We stayed here in September and chose this hotel mainly due to its location on Banbury Road. Easy to find and easy to get out of Oxford again.
Stayed on a Sunday night and as stated by another reviewer, no paperwork to complete, simply shown to our room. The elderly lady on reception just managed a "hello" to my partner only, but that was the end of the conversation.
From the outside it is a traditional brick building - use Google Streetview - but our room on the second floor at the front was a complete contrast. Suspended ceiling, concealed surround lighting, granite worktops and an ultra modern bathroom with a glass panel serving as a door, so no privacy which may be a problem for some - do you really want to hear your other half at the toilet? This was a huge room with a breakfast bar, sink, microwave and fridge which we assume is normally for self catering guests. The room was clean and comfortable except for the microwave with the remnants of the last occupant's food.
The windows are original sash type, single glazed and the road noise is horrendous. Passing buses - frequent on this road - do not allow for any relaxation and people walking past are clearly audible well after midnight.
As others have said, plenty of eating places within a couple of minutes walk in the Summertown area which is a pleasant area.
After a sleepless night we went down for breakfast at 8.50am. Not having been told that breakfast finishes at 9am we were instantly shown a table and by the time we had a quick look at the marine aquarium in the dining area, then the buffet to see what there was, our tea and coffee was waiting for us. The fastest service ever! For the next 10 minutes the staff raced around clearing, cleaning and resetting the tables around us ready for the next day's breakfasts. Just not what you need for a relaxing start to the day on holiday.
Check out was in the same vein, rushed and chaotic.
In summary - Bad points: no welcome; no information; terrible road noise; no bathroom door; rushed service.
Good points - large comfortable room; location very convenient.
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