I agree with the other reviewers - this definitely feels like you're renting a room and not staying as a guest at a hotel. I didn't think this would matter since we were only staying one night but I still came away feeling disappointed and like I had been royally ripped off (at £175/night).
I had requested a room in the main building but we were given an annex room with windows and front door right on the street (and no explanation during a very rushed check-in). Absolutely no privacy if you want any amount of daylight. There was a noticeable bug/fly problem around the bottom of the front door (inside and outside) and the bathroom hadn't been cleaned properly. We were called at 11am on the dot on the morning of check-out and told "we are waiting for you at Reception, if you do not come now there will be a £15 surcharge" and then during check-out we were told we couldn't leave our luggage at Reception because the Receptionist wanted to leave early. I don't mind an 11am check-out - I do mind being treated as if I'm a major inconvenience and very unwelcome.
On the positive side the bed was large and pretty comfortable and the mini kitchen, if a tad odd, came with a good supply of snacks.
I stayed here two years ago for about half the price with a nicer room and friendlier service. This time around it was definitely not worth the money and I will not be returning. It's a real shame because it should be competition to the overpriced hotels in the city centre but it's still not worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the very heart of Oxford, this stylish and contemporary hotel offers luxurious boutique-style accommodation with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV with free movie and sports channels. In a quiet residential area, Ethos Hotel Oxford has a great location, within easy walking distance of the University's colleges and all of the city's shops, bars and restaurants. Sleek, stylish and modern, all of the rooms and suites are individually styled and luxuriously appointed with state-of-the-art facilities. The Ethos Hotel has been highly acclaimed, with the Sunday Times saying an "excellent addition to the scene is the chic, contemporary Ethos." The friendly and professional multilingual staff offers affordable service and amenities specifically chosen for the needs of business and pleasure travelers. Guests are entitled to reduced rates at a nearby spa, gym and pool. Caffe Ethos offers full cooked English Breakfast to start your day and serves a selection of pastries, coffee, tea, drinks and snacks all day. Relax in the evening with stone-baked Barrel & Stone Pizza, dinner menu and choice of wines, beers or cocktails. Open to hotel guests and non-guests. Limited car parking is available at a charge per night - advance booking is require and must be checked with the hotel to book prior to arrival. Small Pets are accepted subject to availability or limited rooms. There is a charged per night, per pet and these must be checked and booked with the hotel prior to arrival. ... more less
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