We stayed at the Bear Hotel for one night 10th-11th November 2013
Woodstock is a beautiful setting but be aware the roads can be very narrow and finding the Hotel car park was a challenge until we seeked advice from a local who directed us there.
The staff are incredibly attentive and polite and the hotel has a historic ambiance with log fires and traditional wood beams.
We stayed in the William Chamber's Suite (room 33) which was exactly as described. The room is large with a decent ensuite and separate lounge area. It was clean, well presented and had the majority of commodities you would expect in a hotel room apart from tea/coffee facilities which to me was a little disappointing.
Although we did not have dinner at the hotel; only breakfast, the menu and extra's they provide seem to be quite pricey for what is on offer, even the bottles of water in your room will cost you. Breakfast was included in the price and is served in the dining room, they have a variety of choices both continental and cooked options to cater for everyone's taste's however we did notice they charge £17.50 for a cooked breakfast if you are not staying at the hotel which we thought was a ridiculous price for a basic cooked breakfast (nice but nothing fancy)
Overall the hotel was not suited for us (being a couple in our 20s) we found it too quiet and not much choice of things to do particularly in the evening. I would recommend this hotel for an older clientele who enjoy historic places of interest; Blenheim Palace is in walking distance and Oxford is 10-15 minutes drive away, plus there are plenty of tea rooms in the area.
- 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