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Macdonald Bear Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Park St, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
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Ranked #4 of 6 hotels in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since our retirement my wife and I have stayed in the Oxford hotels in the central area quite regularly usually 1 or 2 nights, although only an hour drive from our home . Then we found The Bear although a few minutes from the city centre we find it more relaxing. Due to a problem in the past in a... More

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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely hotel and restaurant. we stayed in a courtyard room but found as the building was old that we heard lots of noise and creaks from room occupied above. Reception were very helpful with this. Would definitely stay again as hotel, Woodstock and Blenheim all fabulous.

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Marrakech
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I have just returned from a weekend break at the Bear Hotel. Situated in the heart of Woodstock with plenty of parking, it is easy to find and perfectly situated. Throughout our stay, we could not fault the staff. We found everyone to be extremely helpful; friendly and professional. The breakfast was extensive and delicious. Our standard... More

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Billericay, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have just returned from a fabulous three day break at The Bear hotel in Woodstock. It was our 35th Anniversary and the staff made us feel very special and nothing was too much for them. Our room was beautifully appointed and kept spotless. The food in the restaurant was outstanding, a sheer delight for the taste... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time and trouble to submit your review following your stay at the Macdonald Bear Hotel – congratulations on your 35th anniversary! I was delighted to note that you enjoyed your stay, particularly the helpfulness of the staff. Please be assured that I have passed your comments to them, as I know they will... More

Stockport, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stopped here for one night for a special occasion, however were disappointed, especially given the premium price of this hotel. We expected a lot better. On the plus side, reception and the concierge were very helpful. Note, this is an old coaching inn with no lift, so I was glad someone else carried the bags up... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for my friends wedding at Blenheim Palace and my daughter and I shared a double room. The room was dark and dirty, with cobwebs in the bathroom which had a low ceiling so easy to reach and remove. The plug hole was blocked so when I took a shower the bath filled up with soapy dirty water.... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your stay with us. I was pleased to note that you found the team attentive and you enjoyed your breakfast experience, however may I sincerely apologise for your disappointment your accommodation. I would like to assure you that your feedback is in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for the weekend 9th Aug The staff are very helpfull and pleasant in all areas of the hotel. The breakfast is spot on. I'm sorry to say the room for the price and the star rating was a bit disappointing after seeing the photos when booking,We were in room 50 and the bath had mill due growing... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to review the Macdonald Bear following your stay with us. I was sorry to note that you left us disappointed, and was extremely concerned to learn of the housekeeping standards you experienced. I would like to assure you that this is not in any way reflective of our usual standards and I... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We canceled another booking and reserved 2 rooms at the Bear because they showed that King Size beds were available.Upon check-in they tried their best to give us full size beds instead. I finally had to get mad before they offered us a satisfactory solution: One suite with a Queen Bed (that we paid for) and one room with twin... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your stay with us. I was pleased to note that you enjoyed some aspects of your stay, particularly the cleanliness of your room and the assortment of teas and coffees available. I am also glad that the team were able to offer... More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband booked a surprise two nights stay in a feature double room at this hotel for a special occasion and because it is conveniently located close to Blenheim Palace. Rooms We stayed in the lovely Clementine Room (room 30) which had a very large modern bathroom. Annoyingly, as there was no hot water we had to boil many kettles... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest It was with concern that I read your review and I was sorry to learn of your disappointment. Your feedback is in no way reflective of our usual high standards and I have completed a full investigation into your comments with the team. I have emailed you directly today to reassure you personally. Best wishes Paola Cassotti General... More

Cheltenham
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot recommend this place for lunch. It has little merit, except the staff are polite and helpful. The service generally is very slow, the portions of food parsimoniously small and the prices unreasonable. £5 for a soft drink and £9.30 for two coffees is shameful. They seem to have pretensions to be very much more up-market than they are.... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your stay with us. I am pleased that the team were helpful, however I was sorry to note that you experienced slow service and were disappointed with our pricing. Please be assured that we review our pricing regularly so that our pricing... More

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Address: Park St, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Woodstock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Bear Hotel 4*
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Also Known As:
Hotel Macdonald Bear
Macdonald Bear Woodstock
Bear Hotel Woodstock
Bear Hotel Uk Woodstock

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Macdonald Bear Hotel is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Oxfordshire and part of The Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection. Set in Woodstock, in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, our hotel combines history and culture with exceptional facilities. With direct access to the historic city of Oxford, our hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks, business and weddings.Our hotel is a perfect venue for celebrations, events and conferences; we boast superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms, peaceful views over the courtyard and stunning period features.Our hotel in Oxfordshire is perfect for a relaxing retreat. Roam the historic city of Oxford and marvel in the dreaming spires or linger in the city's many shops and museums. Once you've finished exploring - we recommend a visit to our award-winning restaurant and bar for the finest of fares and a well deserved nightcap. ... more   less 
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