Bath Place Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bath Place Hotel Oxford
A great time! Recommended!
I have just returned from a two night stay at the hotel and have just seen these reviews on tripadvisor. All i can say is I find some of them very misleading. There is no gourmet restaurant but nor was i promised one (except in an ancient, out-dated guidebook). The car park was very close and it is a real bonus the hotel has one at all: the traffic in oxford is terrible and getting around on foot is much the best way once you are there. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I chose to have my breakfast in my room (at no extra cost) - and very tasty it was too! The hotel buildings are nearly 400 years old and so there are narrow staircases and uneven floors but better that than a hotel-by-numbers on the ring road! It is quite expensive (but cheaper that the other city centre hotels I rang) but well worth it. I would definitely go back.
Nothing like as bad as others made it out to be
We are regular visitors to Oxford. We chose Bath Place for its location for a 1 night stay on 11th March. We were not disappointed. Room was comfortable, very warm. Secure car parking (free) was only 250 paces away. Our room overlooked the Turl pub, and I expect it could be noisy in summer if you wanted an early night. Breakfast was Continental rather than full English, but the Ham was excellent. Staf were friendly, so I just don't connect our stay with that of those other reviewers who complained so much. I would stay there again.
Charming and delightful
We went for one night (a Saturday) on our anniversary. On finding out it was our anniversary they upgraded us for free to a four-poster bed room! I discovered - predictably, perhaps - that the reviewer who got cold must have failed to close windows and/or turn up the thermostat.
In our room we had one large radiator, one electric wall-mounted heater AND - although we didn't need it even on a freezing February night - an extra fan heater in the wardrobe! The room had everything one would expect in a (small) modern hotel: mini-bar, tv, direct phone line, hair dryer etc., all in a slightly crooked (it's a 17th century cottage - absolutely lovely change from precision concrete structures!), oak-beamed, charming, spacious and clean room. When we first arrived we did hear some noise from the outside, but closing the traditional outer windows on the other side of the inner modern secondary double glazing totally sorted that one out. It's right at the heart of Oxford, and totally in keeping with the olde worlde feel of things. If you saw it in passing and had booked another place, you would wish you hadn't.
Room service is free of charge, and if you don't like the continental breakfast, then cooked eggs and bacon, etc., are options. They did have a very cosy and comfy looking bar downstairs too, although we went out.
Marvellous choice of hotel, specially as we saw a number of the other contenders we had seen on-line - they would have all required cabs or buses to get around, and certainly looked less appealing - we weren't on a business trip! The one way system and shortage of parking in and around Oxford meant that being right in the middle of town and having a secure car park just around the corner (automated gate with keypad code) was great. But, if large concrete inner city chain hotels is what you always want, I guess you should look elsewhere. We loved *this* one.
Perfect! Cosy, friendly & full of character!
This lovely little hotel is nestled in the heart of the historic centre of the City. The Bath Place offers unpretentious, cosy, comfortable accommodation along with a quaint historical atmosphere. I was delighted with the hotel, I knew what I wanted and this was just right!! I look forward to the opportunity to return.
We read the Tripadvisor reviews a couple of days before visiting this guesthouse, so we were expecting the worst. In our opinion, the hotel turned out to have its advantages and drawbacks. Its best feature is its location. Apart from the much more expensive Randolph and Old Bank hotels there are not many other acceptable accommodation offers in Oxford's city centre. Besides, we were lucky enough to receive a free room upgrade to the best room in the hotel, most likely since there were virtually no other guests staying at the hotel. In addition, the staff was indeed very friendly and forthcoming. However, every single aspect of the estate (we're talking paint, carpets, furniture, door handles, electrical appliances and water taps) is old, mismatched and worn. The rooms are decorated in a ghastly manner: ugly flowery curtains, crooked lampshades and brown carpet in the bathroom, even around the loo! Although the breakfast buffet was elaborate and prepared with great eye for detail, we had to wait half an hour for it, which made it all look rather unprofessional. We're very sorry but we would not recommend this hotel to anybody.
We have just returned from spending one night of a two night stay at this so called hotel. To say the blurb that was sent to us in advance was misleading is the least of our problems.
There was no gourmet resteraunt as advised - the lady behind the desk whose english was minimal told us it "had gone away!"
The car parking was the most extraordinary I have ever come across - in pouring rain I had to go about a quarter of a mile , get out, unlock two huge doors, make sure they were tied back then put my car in the proscribed space, this was over very eneven ground litter strewn and totally dreadful. then back untie these doors lock up and walk back sopping wet to the so called hotel!
Then the room! Up a narrow staircase on threadbear carpet to a dingy, dark and totally uninviting room. Since I had research to do the next day, we retired early then were kept awake till the early hours as the room overlooked a tavern which had an outside garden which was frequented by students etc.
Once they had gone there was not much more of the night so got up early to shower which had a broken clasp which meant that once the power shower was working it flew all over the place wetting everything including the towels!
The wake up call asked for 7.30 am was on time although the recorded voice said it was an hour earlier!!! Continental breakfast arrived - with warmish croissents which were on top of toast which was therefore soggy and uneatable. Shall I go on?
We decided to book out then and there and were told that the hotel's policy was to charge for the two nights anyway and pointed to paperwork I had received on booking. I remembered that and should have smelt a rat then and there - we are obviously not the first to have booked out early. They told me that the second night would be refunded if they could resell the room - they admitted this was extremely unlikely! For the first time I agree!
The bill paid was a massive £ 236 - which was farcical if it was not so sad.
I expect noone will give any heed to my request to at least have the second nights stay returned anyway for a good will gesture.
We love Oxford, and I even went to school there - we shall return but not to this awful place.
I cannot describe how disappointed we were with this hotel. The hotel in general is rundown - threadbare carpets and cracks in the ceilings.
Room 7 is very very small and noisy. You can hear the people in room above using the bathroom!! For one and ten pounds per night, one would at least expect a resonable breakfast...but no such luck. The continental buffet advertised turned out to be cereal, toast, a plate of cold meat and hard boiled eggs. The saving grace of this hotel is the location, in the middle of town, and the staff which are very verv kind and helpful. Jill
Our guide book described this as a luxurious 10-room retreat. Nothing could be further from the truth. We stayed in a cold basement room that was cramped and had the world's smallest bathroom. The pub connected to the hotel makes falling asleep before midnight impossible. An uncofortable bed and sour milk for breakfast made this the worst hotel of our two-week stay in Britain.
Charming, comfortable, and friendly
A friend and I recently stayed the historic Bath Place Hotel in Oxford, England. We found it to be a delightful little hotel in the heart of the historic part of Oxford with easy walking distance to the many sites. Our room combined the charm of this 17th century building with 21th century comforts. It was clean, well-keep, comfortable, and plenty big enough for the two of us. We enjoyed the many hanging baskets of flowers that added a rainbow of color to the flagstone courtyard, the yummy breakfast, and the helpful and pleasant staff. We highly recommend these establishment to others considering a stay in Oxford.
Mickey Sarquis Middletown, OH USA
one of the worst places it has ever been my misfortune to stay. a freezing cold room. unfriendly and unprofessional staff. overpriced. avoid it.
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