Fifty miles north of London, Oxford has been a university town since the 13th century. Cowley Road runs from the eastern end of downtown Oxford’s High Street for a little more than one mile through the city’s suburbs. A selection of hotels are located within a one-mile radius of Cowley Road. Many of Oxford’s principal attractions are linked to university life, such as the Bodleian Library and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
The Old Black Horse
Less than a hundred yards from the north end of Cowley Road, and a 10-minute walk from downtown Oxford, the Old Black Horse is housed in a 17th-century coaching inn. The hotel provides a cooked breakfast each morning, with lunch and dinner also available. Nearby dining alternatives include RJ@twentyone, which serves Mediterranean dishes in a room with chic, European styling, and the Pink Giraffe Chinese Restaurant. A 10-minute walk from the Old Black Horse, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden boasts a collection of more than 7,000 plants.
Hawkwell House Hotel
Set in a Victorian country house in three acres of grounds, Hawkwell House Hotel is just over a mile from Cowley Road, in the small village of Iffley with its 12th-century Norman church. The main building has 51 bedrooms and the adjacent Elm House, set in the hotel’s gardens, has a further 15. The on-site Arezzo Restaurant serves a fine-dining menu with British and European dishes. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the River Thames, which features pleasant leafy walks and traditional English pubs along its banks, such as the Isis tavern and the Head of the River.
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
The Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel is on the High Street in downtown Oxford, a few minutes’ walk from Cowley Road’s northern limit. The hotel occupies a converted former coaching inn and features interiors that combine the traditional and the contemporary. The High Table Brasserie and Bar serves contemporary European cuisine. For views across the Oxford cityscape, visit Carfax Tower and climb the 99 steps to the 74-foot high summit. The tower is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
The Old Bank Hotel
The Old Bank Hotel enjoys a convenient position in central Oxford, a 10-minute walk from Cowley Road. The hotel is set in a fine Georgian building that, unsurprisingly, was once a bank, and now features interiors decorated with modern artworks. The on-site Quod Brasserie’s modern bistro menu features Mediterranean dishes, and guests can enjoy summer al fresco dining on the courtyard terrace. The Quod stages live jazz every Sunday. Oxford’s covered market, which sells everything from fish to flowers, is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
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