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The three-star Mercure Eastgate Hotel Oxford is an historic townhouse tucked away on a quiet road off Oxford’s High Street. Originally a 17th century coaching inn, the hotel takes its name from its position on the site of the east gate in the original city walls. It is believed that underneath the original building runs a tunnel connecting the hotel with Magdelen College, just one of a network of ancient tunnels running under the city.
The Eastgate Hotel Oxford is located amid the colleges and educational buildings of the University of Oxford. The lovely yellow brick hotel came into being at the turn of the 20th century and, although a newer annex has been added to create a bit more space, the hotel's traditional characteristics have been retained.
There are just 64 bedrooms at the Mercure Eastgate Oxford which have all been sympathetically refurbished to retain the character and charm of the property. Due to the age of the buildings - their history spans four centuries - the accommodation varies in size between each bedroom. Rooms on the top floor have sloped ceilings, which will be considered cramped by some and delightfully cosy by others.
There is a lift but primary access to all floors is by stairs. The hotel does have one accessible room for guests requiring wheelchair access, situated to the rear of the building. However it should be noted that all communal areas at the Eastgate Hotel involve stepped access, including the front entrance.
All rooms feature:
- Air cooling
- Remote control television
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Trouser press
- Work desk
Entry level rooms come in single, double and twin options and there are three family rooms.
Privilege Double or Twin Rooms
More spacious than the Classic rooms, Privilege rooms are furnished in soft, relaxing shades. They are full of character with delightful views of Magdalene Tower or the Examination Hall. Extras include a luxurious rainfall shower, Nespresso coffee machine, bottled water and bathrobes.
Overlooking Oxford High Street, the Deluxe Ruskin Suite features a king size bed and a separate lounge area so there's plenty of room to spread out in. It has all the extras enjoyed by its Privilege cousins as well as an MP3 connector.
Marco's New York Italian
The recently opened Marco's New York Italian is one of the latest ventures of the legendary Marco Pierre White. This bustling eatery seves a delicious menu of homemade pizza and pasta dishes as well as New York favourites like steaks, ribs and burgers. It has a large bar area which is perfect if you just fancy a drink or a light bite. It's popular with locals, students and hotel guests alike.
The restaurant has some interesting literary associations, The author C S Lewis got engaged there while J R R Tolkein used to live next door and regularly popped in for lunch.
Monday to Friday - 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Monday to Friday - 5.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturday - 12.00pm to 10.00pm
Sunday - 12.00pm to 9.00pm
The Mercure Eastgate Hotel Oxford is a small and quiet venue. Its position just off Oxford High Street ('The High' in Oxford parlance) makes it an ideal base from which to explore this historic city. The hotel is close to many of the Oxford University buildings, the Ruskin School of Fine Art, The Oxford University Examination Board and the main shopping thoroughfares.
By car: For those travelling by car there is onsite car parking which can be booked in advance and is chargeable.
By rail: Oxford Railway station is approximately 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
By air: The nearest major airports are Heathrow (45 miles) and Gatwick (80 miles). Both airports are accessible by national rail links or by express bus services which stop outside Queen's College, a 2 minute walk from the Eastgate Hotel.