make your way to your room, the floorboards creak revealing your arrival to the other guests. It’s part of the charm of this old hotel and you can’t help but smile.

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Room 225

Nothing can prepare you for the first time you enter the room as the Operatic voice sings from the television. The door immediately in front of you shows what is obviously the bedroom. However, there’s another door to the left, and one to the right. The left is the bathroom, so what’s to the right?

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Another wing of this gorgeous room, that’s what! A private living room complete with sofa, armchair and coffee table, as well as a dining area (or classy drinking corner as it became). It’s a beautiful space that makes you feel like an honorary Oxford graduate, or perhaps that’s due to the adorable graduation hat box of chocolates or regal lion drawer handles.

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Room 225 doesn’t feel like a room, but more an apartment. Both the bedroom and living space have huge sash windows that look out onto the oldest public museum, the Ashmolean. It’s another stunning building that certainly makes for a gorgeous view to wake up to in the morning.

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As much as it’s about the grandeur of the room, it’s also about the little touches, like the postcards. The bathroom is well stocked with Molton Brown toiletries, even including mouth wash and an exfoliating mitt. There’s a Nespresso machine for lux room coffees, as well as a mini bar complete with Green & Black’s miniature chocolate bars. The glasses in the room are crystal – even the ones in the bathroom.

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I’ll share a room tour in a #traveltrailer shortly.

Even More

Whether you choose breakfast, dinner, Afternoon Tea or perhaps even all three, dining at Macdonald Randolph Hotel’s restaurant is as much of an experience as staying overnight. So much so, that it’ll be shared in a separate post as part of #SundayServed.

The hotel also has an in-house luxurious spa offering relaxing treatments, such as an Elemis facial or even a Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial. It has been voted amongst the top fifty best spas in the world, so it’s worth splashing out on a bit of pampering if you can. Spa packages start from £75.

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A stay at Macdonald Randolph Hotel on a Friday night can cost just shy of £200 (depending on your dates), which is really good value for a famous five-star hotel right in the centre of Oxford. Book in advance to avoid disappointment as it’s a popular place. A stay in this hotel is a classy treat (especially if you’re in room 225) and a true taste of what Oxford is all about.

Have you been to Oxford before? What do you think of the hotel and room 225? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Big thanks to Macdonald Randolph Hotel for hosting my stay.

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