From New Orleans, we headed north up Mississippi to Oxford. Aside from a stop in Jackson for some amazing pulled pork disco fries, we made our way straight to Oxford and were especially excited for a stay at the Graduate Oxford. When we arrived, we fell in love with the town, but even more so with our hotel. We got to feel like we were heading back to college at the Graduate Oxford, especially since the lobby area was full of students studying.
Of course, the hotel is what we all dream our college experience to be. Perfect decor and style, something I know I attempted and failed during my four years at Manhattan College. But, the classic collegiate decor does take one back down memory lane, and just like my college days, I didn’t want my stay to end.
A few years ago, a friend suggested Oxford, Mississippi as a town I would enjoy. I didn’t know much about it, but after some research, I decided it would be the perfect place to visit on this road trip around the States. Luckily, the Graduate Oxford is located in the middle of it all, making exploring super easy. At night, we opted to eat and get drinks at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, but in the morning, we walked into town for brunch and for some shopping. Graduate Oxford was the perfect starting point for our explorations of Oxford.
As soon as we stepped inside the Graduate Oxford, I fell in love with the decor, starting with the light pink floor. Everything just seemed so perfectly in place. The lobby was full of college students studying and there was an energy not often found in a hotel lobby, I loved it.
The hotel has two restaurants for easy and convenient dining options. Downstairs there’s the cozy Cabin 82, which serves Southern classics in a setting that stirs up the comforts of home and a front porch. We didn’t have the chance to eat here on this trip, but you can be sure we’ll be back. We did, however, grab dinner at Coop, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, with great views of the city center. I’d highly recommend the chicken and waffle sliders and Ms. Ole Miss cocktail.
We walked into our room and immediately didn’t want to leave. It probably helps that we were upgraded to a suite because there was so much space, we were ready to move in. As soon as we entered the room, we noticed the record player, a feature I had never seen in a hotel room. We spent hours going through and playing each of the records stored in our room. It was one of my favorite perks.
The living space also gave me a great place to get some writing done, as I felt extra inspired in such a beautiful space. In the other room, we had the most comfortable bed, and a beautiful, big bathroom. There were small touches we loved, such as the hotel’s information book that looked like a composition notebook, the Do Not Disturb sign on a collegiate flag, and our hotel keys that were student id cards.
Creating a college-themed hotel could backfire, but Graduate does it in the classiest of ways. Their attention to detail really makes the experience. With several other hotels across America, I’ll be looking for their properties again in the future, and hopefully will make a return trip to Oxford one day in the future.
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We were guests of Graduate Oxford, but that in no way affected my experience. As always, all opinions are my own.