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Oxford Spires Hotel
Ranked #8 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Reviewed October 30, 2012

We spent three nights here in a ground floor room in the Eastwyke annex, a stone house close to the hotel and with the advantage of parking right outside the room. In better weather it has its own garden to enjoy. The room was very large, effectively a lounge and bedroom combined, and very comfortable with everything of very high quality. The heating came on quickly and rapidly heated the room. The bath was amazing filling in no more than a minute. A nice touch was a dim orange light in the bathroom meaning you didn't need to turn on the light at night and disturb your partner. The biscuits and bars of chocolate in the room were much appreciated, as was the free Wifi. The buffet breakfast was excellent with a wide range of hot food, cerials, cakes and bread, let down only by a poor cold selection. There are buses every few minutes from outside the hotel to central Oxford which take about 5 minutes. The walk to the bus is about 150 yards.. Ideal and we would go back without hesitation.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Large, busy but very comfortable hotel and wonderful service from welcoming, friendly but attentive staff.

Easy, level walk into the centre including a meandering walk along the river if you prefer, but watch out for bikes on the towpath!

Great breakfasts with really good quality produce but go early if you prefer a quiet start!

The set Table d'Hote menu had plenty of choice and the starters and main courses are inventive enough for everyone, though the rib eye steak at £5.50 extra isn't reliably better quality, if you order it rare, for the extra charge...

The B, B and evening meal 'Autumn deal' was perfect for a long week-end break for my mum's 80th birthday. Ask for a quiet room [127 to 141] overlooking the meadow as the hotel hosts functions on Friday and Saturday nights, but it's big enough to cope and they don't intrude.

Lots of fire doors to the corridors which could benefit from magnetic hold-open catches.

Beds very comfy and rooms very clean and a good size. The decoration was freshly done and elegant- lovely thick carpet in the corridorst! Plenty of hot water to the ensuite but they would benefit from thermostatic valves on mixer taps to save the plentiful supply of very hot water which they've had to post warnings about!

Enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back without any hesitation.
Thank you!

Room Tip: Quiet rooms on the south side overlooking the meadow.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Location great, pool lovely, staff helpful but rooms in need of updating & quality of breakfast very poor. A typical 1980's hotel with very thin walls meaning nosie transmits too easily. Breakfast appeared to be very popular with majoirty of guests but was luke warm & poor quality. The coffee was undrinkable.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Easily the worst stay at a hotel I have ever had. Had too leave early and go to another hotel. Rude staff on reception, a member of staff who told me to "get out of the way". Dirty bedrooms. Absolutle waste of money.

Room Tip: Dont stay here! Simple.
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Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Literally just left this hotel and Feeling hungry! missed breakfast as the timings apparently change from weekend to week days, but the weekend timings were still plastered all over the building at 9pm last night suggesting that these still applied during he week. It wasn't until I arrived at the restaurant at 9:50am only to find they weren't serving that I was enlightened. The hotel staff came across as arrogant (with the exception of the chap in the spa). The rooms were very poorly dressed and felt more like a premier inn. Chose the hotel because of the spa, yet no one available for any treatments during the duration of our stay. Pool was crowded and full of unruly children and felt like it was one and out and one in just to get in the pool. Spa otherwise felt like it was a bolt on and nothing felt relaxed. At £225 a night id expect so much more. Save your pennies and stay at the Malmaison which is a million times nicer. Avoid this is if you can!

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

A few of us stayed here through work and I was generally impressed. Easy to park and ample friendly and helpful staff on reception. The room I stayed in was quite a walk from Reception but not in bad order, although the bathroom was dated with a fairly average shower and looked to be of 1980's vintage. There are different standards of rooms as a colleague had chocolates and expensive toiletries - not me though!

I used the swimming pool and it was clean and well maintained and there is a gym above it. The bar was well stocked and the first large hotel I have ever seen equipped with a hand pump serving cask ale. Made a pleasant change from the ubiquitous and fairly undrinkable Boddingtons keg most hotel chains favour! There was a good selection of single malt whiskeys and the barman well trained and offering advice on which ones to choose going off personal preference - again another nice touch.

We ate out at a pub and did not use the restaurant for an evening meal so I can't comment on that.

The bed was comfy but the walls rather thin and I could hear noises from the next bedroom, which were particularly unwelcome when that guest awoke to get ready at around 6am! Thin walls unfortunately seem common in many of these modern hotels.

Breakfast was decent with a full cooked offering including black pudding and the usual range of cereals and the staff were all friendly and attentive.

I would definitely stay again but I think the bedrooms (or at least the one I stayed in!) need a bit of TLC and certainly a new bathroom.

Room Tip: Ask for one near Reception as this is a large hotel with some rooms a few minutes walk from the main...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We didn't have particularly high hopes for this place but it didn't really matter as we were arriving late and leaving early. As it turned out, I'd be happy to stay here again if I had a weekend in Oxford as you can easily walk into town along the river, or the other way towards Abingdon (both beautiful walks). The hotel room was large and comfortable with a decent bathroom. The only downside was the seemingly endless walk along corridors to our room from reception. I had a quick look at the bar area which looked a bit depressing, but it didn't matter to us. Ultimately, for the price we paid (£110) and for the location, it was really good value.

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Address: Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PS, England (Formerly Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Oxford
#8 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
Price Range: $118 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Oxford Spires Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 115
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Oxford Spires 4 Pillars Hotel

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