Been to Cotswold Lodge for Christmas break, and it was generally good, but not worth the 2-night package price of near 500 - a reasonably good value would've been 350 with CHristmas lunch max. Liked the room - but then it was a deluxe one in the old part, though as it was top floor, only a couple of skylights with no view - that said the hotel has creaking floors and thin-ish walls so better that than noise from rooms above - we still heard next door neighbours to some exttent but not bad. THe size was good, especially of the bathroom - very large for an old hotel, but it was also under-heated with ine very small radiator. THe room itself had good heating and nice canopied bed but lots of beams which might not be fo revery one, especially tall people! It's important with this place to get the right room, as been said in other reviews, The modern extension looks charmless with low ceilings - theough we didn't see modern rooms inside. THe old part is charming as is the whole old building, but you either get som etraffic noise and bnig windows (at the front of old hotel) OR quiet but tiny windows at the back - maybe ther are a couple of room that have both. Lounge and Bar are nice with big windows and well decorated but real fires not on regularly which makes them cold - when they are on it's really nice but they economise on logs mosr of the day. The restaurants doesn't deliver what it promises on the website! They seem to be trying hard but not succeeding - this is NOT a gourmet place as they describe it. THe food is very plain and no presentation whatsoever - breakfast so-so with overcooked bacon. It's all ok but just not there, no flair in the kitchen. The desserts are the best thing they make, nearly very good. Bar sandwiches are generous and quite good, but again nothing special. No comparison to the food and tea at Old parsonage down the road - i would stay in Cotswold but eat at Parsonage though food there is expensive but at least memorable - but it's not cheap at C.Lodge as such! Service is generally very good from the manager and concierge lady (though she had to check things on internet rather than knowing it all about oxford) - but the attitude was good). The receptionists are hit and miss - one lady was very good if not especially 'sweet', but the younger girl was a quite abrupt sometimes and with a bit of wrong attitude - still overall service was good. In th erestaurants all staff is from Lithuania it seems - they are keen to please but lack polish and are a bit artificial in their manner. Finally the location is good - away from crowds but about 15 min into the centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cotswold Lodge is an independent 4-star hotel located in a conservation area within walking distance from Oxford’s historic city centre. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome and a highly professional level of service, whether they are popping in for a coffee, meeting someone for lunch, staying at the hotel or hosting an event. The elegant Victorian building combines period features such as bay windows, high ceilings and open fireplaces with all the facilities required by today’s business and leisure travellers, including secure wireless broadband internet access. All our guest rooms offer a good level of comfort and privacy. Our ten feature rooms are named after Oxford colleges and retain the distinctive architectural features of the original building. Restaurant 66 has a modern, fresh design and an acclaimed menu. We also have a welcoming bar, charming terraces, a spacious drawing room and a Mediterranean-style courtyard garden. The Norham Suite is the ideal venue for business meetings, private dining functions and special events such as weddings, birthdays and parties. Cotswold Lodge is one of the few hotels in Oxford where parking is not a problem. We provide complimentary parking for residents – and we are just 10 minutes’ walk or a short bus ride from the city centre, visit our image gallery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotswold Hotel Oxford