Graduate Hotels acquires Oxford site

Graduate Hotels announced it has acquired the Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford.

The Oxford hotel will be rebranded as Graduate Oxford, and is set to open in Spring 2021.

Renovations for the 151-room site, situated near the University of Oxford, will begin in Fall 2020. The hotel will undergo a series of “comprehensive” interior and exterior renovations that will include all guest rooms, the lobby and common spaces. 

Graduate Hotels, owned by American company AJ Capital Partners, says that the new design will “take inspiration from the centuries of University of Oxford history and tradition, paying homage to storied creators, innovators and notable alumni throughout.”  

It added: “Guests can expect intricate architectural details complemented with spirited hues and bold fabrics that tell the stories of Oxford’s remarkable past.”

Phillip Allen, Graduate Hotels chief development officer, international markets, said: We are thrilled to announce the continued international expansion of the Graduate Hotels collection into one of the oldest and most prestigious university communities in the world. 

“Our team is incredibly inspired by the people, places and institutions that call this dynamic destination home and look forward to creating a hospitality experience that speaks uniquely to Oxford.”

Founded by Ben Weprin in 2014, Graduate Hotels currently operates 21 hotels in towns across the US. It has 12 additional properties currently under development, all of which are poised to open in 2021.

Graduate Oxford marks the second Graduate site to launch outside of the US, following the announcement that Graduate Cambridge will launch in 2020. 

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