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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Oxford
- The Oxford Belfry Oxfordshire/Milton Common