Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

, Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 145

Abingdon Road - Oxford - England - OX1 4PS - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01865324324
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Not so good for business traveler who needs connectivity

from recoveringchocoholic
The hotel was fine, the decoration was inoffensive and the room was well appointed and comfortable. I stayed in room #1, and expected to hear corridor traffic because of that but it turned out not to be a problem at all. I did not use the restaurant except for breakfast buffet, which was good. The lobby/bar area can get smokey. Walking to the city center is pleasant and safe, about one mile. The immediate surroundings are pleasant, with open spaces and greenery.
There are however problems for a business traveler. One is that Internet connection costs a whopping 17 GBP per night (over $32), which is entirely ridiculous. For that you get a marginal WiFi signal and fairly low fluctuating bandwidth. Another is security for your equipment. If you have a laptop, there is no way to secure it. No room safe (which are marginally secure anyway, but will at least discourage casual theft), and the front desk is not ready to accept responsibility (they'll take your laptop and put it on a shelf in the office if you ask, but not even give you a receipt).

Lovely Hotel

from jackomorr
I stayed at this hotel last weekend with my Husband and Son and some friends, the staff were very professional, from the check-in through to the bar staff and restaurant staff, nothing was too much trouble.

The large entrance is grand without being pretentious, there is a lift for the upper floors but we were in a room on the ground floor, checkin was very quick and then we made our way to the room, (no 19) we had a triple as we were sharing with our son, it was a double made up of two large singles pushed together with a sheet over, then two large single Duvets (one each) and a large blanket over the top, a bit strange but it beat fighting over the duvet! our son had a large proper single bed, not a pull down settee which we normally get in a triple, the windows opened out onto a side view of the entrance and because of the angle the next windows were facing outward, so we were not overlooked and it was very quiet.
The room was quite large with mahogany and brass furniture, a large TV with some Sky channels, 2 telephones etc, everything you could need and beautifully decorated with framed pictures on the wall, the large bathroom had a powerful shower with a retractable clothesline you could pull out over the bath (handy for drying swimming things), large sink and all the little extras, we also had an emergency cord in there which my husband accidentally pulled while looking for the light switch and they telephoned the room within 20 seconds to see if we were alright.
everything was extremely clean with not a cobweb or speck of dust in sight.
Although the wall were quite thin as most newer hotels are, we could not hear any noise apart from someone having their TV on really loud one morning, no talking or flushing toilets, the corridor could get a bit noisy with people coming back from the bar, but the corridors were fully carpeted so only voices.
The restaurant menu was not that exiting, but it was very well cooked and the waiting staff were marvellous, as soon as you had cleared your plate they were in to take it and bring the next course, the breakfast was plentiful for a full English and also Continental was available including pastries, meats, cottage cheese, brie, tea or coffee was offered at the table and the waiters were very good.
The pool was large and warm with the "four Pillars" roman thing going on, also the spa pool, steam room and Sauna.
There was planty of space for sitting around with lots of chairs, including the bar which had sofas and chairs to sit in groups and books around the wall, again the public rooms were very nicely decorated (the bar is open til 4am).
All in all a very nice stay.

Dreary food, patchy service

from DEBDublin_Ireland
Dreary food was a big disappointment on a 2-night business stay at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel. The menus sounded OK but execution was poor. Dining room service was very patchy - I had finished my main course by the time my wine arrived, and things ran out at the lunch buffet. However, a faulty shower thermostat was replaced while I had breakfast - that is 4 star service! Pleasant location, surrounded by fields near the river, just a short walk from the city centre.

Not really worth the money

from ThomasK
Myself and my partner stayed here for a relaxing city break. The hotel was nice enough, but I would agree with the other reviews that it was not really worth the money.
Our room was reasonably sized and we'd managed to get DBB deal online, our bathroom was clean. The restaurant, again you had to book even though it was empty??! And you had to book for breakfast, which kind of spoiled the holiday, not having a long lie - in. Breakfast was good (always the best bit) but the dinner in the evening was nothing exceptional and I would suggest going out into Oxford for food in the evening- even though it can be an expensive city it would be better value. The restaurant staff were nothing to write home about, and in parts quite rude.
As other reviews state it isn't what I expected from a 4* hotel, even though it can be quite costly, it still seems a bit cheap and tacky on the outside.
Good value if you get a cheap online deal, but I would not advise paying full price for this Hotel.

A very poor 4**** hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked this hotel because I liked the idea of the leisure club and the location.

