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“Good hotel, very relaxing spa break” 4 of 5 stars
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The Oxford Belfry
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   London Road, Milton Common OX9 2JW, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Milton Common
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“Good hotel, very relaxing spa break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I stayed here on a 2 night spa break with some friends. Paid £200 each for 2 nights - including 2 x 50 minute spa treatments, breakfast, dinner and lunch on one day. This was quite a reasonable price for the quality of food, rooms and treatments (have a look at spaseekers.com for this and similar deals).

First impressions - the reception area looks slightly bland, but this is a minor criticism. The reception staff were efficient and helpful. The rooms were very nice, quiet and cozy (was freezing cold outside when I visited in February!) with comfortable beds, good bathrooms with heated towel rails, and bath robes.

The room service was very good, we ordered bottles of bubbly and snacks and both were delivered promptly.

The spa treatments were excellent. I would recommend the scalp massage- was blissful, and the oil/mud product they use leaves your hair in lovely condition. The treatment rooms were lovely and quiet and relaxing, and both therapists that did my treatments were very good. We did however have a small problem at the spa reception - when we arrived for our first treatments, the receptionist asked if we were all happy with the treatments we had booked. We told her we hadn't booked any! Despite emailing the hotel a couple of times and asking when we should book our individual treatments and times, we never received a response, so can only assume the hotel decided to book us in for random treatments (there were 6 of us)! Very odd! The next morning when we went for our second treatment, the same thing happened....it wasn't a problem, as we were able to choose which ones we wanted, it was just a bit strange that we received no response to our emails sent before arrival with regard to booking treatments and then got booked in for random treatments both times. I think the hotel needs to organise this a bit better, seems a bit haphazard! The pool is quite nice, although I think the area around the pool could do with sprucing up a bit, it looks a bit plain. The steam room and sauna were nice and the heated beds were lovely. Shame they had no jacuzzi ....

The food was very nice, with excellent service from the staff. Our stay included dinner - there were 3 courses with plenty of choice and it was all good quality. Breakfast was good, although the hot food the first morning wasn't very hot - but on the second morning it was ok! Usual choice of hot items, fruit, yoghurt, pastries etc. The lunch buffet was very nice, with quite a lot of choice...baked potatoes, nice chilli, rice, veg etc. the dessert buffet was very nice with meringues , fresh whipped cream, berries and little chocolate butterfly cakes.... All too good to resist!

Overall, I would recommend the hotel - there is not a lot to do nearby except shopping at Bicester Village, or Oxford, but if you just want to enjoy a quiet pampering spa break with good food and comfortable rooms, you can't go wrong!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Helen K,
Thank you for taking the time to write your review of your stay; I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your spa break and would recommend us to others! I will follow up the point you make regarding the spa booking procedure with the Spa Manager. I would like to add that we are an ideal location from which to explore lots of tourist destinations including historic houses like Blenheim and Waddesdon Manor, charming Oxfordshire villages and towns including Thame and Tetsworth, and if you've got children, Legoland and Cotswold Wildlife Park aren't too far away either, to name but a few! I hope to be able to welcome you back again in the future.
Kind regards,
Julian White
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I stayed here following a business meeting and dinner with a client who lives nearby (hence the choice of this hotel). I was a bit concerned following a disastrous check-in experience (45 minutes due to an IT failure) but this was made up for by the excellent room, dinner and general facilities and relaxed ambience offered by this hotel. The room was good value for money and the all-important breakfast was more than satisfactory! Very well located for M40 travel. Recommended.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear RugbyRaccy,
Thank you for your review; I am pleased that your meeting with your colleague who lives nearby went well and that we offered you the facilities and service you required, all near the M40! We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon.
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Julian White
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was my second stay at The Belfry, my fourth at a Q hotel, as friends and I have made what was originally my hen do an annual event, and we’ve stuck with Q hotels as they represented good value for money and we liked the spa. However, the Belfry has introduced “children’s splash time” between 9 – 11am and 3 – 6pm every day, so the spa is anything but peaceful now! This is on their website, but as we’d never seen any children in the spa previously (and I had thought from past years that it was a child-free zone) and as it wasn’t pointed out when we booked, we didn’t realise.

We checked in at 3pm on Saturday, waited for friends and arrived in the spa around 4pm to find several children screaming loudly, running around the edge of the pool and jumping in every few seconds, making having a decent swim quite a dangerous activity if you wanted to avoid being hit by a leaping child. This is despite the signs clearly saying no jumping. As we had a table booked for dinner for 8pm, we left the pool just after 6 to shower in our rooms, get ready and have a drink. Sadly, this was the only time we were there that the spa was actually quiet.

On Sunday morning, two of us decided to have a swim before breakfast, and arrived at about 9 to find children’s swimming classes going on (and a great deal of noise). We were told that we could still swim, but it’s quite a small pool, and therefore we felt unable to do so. Later, I did see a small notice in the changing room about a timetable for the year, indicating swimming at that time for children, but it was hidden away in a corner.

I do not believe that a spa, which is a place people go to relax and unwind, is a suitable place for children to be running around and screaming. If you are looking for a peaceful spa break – avoid Q hotels until they remove the children’s splash time from Saturday afternoons at the very least.

