Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sleeping in a Prison: Malmaison Oxford

This past weekend we took the train from London and went up to Oxford, where btw randomly met Lauren from Aspiring Kennedy and her lovely husband in the train station, such a fun surprise!
We headed towards the Oxford Castle and particularly to the old prison, the Malmaison Oxford (which actually IS the old Oxford prison). The prison closed in 1996 due to overcrowd and in 2006 the Malmaison group refurbished it all to create this stunning hotel. Each room has been created from what used to be 3 cells. N and I stayed in a cell room in the A wing, the original prison cell block. Our room overlooked what was the exercise ward, which now is a beautiful patio.
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Large, very spacious room, with a very masculine luxurious feel. A super comfy bed, with beautiful linens and glossy magazines. 



The bathroom is my dream, a large roll top bath plus walk in shower and beautiful beautiful Mal toiletries. Just perfect! Plush towels and bathrobes made us feel like never leaving.



The building is graded, so the original fixtures had to stay. This is exactly how it looked back when it was a prison. Well, plush carpet was added, and glossy white paint!




The exterior spaces are as well cared as the interior. And guests can enjoy drinks under the sun, when weather permits that is :)



And how stunning is this corner in the entrance lounge. A mix of library, and reading corners, or just a perfect spot to enjoy a calm drink.



All in all, a fantastic stay, I will post separately about the yummy food and the awesome bar. One post can't cover the incredible service and the fun time we had at this fantastic hotel!
N and I were guests of the Malmaison Oxford

22 comments:

  1. h- i loved seeing the inside of this hotel. i pass it everyday and have always wondered what the inside looks like. we eat near it all the time. thanks for coming out to the OX and giving me a tour of the place.

    xo- lbk

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  2. love this!

    xo
    ERin

    pinkandpolos.blogspot.com

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  3. the hotel is amazing! such a creative way of recycling! xo

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  4. This is GORGEOUS -- it looks like such a fun place to stay!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  5. What a unique and fun place to stay...now that it has been changed up that is. Looking forward to your follow up post. xo

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  6. wow what an amazing hotel! there is one in boston called The Liberty Hotel that was an old prison- it's gorgeous too.

    thanks for the bday wishes :)

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  7. whoa that is really intriguing! these photos are so gorgeous too.

    i also love that you randomly ran into lauren!!!

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  8. So unique, Helena!
    Thank goodness there's no stripes anywhere!

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  9. Wow, its exactly how l imagined a prison to look like. Didn't you feel a bit creeped out wondering who had been in your 'cell', and what they had done? Is definitely stay though, just to have a nose! How typical - the prison is too full so we will close it...and no doubt cause overcrowding somewhere else! I'm sure there's logic in there somewhere!

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  10. i love that they had all those glossies in the room! Traveller is soooo good! Fun hotel!

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  11. How cool that you bumped into Lauren, she's a cutie too. This is so interesting how they turned a prison into a chic hotel. You can lock me up in there anytime and I'd be a happy convict! Glad you had fun. xo

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  12. Oh wow, it looks really amazing and original! Thanks for sharing this :D x

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  13. what a fun place to stay! i love the dark and bold colors!

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  14. qué sitio tan chulo y tan inquietante a la vez, se te tiene que disparar la imaginación durmiendo allí. Muy buena idea reconvertirlo en hotel pero dejando parte de su esencia.
    Bsos!!!

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  15. Wow, this is such a unique and interesting hotel! Lucky you staying there. For something that used to be a prison, they've managed to make it look quite glamorous! Wonderful!

    Kat
    http://thissweetreality.blogspot.com

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  16. What an interesting place! It looks gorgeous!

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  17. i love malmaison hotels! i stayed in the one in liverpool when my brother graduated at it was lovely. not sure about how i would feel staying in a former prison, having been into some rather notorious british prisons (study related) i think it would remind me of that experience a little too much!

    x.

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  18. LOVE this! So perfect. x

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  19. Ooo, how neat! Although...was it a little creepy to be staying in an old prison? :p
    -giedre
    www.walkingdotphotography.com

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  20. oh I loved the Malmaison too! Oxford is such a nice place to be!
    xo

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