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Historical Traveler Reviews The Oxford Hotel London
What a disappointment! We were given a room in the basement accessible by steep stairs with a roof so low that my husband couldn't stand upright. The cover on the bed smelt smoky and had stains. The bathroom was tiny but the shower was good. The breakfast consisted of the worst croissants we have ever eaten.. stale and dry. We asked for a room above ground because it was so claustrophobic but were told that there were none available. We will not return.
Quad stay at the Oxford
We spent six nights in a quad room. I agree with the 4/17 review and will not repeat what is said. We had been traveling for three weeks prior to arriving in London and had enough room for all our luggage in the room plus some room to walk around - not a problem. Location was very convenient. A plus is the laundromat across the street and down a few doors. It can get a bit noisy at night due to "open air" restaurant next door and the pub at the end of the block. Nice fan in the room - kept us cool up on the third floor with daytime temps in the low 80's. I would stay again - couldn't beat the price for what we got. Staff was accommodating - gave us new hair dryer and fixed the broken lamp shade right away.
Wrong address for roach hotel!!!
I just read the review "roach hotel", and I know for a fact they have the WRONG Oxford hotel - the lovely little hotel at 14 Craven Terrace does NOT have an elevator! or any roaches for that matter. Our stay at the Oxford was great - close to everything, helpful staff and although the rooms and bathroom are small and basic, it's clean and very affordable for London!
This is a classic roach hotel. We asked for a non-smoking room but the room turns out to be full of smoke smell. The room is crammed has a ------ 13 inch TV and the remote is full of gems. The bathroom is so small that you can hardly move inside. It is basically a pit with a sink and shower stall, the shower screen has disgusting moss, nasty beyond description. On Orbitz it shows 2 or 3 star, but on the business license it is actually 1 star motel standard (makes me want to sue Orbitz). It claims it is newly rennovated but the only thing that resemble any sign of rennovatioin is the front counter. The elevator is so shaky that you feel it will fall off any time. For 5 pounds more, you can get a much nicer deal a two doors away. We basically gave up our room after the first night and moved next door. One word, look somewhere else and don't let this ---- hole ruin your vacation.
Thumbs up for the Oxford Hotel
Overall, I'd give the Oxford Hotel a thumbs up and would not hesitate to stay there again on future visits. It was very clean, the staff was friendly, the rate was reasonable and the location was very convenient. We paid £50 per night for a twin room (2 beds). This included VAT and continental breakfast. All the rooms are ensuite (private bathroom) and have a hair dryer, microwave, fridge and kettle with tea bags & instant coffee. Speaking of the area, the Oxford is about two blocks from the north side of Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens which is a beautiful place to stroll or sit on a nice day, or even if it's not so nice. If you walk in the other direction from the hotel and towards Paddington Station, you'll find restaurants, grocery stores, currency exchanges, souvenir shops, and an internet café within a few blocks. There's also a computer in the hotel lobby where guests can get on line for a small fee but it wasn't working when we were there, but that wasn't a problem as there are internet access places all over London. There are two Tube (Underground) stations within walking distance, Lancaster Gate and Paddington, which between them give you access to several lines to get you pretty much anywhere in London you want to go. Paddington train station is also close and that's where the Heathrow Express train operates to & from the airport. You can easily walk to the Oxford from Paddington train station if your luggage is minimal, but if you have a lot a cab would be a better idea and won't cost too much for the short trip.
However, there are a few caveats to consider regarding the Oxford, especially if this is your first trip to England. Like many London hotels, it was converted from a former townhouse. (I sometimes wonder where all the former occupants of these townhouses live now.) As such, there is no elevator, so be prepared for stair climbing (no porters either - be prepared to lug your own luggage.). Being a rather old (by American standards) building, it's just a bit creaky - you may hear your neighbors going up & down the stairs once in a while. They do have some rooms on the ground floor which you can request, but not twin rooms which is what we needed, so we had one flight up & down. Also the breakfast room is in the basement, one more flight of stairs. The rooms would be considered small by American standards, but are average size by British standards. I've stayed in a much smaller room on a previous trip so I found the Oxford's rooms adequate. Also the bathrooms - of course they had to be added in when the building was converted from a residence to a hotel, and they are like airplane bathrooms with a shower, unbelievably tiny. It takes a bit of maneuvering to shower, but considering that for the price you're paying there you usually don't get a private bathroom, we made do with the little one. But it may come as a bit of a shock when you first see it.
I felt the Oxford was a good choice considering price, cleanliness, location and staff attitude. The lack of elevator and tiny bathrooms should only be a deterrent to the disabled. The person who described it as a "nightmare" must have stayed somewhere else and posted his review in the wrong place.
We recently stayed 6 nights in a twin-bedded room at the Oxford Hotel.
It is well-situated, convenient to Underground, bus and rail station, ideal for sightseeing. It met our expectations in most respects, although the room was small and the bathroom truly tiny! I suspect a larger than average person would have difficulty using the bathroom.
Everything was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful.
The continental breakfast was rather disappointing. The basement breakfast room was often full, leaving nowhere to sit down. The croissants and rolls tasted odd and the orange juice was watered-down.
However, the staff gladly made us toast when requested. We put the refrigerator, microwave and electric kettle provided in our room to good use preparing breakfasts more to our taste.
We found it irritating that the only telephone available for outgoing calls is a pay-phone on the ground floor.
If you're prepared to be a bit flexible for the sake of saving money to spend elsewhere in a very expensive city, the Oxford is a good choice.
I doubt you'd find find anything better for the price.
We thought we would be staying at a basic but clean hotel, but we were VERY wrong. The rooms were dirty, with stained bedding. I have only seen bathrooms this small in cruise ship staterooms, and the shower was covered with hair. The lobby of the "hotel" smelled strongly of body odor. The staff was incredibly rude, and we were refused the name of the manager. This was my thrid trip to London, and I travel frequently.
This is, by far, is the worst place I have ever stayed. We left after one night and had to find another hotel. This hotel also fraudulently charged my credit card for a full week's stay when their cancellation policy is 24 hours. They are currently being investigated by Mastercard.
We just spent 4 nights at the Oxford Hotel. The rooms are basic, but clean and affordable for a family of 4. Great little hotel close to everything! Very friendly and accomodating staff. We will definitely stay again! Thanks so much!
Quiet street, Convenient location
My daughter and I just spent a week in London at the Oxford Hotel. I had chosen this hotel from reviews I had read on this site. We were very pleased. It was only a few short blocks to Paddingtion Station and was located on a safe feeling quite street. We realized after looking around London, that this is more rare than we had immagined! The staff was friendly and helpful. There were little markets and a laundry nearby. The bathroom, in suite, had a particularly nice large shower. The breakfasts were simple but ample. For the price we paid we were very pleased. We would stay there again in a heart beat if we return! Glenda and Ginger Pogue
My wife and I stayed at the Oxford for several nights and it is a small and basic but clean and friendly hotel.It is close to the Underground Station and a pleasant walk to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens/Palace but above all it was great value. For 60 - 65 quid a night it had all the amenities you need if you are planning to see London and not spend too many hours in your hotel room.We'll stay there again when we are in London next.