We stayed at the Bear with friends and found it very convenient both for Woodstock, Blenheim.
We were also able to leave our cars at the Bear and take the local bus into Oxford, which was easy and convenient.
We were met in the car park and, although we were early for check-in, our bags were very politely taken and were waiting in our rooms when we returned later in the day, which gave a very favourable first impression.
Our 'Deluxe' room was also very nice on first appearance, with a four-poster bed and attractive, traditional furnishings.
However, we did think that perhaps a make-over would be needed before very long as we found a tear in the carpet, trim falling off a chair and - worst of all - previous guest's greasy head-marks on the bedhead.
But the thing both we and our friends found most difficult to live with was the extremely low levels of lighting in both rooms - maybe so that you don't see the stains etc?!
We cannot really comment on the hotel restaurant, as we chose not to eat there in the evenings, but we were not especially impressed by breakfast.
There was no option but to pay for full English breakfast, which we didn't particularly want, but, in our opinion, the continental buffet was not particularly varied or appealing.
The cooked breakfast, which we ate, as we had to pay for it anyway, was ok on the first morning and does seem to be locally sourced and of good quality. We were disappointed on the second morning when both sausages and bacon arrived undercooked and lukewarm.
Overall, this is a very nice hotel with excellent staff.
- 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