Effervescent. Young, bright, happy, diverse. Just brilliant. This was true throughout the hotel but especially in the Alice. The present reviewer owes special thanks to the super-efficient concierge who set up, at ridiculously short notice, a whirlwind programme of activities, including a ramble with Heidi Boon Rickard, a local historian and guide – ask for her by name, she is dynamite. A walking tour sounds so obvious but really you should do it, even if you think you know the city already.
A Made for Life Organics spa is under construction in the basement, due to open in late 2021. It was intimated to the present reviewer that this space may previously have been occupied by a boîte de nuit, Lola Lo’s, which was for a while popular with students on Tuesdays (Rum Night). However, this remained sheepishly unconfirmed at the time of writing.
There are 10 pairs of interconnecting rooms and seven sofa beds within the hotel’s 151 rooms; additional rollaways can be provided as required.
Heat and lights in rooms are key-card-activated. Refillable Malin & Goetz toiletries reduce single-use plastics. The Nespresso capsules are recycled. Some food waste, oil, paper and glass are also recycled on site.
Accessibility for those with mobility impairments
Two rooms are fully accessible and step-free, with grab rails, wet room, fixtures at varied heights and emergency pull-cords. A Hearing Loop is available at reception, as well as a portable option for use around the hotel.
Anything left to mention?
One of the loveliest features of the Randolph’s sister property in Cambridge is the ingenious way its lobby area has been decorated, with an unlikely but highly successful combination of a bunch of old punts stuck to the walls and a giant hanging model of the DNA double helix. The humongous staircase at the Randolph cries out for something equally dazzling. Apparently plans are afoot to hang colourful pennants bearing the college crests from the ceiling into the stairwell. Will those crests carry the day or will this be another victory for The Other Place?
Hotel address: The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN
Phone number: +44 344 879 9132
Price from: From £200 (low season), £360 (high season)