Just returned from a couple of days in Woodstock. What a fabulous town and Blenheim Palace is stunning!
But I wouldn't recommend The Bear. We paid for upgraded rooms and were in the courtyard. Dark, poor lighting, cold creaky floors and terrible bedding.......lumpy pillows and blankets! Who on earth uses blankets thesedays? Staff were polite but there was no personal service. Breakfast was nothing to write home about. I was disappointed that in cold snowy pretty Woodstock, our hotel did not provide a comfortable residents lounge with a glorious log fire. The two louges available were not at all inviting. Available space on the ground floor is used for expensive empty restaurant space.I would suggest a open area with comfy chairs, log fires, serving cafe type food and beverages. We went elsewhere for that and experienced great food and service at the Woodstock Arms.I don't understand how this hotel has 4*????
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Macdonald Bear Hotel is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Oxfordshire and part of The Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection. Set in Woodstock, in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, our hotel combines history and culture with exceptional facilities. With direct access to the historic city of Oxford, our hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks, business and weddings.Our hotel is a perfect venue for celebrations, events and conferences; we boast superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms, peaceful views over the courtyard and stunning period features.Our hotel in Oxfordshire is perfect for a relaxing retreat. Roam the historic city of Oxford and marvel in the dreaming spires or linger in the city's many shops and museums. Once you've finished exploring - we recommend a visit to our award-winning restaurant and bar for the finest of fares and a well deserved nightcap. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macdonald Bear
- Macdonald Bear Woodstock
- Bear Hotel Uk Woodstock
- Bear Hotel Woodstock