I recently stayed for one night as part of a business conference in mid week. The hotel has a very business like feel to it with its polished/refelctive surfaces and understated decoration. Plenty of lobby area seating and a light, airy breakfast room.
The room I was allocated to was spacious with a view over the car park. Noise was ok and cleanliness was impeccable. Hot in-room beverage tray was the usual sachets of tea and coffee so take your own cafetieres and fresh coffee/cream if you look forward to that 'first impression brew'.
Because of the hotels location next to football stadium and away from the town, it will not please every hotel goer due to proximity to entertainment etc. I found it above average for business and even took advantage of a discount at the nearby, fresh oriental buffet restaurant located in the VUE cinema complex some 600 yds away.
The staff at the Holiday Inn were very well turned out, smart and polite. There was an air of efficiency that I found quite appealing. A single pint of Worthington Ale at the bar was a preferable night cap and I must admit the beverage prices were well below my initial expectations (i.e were cheaper). Breakfast was standard fare with quite the choice of cereals and toast/croissant & preserves. Self service coffee machines and juice section; really well laid out but if a few people are in there at the same time; could be a bit of a cauldron featuring proximity, elbows and apologies :)
For all you dog lovers out there, next to the cinema is a local 'spit and sawdust' pub with smell of old labrador filling your nostrils upon entry andd the bar is filled with jovial local characters (may be a novelty experience risking a swift half before venturing over to 'Vue for food' or even a film!).
I would happily stay at the hotel again providing it was business purposes and having a car was must. Big thanks to the management & staff for the hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Express by Holiday Inn Hotel, Kassam Stadium-Oxford is ideally situated for business or pleasure. By car only 14 minutes from Oxford city centre, one hour from Heathrow Airport and an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds or visiting one of the Oxford theatres, BMW Mini or the John Radcliffe Hospital . Popular local attractions include: Ashmolean Museum, Botanic Gardens, Pitt Rivers Museum, Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village, Oxford University, walking tours, punting on the river and many more.The Express is next door to the Quadrangle Conference Centre & Kassam Stadium and a few minutes walk from Oxford Science Park. There are plenty of entertainment facilities within 5 minutes walk of the hotel: including two restaurants, 11 screen cinema, 10 pin bowling, Gala bingo, children's activity centre and leisure club. The Leisure Club has a 20m Swimming Pool, with a large gym with steam room, sauna spa pool and various aerobics classes (must book). Guests staying at the hotel can buy a pass for the leisure club for only 5. The Express by Holiday Inn has a Meet Smart conference room, ideal for meetings for up to 30. High speed wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.Maximum 3 adults per room, supplement for third adult. All rooms are non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Oxford Hotel Oxford
- Holiday Inn Oxford