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.
- Also Known As:
- Bath Place Oxford
- Hotel Bath Place