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No Expense Spared: The Macdonald Randolph

12 July 2018

There's a palpable sense of excitement in the lobby of the Macdonald Randolph Hotel. It starts when you're greeted by the doorman in his coattails and top hat, and lingers as you go further inside. As you approach the reception desk team members with their kind, welcoming smiles, you'll feel the wave of calm as you realise that you're going to be well taken care of. There are so many reasons to visit Oxford, from the museums to the shops, but here are five key reasons why you should make the Macdonald Randolph your choice for where to stay:

Your Stress Floats Away: The Spa is quite literally an oasis of calm. As you walk down the spiral staircase from the lobby to the Spa reception, you'll feel lighter with each step. Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, the Spa is a destination in its own right with no expense spared on the additional features such as the deluxe treatment rooms (including a suite for couples - ideal for proposals or to enjoy your treatment alongside your best pal) and - our favourite - the Thermal Suite. Completely complimentary for guests to use, once you put on your fluffy robe and slippers, you'll understand what we mean. 

No Distance to Fine Dining: You'll find inventive, scrumptious breakfast, lunch and dinner options at Acanthus, where the chef sources the freshest ingredients from some of the UK's top suppliers. Every foodie knows where you have to go to get the best Club Sandwich in town for lunch and a simply divine steak dinner (of course thoughtfully paired with wine if you would like). There's also the Drawing Room where Afternoon Tea takes on a new level of reality with the finesse of gourmet sweets and baked treats. And don't forget the Morse Bar, featured on many an episode of 'Inspector Morse', where locals and guests alike go for meticulously crafted cocktails and well poured pints.

Famous Faces: The Macdonald Randolph has had its fair share of famous faces walking its halls. You could be enjoying Afternoon Tea in the exact same chair Winston Churchill or Hillary Clinton did. And the staff there knows to treat everyone with the same first-class service, so you might be dining next to dignitaries or staying in a room down the hall from a head of state the next time you stay, but you'll never know it.

VIP Treatment: The Executive Lounge is discreet, serving canapes and champagne in evening to guests staying in suite bedrooms. It's an additional level of special service that you won't find in any other place in Oxford. You can expect personalised attention and plush leather sofas to get another layer of insulation from the busy streets outside.

Extra effort: The team at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel truly want you to enjoy your stay, so personal touches are part of the job. Whether it's delighting a young birthday girl when she sees her room decorated in her favourite Peppa Pig theme with matching bed-sheets, or a special menu for an intimate, romantic meal, if you can dream it, the staff will do everything they can to make it a reality.

You have to see it and stay at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel for yourself. Everyone deserves to get a taste of being a VIP.

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