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voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel

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Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PS England
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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#10 of 47 hotels in Oxford
Location
4.4
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.0
Value
3.6
Welcome to voco® Oxford Spires, a stylish hotel in Oxford with its own on-site parking. Close to the River Thames, we're a short stroll from fascinating museums and university colleges in the city centre. Known for its dreamy spires and famous for Inspector Morse, Harry Potter and nearby Blenheim Palace and close to Wallingford and Thame where Midsummer Murders is based. Our Historic city is famous for JR Tolkien, CS Lewis and many Prime Ministers and even the odd US President all have done their studying in the famous halls and walls of the city. At voco® Oxford Spires, our guest rooms offer welcoming voco® flourishes including premium bedding, upscale toiletries and refreshing aerated showers. Whether hot or cold outside, our rooms have air flow cooling and heating which will keep you cosy and in control at a touch of a button.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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David H wrote a review Jul 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom10 contributions
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Not overly impressed for such a prestigious place. Waiters need some waiting lessons on how to serve. You serve from guests left as a clue. Didn't receive a warm welcome from any of the staff. Travel lodge where friendlier. Came here for a wedding. Never had melba toast where its been cut in half to make it thin. And only one side toasted. Decor poorly executed see photos. Room was grubby marks on walls and hand rail. See photos before and after cleaned with a wet tissue. Even when bedroom window is shut you can see daylight down the side. Updated the heating system but cut off copper piper pipes visible through hole in carpet where they havnt made good.. see photos. Especially when it's 200 per night. Food nothing special. My pressed shoulder of lamb was over seasoned.way too much salt. No crisps or snacks for children behind bar.. walked to tescos to get something. Unless your child eats nuts and olives. Bed was wonky the mattress was higher at the feet end than your head so slept upside down in the bed. Trying to be an up market hotel in a scruffy aera. Didn't see the point in complaining to magement as had to leave next morning at 9am. Dirty cutlery on wedding breakfast table... 3 meals got left out when serving our table had to ask twice to receive them. Chips on jugs of milk for breakfast. Tried an early check in. All I got told was check in doesn't open till 1500. But didn't even ask what my booking was or room number.. found them very rude and unprofessional. Enjoyed the wedding but felt really disappointed with overall hotel experience. After our experience with this chain I wouldn't recommend them to anybody.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Claire Satterthwaite, Owner at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear davidhR1314YQ Thanks for your review. It was disappointing that you did not have an enjoyable stay at the hotel. We do have a Guest Services Team on duty 24 hours a day who are always happy to solve any issues that may arise. Many of the points raised could have been rectified during your stay. Your feedback has been shared with the senior team at the hotel. Best Regards
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Catherine M wrote a review Jul 2022
Bristol151 contributions76 helpful votes
We normally stay at the Randolph in town - but they were so over priced. Voco was brililant. lush room (basic room too), lovely toiletries, super comfortable bed, staff at reception are lovely and friendly. loads of parking. very quick taxi service to get into town. i will defo stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Claire Satterthwaite, Owner at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for the glowing review Catherine M,. We're so pleased you had an enjoyable stay and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best Regards Claire
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PARESH Mehta wrote a review Jul 2022
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Small room, very soft bed (I fell down), no fridge in room, shower not suitable for disable guest, parking £ 15.00 ( disable driver also pay), room £ 306.00 per night, Rip off hotel, avoid if you can. told breakfast included but later told it is £ 16.95 pp.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: no good view
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Dear karibu22 Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. It was disappointing that you did not have an enjoyable stay. We do welcome feedback and have a guest services team on duty 24hours a day. If you would like to catch up further pleased contact me on claire.satterthwaite@ihg.com Best regards
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LindaLouBirmingham wrote a review Jul 2022
Mountain Brook, Alabama37 contributions36 helpful votes
Since we couldn’t get into the Old Parsonage Inn for 2 nights in Oxford, we spent one night at the Voco Oxford Spires. They have free parking and are about a 15-minute walk to town. It’s a chain hotel, and everything was fine. It just wasn’t as charming as other hotels we stayed at on the trip. The breakfast buffer was delicious.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Free parking
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Response from Claire Satterthwaite, Owner at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel
