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Bear Hotel

Market Place, Wantage OX12 8AB , England
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for one night with several family members in a number of rooms. The staff were great and everyone made us feel so welcome right from checkin to checkout. We had an impromptu meal that night about 9pm with no notice and they worked out a long table for us and the food was great. Great portions and very tasty.... More 

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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived, they have limited carparking facilities, there is one at the rear of the hotel, however if you arrive the night before Market the carpark at the front has to be clear by six in the Morning. The room was nice and clean, sheets and bathroom immaculate. The bed was not very comfortable, they had put a mattress topper on... More 

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bearwantage, Owner at Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your very detailed review. We are very sorry that we did not live up to your expectations. Regarding our limited car parking - yes it is limited...we don't have any but a fairly large long stay car park is across the road with lengthy free periods. The central market place car park is only for 30 minutes... More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Hotel is in a great location in the market square of Wantage. The exterior and public spaces look quite charming. The courtyard facing room was small but comfortable - view was dull. Staff are very friendly. Overall for the money its not bad value as a place to sleep not linger.

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Donaghadee, United Kingdom
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48 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The positives are really friendly staff, very helpful, centrally situated, clean rooms, piping hot water in the bathroom, fast WiFi, lots of coffee and tea in the room. And the individually cooked breakfasts are fresh and delicious (no buffet food here!). The negatives, however, are overwhelming. It is the end of June, early July, and it is very hot! There... More 

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bearwantage, Owner at Bear Hotel, responded to this review

Sorry that you found the hotel too hot. It has been very warm and being a town centre hotel does mean some noise if windows are to be opened. Thank you for your kind remarks about the staff and hope to see you again. More 

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47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I visit Wantage frequently to visit famiky who like the food at The Bear and have friends from Australia who were happy with their 2 week stay. Our experience was very different and I guess if you get a refurbished room you will be pleased like my friends but we got room 29! Not for us the decorative cushions and... More 

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bearwantage, Owner at Bear Hotel, responded to this review

We are sorry you found your room unacceptable and I only wish you had spoken to one of the team. We are over two thirds of the way through our refurbishment now and in fact room 29 is underway as I write. We took the bear on 4 years ago and we are gradually working our way through the entire... More 

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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I felt the need to put a deserving review on here. Having read all the other reviews and with limited accommodation in the area I was cautious about putting family visiting the area into the bear but as a regular diner thought I should go with my gut and trust that the rooms may well be as good as the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Stayed here for one night while walking "The Ridgeway" The hotel was clean and tidy as was the room, which was an adequate average hotel room. The staff were approachable and friendly. The breakfast was ok. Nothing about the hotel excited me, however it did serve its purpose

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Stayed one night during our walk of the Ridgeway. Room was comfortable clean and spacious although had a bit of a mixture of furniture. The staff were friendly and we had an evening meal in the restaurant which we enjoyed. Breakfast was included and seemed to be cooked to order.

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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

we stay at his hotel when visiting family and dont always want a cooked breakfast, even though it states on the breakfast menu that they provide fresh fruit pastries and croissants this is not correct!! there is no fresh fruit, no pastries and no croissants!!! you can have tinned grapefruit or tinned prunes!! no cheeses or muffins, breakfast is very... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I stayed with colleagues on business, the hotel is in a good location in the middle of the town with easy access to shops, restaurants, pubs etc. There is no parking of it's own but plenty available close at hand. There are plenty of signs of improvement and the general standard of decoration is good, my own room was freshly... More 

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