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The Oxford Osney Arms
Ranked #17 of 82 Oxford B&B and Inns
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“Poor value for money”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We stayed here when attending a friend's wedding in Oxford. When we arrived I was told that they had changed us to a room with a King size bed, rather than the Double we had booked but they would only charge us for the Double, which I thought was nice. Then she said it was £125 when the price on the website was £105! I pointed this out and it became clear that they had recently changed the website (and increased the prices it would seem) recently. They agreed to honour the lower rate but I still think it was very expensive for what we got. On the plus side the room was clean, looked to be recently decorated and the bed was large and comfortable. The staff were also friendly. However, the room we stayed in (at the front of the house) was very noisy from traffic and the breakfast was terrible. I have stayed in lots of B&B's and normally the best thing is the home-cooked breakfast. Here you got fruit salad, cereal and some thin slices of cheese and salami laid out on a table. We were offered toast and when it came it was just cheap, sliced bread. If you're going to offer continental breakfast at least provide nice breads and pastries! I would not recommend this B&B to anyone at £105 a night, let alone £125.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Staff friendly and pleasant enough but the breakfast seemed worth missing.
My wife is wheat free so bought her own (including eggs!) and there didn't seem to be much room in the breakfast area, when I considered breakfast (although it was offered in the room) but it didn't look very appetising anyway.
Really would have expected traditional English breakfast - so if you are expecting that you should avoid.
Room very clean and well-maintained however although roadside rooms are noisy.

Room Tip: Avoid roadside if noise is a concern.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Refurbished building and very clean room. Nice and polite woman answered kindly at the telephone and welcomed us .
Breakfast not acceptable. Very very low quality. It has been the worst continental that we have ever had. 3 kind of cereals in huge boxes that we don't now how long have been opened for. Salami and cheese that we didn't try because of their poor looking. The fruit salad looked as it was prepared few days ago. The best things were cooffe and toast (Not even the jam, in a opened container with poor hygienic condition, you had to put your spoon or knife to take it, and somebody else would do the same with his...not single packets available )
The room price was 115 £. It looked like a single room, the toilette was nice and clean, but you can't turn yourself in the room and wardrobe is worse than Travelodge. By the way, I would say that travelodge room's are almost double than Onsey.
Unbelievable!!! I would never recommend it and we will definitely not go back. Rip off!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Rijen
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Really comfortable and clean B&B which has been recently refurbished. 5 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford.
Beds which you just sink into and fall asleep with beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets.

Healthy breakfast.

We found it a little pricey but Hotels close to the centre are expensive.

Room Tip: We had room 3. Good size, looks over street.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bridport
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

My wife and I had our three night stay the week before Christmas. Simon gave us a very warm welcome, showing us to Room 3 which is on the first floor at the front of the property. The Osney Arms had been recently renovated to an excellent standard and our room was very pleasant, although there was a lack of hanging space (having mentioned this to Simon he informed us that this matter was in hand). The shower was great with lashings of hot water. A strange thing to us was the missing headboard for the - very comfortable - bed, not a major problem though. If you feel the cold you certainly won't here. The room was lovely and warm even with the radiator turned down low. The continental breakfast - cereals, juice, lots of fruit, tea and coffee - is a communal affair around a large table, which is a lovely way to chat to other guests. This was a sightseeing break for us so the on-site parking was a boon, we didn't need to use the car at all during our stay, then only a 15 minute walk to the centre of Oxford. We don't think anyone will be disappointed at The Osney Arms - a very comfortable stay and excellent service from Simon.

Room Tip: Being at the front there was a small amount of road noise first thing in the morning.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We stayed for one night at this recently refurbished B&B. My wife had stayed here before and recommended that I experience the hospitality she received on her previous visit. We were in room 5 which was cosy, clean and quite. As soon as we arrived the friendly staff made us feel very welcome. The breakfast room is also the hub of the B&B when it is not being used to serve breakfast. After dropping our bags off in our room we spent a good few hours chatting away with other guests which made it all feel like we were just visiting friends. The location of the B&B makes it ideal for access to town. A short walk up the main road lead us to the excellent Thai restaurant recommended by the staff. All in all a very pleasant stay. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the side street or the rear of the property are quite.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

This newly refurbished B and B is a real find. The rooms are of a good standard, well decorated and very clean. The parking for 4/5 vehicles is also a real bonus. We stayed here for a family reunion weekend and slept in rooms 1,5 and 7. Room one is well situated for disabled access and is a great size. Rooms 5 and 7 are upstairs but equally well appointed. It is worth noting that there is no hanging space for clothes. Not really a problem if just staying a night but not so great if staying for longer. We all slept very well, although the rooms were very warm, even with radiators turned off.
Breakfast was great. Everyone is served in one main dining room around a large table. The continental breakfast on offer was just right. If you arrive for breakfast when the table is full, places normally free up quite quickly.
We received a very warm welcome and will certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Room 7 is on the small side.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Oxford Osney Arms
Address: 45 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BP, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #17 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Oxford Osney Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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