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Thanks for the review LindaLouBirmingham. We're glad the you enjoyed the buffet breakfast. The hotel has 181 bedrooms and does not market it's self as a charming hotel, we are however very modern, contemporary and stylish. We hope we can welcome you back again soon. Best regards Claire Satterthwaite
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sam w w wrote a review Jul 2022
Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom15 contributions10 helpful votes
Wonderful stay at spires, on the hottest day of the year we were very glad of the beautifully air conditioned room. Room 209 being very large, clean and with a beautiful balcony. Reception and bar staff were super friendly, easy to park, lovely bar and terrace area for a drink, breakfast had everything you could want with a relaxed atmosphere and free i-paper. Just a short stroll into town or food in the bar which we didn’t eat but looked very good. Thank you for a wonderful stay :)
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Andrew M wrote a review Jul 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel is in a great situation, with a rural feel, quiet, close to the boathouses on the Thames, and yet most of Oxford centre is easily walkable for those with good mobility. Breakfast is OK too, and the swimming pool and exercise equipment super. Why not more stars? Because it isn't 5 star. Like many places it obviously has staffing issues (though staff are trying their best and are helpful), and some are a bit undertrained. The food is OK without being particularly great, and the rooms are generally large enough for a day but not a week. Detailed upkeep issues around showers and TV working are missed. Many rooms are a bit of a walk from Reception and dining, so anyone with mobility issues should mention it when booking.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Avoid rooms of floor 2 which have lower ceilings and feel a bit cramped.
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OleDunk wrote a review Jul 2022
UK207 contributions430 helpful votes
Perfect if visiting Oxford and driving, on the edge of the city centre before the city centre restrictions and complications, with plentiful parking. Short (15 minutes) walk along the Thames from the rear of the hotel to the city centre. All staff helpful and friendly. Small but comfortable room with good air-conditioning. Looks to have been recently refurbished. Relaxed bar area with pleasant courtyard for warm weather drinks.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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HanselundGretel wrote a review Jul 2022
Winchester, United Kingdom53 contributions50 helpful votes
Stayed a few nights for a relaxing visit to Oxford. Ideal location - 15 minute pleasant walk through the Christ Church meadows to the High Street. My room was ground floor facing the front of the hotel and spacious, quiet and comfortable. Loved the fact that the window opened and I could get fresh air. Toiletries and towels were fine. Restaurant meal was fine. Breakfast was good. Gym was small but pretty good. The one thing I would have liked to have was a bar fridge in the room - always handy when staying a few nights. But I was exceptionally tired in these few days and got some great rest so am grateful for the stay. And the staff were exceptional - unusually friendly and helpful. Well done!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Paul_Vicky wrote a review Jun 2022
Plymouth, United Kingdom243 contributions114 helpful votes
We stayed here for 4 nights in June 2022. We really enjoyed our stay. We were in a quieter part of the hotel and usually here lots of noise but was pleased that this was quiet. Room was quite small, however contained everything we needed. Was also pleased to have a powerful shower which is unusual. Breakfast was good, staff friendly. Use of pool was good, however it was very cold so you couldn't use it for long. Provides a perfect base for exploring Oxford and a nice walk along the river to get to the heart of the city. First time staying in the voco version of ihg and would definitely look at again.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is charged at £15 per day, however parking In Oxford is hard to come by.
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Renata S wrote a review Jun 2022
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada38 contributions45 helpful votes
This hotel was such a good find. Wonderful staff, beautiful hotel and super clean. Breakfast was great! Would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend to anyone looking wanting to stay in Oxford. Thank you.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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PRICE RANGE
$135 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
oxford spires 4 pillars hotel
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Principal Oxford Spires Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandOxfordshireOxford
NUMBER OF ROOMS
181
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Frequently Asked Questions about voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Christ Church Meadow (0.7 miles), Christ Church (0.7 miles), and Alice’s Shop (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Spiced Roots, Tribe, and Oli's Thai.
Are there opportunities to exercise at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Oxford.
Are any cleaning services offered at voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Bodleian Library (0.9 miles), Oxford Castle & Prison (0.9 miles), and Christ Church (0.7 miles).
Does voco Oxford Spires, an IHG Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.