When I first arrived I was thrilled to find such a beautiful hotel set in parkland leading down to the Thames. My room in the West Wing was beautiful with a view down the river. I had a large bed, loads of space in the room with table and comfortable chairs, coffee making facilities, fridge, iron & board, compact but clean bathroom with powerful shower over the bath. There was nice carpet on the bedroom floor, flat screen TV and good lighting. There is also a desk/dressing table with mirror. Two hair dryers were provided (one low power one in the bathroom) and plenty of wardrobe space. The bed was very comfortable.
The conference facilities were great. Coffee stations outside each room, nuts & seeds, old fashioned sweets - remember fruit salad, love hearts and refreshers? Mini tubs of ice cream appeared one afternoon and bowls of ice with cans of cold drinks nestling in it. Cookies and pastries often appeared and all this helped to brighten up the working environment we were in.
Breakfast had all the usual suspects and was served buffet style. There was no butter and marmalade on the table and we were not offered tea and toast until we went to find someone who could get it for us. Given that they don't have to serve you the hot food, the least they could do is make sure all the other bits are dealt with in a professional manner.
Lunches were quite good with steak pie, pasta, chicken in sauces etc and a cheese board as well as dessert.
The set meal we had in the evening was awful. Mushroom soup with an oil slick on top - tasted disgusting. Then sea bass on risotto. After hearing that some colleagues had eaten risotto the night before and been sick, I did not risk it, but the following day I discovered a larger number had spent the night in their bathrooms.
This is a lovely hotel, but until they improve the food I will not be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an unrivalled location on the River Thames, the Oakley Court, Windsor, London is a unique historic luxury hotel. Exceptional service levels are our key to delivering many memorable occasions for our business and leisure guests. The setting of many famous films, the history of the hotel cannot be matched by any of our closet rivals - we may not be the newest of hotels but we do have a deep soul with an attitude of service quality that others just dream about - so if you are looking for a unique location to stay or just visit for a cup of tea, maybe just after mooring up your boat, you do not need to look anywhere else - Welcome to the Oakley Court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oakley Court Windsor
- Hotel Oakley Court
- Oakley Court Hotel