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“What a gem !!”
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Manor House Hotel
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Manor House Hotel
Ranked #28 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Sheffield
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a gem !!”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Tasteful, spotless, comfortable, run by a family who put the needs of their guests before anything else. Very conveniently placed - five minutes drive into the city and five minutes in the other direction to the hospitals. Breakfast was delicious and facing french windows leading into a large quiet garden. Excellent value for money and would not now stay anywhere else when visiting Oxford.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back overlooking the garden are quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Salford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 27, 2012

My husband and I stayed in this hotel for our anniversary.
We had a great time. The hotel is 5 minutes away from a park and ride into oxford town centre which is really handy.
The building is gorgeous and very grand with huge well kept gardens.
The staff are lovely and very professional.
Would defiantly go back here if fancied a romantic country break.

Room Tip: We stayed in a superior room in the main hotel
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank janine b
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Bilbao, Spain
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64 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in Manor House Hotel in December 2011. We had no reservation, found the staff extremely friendly and helpful and we got an excellent rate well below the advertised price because they weren't offering breakfast. We got to visit all the available rooms and pick the one we wanted. So we chose a large room with big bay windows over the road, hoping it wouldn't be too noisy which it wasn't. The room had a nice flat screen TV with many channels, typical English style kettle and stuff for tea and coffee, and a large, clean bathroom. We also saw rooms that had a smaller, closet style bathroom with just a shower and the sink in the room, but we preferred a larger bathroom with bathtub/shower.
It's true the decoration isn't very modern or particularly my style, but I find English accomodation is generally like this, with carpets everywhere and decoration from the 60s, so this hotel is in the line of typical English accomodation, as well as clean, warm and comfortable.
The hotel is not in the centre of Oxford, but a 20 minute walk or an under 5 minute bus ride from the centre, with a bus stop right outside the door included in many bus routes. Considering other B&Bs and hotels we checked out this was by FAR the best price/quality-wise. Oxford is ridiculously expensive.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sophie0276
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Maidenhead, Berkshire
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2011

We stayed here for one night. We were given a large room on the second floor annex which was very clean but there was not even one picture on the walls.The stairs up to the room were steep and my 84 year old mum had to go downstairs backways:) It was a bit chilly so we turned on the heating which heated the room to sauna temperature into about 5 minutes and there did not seem to be a medium setting. The room was out onto the street and was really noisy due to the pub opposite until well after midnight.
Breakfast was in an old fashioned large dining room oprning up to a pretty garden and was okay apart from the coffee which was plain awful. The owmers were friendly.
I just think that for £89.00 a night for a double there should be a bit more on offer than a clean room.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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2 Thank Songbird1954
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penarth
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469 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2011

As our original choice of hotel had double booked our rooms, the lady there suggested we stay at the Manor House and she would pay the difference. We booked a family room for the 3 of us and a twin room for my parents as we were all attending a wedding in Oxford. Our room was in the annexe, with a man fixing up his car in front of our front door dressed in greasy overalls with tools all over the place. We had to climb up a very steep flight of stairs to a room overlooking the busy Iffley Road - non-stop traffic day and night. Windows did not open sufficiently to provide a means of escape in case of emergency. The room and bedding were clean, but those are the only positives. The whole place is tired and run-down, with no attention to detail and a totally un-cohesive, depressing style of decor mainly based on Russian-style icons. Creepy. Our bedding consisted of a mattress topper in a duvet cover with a separate sheet. All spotless, but what's wrong with duvets?! 3 of us in a family room with towels provided for 2 people, also 2 cups and saucers instead of 3. Curtains failed to block out light as the curtain rail didn't extend beyond the windows. Lights in all areas inadequate and bulbs not all working. Had to wait a good 10 minutes for the toilet cistern to re-fill. Despite returning in the evening and sitting next to the so-called bar, no-one bothered to ask if we'd like a drink and there is no restaurant as claimed on their website. Our bathroom smelt permanently damp, the shower curtain afforded no privacy. No toiletries provided apart from a tiny, cheap bar of soap. There was no lock on the bathroom door and no bath mat for safety. The shower lacked power. Breakfast was unimaginative and made with the cheapest ingredients possible. Public rooms made me feel nauseous with the smell of cleaning products and cooking. Surroundings depressing. There was a hopeful looking array of tourist information leaflets in the corridor, none of any use if you're staying in Oxford. No maps available, just lots of takeaway menus for local businesses and leaflets about attractions in the New Forest approx 2 hours drive away. The rack rate for our room was £130 which I thought extortionate.Not enough parking spaces provided for 15 rooms - 7 spaces at most. You guessed it, we were blocked in the morning we left.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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7 Thank louiseholistic
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Puth, The Netherlands
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41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2011

We had a lovely three nights stay in the manor house hotel, which is suitably located on a 10 minutes walking distance from the city center with all the colleges.

The room was lovely with a good bath room (althou the shower could be better located (to the side of the bath and very low (for average hight people) with not enough water pressure to reach the middle of the bath tub.
The bed was excellent and we could make a late night tea every evening. No disturbing sounds of traffic in this room (no 2)

The area in Oxford was very nice with nice pubs were wehad a decent meal on one night and a good beer in the "garden" the other night.

Breakfast was ok (though no buffet), but managment aptly provided us with all requirements of our dietary wishes. The room for breakfast bordered a very prety garden with lovely playful cats. Staff was not very well english spoken but helpful and patient.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank RinkeAltink
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Bristol, England
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36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2011

We paid £88/night for a double room, no 7. Expensive for the quality of accommodation, but quite good value for Oxford. The hotel is 10 minutes from the centre. Over the road is a good foodie pub, The Magdalene Arms. Down that same road a hip but jolly pub, The Rusty Bicycle.

The reception was good, the manager was being courteous and helpful to a deaf woman when we arrived.

The room was an adequate size - up a lot of stairs. Didn't bother me, an issue for some. Clean, recently painted, but the decor was mismatched and quite old and tired. On arrival, no kettle and only 1 cup, no TV remote. Quickly rectified by pleasant manager, but should have already been done. Likewise, on the last morning, the toilet flush broke, was quickly 'mended', but not tested and broke again 2 minutes later.

The rest of the hotel was nice; the breakfast room is quite pleasant, and there'sa nice big garden with frolicsome cats.

Breakfast was an inch of fruit juice, bowl of cereal, okay coffee, 1 sad catering sausage, 2 rashers, 1 egg, handful of mushrooms, a quarter tomato, toast and jam. No buffet, no real choices.

The staff are all friendly and helpful, and on Saturday night gave the four of us a beer on the house while they played boules in the garden and we played cards; most agreeable.

In short, good atmosphere, location and staff offset by tired rooms and skimpy breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Joan_Crawford
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Property: Manor House Hotel
Address: 250/250A Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #28 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Hotel Class:2 star — Manor House Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 8

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