I stayed at this hotel a couple of times on business as its just under a mile away from the Oxford Science Park. I stay at the Holiday Inn chain hotels a lot as I travel on business and this HIE is situated right next door to the Kassam Stadium and adjoining retail park. It is the standard quality HIE with free parking at the front. I was greeted warmly and checked in quickly. The rooms are the standard HIE and were clean and well maintained. The bathroom was also clean and included a shower but no bath. I am a shower person myself but I know my wife would have had a little moan about this. T he only gripes I have with the bathroom is that the plug hole in the sinks don't pop up when you push the rod release down. You end up filling your sink really fast which is annoying. Also in some rooms the flexible pipe leading to the shower heads leaked, spraying water in all directions. But these are minor gripes which shouldn't put people off at all. There is no AC in the rooms but the heater has a thermostat which can be controlled. The TV was large and had a the standard Freeview channels. There is free wi-fi available in the room and you get given a code when you check in. The speed of the wi-fi is variable from day to day and some days I have found it so slow as to be unusable and frustrating. At least you get a connection which is what I found in some other hotels. The bed was comfortable but initially I thought too soft for my sensitive back. That fear proved to be unfounded but I would have preferred it to be a tad firmer but that's just a personal observation.
Breakfast is a slightly better affair than the usual HIE that I have been at. It offers the usual hot items (scrambled eggs, sausage and beans) as well as continental items like muffins, croissants, choice of cereals and breads. Its fine for me in the morning although I find the scrambled eggs a little salty for my palette. It has never bothered me before at the others in the chain. there is teas and coffee as well as fruit juices. The hotel gets a lot of coach tours so depending on the day, you might find the breakfast area busy.
The hotel has a bar and lounge area, but does not serve food in the hotel in the evenings. There is a selection of takeaway menus that you can order from in the lounge but you must eat the food in the lounge area. The retail park at the back of the hotel has a Frankie & Bennys, a Chinese buffet restaurant, an Indian buffet restaurant and a Fish & Chips takeaway. Its less than a ten minute walk around to the retail park from the hotel.
Checkout was also quick and painless with no hassle. I would recommend and stay here again if I was in the area.
- 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