Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford

Last week I took myself to Oxford. It was a spontaneous trip and very last minute. On this trip, I booked an overnight stay at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford.

One minute I faced the prospect of being home alone for 2 nights, the next minute I was on a train to Oxford. It all started when Richard went away on business and I had this spurred of the moment idea to take myself away as well. I was on my way to babysit my niece for a few hours when I thought, ‘heck why not go to Oxford’. It was better than sitting in an empty place after all. So I went looking on trainline for cheap train tickets and then used my handy app: booking.com for a good hotel to stay over for the night.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford appealed to me instantly when I went looking for a hotel. As it was right in the heart of the town centre near the train station, so no need to trek some unknown roads trying to find a back alley hotel. It also looks gorgeous from all the photos. I just love the architect of the hotel building. Also, the price appealed to me as well, as for a 5-star hotel it was reasonably priced. Ok, it blew my entire budget out of the water and I won’t be able to eat for the next month. But for the price, you felt like you were in good hand and not being ripped off.

I booked it and started to plan my journey. To keep the cost down and to make this a cheap trip to Oxford, I cooked myself a huge big meal before leaving. I also went to my local Tesco and got myself a small packed lunch.

When I got to Oxford and started walking up to my hotel, I had a good feeling and knew instantly I picked the right hotel. It can be pretty scary going somewhere unknown on your own, but I felt at ease and knew I was in safe hand.

I checked in with the friendly receptionist and went to my room. For the price I was expecting a broom cardboard size room, nothing fancy. But my jaw dropped when I got in. The room was a lot bigger then what I expected and the bathroom was just a dream. Well, you can see from the pictures. But I felt really lucky with myself.

My room has a huge king-size bed, a minibar, TV, and lovely walking in rainforest shower. Also, some lovely Molton Brown sample products which I couldn’t wait to try out.

After I saw the room, I didn’t really fancy going anywhere out on the town. I was on my own and didn’t know where everything was, so I just stayed in my room for the evening. I thought it might be better to check out Oxford in daylight.

So instead I gave myself a top to toe pampering.  Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford actually did have a spa; I know what you are thinking – so close yet so far. I must say, it was tantalizing for a spa addict like me. Almost like dangling a carrot in front of rabbit eyes. But I couldn’t afford a spa treatment but made a vow that next time I will go in and have a treatment. I gave myself my own special spa treatment using not only Molton Brown sample products but using Nuxe products as well.

I had a nice evening pampering myself and giving my skin and hair a good ole deep clean. Something you don’t always do at home. I also tucked myself in my giant bed had a few nibble of my packed lunch and watched some film on the TV. From the travels and, from in the morning looking after 3 years I was pretty shattered and ready for a good night sleep. I have to say, I dozed off very quickly as the bed was like sleeping on a cluster of clouds. Very soft.

Overall I was 100% impressed with Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a lovely hotel stay in Oxford. The room was divine, adored the little attention to details such as having a hairdryer and coffee machine. I only spoke to the receptionist briefly while I was checking in and out, but she was smiley and really friendly.  I have promised myself to come back, and use not only their spa but also their breakfast in bed service. A worthy 5-star hotel in Oxford.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
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Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford
Macdonald Randolph Hotel Oxford

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36 Comments
  • You had me at Molton Brown! Gorgeous place! x

  • Ciara
    November 26, 2017

    Looks really nice, and why not go away by yourself, I’ve done it lots of times while traveling. Very relaxing!

  • Lena
    November 26, 2017

    Sounds like you had a lovely stay! Nice to challenge yourself once in a while and do spontaneous things! The hotel looks great 😊

  • Kyla Matton Osborne
    November 26, 2017

    It looks like a beautiful building and a luxurious room. I can see why you want to go back!

  • Karen Noone
    November 26, 2017

    Well done you for taking a spontaneous trip on your own. Very brave. It does look like a lovely hotel though and I may just give it a try. I will be taking my other half though.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    November 26, 2017

    Its such a lovely hotel, looks like you really enjoyed yourself there

  • Kelley Aroura
    November 26, 2017

    This place looks amazing! Sounds like you had much needed pampering time 🙂 How was the rest of the trip? What did you do during daylight hours?

