Stayed here on a Saturday night to meet up with some friends. We arrived very early afternoon and there were plenty of parking spaces available. We were warmly welcomed by the receptionist who was chatty and helpful with information about nearby places to eat and she recommended the Isis pub.We were offered help with our luggage but we didn't have much to carry in but it was nice to have the offer. Our room was situated on the first floor and a lift was available. The room was very spacious and clean with plenty of seating and a large comfortable bed. The bathroom was very pleasant and clean also. Our friends room was not ready so they were able to leave their luggage in our room and sit down for a cup of tea and there were plenty of teas, coffees, milks and biscuits in the room for us. There is a pleasant stroll into the centre of Oxford along the river bank which took us around half an hour. There were two pubs en route and we called into the Isis pub for a (large)tasty lunch snack. There is also a bus service that runs close to the hotel with regular buses into Oxford that costs around £2 for a single. We booked a taxi back to the hotel later in the evening and it cost around £10. We made it back to the hotel before they stopped taking food orders at 10pm. We ordered a bread and olive oil starter which I thought came with pitta bread as stated in the menu but the pitta bread didn't arrive. When I asked the waiter, there seemed to be a misprint in the menu and we were given the pitta bread. Although the food was good, it was quite pricey for what it was and the portions were fairly small. There seemed to be a problem with the heating in the room as it was very warm at night and I couldn't sleep with the heat in the room very well. I did open the window but it remained hot in the room and the thermostat wasn't working. The breakfast was very nice the next day and we were served a full English with plenty of toast in a rack and there was a buffet available with cereals, yoghurt's, fruit and pastries etc. The waiter service was very efficient and tables were quickly cleared and tidied. Apart from the hot bedroom we had a lovely stay at this hotel and would certainly be back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within the tranquil village of Iffley with the River Thames a mere 5 minute stroll from the venue, Hawkwell is a slice of country charm with the convenience of a city and major road networks on the doorstep. 2010 saw an extensive bedroom refurbishment. Guests can now enjoy contemporary bedrooms with modern bathroom facilities, complimentary wireless internet, flat screen TVs with Sky HD, welcome tea/coffee trays and complimentary toiletries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawkwell Hotel Iffley