Historical Traveller Reviews of The Oxford Hotel
Have just stayed at the Oxford Hotel for a weekend birthday celebration. Were expecting great things from the £11m refurbishment but were sadly disappointed. This is no more than a glorified Travelodge. Paid extra for an upgraded room which was spacious but either too hot or freezing depending on whether the air conditioning was on. Expected a mini bar and not to have to pay £4.50 for ice to be brought to the room! Dinner was included in the rate and decidedly average. Loved the plastic chairs in the dining room. Choices were limited to a maximum of £22.50 and vegetables and potatoes were extra which was a bit of a con. The bar was smokey and not a pleasant place for an after dinner drink. We came home early on the Saturday morning - definitely not worth the money!
Conveniently located, we were pleased with our stay at The Oxford. The room was nice with a decent sized bed. The Bar was OK although one of the screens on the multiscreen TV was broken and the Restaurant was good but by no means Michelin!
What made this Hotel stand out from the crowd was the friendliness of the staff. You don't expect cheery greetings as you walk down the corridor but that's what you get. All the staff were helpful and efficient. I would certainly make it my first choice for future visits to Oxford.
I have to say I have a very mixed opinion of this hotel, on the one hand the lobby and bar are impressive upon entry, and the health club facilities were good, however on the other hand there were a few things that were not so pleasing. For a start I could not understand why we had only been given one towel when there were two of us in the room, and perhaps more crucially I only realised this after using the shower! That evening I asked for an extra one at reception and it was delivered but I did find this a bit of an inconvenience. In addition, despite asking for a quiet room if possible my partner and I hardly managed a wink's sleep between us. Partly due to the unbearable heat in the room which meant that we had to keep our windows open (as the air conditioning had no effect) and partly due to the staff banging doors and trolleys around outside our room at 7am. Breakfast was varied although the cooked part seemed like it had been hanging around for a while and despite being listed on the menu as grilled tasted very greasy, I would also have appreciated something vegetarian rather than simply offering the non-meat foods such as tomatoes and mushrooms as 'vegetarian choice'. On the more positive side though, staff were generally friendly, rooms were spacious and clean and the hotel is in a close enough location to oxford (5-10 mins drive). If you can get a good rate, e.g anything under £100 a room I would say this is a worthwhile stay, but I wouldn't pay much more.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at The Oxford Hotel for one night. The hotel was clean, welcoming, fun, had nice rooms and pool.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, and the breakfast was very nice.
I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially those staying in order to visit Oxford.
One Night is Just Right!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Oxford Hotel for the Festival of Flight (Woodstock). Perfect location - only five miles up the road. The staff were courteous and helpful - although they still did not get my bill right - after three reminders (two of which were earlier e-mails). Our stay including Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for £100 for two people (although we were charged £105). The menu was good although not extensive and the food well presented. The waiter could not stop asking if everything was ok - which could be a little over the top but his enthusiasm could not be faulted. Overall the restaurant and breakfast was of a very high standard. Unfortunately, dinner was marred by a drunken lady with her partner who kept dropping everything and had to be carried out of the restaurant!!! The room, although small, was more than adequate for our one night stay with the usual array of toiletries and pay as go films etc. The Pool was very welcoming after a long drive although I found the facilities a little basic to what I normally expect of a four star hotel. We were first down to the pool in the morning - good thing too - there were only three towels to go round!!
Overall a good hotel - although one night on route to somewhere else is ample.
from A TripAdvisor Member
On first impressions this hotel is quite spacious and luxurious. The lobby was very big with a lounge with coffee stand and bar. The staff were helpful and courteous.
Our room was average size, clean and nicely presented. There was air conditioning (if a little noisy) and television with films to order etc.
The self service break was lovely with everything from bacon and eggs to croissants, fruit and cereal.
It is approx 2 miles from Oxford Centre which was very, very busy with tourists but otherwise a very nice city centre which was easily accessible by car.
Just one note, if you are leaving the hotel car park by car you will need to ask at reception for a token for the barrier in order to get out.
Great Place to Stay
This hotel is wonderful! I am incredibly picky and I don't understand the people who didn't like it. My room (a single) was large by UK standards and the bathroom wonderful with a shower and tub! It had air conditioning which was a blessing in the summer heat. Most of all, the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. They patiently gave me directions, helped with luggage and were all together delightful. This will be my first choice when I return to Oxford!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed for one night in the Oxford Hotel, not with high expectations after reading the previous reviews, but it turned out to be rather luxurious - definitely more than I was expecting for my £80. The room was spacious and nicely decorated in a modern style. It was one of the best hotel rooms I've ever stayed in. My biggest gripe about it was that it smelled rather perfumed. Yes, there was no minibar, but that didn't bother me. It was a better-than-average room for a four-star hotel. Breakfast was an exorbitant £10.50, but it was good and there was plenty to choose from. The staff I encountered were not native English speakers, but I had no problem communicating with any of them. The hotel is a long way out from the centre, near the ring road, but here's a bus stop a couple of hundred metres from the hotel - you need to get directions from the reception to find it.
Not Bad at all!!!
From reading previous reviews on this hotel - I have to say was presently suprised. The lobby is huge with comfortable chairs and coffe shop, the bar is modern and has plenty of seating and great big screen TV screen. The bar is expensive but the usual 4 star hotel prices. Lesiure club is quite small but smart and well set out - nice small swimming pool.
Bedrooms where quite small but modern very clean and well done out and all the amenities and A/C as you would expect, plus great shower. Restaurant is very nice good british food, and breakfast even though hotel was fully booked when I stayed was still very fresh and plentifull and no long ques for the buffett, or tea and coffee and toast.
One small issue was that when checking in and checking out. Firstly they hadnt fully made my amendments i had asked prior to arrival (room types/names etc) but this was rectified quickly and also they had overcharged on food items which again was resolved when i highlighted the points.
All in all a great hotel very smart and clean, staff i thought where great and polite espically lesuire club and restaurant - i wouid recommend the hotel to anyone familes, couples and business guests.
took my boyfriend for a birthday treat and was so dissapointed. the room was tiny, and cold, no mini bar, and we were even charged a tray charge for them bringing glasses to our room, when we had asked for some at the bar and told they had none left!
thought that the pool/sauna/steam room might make up for this but the steam room wasn't up and running and the pool was being cleaned. the sauna was ok.
for the price and location (which is far from central) i felt this was hugely dissapointing.
Top Local Tips for Oxford
This should not be missed - particularly if the weather is good, because the park and gardens are very extensive and well maintained. If you have not been in the house before give it a try - because its a history lesson that people would do well to to be reminded off as well as the Churchill coonections of course!
Use The Local Bus
The is a bus that stops just outside the hotel every 15mins. The number 6 that drops of and picks up in the city centre. Reception can give you all the info including bus times.
open top bus!
Make sure you have a trip on the open top bus. The guides are very knowledgable and friendly. Money well spent!