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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Stayed here for 4 nights. Location is good just a 5 minute walk from the Kings Arms pub which was lovely. It's a beautiful place to stay, breakfast in the great hall was an interesting experience, not the best quality food (poached eggs had obviously been made a bit earlier that morning) but the service was very good, and it was something different. Main issue with the room was that there was no TV - didn't even think about it until we got there but of course, with them being student rooms there wouldn't be a TV but it is something we'd miss so it would put us off staying there again. The shower was great though, we had an ensuite bathroom, a decent size. The bed was very comfortable although we discovered halfway through our stay somebody had taken our headboard!! Which was a bit odd, it was just gone when we came back one day, not that we missed it it was very uncomfortable!

They don't have wifi but you can get a cable to connect your laptop to their internet from the helpful porters which was great, it was very fast and reliable. There was a Stg£5 deposit for it, which we got back when we returned it.

Apart from the lack of tv, it was a nice place to stay, so if that doesn't bother you, then I'd recommend it. Great value as well.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

The website makes it pretty clear that the standards of accommodation are those of a student hostel rather than a hotel, and as long as you go prepared for this, the rooms won't disappoint you. What might, however, is the food and the customer service.

You will be sleeping in a room which is occupied for most of the year by a bearded 19-year-old who's more interested in beer and sex (and, maybe, Plato or Proust), than in comfortable furnishing and stylish interior decor. The furniture is basic and tatty, and our two rooms had twin beds, a desk and not a lot else. And no pictures on the walls - the posters of Che Guevara are obviously taken down for the holidays!

There was also a pile of dirty sheets on the floor outside our bedroom door for the entire duration of our stay.

They'd obviously made some effort however, with crisp sheets, plenty of towels, and even some hotel-style miniatures of shampoo, shower gel and conditioner. The shower was fine and there was lots of hot water, so obviously the plumbing has been updated a bit since Keble was built in the 1870s.

Breakfast was remarkable only for the magnificent hall in which it was served. We were underwhelmed by overcooked fried eggs swimming in oil, and bendy toast made from sliced bread of the supermarket "Value" variety. Our teenage children both reckoned it was on a par with their school food - not surprisingly, since once you take away the architectural glories, that's exactly what it is. Still, I suppose it was reassuring to find that our taxes aren't being used to subsidise haute cuisine for the aforementioned bearded students.

Breakfast was only available from 8:30 to 9:30, which is a bit limiting for either early or late risers, and checkout was at the ridiculously early time of 10am. Don't stay here if you'd like a lazy morning lie-in!

Our main complaint was with what happened at checkout. We'd been previously re-assured that we'd be able to leave our luggage at the Porter's Lodge for the day, but when we came to check out we were told it would not be possible after all, on the absurd grounds that a conference was starting that day. The woman who appeared to be in charge was unsympathetic to the fact that a day's sight-seeing in Oxford would be ruined by having to lug overnight bags everywhere we went.

Conference notwithstanding, with a bit of goodwill and imagination it would obviously have been perfectly possible for us to leave a couple of bags and collect them later, and this is something which any normal hotel or B&B would allow as a matter of course, especially at £100 a night.

At the very least, the college should have warned us at the time of booking that there was no left-luggage facility on that day, and we could have elected to go elsewhere.

In the event, we were lucky: our first sight-seeing venue of the day was the Ashmolean, which has lockers available in the basement. But the day could so easily have been ruined by the thoughtlessness of the Keble staff, and for that reason we could not recommend this place to others.

The Ashmolean, on the other hand, is wonderful - if you're planning a trip to Oxford, don't miss it!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

I had a spotlessly clean and spacious room overlooking a wonderful large quadrangle. It was quiet and comfortable. The porter's lodge was welcoming and helpful. The breakfast was well cooked, hot and promptly served. The location of Keble is convenient. What more can one wish for?

Certainly it was better than several colleges where I have been given a room in a noisy spot and the food has been indifferent, or where the bed has been very elderly. On these occasions I have felt sorry for the poor student shortly to inhabit the room on a more permanent basis!

Considering the huge amounts that Oxford hotels seem to feel entitled to charge, Keble is very good value.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Keble College. I had a Superior ensuite room and compared to other places I have stayed at in England, the room was enormous! I felt that I could really spread out and relax there. The room is really basic, but that didn't matter. The best part about staying here is that you get to eat breakfast in the Hall. I was in England for 3 weeks and eating in the Hall was one of my most memorable experiences. I highly recommend staying here. The room was very good value for my money.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

My daughter and I stayed in Keble College for one week and loved it. It was a bit out of town, but that made it quite. Along the route, we passed a nightly showing of Macbeth, Comedy of Errors and The Importance of Being Ernest, which we had to stop and see. One night we were allowed to have a fantastic meal in the spectactular dining hall. Perhaps the best meal we had in Oxford. Because it was a student dorm, the rooms and halls were quite spare, but also clean and comfortable.

Room Tip: floors are walk-up and quite spare and dark
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank SPMDS
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