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“Nice B&B for visit to Oxford”

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Burlington House Hotel
Ranked #9 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Elyria, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
285 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“Nice B&B for visit to Oxford”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

My daughter and I were finishing a 10 day trip in England with a few nights in Oxford and booked Burlington House after reading a write up in the NY Times. It is rated as 5 star by the AA (England's AAA) so we expected quite a luxurious accommodation.
As other's have written, the location is in Summerfield, convenient and a short walk to some nice restaurants and a short bus ride from Oxford, though we chose to walk into and out of town one day and it was maybe 30 minutes of exercise each way. If you'd rather a bus, they seem to come every 10-15 minutes so leaving your car in the Burlington off street parking is really the way to go.
We got to the B&B to check in later than I had hoped to (got lost) and Nes greeted us with a rapid fire download of how the place operates, where to go, what to see, where to eat and headed out to the gym. Our room, #7, was a good size with two twin beds facing the street. There were large windows and despite the triple glazing (three panes) we could still hear a good bit of noise from Banbury Road where the B&B is situated.
As others have said, the rooms are tastefully appointed, beds very comfortable and ours was quite bright with the shades pulled. However, it was hard for me to ascertain why this place was rated with 5 stars and others we had stayed at were 4 stars. As this is a townhouse, understand you will be bringing your bags up and down stairs so don't pack too heavily!
We tried one of Nes's recommendations for dinner that night and he knows what he's talking about...if you have any questions about where to go or what to do, ask...he can help you.
The next morning we discovered the reason for that 5th star...breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, homemade bread, free range eggs...bacon actually cooked properly and to order! Want cereal? They make their own granola...yummy and their own yougart...heavenly. We ate everything! This was the only B&B we stayed at where we were offered a menu in the morning and offered a choice of something cooked for us...we tried the full English breakfast one morning and omelets the next. Everything they source is organic...local produce if they can get it. We left every morning with a big smile on our faces (and no need to eat until dinner)!
As we spent a couple of days here we found Nes to be one of those high energy, always on the way to do something sort of people, but once you corralled him, he was happy to help with plans and directions.
We enjoyed our stay and maybe next time will try a different room for a change of pace.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Lovely B&B in a great location, the host was great - very friendly and helpful and gave lots of useful local information. The room was really nice and breakfast was really good as well. I've paid a lot more to stay in much worse places! Burlington House was great value for money and we had a very enjoyable stay, we would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013
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England
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

The owner Nes could not be more helpful and I would thoroughly recommend the hotel for his welcoming and caring attitude, without being fussy or nosey. A perfect balance of host and concierge.

A beautiful house tastefully decorated, with large and comfortable beds and a powerful and hot shower. Spotlessly clean and very cheerful housekeeping colleagues. The fan in the room was a nice touch in the heat.

Tasty granola and home mad bread, a wonderful spread at breakfast.

Summertown is a short walk away and the Oxford Wine Cafe was fun to catch up with friends in.

Do stay here, a real treasure.

Room Tip: Room 8 had a huge bed and was a spacious room. The mirrors were well placed to maximise light and il...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frome, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We spent four nights here and though it wasn't a holiday visit and had its share of stresses, we came away feeling relaxed largely due to our visit to this hotel. Both Nes and Malcolm were very helpful and made us feel very much at home. Our twin ensuite was a spacious room with a sparklingly clean bathroom and a strong shower..and the most comfortable bed of any hotel we've been in. My mother's single room upstairs was perfect for her. The breakfast was even better than we all expected..and we ate way too much and enjoyed every bit of it! We even left our car in the space on the premises for the duration of our stay and enjoyed walking into Summertown or Oxford. In short, we are very glad to have stayed here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Moraga, California
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We only had a one night visit to Oxford and we were very happy with our choice of the Burlington House. Nes greeted us with enthusiasm and provided with very useful information about Oxford and how to use the buses into town center. As parking in Oxford can be very difficult this was valuable insight. It is only a 10 minute bus ride from a bus stop in front of the hotel direct to the center of Oxford. A short walk from the hotel to Summertown one can find restaurants and pubs without having to look in Oxford.
Our room was a good size (top floor) and the bath/shower was modern and roomy. No problem of low water pressure that can be a problem in some B&B's/hotels.
Breakfast was ample and a hot option is available to your choice.
Overall, a great stay and would stay again.

Room Tip: The hotel has no elevator so if you have difficulty carrying bags up perhaps 3 flights of steps ask...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2013

The owner of this hotel, Nes, is all about making everyone's stay wonderful and does anything to help you enjoy Oxford. The staff are accommodating and helpful, and everything is kept to a high standard of cleanliness. Breakfast is as you like it with hot food made to order, and they make their own granola (yum!) and yogurt (delicious). Very hospitable and helpful! Location in an easy to access location by bus or 20 min walk to downtown. They were very flexible with payment as I used two different cards for business. Great place to stay!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Burlington House Hotel was my first stop on my first visit to the UK. The B&B's owner greeted me upon arrival and was very friendly and most accommodating for the entire four night stay. The king room was spacious, very clean and comfortable.
The owner's attention to detail is apparent in the nicely decorated rooms and extras such as biscuits, assorted teas, chocolates and fresh bottled water awaiting in the room.
The morning breakfast included delicious home made granola and fresh baked bread, as well as yogurt, fruit compote, fresh juice and a choice of six or more cooked to order selections.
I highly recommend the Burlington House Hotel for Oxford visitors.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Burlington House Hotel
Address: 374 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7PP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oxford
#5 Family Hotel in Oxford
#7 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Burlington House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently refurbished boutique B&B nestled in the heart of Summertown, just north of Oxford's dreamy Spires. ... more   less 
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