  • Jen
    November 26, 2017

    This looks like a beautiful place to stay and relax! I love that you decided to go on the spur of the moment, that’s so fun! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Maggie Gamble
    November 26, 2017

    What a lovely place! And good for you for following that spontaneous instinct. That leads to the absolute best adventures!

  • Melani
    November 26, 2017

    Looks like a great place to stay. Thank you for sharing your experience

  • Tina Grant
    November 26, 2017

    It’s always great to get away with one’s self. I do it to regroup and gather my thoughts and pamper myself. Looks like you had a good weekend

  • Joanna
    November 26, 2017

    Wow, that’s definitely a gorgeous hotel! I hope to also do something spontaneous like that in the future. Thanks for sharing! xx

  • Tiffany Nicole
    November 26, 2017

    Glad you got a little break! That hotel was quaint and cute like a boutique hotel.

  • Sondra Barker
    November 27, 2017

    This looks so nice! I would love to visit there.

    Sondra xx
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  • andrea
    November 27, 2017

    I love spontaneous trips especially ones you can go it alone. The hotel looks incredible too thanks for sharing it

  • Twinkle Gaur
    November 27, 2017

    This place look so beautiful with such luxurious rooms. It seems you had great time there. Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Kim
    November 27, 2017

    That bathroom!! I would love to do something like that for myself!

  • Ella
    November 27, 2017

    Spontaneous trips are always the best trips! Looks like you picked a great hotel. Your room looks super luxurious – I don’t blame you for wanting to stay in it!

  • Princy Khurana
    November 27, 2017

    wow, this place looks really pretty and nice. chic’ as well. hope u had a great time unwinding urself

  • Linda Hobbis
    November 27, 2017

    I stayed here years ago and loved it – particularly since it features so heavily in all the Inspector Morse novels and the TV series.

  • Anna Nuttall
    November 27, 2017

    Oh wow I did not know that!

  • Cassie
    November 27, 2017

    Sounds like a fun trip and the hotel looks gorgeous! I love Booking.Com – we do most of our holiday planning on there

  • Cassy French
    November 28, 2017

    Wow, what a beautiful hotel! Is that a towel warmer I spot in the bathroom?? That’s awesome that you decided to take a trip on your own. Looks like it was well worth it!

  • Aryanne Padilha
    November 28, 2017

    LOL I LOVE that you just got on a train and made the best of it. I need more friends like you! I visited Oxford once very briefly, can’t wait to go back! xoxo

  • Restless Heart Blog
    November 28, 2017

    Surprise trip at its best! 🙂

  • Laura
    November 28, 2017

    Oh wow! This hotel looks so beautiful! And I love the mini molton brown products 😍😍

  • Kristyn
    November 28, 2017

    Such a gorgeous place. Love the photography of the hotel.

  • Susan Minich
    November 28, 2017

    What a gorgeous place! I’ve never been to Oxford before, and I’d love to go. Sometimes it’s lovely to go out and explore alone!

  • Aimee
    November 28, 2017

    How good is booking.com! I’ve booked heaps of lovely places using that app. Hotel looked very grand. I would be keen on staying there

  • Marie
    November 29, 2017

    wow! this place looks absolutely amazing! I could move in straight away 😀

  • Liev Cruz
    November 29, 2017

    I love spontaneous travels and booking great hotels in the last minute makes it more exciting. It would be a lovely stay there.

  • Blair villanueva
    November 30, 2017

    I like that spontaneous feeling and experience. It makes it more memorable and special. Great hotel btw 🙂

  • Elizabeth O
    November 30, 2017

    It looks like a beautiful place to stay. You captured the breathtaking embodiment of this hotel. The room is so calming and relaxing.

  • Katie
    December 2, 2017

    This hotel is so intriguing looking! I loved seeing all your photos and hearing about your experience!

  • selam
    December 4, 2017

    iv always wanted to just get up and go on a spontaneous trip, but i nver seem to gather up the courage to travel alone, definetly something i need to work on, im actually planning a trip to vietnam and thailand next year, maybe that should be the trip i go solo.. the hotel look so beautiful and elegant. thank u for sharing

  • Meagan
    December 8, 2017

    Looks like a fantastic hotel.

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