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... Our room was really nice and we ate at the inn. The new owners are doing a great job. We couldn't get over the dogs that the villagers had brought out with them. The place was really busy, most people were "mature couples", there were no kids, but there were about 15 dogs of all sizes running about, in and out of the restaurant. They were everywhere.
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... of "The Hobbit" were written there; also, it happens to be one of Morse's hangouts, and he and Lewis drink there at least once per book, so that was all quite exciting. We had the barmaid's recommended tipples: Gray had something called Shark Head which he said was disgusting, and I had a draft cider which she warned me was "uncarbonated" and served at room temperature; how English, I thought, but it was also fairly disgusting, rather like weak, sweet sherry.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
I stayed at the Oxford Spires with several colleagues on a business trip. First the location is not the best, about 10 minutes walk from town.
Value for money
Stayed at the oxford spires hotel between christmas & New year, the service was out standing and a very friendly hotel.
I agree with the previous reviews that this is an fair hotel but nowhere near four star quality Overpriced.
Oh the long corridors
Stayed here a few months ago. While I don't think the hotel deserves 4 stars it does deserve 3. The rooms are a bit travel lodge so its quite pricey for what you get. My main gripe is the long, long corridors. These corridors stretched at least a 3 day camel ride between reception and my room and perhaps the hotel may consider employing a couple of sherpas to help with baggage or redesigning the hotel a bit. A good architect and another lift could sort this out. The hotel is located just 15 minutes walk from Oxford centre right next to the Thames. The leasure club was good but again 3 days by camel from my room. All in all I would stay again so it can't be that bad.
Not 4 star quality
A decent hotel-but nowhere near four star quality as falsely described in the online information. Overpriced. The staff certainly had a stuffy 4-star attitude, i wasn't allowed to check in even one second early, and at check out i was charged for an 18.95 dinner at the hotel restaurant which i hadn't eaten. the receptionist responded in an annoyed manner at having to remove the charge. the quality of the tv channel selection was poor as well. there was a tv speaker in the bathroom which was a nice touch and the location is excellent, so it's not all bad but get ready to pay.
My husband and I always frequent one of the Four Pillars establishments in Oxford. We particularly enjoy the Oxford Spires Hotel, it is situated close to Oxford City Centre, but located in the tranquil countryside. We love it up here, we come because my father lives in Abingdon and it's an excuse to stay here. They do regular special offers which include Bed, Breakfast and evening meal. The breakfast is especially excellent, it's a buffet and you can help youself as to how big or small you like your fry-up!! The dinner is excellent too and some weekends there is entertainment provided. We love relaxing in the Leisure Club which is free to guests, including Sauna, Gym, Pool, etc.
Well recommended and we are going again in August 2004!
Two twins instead of a king
Main problem: The "king size" bed was two twins joined together, and not very comfortable, to boot. The bedding and furniture were a bit shabby, and there was no security lock on the door. On the positive side, the bathroom was modern and roomy (esp. by UK standards), and had a towel warmer. Also, the room had a nice tea service setup. The hotel has ample self-parking, for no charge, which is nice to have in Oxford.
Still a disappointment for the price.
My husband and I are just back from spending two nights at the Oxford Spires hotel - sort of a midweek getaway. After reading their website, I expected a bit of luxury from this place and I was pretty disappointed. As it was a bit of a getaway, as I've said, we booked a deluxe double room and I expected quite a bit a comfort, expecially since this is billed as a 4 star hotel but I agree with other trip advisor user - there was nothing special about this place. The feeling was a bit Travelodge if you ask me. First of all, the website was pretty unhelpful - the pictures are small and there is no clear description of the rooms. Also, strangely enough for a hotel that is part of a chain, you cannot book through the website or check availability - you have to either call or email. The hotel is available on a number of hotel booking sites though so I imagine that is what most people use. When we got there my first impression is that the building was rather nondescript and not impressive at all. It is set back from road on 40 acres of parkland, but from what we could see this parkland was fenced off and not available for walks except for the unsignposted walk down to the Thames along which you can walk into town. We arrived early and even though the website we booked through indicated that we would be able to check in earlier, we were not allowed into the room until 3pm. When we entered the room we found that we had been given a non-smoking room even though we had not asked for one and they had not inquired as to whether that was what we wanted.
Nice, but missing personality
In general the hotel is OK, rooms are simple and clean, bathrooms are OK. However, our rooms were very far from the lobby and there was no elevetor (Lift). we had to carry our suit cases all the way and up to the rooms with no help and no elevetor. breakfast was good and planty and there is a lot of free parking. I will recomend the hotel, but I also think that they can put a little bit more in service and personality to make it a real 4 star hotel.
Tranquil, Central Location
As most visitors to Oxford will know parking is neither easy nor cheap! This hotel is located only a ten minute walk along the banks of the River Thames to Oxford City Centre and has a large, free car park. We arrived on a Bank Holiday Monday when most Guests were checking out, but a room was ready and waiting when we checked in. We were offered an upgrade to a Junior Suite for a modest £15 extra which we gladly accepted. The room was large with a four poster bed, large balcony with table and chairs and a view across the Oxfordshire countryside. The staff were helpful and friendly and the food at breakfast was fresh and hot. I would certainly recommend this hotel as it combines tranquility with a near to City Centre location. Perfect!