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“This is not a hotel.”
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The Bocardo
Ranked #68 of 80 Oxford B&B and Inns
Moscow
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40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“This is not a hotel.”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I booked this hotel based on the incorrect info in booking.com - thought it should be 5 star hotel, there is some parking space, and that it would be able to have some rest there.
Nothing of a kind. As the receptionist explained it is not a hotel, but a 5 star guest accommodation. Very confusing.
1. Arrival - there is NO parking at all near the entrance - be careful when you travel by car. and especially with some luggage.
2. To get to the reception you need to ring the bell for the receptionist who was not very happy to accept us after 9 pm. Furthermore, the reception is located on the second floor and the stairs are narrow and steep, we had to leave the luggage in our car and take only toothbrushes and other necessary things for one night here.
3. The room was a shoebox not the 24 sq.m. definitely - the room itself 6-7 sq.m., plus small shower. DO NOT be confused by nice photos taken by wide angle lenses.
4. Noisy AC.
5. Noisy street.
6. Public parking quite far and expensive.
7. The word boutique when describing this hotel can be used only as synonym to small.
8. Too expensive for such deal.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

The hotel is within walking distance to the colleges, bus station, train station, and all the shops. The reception staff is very friendly and helpful. Room is relatively small, but clean enough. The bed is comfortable. The AC in our room was a bit old and noisy. It made weird sound if you try to turn the temperature lower. They don't have elevator, only stairs, so it would be a little more work if you carry big cases. Also, we stayed two nights there, but they did not change new towels for us. I did see some towels on the chair in the hall way, not sure if they are meant to be taken as clean ones....

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

I've stayed at the Bocardo twice now. It's a nice, modern, clean hotel right in the centre of the city and close to almost everywhere.

I would stay here again. I would recommend that you park your car in one of the park and ride facilities if you just intend to see the city as the hotel has no parking and the public parking is ridiculously expensive and busy. The bus stop to/from the park and ride is actually right on the doorstep of the hotel so it's perfect!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank LFJ2307
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germany
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013

This was second so called boutique hotel we stayed in on this trip to UK...clearly the terminology has lost it's significance. This room was very stuffy, and not really possible to open windows as there are bright street lights and bars with noise right outside. The floor felt strange ( carpeted) and almost not level. The reception was very friendly and stayed up late to accommodate our late check in, no complaints there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank kgiordimai
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Lancaster
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

The hotel has a continental feel with reception upstairs. The owner Anton could not have been more helpful and friendly. The room was modern and comfortable and despite reading previous reviews regarding noise, we found our room quiet considering it is in Oxford city centre. Would definitely stay here again. No breakfast but there is a Wetherspoons 100 metres down the road.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stephanie H
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

Absolutely ideal place to stay and great value for money if you want to be right in the centre of things. Great restaurants right on your doorstep. Great shopping. And a beautifully clean and friendly hotel. Yes, it can get a little noisy late in the evening or very early morning when the club's on George Street clear out but the beds are comfortable and I soon went back off to sleep. Will book again.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank Jackieskins
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Good, large and clean room, centre of the town, nice stay, polite and welcoming service, TV and fridge in the room, free WF, but no breakfast in the morning. Probably too expensive, was £117 per a room for me, for the sort of accommodation.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Thank VadimVolkov
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Property: The Bocardo
Address: 24-26 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
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Ranked #68 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Bocardo 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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