We stayed for one night at the Macdonald Bear to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Let's run through the positives first:
It's in a beautiful old building which is in a beautiful village.
The room was gorgeous (a feature room, to be fair)
I booked flowers for the room and they were lovely and are still blooming at home a week or so later
After a day's sightseeing in Oxford, a couple of hours reading in the Churchill Lounge with a beer was very much what was needed
The dinner was exceptional. We had the cote de boeuf and it did not disappoint
The bar staff were quietly efficient in the way of good hotels
The breakfast - cooked to order - was delicious. I wish I knew where they get their Black Pudding from, it is quite simply the best in the world!
Now the not so positives:
Only one cider? And it's bottled Strongbow? Really? In 2011 I was expecting at least a choice of bottled ciders and preferably one on tap. It's not like Woodstock is a million miles from cider country.
The bath panel in our room was very badly cracked and needs replacing.
The waitress at dinner got the wrong dessert for the lady at the next table and tried to claim that what she had brought was in fact what was ordered. Given that the same waitress had just brought the correct dessert (i.e. the one the lady had ordered) for my wife, I thought that was pretty lame.
These are, as you can see, pretty minor quibbles. Overall I would say this is one of the most enjoyable nights in a hotel I can remember. I travel a bit with work and try to stay in either Macdonald or Best Western - this is the best for some time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Macdonald Bear Hotel is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Oxfordshire and part of The Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection. Set in Woodstock, in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, our hotel combines history and culture with exceptional facilities. With direct access to the historic city of Oxford, our hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks, business and weddings.Our hotel is a perfect venue for celebrations, events and conferences; we boast superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms, peaceful views over the courtyard and stunning period features.Our hotel in Oxfordshire is perfect for a relaxing retreat. Roam the historic city of Oxford and marvel in the dreaming spires or linger in the city's many shops and museums. Once you've finished exploring - we recommend a visit to our award-winning restaurant and bar for the finest of fares and a well deserved nightcap. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macdonald Bear
- Macdonald Bear Woodstock
- Bear Hotel Uk Woodstock
- Bear Hotel Woodstock