I am sorry it has taken me so long to write this review – I have been meaning to ever since our lovely stay at this extremely hospitable hotel!
I booked this hotel for my mum’s 60th birthday surprise, my two sisters and I were treating her to a night away in Oxford – we wanted her to feel spoilt and the Vanbrugh looked like the perfect place. The Website showed a cute boutique hotel with luxurious looking rooms and when I checked on Trip Advisor the main selling point for me was that the General Manager was taking the time to answer everyone’s comments and reviews – this confirmed to me that we would be well looked after!
The lovely ladies on reception whom I booked with via email and telephone were extremely helpful and answered all my questions, including reassuring me that the park and ride bus service would be really easy. We wanted to be in the centre to be near the restaurants and shopping but obviously didn’t want to pay the crazy parking charges.
We booked two rooms, a superior twin for my mum and one lucky sister and as we were on a budget my other sister and I decided we’d squeeze into the small double! After a very easy bus ride and short walk, we arrived at the hotel around midday on Sunday and were warmly welcomed, I had told reception we would be arriving early when I spoke to them the previous week – they had said our room wouldn’t be ready but they were happy to hold our bags whilst we went for some lunch. They were very friendly and the receptionist who took my card details was very discreet about confirming the price so that mum wouldn’t hear!
When we came back to the hotel after lunch we were shown to our rooms and our bags were already there! The Superior twin was gorgeous, really spacious, lovely décor and a lovely plate of chocolate dipped strawberries and a birthday card for my mum! The bathroom was nice, the windows were bright and the real milk and complimentary drinks and nibbles in the mini fridge were a real bonus! Next were shown to the small double, which I must say was just as luxurious, in fact our bathroom was bigger than the Superior twin’s!
The night porter was great and kindly brought 4 G&Ts to our room when we got back from our evening out. The next morning I snuck to the restaurant early to decorate the table with some 60 confetti, present and cards, the ladies running the breakfast were really helpful and offered to decorate our table for me so that I could sneak back up to the room without mum noticing! The breakfast itself was delicious and lots of choice.
When it came to check out the receptionists were again fantastic and kindly stored our bags whilst we went off shopping!
Thank you to everyone at The Vanbrugh for making organising the stay so easy and for making us feel so welcome while we stayed!
We will be back!
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