The Oxford Hotel was extremely was ideally located for us and was easy to find. It has a large car park which still had spaces despite the hotel being fully booked.
On entering the building the first thing you see is a coffee bar. Reception is off to the left. It would look much nicer if these were swapped round. However, that is only a minor point.
The staff were friendly, if reluctant to finish their own conversation between themselves to deal with us. We were given most of the information we needed but were not told until too late that the restaurant was fully booked. Luckily the bar serves meals as well.
We found our room easily but did meet many people who were lost during our visit!
Our room was not large but was no smaller than those found in many other similar styles of hotel. It reminded me very much of the smaller Holiday Inn rooms I have stayed in. It contained all of the expected equipment and everything worked (though it was difficult to get rid of the sub titles on the tv). The bedside lights were very dim and we felt the room could have done with a bit more lighting. The bed was comfortable and there was no external noise. The only thing we had a problem with was the door outside our room which banged everytime someone went through it. Which they seemed to do a lot given there were not many rooms beyond ours!
As I mentioned, we were unable to eat in the restaurant as it was fully booked so we had a meal in the bar area. Again, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was fairly slow to arrive but was tasty and the portion size was large - neither of us finished our meal as we were so full!
We didn't use the pool at all but looked in - it is rather small!!
Breakfast was quite busy in the morning but empty dishes were re-filled reasonably quickly. The cooked breakfast was good with plenty of choice. Even my toast came out well!!
There was a large queue when we came to check out, then a fire alarm went off. We had nothing to pay or sort out so we just gave over our key and left.
All in all, I would use the hotel again. The food was fine and breakfast plentiful. The rooms were compact but well equiped and the beds comfortable. We were not worried about the distance to the town centre as there are buses and a park and ride nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Oxford Hotel has 168 contemporary rooms and is just two miles from the beautiful and historic Oxford city centre. Perfectly located for holidays and short breaks in Oxford and the Cotswold countryside means you can wander through the spires of Oxford University's ancient colleges, and explore the relics in The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.You can also shop at the designer outlet stores in Bicester Shopping Village. You can also relax in the Health & Leisure Club’s pool, sauna and steam room, get pampered in the beauty rooms and enjoy award-winning food in the AA Rosette restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Oxford Hotel Oxford