I and my husband stayed at The Bear hotel for the may bank holiday weekend. We stayed for 2 nights. We had a king room room with breakfast included. I got the deal on the Macdonald website. We wanted to visit Blenheim palace and visit Oxford. This hotel was ideal. From the hotel you can use the Pear tree park and ride and get the bus into Oxford. It cost us £4.50 return for both of us. The bus ride took 15-20 mins to get to Oxford. The park and ride is a 10 minute drive from the hotel.
The Bear hotel was very nice. The room did get too hot and their was a problem with the central heating being on, when it was off! The staff were lovely, Debra fixed the problem. It did take a little while, but the staff were great and offered us complimentary drinks, which we enjoyed at the outdoor seating area, as it was a lovely warm day.
The breakfast was £60 for 3 days for both of us. I think it is expensive, especially as you only get small portions. I wouldn't include breakfast with your room. You can walk next door and go to the cafe's on the same street, where breakfast is very reasonable.
The only issue we found with the room apart from the heating issue was they are not very soundproof. The people in the room below or next door seemed to like being up at 6.30am and watching the news!
Woodstock is a lovely village, there are 2/3 restaurants, but mainly pubs. We ate at The Star Inn and another pub on the second night. the food was good. I recommend booking a table for The Star Inn as it is very busy on an evening.
Blenheim Palace is a lovely place to visit, you can exchange your tickets for a annual pass and go back within a year as many times as you like! The tickets are expensive to buy, but you can get 10% off if you book a day before at least, on the website. You can also use the 2 for 1 vouchers you can pick up at other palaces that you have visited. I forgot to take my voucher!
Overall a lovely hotel, great location, great staff and car parking is available too.
- 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 Woodstock
- Bear Hotel Uk Woodstock