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Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Banbury
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“A memorable Sunday lunch”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Three of us booked for lunch last Sunday and were nervous to find ourselves to be the only diners at a table laid in the bar! In actual fact we had a charming waitress uniquely serving us and surprise surprise the food was sensational ! Would recommend to anyone who enjoys tasty and elegantly presented food.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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WhatleyHall, Rooms Division Manager at Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

I appreciate your kind words on our Swift Restaurant and your brief summary which lists the best values of our outlet. I will be sure pass on your kind words regarding the service and the team here to all concerned.
We look forward to see you again.

Kind Regards,

Atilla Pek
Rooms Division Manager
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

The location could not have been better however the hotel does need a refresh. Yes I know it old and has a certain charm but the carpets need renewing and the wifi didnt penetrate into my far flung bedroom. No lift and no one to take cases up two storeys and along a windy route. Breakfast good except for some very indifferent sausages - why do most hotels skimp there!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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WhatleyHall, Rooms Division Manager at Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your detailed feedback following your recent stay with us at Mercure Whately Hall in Banbury. I am happy to read that you enjoyed the central location of our hotel. On the other hand I am sorry to read you were dissatisfied with the hotel layout, the lift is at the far end of hotel and whilst it is possible to access the older part of the hotel without going outside it does involve a number of steps and stairs in the original 17th Century characteristic part of the hotel. You may rest assured that we have taken a good note of your comments as they offer us a valuable opportunity to monitor and continually improve our facilities and services.
Many thanks again for your valuable comments and I do hope you will choose to stay with us again in the future.


Kind Regards

Atilla Pek
Rooms Division Manager
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This hotel has a delightful period exterior, well documented history and pleasant gardens. It is located only a short walk from the shopping centre and pubs. The staff were efficient, helpful and accommodating. However the stairs and corridors to the upper rooms is quite a mission with large suitcases. The room although dated and basic was clean. The noise was the worst thing about this hotel having specified a quite room. The disco from a wedding downstairs kept us awake into the morning and lots of banging thereafter. Do not stay here on a Saturday night or check if they have a wedding function is my advise.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MORREY
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WhatleyHall, Rooms Division Manager at Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comments after your stay with us at Mercure Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury. We are more than happy when we receive feedback from such a senior contributor like you. I am glad to read that you enjoyed the location and the characteristic warm welcome of our historical hotel. I will be sure pass on your kind words regarding the service and the team here to all concerned. On the other hand I am truly sorry for noise disturbance occurred due to wedding party. Once you would choose to stay with us again in the future and would be pleased if you could contact me to take care of your reservations personally to ensure you have an enjoyable stay with us.

Once again many thanks and I do hope you will choose to stay with us again in the future.

Kind Regards
Atilla Pek
Rooms Division Manager
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Dolgellau, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We decided to visit Banbury as it was a place we had never been before and were delighted to find a clean very open town with a central shopping and business area together with an indoor market. The famous cross stands four square in the centre of a main crossroads and laying back from one of these is Whatley Hall, as we have been very pleased with 'Mercure' in the past we decided to stay if they could provide a ground floor room - if there was no lift - as my wife cannot manage stairs. We actually had the 'disabled room' which had all that was required for a comfortable two night stay, large TV , drink provisions and all the usual toiletries. The window looked onto the garden but was not overlooked. We were offered help with our cases and the staff at reception could not have been more helpful.

The hotel is old - very old so rather creaky, there is a newer part but it lacks atmosphere. Actually there is a story of a ghost haunting one room but we were in the wrong room! The dining room is large, but in two parts, the original room plus a new extension. The only slight drawback - as happens in all large hotels - there was a coach party of some 50 people in the dining room which made us feel rather overwhelmed. Not that this affected our extremely good dinner served to us by a charming lady who despite having to help serve the large group was able to give us her full attention which meant that we did not feel ignored.

Breakfast was the usual self service but as in other Mercure hotels there is a sizeable menu from which one can order more special dishes (eg. Eggs Benedict). One point to consider - don't drive through to the car park if you have been too liberal with the wine - it is very narrow about four inches clear each side! All in all, well done Mercure.

Room Tip: None are noisy but some are a bit small and creaky (and that's were you will find the ghost)
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Coalabear
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WhatleyHall, Front Office Manager at Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much your detailed review after your stay here at Mercure Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury. I appreciate your kind words and thank you for summarizing all of the unique selling points of our Mercure Whately Hall Hotel. I am glad that you were satisfied with our services and enjoyed the traditional warm atmosphere of our property. I will be sure pass on your kind words regarding the service and the team here to all concerned.

We look forward to welcoming you back at your next visit in Banbury.

Kind Regards,

Atilla Pek

Rooms Division Manager
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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

I was really looking forward to a night away with my partner. Turned up and the reception was a mess. There was confetti all over the floor and teas cups etc in all the tables. The receptionist wasn't very welcoming. Wasn't told check out time, where the breakfast was. The room was clean and tidy. But only one towel.There was a wedding and a party going on this kept us up until 1am. Then woken up by the people walking and in the bed upstairs at 6.30. Breakfast was over priced and dry as a bone clearly been there for a while. Not a relaxing time.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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whately, General Manager at Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you taking time to post your comments following your recent stay with us. Like you I am very disappointed to read of your dissatisfaction and experience.

I shall respond to you directly once I have had an aooportunity to investigate fully.

Once again my apologies.

Kind Regards

Michael Williams
General Manager
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This is an ideally placed hotel on the edge of the town. Once you've navigated the narrow driveway in your car to access the car park, you are faced with a beautiful hotel in beautiful grounds. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The food is extremely delicious and very good value for money. There is also a regular train service to Oxford allowing you to get the best of both Oxford and Banbury.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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WhatleyHall, Front Office Manager at Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you ever so much for your great review of your recent stay here at Mercure Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury. I am very happy to read you enjoyed both the hotel and the area. I appreciate your kind words on our staff and Food and Beverage services which confirms we are on the right track to get more satisfied guests in our Mercure Whately Hall Hotel.

I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.

Once again many thanks.

Kind Regards

Atilla Pek
Rooms Division Manager
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Property: Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel
Address: Banbury Cross 17-19 Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AN, England (Formerly Mercure Whately Hall Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Banbury
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Banbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 star hotel offering 69 ensuite rooms in an idyllic 17th Century setting where Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels in 1723. Ideal as a base for exploring the Cotswolds region, Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Woodstcock & Warwick. 10 minutes from Banbury railway and coach stations, 30 miles (50 km)from Birmingham Airport and easily accessible via Junction 11 of the M40. Features 7 meeting rooms accommodating up to 120 delegates, Swifts & Berkeley Restaurants and Hornton Bar. 24hrs room service and free car parking. ... more   less 
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