Malmaison Oxford: The Most Luxurious Prison Around

There’s somewhere I’ve wanted to take Andy for the past 5 years. We both love staying in places that are different, a little quirky and that have their very own story. So if you ask us, there are few hotels in the UK that have a better story than being a former prison! Having decided to extend our Easter holidays by a day, I jumped on the chance for us to finally book a night at Malmaison Oxford!

As soon as you arrive at Malmaison Oxford (a very convenient 10 minute walk or 2 minute taxi from the station) you can feel the history of the building. Not only is it a former prison, but it’s actually located in the castle, so you if it’s a hotel with a story you’re after, you might struggle to find somewhere better!

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As we were celebrating, I had booked us into a Junior Suite for the night. The room itself is a half moon shape with gorgeous exposed brick walls, which reminded of the minimalist luxury we had booked for the evening.

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The main feature of the room is the king-sized bed – a bed which has all the pillows and cushions, which is something I absolutely love!

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I have to admit, I’ve stayed at Malmaison Oxford before – quite a few years ago when I was applying to study at Oxford University. That time, we stayed in the House of Corrections, a smaller wing of the hotel which is across the old exercise yard from the main building.

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The hotel has been redecorated since then, with a new grey colour scheme, bright accents and modern art adorning the rooms.

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But as spacious as the bedroom was, there was something incredibly special about the bathroom!

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A roll top bath is ready and waiting to greet you, complete with a mirror which doubles as a book stand if you want to read in the bath! The ultimate spot for a little pre-dinner relaxation.

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It’s not just a suite that pleases if you’re more of a bath kind of person. With two monsoon showers in this wet room, there’s time for you both to get ready – no matter how late you’ve left it (or how long you’ve spent in the bath!)

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If you could just pop a copy of CN Traveller or Vogue or Tatler or Porter there… That would be ideal…

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Since we were on holiday, and actually celebrating a special anniversary, we popped open a bottle of my favourite champagne, Laurent-Perrier to toast the occasion! I slipped into the bath squealing with happiness and had a long soak..

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I think it’s safe to say that Malmaison Oxford has changed a little since the days where you didn’t have to pay for a stay… These 95 rooms and suites should certainly be on your most wanted list!

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With a bar, brasserie and room service you never have to leave your cell if you don’t want to!

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Pop open your mini bar and you’ll find everything you’d expect to keep you going, plus some tea for the morning, too!

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Or in my case, a cup of Nespresso coffee to chase away sleepy eyes!

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We were in C wing for the night, but if you want a true cell experience, book yourself a Superior Cell Double in A wing. The rooms look a little cosier, but if it’s a cell experience with a proper cell door, then these are the rooms for you.

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Complete with original stair cases, you’d be forgiven for thinking you couldn’t leave in the morning!

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I think you could lock me in here for more than a night to be honest…

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Cheers to a perfect night away!

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Oxford Castle
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  • Sophie

    I stayed here a few years ago and absolutely adored it. So cool isn’t it? Now you’re making me want to book a return trip!
    A Story of a Girl

    • Such a cool hotel! A really different experience which is what we loved!

  • I have to say this is one of the most unique UK hotels I’ve seen. It’s gorgeous and I LOVE the room design with the exposed brick work.

  • I stayed here a while back, we use them a lot with work as they are novel and good value

  • I’ve often wondered about this place, I love a quirky hotel too, and this has always appealed. So glad to know that it’s as good as it looks. Hope you guys had a fabulous time and a lovely anniversary!

  • So pleased you finally got to go! I know how long you’ve been planning this 🙂 It looks brilliant. Would love to visit myself one day! Glad you guys had fun xx


    Oh wow, a posh ‘Prison Break’. Looks fantastic

  • madein marta

    All I have in mind is how jealous I am and how much I want to steal all the pics u had taken because everything looks so disgustingly to die for, lol .