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Where to Stay in Oxford – a neighbourhood guide

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Oxford is a fascinating blend of old world English charm and bohemian energy. The university attracts a term-time population of high-flying youngsters, as well as a year-round influx of tourists, lending a bubbly cosmopolitan vibe to this historic city. Take your pick from one of the stone-clad central pads, or enjoy a relaxing stay in the surrounding suburbs, which offer the bonus of easy access to the best of the British countryside.
Hotels in City Centre

 

 

Many of the city centre’s hotels are on the lavish side of the spectrum. They're typically housed in handsome period buildings, blending seamlessly into their handsome surroundings. While they may look untouched by the passage of time from the outside, within you'll find modern perks like sleek spas and chic guestrooms in bold, modern colours.

 

Summertown

 

 

Summertown is north Oxford’s most desirable suburb. This elegant, affluent neighbourhood is awash with attractive Victorian and late Georgian buildings, and is home to a beautiful sculpture garden and thriving arts centre. You’ll find a tempting array of chic boutiques and artisan food shops here, as well as an eclectic selection of independent restaurants which should get your mouth watering.

 

Hotels in Summertown

 

 

Summertown’s family-run guesthouses offer a true home-away-from-home experience, with friendly service, individually decorated rooms, designer toiletries, and a delectable breakfast to tempt you out of bed each morning. A little closer to the city centre, you’ll also find larger, grander hotels and reliable chain accommodation.

 

Abingdon Road

 

 

Heading south from the city centre, Abingdon Road passes along the idyllic green pasture of Christ Church Meadow, and down through the leafy suburbs of Grandpoint and New Hinksey. A stay here offers an altogether more relaxed experience than the busy city centre, with plenty of parkland to chill out in on sunny afternoons. Of course, the dreaming spires and other attractions of the centre are only a short drive northwards.

 

Hotels on Abingdon Road

 

 

While they may not all have the exterior grandeur of the stately central hotels, the accommodation on Abingdon Road includes cosy guesthouses that typically offer free breakfasts and free WiFi,, along with other handy amenities like parking at no extra charge, ensuring you have a comfortable stay in Oxford.

 

Abingdon

 

 

The delightful riverside market town of Abingdon is the ideal spot for a rejuvenating weekend getaway. Oxford city centre is under 10 miles away, but this rural retreat feels like a world in itself. Its famous medieval abbey buildings are a delight to stroll around, while an eclectic programme of regular markets ensures that the town buzzes with activity throughout the year.

 

Hotels in Abingdon

 

 

Abingdon boasts a small but charming selection of traditional country house hotels, combining ornate period interiors with modern amenities such as free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. You can also find modern hotels with facilities like business centres and on-site restaurants – perfect if you're in Oxford for work.