One of the hotels that I stayed in a lot, probably over 100 times over a few years so I can definitely say I know it well. The Executive Rooms are pretty nearly perfect ( or were) where the standard rooms are a bit variable, with some noisy ones down on the ground floor and some a little bit shabby ones. The windows need replacing in some rooms, but this might now have been done.
The staff were always helpful and courteous, and the restaurant is great, apart from the slow changes of menu which will not affect an occasional guest in the same way as it did for me with my near-weekly stays of one or more nights. Breakfast is excellent.
The health club is very good, with a well equipped gym.
Some of the rooms, as I mentioned, are getting a bit tired, or have yet to benefit from the triple-glazing which is so needed with the elevated main road so nearby. The executive rooms have wooden shutters for the windows which are so effective at blocking light that accidentally sleeping in is a real possibility.
being Oxford, the asking prices are often very steep. This hotel is very good value at £90-100 per night but it is definitely worth looking further afield if the asking price is 50% higher, which it often is. There are some fantastic country hotels a little further out whose charm and more realistic charges more than compensate for the journey into Oxford. Watch out too for getting back out onto the road system. The Pear Tree roundabout is frightening at most points of the morning commute. Cars exit the southbound A34 and scream past the small turning out of this site at terrifying speed, or the roundabout siezes solid and you have to rely on the goodwill of a motorist who might have been in a queue for ten minutes or more to let you out.
The location is fine for a night's sleep, but you have few choices if you are on foot. It is a fair walk to the nearest bus-route. The site is shared by a travel-lodge and a small branch of Waitrose as well as a garage, so it is always busy. Travel-Lodge guests often use the restaurant facilities in the Holiday Inn so be prepared to book a meal as well.
All in all a good hotel in a location which you will like or hate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Oxford is situated on the leafy north side of this historic University City. The hotel is ideally located next to the A34 with easy access to the M40, Bicester Designer Outlet Village, Silverstone F1 Race Track, M4 motorway and Oxford Parkway Station. Holiday Inn Oxford is situated in an ideal location for travel into Oxford offering a modern, relaxing environment for either a business or leisure stay in Oxford with ample parking. The city offers a priority Park and Ride bus service which is located next to the hotel. Our family rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children and they are all supplied with a double bed and a sofa bed - sofa beds suitable for children of 12 years or younger. Don't forget that in Holiday Inn Oxford kids Eat & Stay Free(Terms & conditions apply). The extensive Spirit Health Club is also available to our guests, offering a large gym & large indoor heated swimming pool complimented by Spa & Beauty therapists. For the benefit of our business guests the Holiday Inn Oxford boasts the purpose built, self contained, Academy Conference & Training Suites, with dedicated Reception, Business and Stewarding team. Discover the enchanting history of Oxford including the world famous University of Oxford, along with the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Oxford Hotel Oxford
- Oxford Holiday Inn