We stayed at this hotel as we got a fantastic deal via Travel Zoo (£99 for superior room including 3-course dinner, bottle of wine and breakfast)
We were very pleased with the room, it had a separate 'lounge' area with TV, 2 bathrooms (one with a bath and the other with a shower) and a beautiful king-sized bedroom.
The bed was comfortable and the bathrooms clean and very well maintained (looked like they were recently refurbished).
The lounge area was a bit tatty as was the carpet, but I've seen worse and paid more for it!
We ate in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast. The food at dinner was nice, but we had to wait an hour and a half for it! The waiting staff were polite and friendly but we were never asked if we wanted more drinks etc, and they paid particular attention to the people complaining, so those of us suffering in silence were left to fend for ourselves.
Breakfast was horrendous. The selection of food was excellent but it had been sitting there for so long the bacon 'snapped' as soon as touched with a fork and the eggs were completely dried out. The yolks looked soft but had been under the heater for so long they were dry! I certainly would not have paid the £15.50 for breakfast.
The restaurant was trying to be something it wasn't.
Overall, the hotel is lovely, but avoid eating here. Walk 2 mins down the road and find somewhere else!
- Also Known As:
- Accor Whately Hall Hotel
- Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel Oxfordshire
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 star hotel offering 69 ensuite rooms in an idyllic 17th Century setting where Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels in 1723. Ideal as a base for exploring the Cotswolds region, Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Woodstcock & Warwick. 10 minutes from Banbury railway and coach stations, 30 miles (50 km)from Birmingham Airport and easily accessible via Junction 11 of the M40. Features 7 meeting rooms accommodating up to 120 delegates, Swifts & Berkeley Restaurants and Hornton Bar. 24hrs room service and free car parking. ... more less
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