Royal Oxford Hotel
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A day of wandering around Oxford, but with quite a few things seen and enjoyed.
The day proper began with breakfast, which we made the most of, so that in addition to fruit and cereals, we also had omelettes. Then we set off walking ...
We started by looking at a market on Gloucester Green, next to the bus station, went and got …
We're in Oxford, after a lot of travelling, and we’ve had a night’s sleep. We’re contemplating being ready for action, but it’s a bit early yet, (only 6.20am) so we’re getting ourselves caught up with a few things.
We started off with a straightforward flight for Wellington up to Auckland, and a comfortable …
... two loose teas as presents for the other couples. We met for lunch (nothing to write home about, so I won't) before heading to the Kilns, the home of C.S. Lewis. One of the other guys had a connection with the C.S. Lewis foundation, so we were hosted by the director, Dr. Debbie Higgens, with a private tour of the house complete with a lovely afternoon tea in the drawing room. A highlight of our trip, learning all kinds of interesting ...
(Photos to follow in a couple of days) The week on the river started with all of us not having very good nights sleep. The pallets on the berths had 1/4" foam on top and there was no heat on board. We were all blearily eyed over our morning porridge. Then we pointed Elegance up river for Oxford. Multiple locks encountered led to some interesting experiences, including the boat ...
... marks on the rear door and mudguard. It's just as well we opted for the extra insurance as there was no extra cost to us for damage caused by someone else (that we hadn't even noticed).
Yesterday we drove from Bressingham to Cambridge. We had to pass Cambridge a few days earlier and didn't want to miss it this time. Cambridge is a lovely city with lots of history and beautiful buildings and we were glad we took the time to spend time there.
We left Cambridge ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Oxford Hotel
My experience mirrors that of most [ cant understand the positive visitors who must have very low expectations of hotels]. It is basic, expensive and on three busy roads - so it is the noisiest hotel ever stayed in - we had the additional problem of double glazing inside window which would not close because it was broken. little interest shown in maintenance.
Exceeded Expectations - Quite Good, Actually
My week's stay at the hotel in July 2005 was very pleasant, and not at all like the experience of some of your other reviewers. Admittedly rooms are small, but no worse than most English hotels. My room was clean, the bathroom modern, and the small touches - mineral water and fruit - were welcome. There is a good choice on the menu for breakfast. Staff were extremely courteous and helpful. I'd return here the next time I visit Oxford.
Really noisy location at a major road junction with a number of clubs/bars spilling out onto the street in the early hours. The room was cramped and in poor condition, breakfast a few cling wrapped rolls.
At night other "guests" rampaged through the corridors yelling to one another with impunity. This is without doubt the worst hotel I have ever stayed in.
When I check out after one night to go somewhere else the staff didn't seem to care.
I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in January 2005, as a business traveller, and had a mixed experience. The hotel is certainly not luxurious (very small lobby, narrow corridors, no lift, small and plainly-decorated rooms, plastic fittings and lino floors in bathrooms!) but there were some nice touches to compensate - e.g. wireless internet connection, fruit, chocolates and mineral water in rooms, and very friendly and helpful staff. The location is also very convenient and central (opposite the station). The restaurant / bar is not actually part of the hotel, but is OK and serves tasty steakhouse type meals (but very pricey even with 10% discount for hotel guests). Overall, I wouldn't choose to stay here as a tourist (unless I was offered a good discount) but it is perfectly adequate for a short business stay. Tip: ask for a quiet room, as one side of the hotel is on a busy main road and very noisy!
This hotel should be really rated as a 2.5 star. It's a clean 2 star hotel (and that's where it gets the extra 0.5 stars from).
Ignore the above reviews: A reformed hotel
The Royal Oxford Hotel has been dramatically refurbished in the last 12 months and was one of the better hotels I stayed at during my recent time in the UK. It is very well located, has friendly helpful staff, and very well appointed rooms including a daily supply of fruit and chocolates. I really enjoyed my time there and strongly recommend the place to other travellers. Indeed, there were a number of people at reception who shared my view. They could not understand how the hotel had received such bad reviews. The answer is that it is under new management now.
Although the breakfast is a bit pricey, there are good places up in Glouster Sq. near the bus-station (only 5 mins away).
Was supposed to stay here 9 days for a business trip, checked out after two and moved to Express by Holiday Inn. No parking was a real problem.
Had to move my car from the parking lot blocks away by 8 am, but breakfast didn't start until 8:15. Room was not remarkable and bed was very uncomfortable. Breakfast (for an extra 10 GBP) was so-so.
Like a college dormatory in feeling
I have stayed at this hotel twice. It is well located, but the rooms are not comfortable. There is but a very small desk and no comfortable reading chair. Each room either overlooks a very busy street (noisy from traffic and pedestrians) or the interior shaft (noisy from mechanical equipment). The breakfast is usually very good, but on some occasions, the wait staff was rude.
I may stay there again because of it's convenient location, but it would never be my first choice.
Not as advertised
Staff were not that friendly or interested and and booking was an experience! I will not be going back.
This is a very average lower-end hotel, but priced higher than justified. Our room was large, but the furniture and bathroom were somewhat old and poorly maintained. The staff was not particularly helpful. There are no elevators or parking available (parking is in a public lot over a block away). The hotel may make some sense for people arriving by train, as it is close to the station, but it is a 5 or 10 minute walk into the center of Oxford. Although there were no major compaints, I expected something better at the price.