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“Nice hotel near the football stadium and science park” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Holiday Inn Express Oxford
Ranked #25 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“Nice hotel near the football stadium and science park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

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.

Room Tip: High floor (2nd or 3rd) at the back of the hotel overlooks the pitch at the Kassam Stadium.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank smileycamel
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Cmason, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for posting your very detailed review. I am very pleased to read that you would stay here again if you were in the area.
Kind regards
Chris Mason
General Manager
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48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We always stay in this hotel when visiting Oxford. The staff are friendly & the rooms are clean & fresh. However, there was a leak in the shower hose & the kettle was temperamental, switching itself off!! We reported this on checking out & the receptionist thanked us for pointing it out saying it would be dealt with. The breakfast is varied if you choose cereals, fruit etc but, the cooked consists of sausage, scrambled egg & beans! In the Holiday Inn Express in Southampton we also had bacon.
The free wi fi is slow & patchy, ok for us but, not great if you are there on business.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Culvey
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Cmason, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for posting your comments. I would also thank you for giving us your feedback at checkout. We hope to welcome you back soon
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Chris Mason
General Manager
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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

When looking for a comfortable hotel for the night, you sometimes can't go passed the Holiday Inn Express and this hotel did just that at a very reasonable price and a very welcoming reception.

After an early flight from Edinburgh to Luton and then the drive to Oxford we were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready at 11am, combine that with a clean and good sized room, free wifi, a fixed fare taxi rate into town and a late check-out, this hotel ensured we had everything we needed for our stay in Oxford.

We would definitely stay in this hotel again.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Cmason, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for sending in your comments. I am very pleased that you would definitely stay here again.
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Chris Mason
General Manager
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John O'Groats, United Kingdom
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203 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

I was in this hotel again. Cheap and cheerful with a good pub nearby (The King's Arms. Check on google maps - a fine evening's walk). Breakfasts are ok, although the sausages are disappointingly poor quality. Room is fine. Internet is fine.

I was swithering whether to give 4 stars, but have to judge against other expresses - so a solid and dependable three it is.

All in all a good place.

Room Tip: No connecting door is always a good idea.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank canoepunkie
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Cmason, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for posting your comments.
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Chris Mason
General Manager
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

this hotel is clean comfortable and welcoming. it had all the things we needed. the breakfast was lush cooked fresh . we had a few drinks to ..for what we got it was not bad price .. the rooms are big and there is free parking too. it was peaceful and good night sleep if thats what you want.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bobby4442014
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Cmason, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Dear guest

Thank you for your posting. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay
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Chris Mason
General Manager
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UK
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172 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

One doesn't expect luxury in a Holiday Inn Express, but the Oxford hotel is clean, comfortable, and the reception staff we encountered were helpful and friendly. The free parking was a bonus, as HIEs often charge for overnight parking. The breakfast buffet was well-stocked, and the cooked food fresh and hot. I am surprised that one commentator suggested their stay was expensive - £68 for bed and breakfast for two people seemed a bargain to me!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ukangelique
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Cmason, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Dear guest

Thank you for sending in your comments. I am very pleased to read that your stay "ticked the boxes"
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Chris Mason
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Southampton
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36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

We were very pleased with this hotel. Friendly staff, lovely room, comfortable beds. Staff were very helpful. Would definitley stay there again. However, our nights sleep was ruined by very noisy neighbours who were banging doors, and talking loudly when they got in at 1am until 2.30am. The hotel staff attended to the matter immediately and had to again warn them about their behaviour. Breakfast was self service and was included in the price, cooked and continental. We were also given a voucher for free wi-fi which was unexpected.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CarolSouthampton
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Cmason, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Oxford, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for sending in your posting. I would also like to like to expres my thanks regarding your reaction to the noisy guests who. Our night staff patrol the corridors to check for noise etc and are trained to deal with this issue.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Oxford
Address: Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Oxford 3*
Number of rooms: 162
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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