Romance in the city | three romantic hotel breaks in Oxford

Laura is back to take us on a romantic exploration of her beloved hometown, Oxford.

I think Oxford has a lot to do with why I’m a daydreamer. All those whimsical, poetic vibes seeped into my soul after growing up in and around the city; and they’ll seep into yours too, if you let them. For me, that what makes the city of dreaming spires the perfect place for a romantic break for two.

Oxford’s cobbled streets and whimsical buildings set the backdrop for real romance in the city. Over the centuries, it has captured everyone from artists to scientists to writers. Whether you want the authentic Oxford experience in an ancient hotel, or to discover the modern side of the city with a slick and stylish stay, there are some great places to rest your head after a day spent exploring together.

Here are my top three hotels that’ll suit any budget for a romantic break in Oxford.

A luxury romantic weekend with a setting that is fit for royalty at The Randolph


The Randolph has been an Oxford institution for 150 years. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t entranced by its grand entrance and its swaying British flags above the door. It’s one of those hotels I used to wander past as a child, thinking: “who gets to stay there?”. Well, you can, and it’s the ideal place to splash out and splurge on a special trip for two.

Sitting opposite the grand Ashmolean Museum (one of my favourites) The Randolph provides five-star luxury from the off, with architecture that wows even amidst this iconic part of the city. Inside is just as glorious, the gothic design continues with a stately staircase and high ceilings; the Randolph is exactly what you’d expect from an ancient Oxford icon.

The Randolph Hotel - by Graduate Hotels

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (871 reviews)

A romantic weekend staying amidst the spires at The Old Bank


Oxford’s High Street runs from the medieval Magdalen College to the heart of the city, and is where you’ll find one of my favourite places to stay in Oxford, The Old Bank hotel.

Set in, you guessed it, an old bank building, this elegant hotel provides a dreamy location amidst some of Oxford’s most famous landmarks. Opposite you’ll find the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library, with All Souls and Merton colleges on either side together with a collection of cute cafes and boutique shops on the High Street.

Old Bank Hotel

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (1435 reviews)

An affordable romantic weekend for riverside frolicking at The Oxford Townhouse

A romantic weekend in Oxford doesn’t have to break the bank, with plenty of budget hotels and B&Bs that still offer pretty settings along the city streets. The Oxford Townhouse is one of those hidden gems.

It may be a ten-minute walk from the centre, but what a walk it is. Wandering into town will take you over Folly Bridge, where you can stop for a waterside drink at the Head of the River pub, or you can divert through Christchurch Meadow with its huge swathes of green and riverside paths. If you’d prefer not to walk around the city, you can even jump on a boat at the bridge and punt your way romantically past the very best sights.

The Oxford Townhouse

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (39 reviews)

Laura Feasey

A writer living in London, Laura is currently working on her debut novel – a fictional tale inspired by her travels across America. When she’s not checking out the ideal hotel bed thread-count, she’s penning short stories, writing for various publications & brands, and sharing fashion tales on her blog, LauLauLand.