The outside of the hotel is beautiful, country style, but the inside is a different matter. Opened in 1999 you expect a more modern looking interior. The reception and foyer area are as you would expect. But as you head on to the rooms it is a different matter. Dark wooden doors and surrounds, yellow walls and green carpet just don't match the exterior. All the furniture was dark and whilst the rooms were of reasonable size, I think it all just seemed very drab. Bathrooms were small and pokey, seeming somewhat tired and in need of an overhall.

We did however get a great deal with dinner/bed & breakfast in a Connoisseur room. The room size we had would be considered small seeing it was an upgraded room.

A nice stroll along the river into the centre of Oxford is appealing and ease of parking at hotel makes for a pleasant location.

We ordered a newspaper for each morning, we ordered the Daily Mail, and received the Oxford Mail and then on the Sunday we received two papers, one of which we ordered the day before!

Breakfast was fine with plenty to choose from, we never really had a problem with getting seated. The evening meals were tasty on the first night, serving staff were great, but having re-heated roast potatoes on the second night was completely unexpected. You have to book in for your evening meal, but as the restaurant was deserted I don't really understand why we had to.

The leisure club was a real let down. We waited 20mins at reception to get a towel (no staff were in site). The gym was well equipped, but as this is a public club, I dread to think what it is like in peak hours.

I would personally try and find a better hotel. But if you can get a cheap deal and put up with its drab interior and poor leisure club, I am sure it will make for a nice stay.

Not a Four-Star Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The "grand" entrance and the garden were the only 4-star things about this hotel. The foyer stunk of grease and stale smoke. The walls of the rooms were done "on the cheap" and allowed us to hear other tenants talking and using the toilet. There was a wedding party at the hotel while we were there; we were kept up all night by people running up and down the hallways talking and yelling. The full english was served buffet-style, which I would not expect from a 4-star hotel. Positives: the bathroom was clean and we enjoyed the pool and health spa. If the price was cut in half and the rating lowered to a more appropriate 2-star, I would stay again.

Great Hotel -great location

from Dartmouth
We have just come back from a 3 night stay at the Oxford Spires. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. We had two rooms, which were clean, well equipped and spacious. Our children's room across the hall was very quietly located with a field view. Our room was overlooking the car park which was ok apart from early in the morning when you could hear the workmen whistling and lorries dropping bricks (or similar off). Also the cleaners tend to start early.

The food in the restaurant was really good, but after 3 nights it would have been nice to have a change of set menu! The swimming pool area was really clean and not too cold.

All the staff were efficient and friendly.

We would certainly stay in this hotel again.

Good all rounder

from pxil
I booked this hotel for myself and three friends and found it far better than I had expected given some negative reviews here.
Everyone we met was friendly and efficient and the room was well appointed, quiet and comfortable with pleasant views.
The biggest plus was the location - a few minute walk to town and the option of wandering along the river bank if you wish.
Agreed the coridoors are a bit long and meandering but I didn't feel it a major gripe.
Would definitely visit again.

Great Hotel - Good Value for Money

from jackiem
We have stayed here twice Jan 2004 and Jan 2005. It is 10 to 15 minutes walk to town but the bus stops right outside and is very frequent. It has free car parking - a bonus in Oxford.
The rooms are spacious and well furnished.
Leisure club pool is a good size but can get crowded. I didn't use the gym but it looked well eqipped. The sauna is very small.
The dinner in the restaurant was good value (dinner was included in our deal but a supplement was payable for steak). The food was excellent though service can be a bit hit and miss. The menu changes daily so worth looking at the day's menu in the morning before you decide if you wish to book a table.
Breaksfast can be a nightmare if you come down after 9am on weekends as it is very busy. It is self service with a good choice of hot and cold food.
Overall I woudl recommend the hotel. Check out their website for good deals especially out of season that often include dinner.
We will stay here again as it is so convenient for Oxford and good value for money.
Compared to other Oxford hotels it is a great location with well appointed rooms and the leisure complex is a bonus.

Not the best

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just got back from one night at Oxford Spires and I think next time we go to Oxford we'll try our luck elsewhere. While the concierge was very helpful, for the most part the service was dubious. The hotel is also in need of refurbishment, It doesn't quite look shabby, but it soon will. On the plus side the room service caesar salad was very nice, and they forgot to add it to our bill. This was after they tried to charge us (a cheaper rate!) than we'd already paid via the website we booked with. Overall just not that great.

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  • Address: Abingdon Road - Oxford - England - OX1 4PS - United Kingdom
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