This is easily the worst hotel I have ever stayed in and I would not recommend anyone book here.
We did expect a cheap and cheerful crashpad for a couple of nights. We chose the Victoria only because its close to the centre of Oxford, which isn't blessed with mid-price hotels. Unlike some other reviewers, we didn't find it too noisy in the hotel itself, though club noise was audible and there is a building site next to the hotel. A loud buzzsaw was droning at about 11pm on the Friday of our stay. The room wasn't too dirty, though one corner was quite dusty. The reception staff were polite, though one didn't seem interested when we mentioned some of the problems we'd encountered.
But, there were several problems here that ruined our stay:
1/ The pictures of the rooms on Booking.com do not reflect what the rooms are like.
2/The room was drab beyond belief. This hotel needs a trigger-warning for people with suicidal tendencies. It's bleak and brutal and to such a degree that it seems to have been designed to punish or break the spirits of its guests.
3/ In our bathroom, the faucet sprayed right into the room at waist level, drenching you and the opposing wall when you turned it on.
4/The shower leaked from the base, so the bathroom floor was always wet.
5/The toilet seat was loose
6/There was no regular coffee, only decaf (a first world problem, I realise, but again another of the nice little touches that informed us that the management doesn't give a monkeys).
7/ The bed had a horrible nylon blanket that gave me a shock and the bed had sheets rather than a duvet. It was a bit like being in hospital in the 1970s.
8/The room smelled musty, like stale loose tea, and it seemed to smell worse after it was cleaned.
These would be minor gripes if the hotel were cheap, but at over £100 a night the rate seems extortionate.