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“Lovely Hotel in the Heart of Historic Oxford”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Buttery Hotel

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The Buttery Hotel
Ranked #24 of 83 Oxford B&B and Inns
Exeter, Devon, UK
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“Lovely Hotel in the Heart of Historic Oxford”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2011

My family and I stayed here as part of a Inspector Morse themed birthday weekend. We had two of the delux rooms at the front of the building facing onto Broad Street. The accomodation was roomy, it was clean and the bed really comfy. In short, it had all the amenities that we needed (except for a safe in the room - but that is a quibble). In terms of location, the hotel could not be better positioned. It's right in the heart of Oxford next to Trinity and Balliol Colleges and along the road from the Bodelian Library. The staff were friendly and efficient. The breakfast was especially enjoyable - and included having 'real' coffee rather than the usual watery filter kind.

We'll definitely be coming back to Oxford - too many things to cram into one weekend! And when we do come back, we'll stay at the Buttery.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Carlos, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

Stayed at The Buttery for six nights while attending a conference in Oxford. Had read lots of good reviews about this place and I did not get disappointed with my experience. The location is superb! Close to anywhere you may want to visit including bus station and even rail station what does make things easier. The price was a little bit high but good for Oxford standards. My room was in the first floor since during the booking process I asked for a good wireless internet signal and I was told that due to the thickness of the walls this was the best option. However, it is definitely noisier than the other rooms because it's just opposite to the reception counter which is pretty busy as all guests are asked to leave the keys every time they leave. On the top of that the room was right above the outside tables of The Oxford Campus Buttery what allowed me you to hear all the talking and laughing. Despite this little noise problem, my stay was excellent. My room was comfortable and spacious with a good shower. The breakfast included a selection of fruit, juice, cereals, pastries and some cooked to order items such as full English breakfast, scrambled eggs, etc. all very tasty. I believe this place is very hard to be beaten and I highly recommend staying there!

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, avoid room 103
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Slap bang in the middle of Oxford, within sight of The Bodlean Library and 2 or 3 colleges, this really is such a great location. Our room was on the front but we had no real problems with noise and any noise was the pay off for being right in the middle of the action. It was great to have the room as an easily accessible bolt hole to pick stuff up/ drop stuff off, on an ad-hoc basis. It's over a cafe where you can sit out with a coffee and cake on Broad St and watch the world go by, and not get ripped off despite the lovely location.
Breakfast was good - plenty of cereals and pastries as well as the full English (but the mushrooms were disappointing). The room was clean and had everything you'd need. The communal stair areas aren't pretty and there's no lift, but hey, it's a small price to pay to stay in such a convenient place.
There's no parking (often the case in Oxford) but do some research as when we went you could use the Thornhill park-and-ride and leave the car for up to 72 hours. Don't even think of leaving your car in a town centre car park!
We've had several trips to Oxford as our daughter is at uni there, and stayed in some pretty poor places. We wish we'd found this place before. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2011

This hotel/B&B is slap in the middle of Oxford, on Broad Street. The location is superb. The rooms are large (esp. considering this is a listed building), spotlessly clean, and generally well appointed with desk, chairs, and that wonderful british institution 'tea and coffee making facilities'. I found the staff helpful, and appreciated the flat-screen TV with freeview. A few problems... the wifi was intermittent, there are many steep stairs (I didn't have a problem with this, but some guests might find it very difficult), and the breakfast was pretty average. Also the rooms were rather hot and stuffy.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2011

I stayed at the Buttery for a long weekend with my boyfriend and we really liked it. I hadn't been to Oxford before and wasn't sure what would be the best place to stay, and I'm so glad we went for the Buttery! It's a really cute little place with lots of character and very cosy. The location is perfect as well, it's right in the centre! We thought it was very good value for money over all.

Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2011

The location of this hotel is fantastic. On Broad Street right where you want to be if you need to be central, and a very short walk from Gloucester Green Bus Station.

The rooms are good - clean, a decent size, nice furnishings and the bathroom has a reasonably sized shower, but beware if you are on the top floor and have a heavy suitcase. The stairs are narrow and steep.

The reception staff are friendly and helpful as were the breakfast buffet attendants.

A very good all round hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2011

This is one of 2 Buttery Hotels I stayed at, the other at Woodstock.

From the moment I made the booking, the friendliness and professionalism just shone through.

The reception at both hotels is genuine and friendly.

The rooms are more than comfortable and the breakfast (included) is a good start to the day.

None of the rooms was pokey, all were large and ensuite perfect.

If you are either in Oxford or Woodstock, stay there. Lovely.

Room Tip: Just rely on the staff. All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Buttery Hotel

Property: The Buttery Hotel
Address: 11-12 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 83 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Buttery Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on Broad Street, surrounded by historic University Colleges, The Buttery welcomes you to enjoy the wonders of Oxford from its central location. The Buttery provides bed and breakfast accommodation in a choice of rooms, all en-suite and decorated in a neutral style with light colours, some also with original fireplaces. We are in easy walking distance of a number of museums, theatres, the main shopping areas as well as variety of restaurants and pubs. ... more   less 
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