This "hotel" has an odd set up. Reception is in one building and the rooms are round the corner. We were in a room which had full length glass windows about 0.5m from the street, which was quite noisy, but there were luckily black out blinds so we got quite a good sleep.
The breakfast is cereal and muffins left in the room, which I thought was adequate.
However, the room was completely infested with ants. They were all over the bathroom floor and in the cracks between the bathroom and bedroom - maybe keeping food in the room wasn't such a good idea after all. The staff were not interested when we called to tell them about the ant infestation.
The icing on the cake would have to be the car parking ticket. We were told where to park, that hotel residents can park in this area. After parking the car, we even went back to reception to confirm and were told it would be fine to leave the car there. We have tried to get in touch with the hotel, but calls are directed to some sort of call centre, and surprise surprise, we haven't had a call back from the general manager.
A word on security - When we left the hotel, the receptionist actually forgot to ask us for the key back. Luckily we realised we still had it within about 15 mins and returned it to reception. These are proper keys and not key cards, so made me concerned about how secure these rooms are if staff are not careful to collect keys afterwards. Especially as the rooms open directly onto the street.
I try to review hotels fairly, and I would honestly say avoid this place. I, for one, will not be returning! It's also very expensive, but I presume this is typical for this part of Oxford.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ethos Hotel Oxford