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Whoa, surprise midday entry! It is 1:30 and I am setting myself up for a glorious two hours of napping. But first I thought I might write a bit, since ya know, that's what I do.
I morning was rough. 5AM was so...ugh. I got a bagel last night and saved it in the Program Office for breakfast so at least I didn't go hungry. I took the Airliner to Heathrow (slept the whole way) and arrived by 7:30. I had to go to Terminal 2, which I'd never been to before. Now ...
... going to spend the next four weeks in the Uxbridge summer school. Again, it is an amazing college. I am sure Jenny is going to enjoy her experience.
We also spent the afternoon punting in the Thames. This involves pushing a flat bottomed boat with a long pole without falling overboard. Lots of laughs.
Its off to London on the Oxford Tube which is actually a bus. Go figure.
... area to gett Missy a small mermaid. Mr ended up with a small bear with a legoland thirty. Since he was asleep when it got picked up it good that he liked it. We then headed back via mini land so I could see some of the other buildings which were very detailed. We ended up not seeing the others before we left just because of how late it was. We ended up stopping in some random pub in Windsor for dinner which Jon & I enjoyed. Both kids crashed on the way back.
... would have been vandalized, damaged by pollution, etc." They also made a point of saying how much better their eye level presentation is compared to the new Acropolis museum. That part is kind of true. All the exhibits at the British museum are really up close and personal, which is quite nice. Although I did cringe several time when kids where putting their sticky fingers all over a 2700 year old Egyptian sarcophagus. The Egyptian relics were truly amazing, but I ...
... electric vacuum. It was set up with all of the rooms similar to the palace. Ella was in love with it and wished she could have one just like it as do I too. The other areas showed some of her dolls and the clothes that they would be dressed in, very period like and just like you would have dressed any child. The toured continued through the state apartments and again they were so ever royal. Lastly, we checked out St. George's Chapel. The kids had been very ...
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Useless conference facilities!
Stayed here on a business course which was a waste of time and money as the WIFI didn't work and there was no dial-up connected!
A pity as the room was clean,modern and comfortable and the Continental breakfast buffet more than adequate.
A little chilly but it was a very cold weekend and I always take my fan heater, just in case!
Staff were polite and it was a quiet location but a little out of the way.
Unlike the previous reviewer,I ate at Frankie and Benny's and thought the food was DISGUSTING. Sadly there's not much choice in the vicinity.
I would stay here again but not use their Conference facility!!!
An Administrative Nightmare
This hotel lost my reservations, then charged me when I had already pre-paid. They then "lost" all my account information when I tried to get them to refund the amount they double charged me. They're incompetent and I'm still trying to work out the financial mess they made. The rooms are nice enough, but it's really not worth the hassle.
We stayed in this hotel with 2 other couples and the following is based on the 'group' experience.
Very good value for money
This is a very comfortable, modern hotel about 4 miles outside Oxford. Rooms are clean and, whilst not luxurious, have all the basics you need. The bed was very comfortable, and the shower good. Toiletries are very basic. The buffet breakfast is more than adequate, with good supplies of cereals, fruit, yoghourt, pastries, toast, juices and hot drinks - and newspapers. Staff were always helpful and polite.
The only slight drawback is the distance from the hotel to Oxford city centre, though you can always park in the "Park and Ride" about a mile down the road and take the bus. Other than that, there does not seem to be any public transport, and a taxi costs about £10 each way.
Overall though very good value for money.
This is standard fare for UK Express by Holiday Inn (more compact than Holiday Inn Express in the US). Good, clean hotel, plenty of parking, modern rooms. Only issues would be:
We just stayed at the hotel a week ago. It is located on the edge of the urban growth boundary and is situated in a business/office park type of setting. In other words, you will need a car to get into Oxford itself (about 15 minutes to city center). The soccer (football) stadium is next door, and on the other side of that is an entertainment complex with a bowling alley/billiard/sports bar, a health club, a mutliplex movie theater, and a good sit-down restaurant called Frankie and Benny's. The restaurant served us well as we ate dinner there 3 times after spending the day exploring Oxford, Windsor and the countryside. It is on par with TGI Friday's if that helps. There is a old pub next to the bowling alley, but we did not try it. Other options require driving a ways. Look for the brown soccer/football sign if you are approching from the ring road to take you there. Good place to practice roundabouts!
Great Value, a nice experience
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Oxford for one night and were delighted with the hotel. The rooms were slightly on the small side but were clean, modern and functional. The staff were helpful and friendly and the public areas were smart and modern. I have stayed in several hotels recently ,some of which were more than double the price of this one, and they were poor by comparison. If we visit Oxford again we will certainly use the hotel.
Stayed one night here as I wanted somewhere clean, comfortable and predictable for the middle of my journey. It fits the bill in all respects. The breakfast was excellent, room comfortable and clean, with nice big towels and great shower. Road outside was rather noisy because of motorcyclists using it as a race track - get a room away from the road. Ate at a nearby pub for my evening meal.
This hotel is not terribly convenient unless you have a car, but the staff are friendly, and it was everything I asked for.
Nice, Modern Hotel
This modern hotel is located about 15-20 minutes south of the Oxford city center, right next to the Oxford United soccer field (Kassam Stadium) and one block away from Ozone - a bowling alley and movie theater complex. There is a large car park and a bus stop one block away, so you don't have to worry about where to park in the city. The room was small by American standards, but very clean and comfortable.
There was a double bed and a loveseat that converted to another bed.
The price was 69 GBP to 79 GBP per room and included a breakfast buffet of croissants, cereals, yogurt, grapefruit, coffee, tea, juices.
Overall, a very good value. I'd stay here again.
Wow, i'm the 1st to make a review! :) Well, I took a chance on this place. No reviews to read from, but I learned it was a newly constructed hotel (2002 I think) so I figured it couldn't be all that bad. The rates were among the lowest in Oxford and being an international chain, I figured it couldn't be all that bad. If going in the winter, be forewarned that the rooms are cool even with the heat cranked up (we got around this by turning on the hairdryer and keeping it on whenever we were in the room :) The rooms are good enough. The free breakfast was very good: variety of cereals, croissants (with/without chocolate), bread, toast/jelly, yogurt, juices, etc. in a nice eating area--or you can take food up to your room.