I have stayed at the hotel 6 or 7 times over the last few months, on stays ranging from one night to three nights.
As I put in my original review I think the staff are great, even if there is a mistake or it is a bit slow the friendly service often makes up for it. This spans across front desk, bar and dining room staff. I think with an upgraded room the hotel offers good value for money, they have always been very clean. I have to admit I prefer the premium rooms on the ground floor by reception. If you are here for leisure then I guess the 1st floor rooms may be better but I prefer the short walk to and from the gym and the bar, and also to reception when checking in/out. Where possible whenever I have asked for one of these rooms the staff have put me in them, great service.
My major criticism in my earlier review was the restaurant. In my subsequent stays it continued to be terrible – I recall asking for a glass of Prosecco, which after a lengthy delay eventually arrived. The look and taste was certainly not prosecco, but it was served in a tall sparkling glass. When I asked the waitress she didn’t think there was anything wrong in telling me that they had run out so she gave me something else instead. Had I been asked I may not have minded this, but the idea that I may not notice the difference between a bubbly prosecco and a dry white was actually quite funny.
I actually grew to quite like the ‘Fawlty Towers’ escapades that I knew were guaranteed in the restaurant. After a busy day of client meetings if was often a good way to unwind, knowing I would be able to have a good laugh about something. I grew to expect and accept it. Unfortunately things seem to have improved. A new restaurant manager is on board who not only seems to have shaken the kitchen up a bit but is also friendly. The last two restaurant visits were very good, although I did only have caesar salad, so maybe I should order something more challenging next time.
Will continue to stay here largely thanks to the guys on the front line who always make the effort. Not to forget the gym guys, last 3 or 4 spin classes have been very good, just remember to book up before you go as they are always full.
- 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