Malmaison, Oxford Castle

The refurbishment and extension of these listed buildings, formerly a royal castle and latterly a prison, created a contemporary hotel out of the historic fabric, repurposing prison cells as bedrooms and retaining original walkways, stairs and balconies.

Client The Trevor Osborne Property Group

Location Oxford, UK

Status Built


2007 Civic Trust Award
2007 RICS Award
2007 RICS South East Region Award
2007 MIPIM Hotel and Tourism Resorts Award
2007 RIBA South Award


Malmaison, Oxford Castle

The design of Malmaison, Oxford consists of the complete refurbishment of Grade I, II and II* listed buildings and a new extension to form a spectacular hotel with 86 bedrooms, apartments, retail and leisure facilities.

The hotel boasts a rich and remarkable history, witnessing nine centuries of development, first as a royal castle, a court and latterly as a prison. The practice was appointed as the interior architects in collaboration with the lead architects Dixon Jones.

A successful balance has been achieved between the preservation of the historic fa├žade and the innovative and contemporary characteristic design features of the existing building.

Original features such as walkways, balconies, stairs and original brickwork walls have been carefully retained, and the existing three storey atrium of the former prison now performs as the central public space.

The prison cells have been converted into characteristic luxurious and contemporary bedrooms retaining with the original heavy metal entrance doors.

Each bedroom has been individually styled to combine dark-stained timbers with soft fabrics in deep red and brown colours with furnishings in bold colours and patterns.

Malmaison, Oxford Castle
Malmaison, Oxford Castle
Malmaison, Oxford Castle
Malmaison, Oxford Castle
Malmaison, Oxford Castle