Designs for the interior of the revamped Randolph Hotel in Oxford have now been revealed.

In 2019, Chicago-based Graduate Hotels bought the five-star Beaumont Street attraction from the Macdonald group and suggested the name would change to Graduate Oxford.

But in October it then announced that the hotel would remain the Randolph Hotel, part of the Graduate Hotels collection.

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This change of heart came after it emerged that 75 out of 84 staff were being made redundant, as the hotel prepared for a six-month refurbishment programme.

Oxford Mail:

The revamp got under way on October 17 and is now progressing well, with the owners revealing a number of artist’s impressions to show what the hotel will look like inside when it reopens.

Graduate Hotels initially said the Randolph would reopen “in the spring” but has now added that the reopening may be as late as June.

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A spokeswoman for the chain said: “We can confirm that the hotel will be opening in June.”

She added: “Graduate Hotels debuts first European properties in Cambridge and Oxford, Spring 2021. Graduate Hotels is a collection of handcrafted hotels that reside in the dynamic university-anchored cities across the United States.

“The UK hotels’ design is inspired by the unique heritage of the towns and university colleges and will embrace nostalgia and the sense of comfort it brings in a pandemic world.

Oxford Mail:

“Located in the city’s cultural epicentre the Oxford property will be nestled within the University of Oxford and its iconic colleges, including Trinity and St John’s.

“The hotel will also be close to vibrant restaurants and bars, as well as the world-famous Radcliffe Camera and Ashmolean Museum. The design of the 151-key hotel will take inspiration from the university’s history, paying homage to its storied innovators and alumni.”

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Graduate Hotels said interior design details would include “bold hues, textural elements inspired by the region’s natural resources and locally inspired art which will tell the narratives of Oxford’s past.”

Oxford Mail:

The property is now undergoing comprehensive interior and exterior renovations throughout all of the guest rooms, the lobby and common spaces, according to the owners. Room rates will start from £229 per night.

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Oxford Mail:

Graham Jones, a member of traders’ group Rox (Rescue Oxford), said: “The Randolph is an Oxford icon - well-known actors and actresses and international politicians have been among the guests over the years. It will be good for tourism when the Randolph reopens and good for the city.”