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“Very Comfortable” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Macdonald Bear Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence
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87 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very Comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Stayed here twice in September, the first time in the mainbody of the hotel, the second in one of the exterior rooms. The quality of the rooms are very consistent, clean, comfortable and well appointed. Rooms in the main body of the hotel are accessed via a very uneven staircase, care needs to be taken on them, visitors who are not too confident on their feet might consider one of the external rooms or at least discuss it with the hotel prior to their visit.

Food generally very good, though dinner portions can be small.

Meeting rooms are very good and the wifi works well.

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear A6T1P

Thank you for submitting your review of your experience following your stay at the Macdonald Bear Hotel.

I appreciate the helpful details you provided. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had a 2 night stay, staff all very helpful & polite, room clean, well stocked with refreshments, bathroom lovely, nothing to complain about! Restaurant let us in early to our table - again no complaints - food was wonderful - our 12 year old happy to choose off the main menu (both nights), delightful breakfast - really made our weekend, although the warm sunny weather helped! we will be back.....

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LMK10000
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear LMK10000

Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent visit. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you and your bedroom and restaurant experiences.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Warm regards

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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Wellington, New Zealand
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164 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Yesterday (13th October) some local friends were driving us around the lovely English countryside, on our first ever visit to England.

We had a very full day so were only able to stop here for a few minutes, but what a magnificent place.

What a wonderful old building - we just don't have buildings of this age in New Zealand. Very warm and welcoming.

If ever I return to England, I will be sure to put time aside to visit this fantastic hotel at length.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank KiwiLynda15
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear KiwiLynda15

I was delighted to read your review following your visit to the hotel during your first trip to England.

Thanks for taking the time to submit your review and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Best wishes

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for two nights in October 2013. I had sent an email prior to our arrival stating that this was our first wedding anniversary made all the more special as my husband has advanced cancer. I didn't ask for any special treatment but that we have the best possible room for the rate we paid. This was mainly due to previously staying at a MacDonald hotel in Birmingham and having to move rooms twice because there were problems with them.
When we were allocated our room we were very grateful too see we had been allocated a suite instead of a deluxe room! The room was extremely clean and well presented! Having a separate lounge to the bedroom was lovely and the bathroom had a shower and a bath.
The hotel is situated like a courtyard so parking is available right outside the rooms. The service was superb and the hotel appears to be run very well.
We didn't eat at the hotel but enjoyed a meal at one of the pubs in the village which was delicious.
A thoroughly enjoyable stay and would definitely return if we find ourselves in oxford again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear 82Lottie

Thank you for your review of the Bear following your stay with your husband to celebrate your anniversary. I am so pleased that the team were able to make it a special experience for you and that you enjoyed the suite.

Your feedback has been shared with the team as I know they will be encouraged by it.

We sincerely hope that your husband recovers well soon and we look forward to welcoming you both back to the Bear.

Best wishes

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I stayed here with friends for one night and we had a fabulous time. Our rooms were in the courtyard, spacious clean and comfortable and I appreciated the Arran Aromatics toiletries.
We has sandwiches on arrival which were freshly made and delicious. The breakfast was ample and there was much from which to choose. Our dinner - the three course menu which for £35 we thought was fair - was exquisite. The menu was well put together and the food was tempting and tasty. However all of us have grown sons and agreed that the portions would not have been enough for those notable trenchermen. For three ladies, all of whom are 'foodies', it was perfect. So if you have a large appetite make sure you order plenty of side dishes.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ellie1485
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Ellie1485

Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent visit. I was really pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay - in particular your room and your dinner experience.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Warm regards

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I stayed with my wife for our anniversary. We had stayed a few years ago and loved it so much, we decided to return. The hotel has an excellent location in the beautiful village of Woodstock.
As the hotel is an old building it has quirky features with uneven floor boards and creaking stairs, which add to the charm.
We chose a feature room which was beautiful with a separate lounge and bedroom with a large, comfortable bed and all expected amenities.
The staff and service were lovely and we thought the food in the restaurant was excellent for dinner and breakfast, as we had booked a full package (the value was exceptional).
We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Fra_Capp_2013
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Fra_Capp_2013

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to submit such a glowing review following your stay at the Macdonald Bear Hotel for your anniversary.

I was pleased to note that you enjoyed your visit, in particular the service from the team, location, food and your bedroom. We appreciate such a helpful review.

I will be delighted to share your feedback with the team as I know they will be encouraged by it.

We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Best wishes

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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inverness
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

It has been over 2 years since I last stayed at this hotel with work. Vast improvement was noted updated bathroom and fab Arran aromatic toiletries. Stayed in the bladon room large room and extremely comfortable bed. It is a very old hotel so there are little quirks like squeaky floorboards but did not disturb my sleep. Highly recommend to all as I imagine it would be a great base for a leisure visit as well as a business stay. Lovely not overly priced food in the bar. Breakfast was lovely although do allow time if having cooked breakfast as it's all cooked fresh.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Thank marie2203
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear marie2203

Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent visit. I was really pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay, particularly your room. I have shared your kind feedback with the team as I know they will be motivated by it.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Warm regards

Paola Cassotti
General Manager
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Additional Information about Macdonald Bear Hotel

Property: Macdonald Bear Hotel
Address: Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Woodstock
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Woodstock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Bear Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
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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