Oxford House is a newly renovated lifestyle hotel, located in the buzzing hub of Oxford Street in Paddington. It’s the perfect place if you’re visiting Sydney, or for locals to grab a much-needed staycation.
I stayed at Oxford House with my husband, and we quickly became enamoured with the relaxed but sophisticated vibe throughout the hotel. Our favourite area was the pool bar, and with the amount of rain we have experienced in Sydney over the past year, it felt incredible to soak up the sun.
Walking into the lobby of Oxford House made us realise that this wasn’t a cookie-cutter chain hotel. Although the reception area was small, chandelier lighting hung from the ceiling and the walls were adorned with unique, curved artwork.
Our room was small and minimalistic, but every inch of the room was used well. There were comfy slippers and robes to wear, with a well-stocked minibar and complimentary treats on arrival.
The minibar area also doubled as a dresser, with lighting and a large mirror.
The bathroom door was hidden behind a wooden panel next to the TV, but felt luxurious when you stepped inside. Decked out with floor-to-ceiling grey tiles, the best discovery was the rain shower head.
We spent the afternoon lounging by the pool with a good book and sipping on cocktails. The pool area is reserved exclusively for hotel guests, so it doesn’t get too crowded.
You can’t go wrong with a classic Negroni, and the pool bar has two on the menu — a classic Negroni with Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin, Oscar 697 Rosso Vermouth, and Select Aperitif or a Grapefruit Negroni using Tanqueray gin, Pampelle, Campari and Antica formula.
Since we were so impressed by the cocktails and snack menu, we decided to dine in at the Oxford House restaurant. The interior was gorgeous, with art pieces adorning the walls and low, flat-hanging lighting throughout.
The waitstaff were attentive and helpful, and we were delighted to find that there were many vegan and vegetarian options. Along with another couple of cocktails, we settled on some Oxford House pickles along with flat bread with house-made hummus to start.
The bread was freshly baked and the hummus was to die for, which was a great sign for the rest of the food to come. We shared a roasted cauliflower covered in miso glaze, which was my favourite dish, and grabbed the green bean side salad.
My husband loved the classic vegan cheeseburger, with the fries hitting the spot after a busy day. It was almost impossible to choose a dessert to finish off, but we decided that you can’t go wrong with a hot apple pie and vanilla bean ice cream.
The gigantic dessert was in a form of an empanada, and the flavours all complemented each other perfectly.
After a walk around the area, we slept soundly in our comfortable room. When we awoke the next day, we decided to have our breakfast in the pool bar area. We snagged a table in the courtyard, which is filled with plants and has a relaxed vibe.
After some fresh orange juice and avocado toast, it was sadly time to depart. For us, this was the best hotel to have a staycation here in Sydney, and it ticks all the boxes for visitors to the area.
Oxford Street is a vibrant, buzzing community, with multiple bars and restaurants lining the street. If you’re into beer, check out Bitter Phew — a cult craft beer brew pub that has 12 rotating taps.
For those looking to shop, you’re in luck! The area is known for its fashion, with many pop-up boutiques and markets lining the street. Guests that are in the area on a Saturday will also be able to visit the famous Paddington Markets, which takes place at 10am every week. With over 150 stalls, there’s bound to be something for everybody.
The hotel has 56 rooms, with three suites for those looking to splash out on their getaway. Oxford House has taken inspiration from Palm Springs, with a sleek design and muted colours.
We absolutely loved our stay here, and can’t wait to come back again one day.
Yahoo Lifestyle was a guest of Oxford Hotel in November.
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