I have stayed in Oxford on several occasions at different venues and I have come to the conclusion that all accommodation is overpriced in this city. For a couple, this hotel's rates are actually quite reasonable but for a solo traveller there is such a small discount that I expected much more luxury (I paid £120 for a Friday night and £142 for a Saturday night). I chose this hotel because it is so close to the train station. On arrival in the small but gleaming lobby, I was amazed that both receptionists stood up to greet me and this high level of courtesy continued throughout my stay. You feel they really do want you to enjoy your stay rather than just repeating the usual platitudes. One insisted on carrying my bag up to my room and explained all the amenities which was very useful. The room was spacious and spotless but the decor I can only describe as tired and dull. The same with the bathroom - there was certainly room for a separate shower but it only had a shower attachment over the bath. The power of this was fine but the holder was not strong enough and it fell off several times during my shower. I didn't complain to the management as the staff were so lovely about everything else! The complimentary bowl of apples and oranges and the daily newspaper were a nice touch and there were plentiful supplies of tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc. I had asked for a quiet room and was given one on the inside 'courtyard' overlooking the air conditioning units. This was actually fine as the hotel is not in a picturesque area and the rooms overlooking the street would get all the noise from the very busy nightclubs opposite. The only downside of my room's position was that I could hear everything in the next room but I expect the walls are this thin in all the rooms. Breakfast was included in my rate and this was served in the restaurant which dominates the front of the building. However, it was a bit surreal to have to walk through a closed snack bar to get to it. Hot dishes were cooked to order and were excellent. For those who did not pay for breakfast in advance, the prices looked quite reasonable - £7.50 for a Full English - but this probably did not include the selection of cereals, juices, pastries etc. that were included with mine. A bonus is that breakfast is available until 12 noon for those who want to sleep in. The city centre is a ten minute walk away or there are frequent buses. Bus fare is only £1 within Oxford so it is much better than taking a taxi late at night as some drivers will rip off tourists by taking the long way round the confusing traffic system. Except for the disappointing decor, I really enjoyed my stay here. I would definitely consider staying at this hotel again because of the amazing staff but I would hope to get a better deal on the price next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fully air-conditioned hotel located in the city centre of Oxford. Walking distance to Oxford attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Oxford
- Oxford Royal Hotel