The rest of the stay was lovely. The beds were very comfortable, the rooms a good size (though quite hot– we turned the radiator off, and slept with the window open, though it was near freezing at night, and it was still very warm!), the hotel staff lovely, the food in the restaurant good (and a good choice for vegetarians) and the breakfast buffet well stocked. The stay was very good value. It’s just a real shame that we won’t be using them again due to the domination of in the spa facilities by noisy children.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear LavenderLouise,
Thank you for your review of your stay. We introduced the children's swimming times some years ago in response to comments from our guests that they would like child-free times in the pool. Therefore, I would consider these as a positive aspect to our facilities in that guests know when children will be in the pool and therefore are able to go at all the other times that the pool is open if they wish to avoid being there at the same time as our younger guests. The pool is generally open from 6.30am to 10pm and the children's swimming times are a fraction of these opening hours. In this way, we are proud to say that most of our guests are happy that this arrangement caters for the different requirements of our guests. I am sorry that you felt that this did not suit you and your party, but I hope that you can see that we are doing our utmost to ensure that all our guests are happy with the leisure facilities we offer.
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Julian White
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London, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This is a good hotel and the only reason I have not given it a 5 is the location, which is a little outside of Oxford. However this negative in terms of social activity is a positive in terms of reaching the hotel which is only just off the M40 and therefore convenient and easy to find. In terms of social life it is about a 10 minute drive from Thame which is a nice village. Upon arrival the staff were very friendly and checking in was a breeze. The room was a good size, and the facilities provided in the room were fine. My only gripes with the room were it was a little dark even with the two bedside lights on, and the shower had very poor pressure, a pet hate of mine. Selection of beers is quite poor in the bar, but the atmosphere is OK. Didn't eat dinner but breakfast was good, with quality products used. All in all a good place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear mickygees,
Thank you for your positive comments and as you say, we are ideal for both business and pleasure, particularly given our location near to the city of Oxford, yet in the countryside, and only a few minutes from the motorway network - we have the best of both worlds in terms of getting here and meeting people for business and in terms of places to visit when here for pleasure.
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Julian White
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I was given a cooking lesson at Raymond Blancs Le Manior and needed a reasonably priced place to stay, the Belfry fitted the bill perfectly. It's close to the M40 has lots of easy parking, the room was clean, comfortable and quite big. Dinner was good for this type of hotel, but the stand out was the staff, front of house, waiting and bar. If I need to stay in the area again I'll book here!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear Nick L,
Thank you for your comments; I'm glad to read that we fitted the bill perfectly. I hope that you enjoyed your cookery lesson at Le Manoir and hope to welcome you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Julian White
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Quite wonderful is the only way to describe the Q hotels and this one was as good as the others we've visited. From the moment we checked in the staff did everything to make us feel welcome.We had a lovely room with a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower. A good meal was had in the bar area & breakfast was delicious.
The Belfry is in a good position to get to Oxford (we used the park & ride),and in the other direction the town of Thame is well worth a visit.
Thank Q for a great couple of days

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear LucindaStaffs,
Thank you for your review; I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and took time to visit Oxford and the charming town of Thame, just 10 minutes from the hotel, which, as you will have discovered, offers a great selection of unique shops, tea rooms and historic buildings. We hope to be able to welcome you back to QHotels again soon.
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Julian White
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My partner and I (aged 22 and 21) stayed here for a five night break to celebrate my 21st birthday and our recent engagement. We arrived on Sunday 24th of February and left on Friday 1st of March, paying just under £450 for a standard room including breakfast.

We were allocated room 273 and I’m delighted to say it was absolutely lovely, especially considering it was a standard room! There really wasn’t anything standard about it - it was cleaned to a high standard every day, very spacious, modern decor with a homely feel to it, comfy beds and bedding, large bathroom with a separate bath and shower, tea and coffee making facilities, decent television with plenty of channels, nice view overlooking the courtyard – an all round beautiful room, we were very pleased!

We didn’t have any spa treatments during our stay or use the pool / sauna facilities simply because we didn’t have time so unfortunately cannot offer comments on those. We also didn’t eat in the restaurant on an evening; we ate out at various places in oxford each night. We did however have a few snacks from the bar and order room service, both of which were lovely. Breakfast was just your usual buffet with lots of choice – full English, continental, fruits and pastries etc - and gorgeous poached eggs made to order!

We didn’t have any problems or complaints during our stay and we would definitely stay here again, we’re even considering having our wedding here! There was really nothing that could have made it any better, which is unusual for us since we’re both normally very fussy! One thing that definitely stood out to us was the polite and warm natured manner of all the staff, so we’d especially like to thank them, who were all extremely friendly, welcoming and happy to help with anything!

Definitely worth a visit if you have time is the Whipsnade Zoo – it was a brilliant day out and we recommend paying the extra £20 to drive in and around the zoo, we had lots of fun doing this! Another great day out is the Warner Bro’s Harry Potter Studio Tour – this was fantastic and well worth the price paid for entry! Also worth a visit is the Bicester Designer Outlet – only a twenty minute drive from the hotel with lots of high end shops in a beautiful setting. We also went to the Westfield Shopping Centre in London, and Bird World which we also enjoyed.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OBjwhite, General Manager at The Oxford Belfry, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Pugliv,
Thank you for your comments; I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and you obviously made the most of your break by visiting lots of attractions that are so easily accessible in all directions! We would be delighted if you considered us for your wedding, but in the meantime may we offer you congratulations on your engagement.
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Julian White
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Address: London Road, Milton Common OX9 2JW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Milton Common
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Milton Common
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Oxford Belfry 4*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 17 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, yet within minutes of the M40, The Oxford Belfry, with 154 luxury bedrooms, is the perfect venue from which to explore Oxford and the surrounding area. The hotel offers bright, modern public areas including Terrace Bar, Restaurant and Lounges, Leisure Club and Spa with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, 7 spa treatment rooms, tennis courts, and outstanding conference and banqueting facilities. ... more   less 
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