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“Great - unless you don't like old buildings”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bath Place Hotel

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Bath Place Hotel
Ranked #23 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Germany/UK
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166 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great - unless you don't like old buildings”
Reviewed 5 November 2008

We read the reviews before booking. It seemed that people were either very enthusiastic or very negative about this hotel, which was a bit off-putting. However, after two nights we can report that our experience was overall very good.

Of course, it's a 17th century hotel. So there is a gap under the door because the walls are not quite straight, our bathroom was tiny and the staircase is narrow. The stairs and the floor above creak. Parking is inconvenient. If you don't like all that you'd be better going to a modern hotel.

But we like 17th century hotels and very much enjoyed our stay. The room was comfortable, cosy, clean and warm. The staff were very helpful (we were allowed to inspect a couple of rooms before making our choice). The free internet worked. The continental breakfast was good and included in the price. The breakfast room itself is tastefully decorated. A particular plus was the ideally central position just around the corner from the Sheldonian.

We paid 94 GBP/night for a Monday and Tuesday in November, not exactly cheap but – hey - this is Oxford! (The reviewer who suggested the Old Bank as an alternative did not mention that this would be nearly twice as expensive.) We experienced no noise problems coming from the historic Turf Tavern next door.

Maybe the proprietors have learned from the earlier negative comments. Anyway, we had absolutely no complaints and would happily come again.

  • Liked — Location, ambience and charm
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 September 2008

Very good location but completely overpriced. It is priced as a hotel but is like a big B&B.

£130 per room is crazy!!

Also breakfast was shocking! Cereal buffet and toast only - you had to pay for hot food! Very cheap food - plastic cheese in small plastic packets and laughing cow triangles is not what we expexted for the price at all!

Stay at the much more impressive Old Bank Hotel nearby for a proper weekend away. And the resturant there is well advised too!

Stayed August 2008
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Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2008

We found the hotel to charming and quirky, retaining a lot of the historical character. The sataff were friendly and the breakfast good. There was no beating the central location. You really felt that you were in the heart of the city.

However, I felt that our bathroom could have done with some attention. There was mildew on the celing, the wooden toilet seat was badly damaged and there was an unpleasant smell. Due to the uneven floor, which is to be expected in a buiding of this age, the bed sloped quite badly and this affected our sleep. All rooms were advertised as having a flat screen t.v, but ours did not have one and the reception was not very good.

We found that the pub next door did not cause too much of a problem and they were closed by midnight.

I did feel that it was a bit pricey, but I would return as the location was excellent.

Stayed September 2008
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MIDLANDS
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2008

My parents and I stayed at the Bath Place for two nights: 19 and 20 August 2008. On the plus side:
Good central location. Olde Worlde charm - my parents’ room was quirky. My room was light, airy and the bed comfortable. Nice light breakfast. The staff were helpful. And Hamish was adorable!
Secure parking.

Downsides: the step flights of stairs to my room on top of that were not ideal. Particularly when we arrived. It was pouring with rain, and carrying luggage , the car park wasn’t near enough. But it was an old building, so there wasn’t really space to put it by the hotel. My parents had a shower in their room. I had the bath, but a room swap wasn’t possible, because of the stairs. The lack of a wardrobe was also a downside. And I also found the late night noise from the pub irritating. Wasn’t easy get a good night’s sleep.

Yet, on the whole, the Bath Place's character and location made up for any grumbles.

  • Liked — central location
  • Disliked — steep stairs
  • Stayed August 2008
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Great Yarmouth
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 August 2008

We found the Bath Place Hotel to be a friendly, family-run hotel in the heart of Oxford, and tucked in amongst the colleges as it is, it's literally only a minute or two's walk away from all the city's major sights. We were impressed by the way that the owners have obviously gone to some trouble to retain as many of the 17th century building's original features as possible, with the result that you really feel surrounded by history. Our room was clean,cosy, comfortable,and welcoming and the breakfasts were excellent, with a really wide choice available, from croissants and continental to the full English. If you want to soak up the genuine atmosphere of old Oxford, then forget large impersonal hotels and corporate welcomes, and go to the Bath Place Hotel. You'll love it!

  • Liked — Convenience of location, architecturally interesting and historic, excellent breakfasts
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Greenacre469
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Cork
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 August 2008

I found the owner and staff extremely helpful and friendly. The room was clean, attractive, and very comfortable. The location is absolutely charming cater-cornered to the best restaurant/pub which has great real ales as well as the finest draught scrumpy I have ever tasted.

Will definitely return!

Will Nash
County Cork
Ireland

  • Liked — pub next door
  • Disliked — access
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank WillisCork
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Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2008

We just left. This place is vastly overpriced, and sucks. We had two rooms. The rooms were small and noisy. The beds are terrible.In one room, #4, the bed has springs sticking through the sheets. They charge like they know what they are doing (116 pounds!), but clearly do not. Don't waste your money and time here. jim.bishop@gmail.com

Stayed August 2008
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Property: Bath Place Hotel
Address: 4 Bath Place, Oxford OX1 3SU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Bath Place Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Bath Place Oxford
Hotel Bath Place

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