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Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Ranked #13 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Gloucestershire
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Reviewed May 11, 2010

OK but needs a lift as staircase steep and narrow. Car parking tight leaving you concerned overnight about damage to your car. Stout footwear advised if you intend walking into Oxford. Restaurant offers good food in a rather watched, awkward atmosphere. Don't go for the Hotel dinner offer - we got hijacked into spending more than we should have for our meal, with a very discourteous rebuff from the hotel manager when we complained.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2010

My husband and I stayed at this hotel on a Thursday night as we were travelling beyond Oxford and stopped for the night. We got an excellent rate - 99 pounds for a standard double room including a three-course dinner for two and breakfast.
The hotel: A beautiful building in a great location - a very scenic 10 minutes' walk from the city centre. Many university buildings are located along the way, and the street is tree-lined. The reception staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful.
The room (room 57): It was labeled as a standard double when we reserved, but was actually a queen-sized bed. The mattress was a bit tired and they would do well to change it, but the bedding was simple and modern, and the room was well-appointed (the decor was simple, there was a flat-screen tv, kettle, tea, coffee, biscuits, quality toiletries, and fluffy towels). The lighting in the bathroom was very bad (energy-saving bulbs, so understandable and excusable) and would've been nice to have a hair dryer in the room, but there are some available to borrow from reception. The hotel is located on a main road but we didn't hear any noise at all and we are both very light sleepers.
The restaurant: Our rate included a three-course a-la-carte dinner (there were a couple of items that had supplements but the selection was very good). The quality of the ingredients was excellent, as was the cooking (sea bass was cooked to perfection), but the chef should season his dishes more - everything needed salt. Dishes had simple, fresh flavour combinations that worked very well. Not Michelin-star level, but very very good value for money. Even if the meal hadn't been included in the room rate, it was 22.50 pounds per person for the three courses which I think, given the meal that we had, is great value. Breakfast was equally good - there is a continental breakfast buffet (which had croissants and pains au chocolat to die for, we live in France and don't often find such quality viennoiseries) and a menu from which you can select any hot dishes, from a single boiled egg to full English breakfast, with a selection of other assorted items (eg. smoked haddock) that you can add on. Very, very good, though I don't think it's worth the 12.50 pounds that you pay if it's not included in your room. That's a lot of money for breakfast.

Overall, I would not hesitate to stay here again if I got the same rate; even 99 pounds just for bed and breakfast would have been reasonable (though from the reviews I read, sometimes rates can be up to 150 pounds, and I wouldn't pay that for this hotel).

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

The hotel is located 10 minutes walk from the city centre. The staff was very pleasant and helpful (there are parking facilities and have no problems letting you leave the car there even if you have already checked out).
The rooms are clean and spacious, and the breakfast had a good variety (continental buffet but also cooked breakfast). The lunch (included on the price) was also very good.
The best tip I can give you is, that if you want to stay in this hotel, try to book it through it's own website as they do deals that include dinner or lunch and breakfast for £99 (and you won't find these on any other website). All in all a nice stay and experience.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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devon
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

stayed one night. food in the hotel was good and service was good 2nd time ive been here . no probs of coming again.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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mango02
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

We stayed at the Cotswold Lodge Hotel on a Friday evening. We booked a basic double room which included dinner up to the value of £20 each and a full breakfast on the Saturday morning. The cost for one night including food was only £99, so great value.

The location was great with parking so we could leave the car while we walked into the centre of Oxford which was about a 10/15 minute trundle along.

The hotel itself and our room was spotless and nicely decorated in a classic traditional style. The food was exceptional, the evening dinner in the hotel restaurant was amazing in terms of service, quality and presentation of food. For a starter and main course (with a couple of complimentary snacks such as butternut soup) came to £49 which meant we only paid £9 on top of the cost of the room - absolute bargain. The breakfast the next day was tremendous with a full english as well as all the usual cereals, criossants etc

The only thing that let this hotel down was some of the staff who were not very helpful and a couple were quite surly. This was such a shame as the hotel itself and the food was great and having reception staff who did not acknowledge you and waiting staff at breakfast who verged on rude was sad. Having said that, some of the members of staff were nice, it's just a shame the hotel was good in so many ways yet the people who greeted us didn't seem to care.

Overall, a great stay that we'd recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

This place was wonderful! For the modest price of a B&B, you get all the benefits of both a hotel and a guesthouse, within a short walking distance to the city centre. Delicious breakfast cooked to order, a well-stocked hotel bar that's conducive to enjoying conversations with your friends and family, and quiet and comfortable rooms. All this, plus some of the best service and staff I've experienced in all of the UK and Ireland. This is where I'll stay every time I go to Oxford!

Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

I only stayed here for one night, however the overall experience was very positive.

My room wasn't decorated in the most contemporary way. Lots of flowery patterns, however the rooms were spacious, the bathrooms a decent size, the bed comfortable. So for a place to crash overnight it was ideal.

Unfortunately I arrived too late for dinner, however the staff on duty were extremely friendly and helpful and brought me a selection of crisps, snacks and cheese to keep me going. Breakfast the next morning was good. A good selection of fruits, pastries and cereals - in addition there was a good choice of hot food.

If you expect and want the features a modern hotel offers, then you wont find that here. And to be honest it doesn't try to be this type of hotel.

If I needed to stay in Oxford again, I'd have no issue staying here. It's clean, not too far from the centre, and allowed a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Cotswold Lodge Hotel
Address: 66A Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cotswold Lodge Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cotswold Lodge is an independent 4-star hotel located in a conservation area within walking distance from Oxford’s historic city centre. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome and a highly professional level of service, whether they are popping in for a coffee, meeting someone for lunch, staying at the hotel or hosting an event. The elegant Victorian building combines period features such as bay windows, high ceilings and open fireplaces with all the facilities required by today’s business and leisure travellers, including secure wireless broadband internet access. All our guest rooms offer a good level of comfort and privacy. Our ten feature rooms are named after Oxford colleges and retain the distinctive architectural features of the original building. Restaurant 66 has a modern, fresh design and an acclaimed menu. We also have a welcoming bar, charming terraces, a spacious drawing room and a Mediterranean-style courtyard garden. The Norham Suite is the ideal venue for business meetings, private dining functions and special events such as weddings, birthdays and parties. Cotswold Lodge is one of the few hotels in Oxford where parking is not a problem. We provide complimentary parking for residents – and we are just 10 minutes’ walk or a short bus ride from the city centre, visit our image gallery. ... more   less 
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