Holiday Inn Express Oxford
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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.
Location Location Location
We stayed in this hotel with 2 other couples and the following is based on the 'group' experience.
The hotel is clean, modern and the rooms are nicely laid out. Ours looked out onto the front of the hotel but rooms at the rear look out onto the football pitch (Kassam stadium) and afford a good enough view (for free) on match day. We arrived along with the football fans and there wasn't an issue with parking or traffic (probably to do with Oxford United being in the Conference League and therefore not getting so many travelling fans etc).
It's easy to find - as soon as you hit Oxford just follow the brown 'football' road signs and they guide you in!
The room has tea/coffee facilities, a tv with 8 channels, films and radio and an onscreen menu allowing you acces to your bill etc. All standard stuff but at least it was all working - past experience in chain hotels seems to suggest that repairs to broken items only happen if you kick up enough of a fuss.
Breakfast in the morning was good - nice choice of 'continental' breakfast options but beware - no chance of a cooked breakfast here!
Price - excellent - we paid £58 for the room (double bed, non smoking) on a 'book in advance' internet rate.
What did let this hotel down, and the reason for the average score was what appeared to be an issue with local youths. After returning from our night out (approx 11:30pm) and having a last drink in the bar area there was a confrontation outside that led to a youngish lad coming in with a broken nose and blood streaming down his face - it then became noticable that the site (the hotel sits within a 'leisure' park) might have problems as a private security car was parked across the entrance to the hotel and from about 12:00am onwards a series of confrontations between local lads and the private security firm ensured.
As with all hotels - 'one off' incidents can occur and this may well be what we witnessed - In fact our friends with rooms on the rear side (facing the stadium) didnt see the continuing confrontations outside the front so it really is a case of being in the wrong place at the 'right' time.
In conclusion - a good, clean, modern, hotel and great value at under £60 - but if you want a 'quiet' night then it may be worth checking out some of the local B&B's about
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.
Out of town, no air-con, otherwise great
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:
*No air-con - the weather was hot while we were here and so difficult to get air to circulate. If this is important for you, look elsewhere or buy a cheap fan from Sainsbury's round the corner (~£15)
*Out of town - this is fine if you have a car, as you can dump it at the Park & Ride (5 mins away, 60p per day) and get the bus into town. If you miss the last bus (~7pm) back, the X3 (~every 20 mins, from the same set of stops) will stop there on request. Without a car, would be awkward - seemingly no public transport.
Breakfast is good for free, but the juice is horrid, the coffee's not great, so may not be the fuelling for the day you get at some other hotels. However, advance purchase rates start from ~£53 - and you won't get much better in Oxford!
Nice place, but need a car or cab
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!
The hotel was in pretty good shape. The rooms are smaller than their American counterparts, showed a bit of wear (for a newer hotel), and the mattress was very wiggily. There is no A/C, and we encountered a hot stretch so the top floor where we stayed became very warm due to a lack of hallway circulation and heat coming up the elevator/lift shafts.
The morning continental breakfast consisted of a selection of bulk cereals, yogurt, fruit, juices, croissants and pastries, tea and self serve espresso machine. All items were well stocked. A limited supply of free papers were available at the desk.
We had booked our rooms at the lowest non-cancellable rate. The leader of our group died 1 month before the trip. We wrote the hotel and they agreed to allow us to leave earlier than originally planned. The only problem was that we forgot to bring the e-mail, and the staff member had not noted the adjustment on our reservation. After a couple of days, we happened to ask again, and the staff member in question was working so he eventually came through as promised.
There is no internet access for those w/o their own computer. With the relatively remote location, it would have been handy to have access to one.
We were traveling with children and had a hard time finding a hotel with rooms that slept four people. The hide-a-bed in the room worked well for us.
Overall, a solid choice if you have a car. BTW, the train and bus stations are only a 10 minute walk apart in town. This piece of information would have been helpful in planning our trip. Avis rent a car is within walking distance of both.
We reccomend this hotel.
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.
Not bad for the price
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.
Staff was helpful--referred us to a nice medical clinic that only cost 25 pounds to see a good doctor (daughter had a ear infection). No microwaves or fridges in rooms but you can use theirs in the lobby.
Location is not exactly central Oxford--but not a problem if you are renting a car. Hotel located right next to the Oxford soccer stadium (Kassam stadium), which is great because the soccer stadium is well-marked with road signs all over and near Oxford, so you can never get lost!
If you want the true English countryside experience I recommend a bed and breakfast, but if you are sightseeing and renting a car and just need a place to sleep, I recommend this hotel--a good value.