My wife and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with a visit to Blenheim and chose to stay at the Marlborough after checking various other establishment reviews through Trip Advisor as we always do. We could not fault room 10 which was a loft room ( well more like a suite) with it's own bathroom and corridor. It was up a few flights of steepish stairs but well worth it. The bathroom was equally large with a rolled top bath and separate shower which was a lovely bonus. The rooms were spotless and the tea/coffee items in the room were generous. We paid £125 and thought overall it was worth it given the space we had and that it was our anniversary. We had a sound nights sleep and the bed which I think was super king size was firm but comfortable. Check in and out was quick with the proprietor Sarah. You park your car to the rear of the property in a private gravelled courtyard which was nice when we eventually found it as it wasn't obvious and hadn't been pointed out to us prior, you have to pull off the high street and it's right round the back, although there is a nice entrance into the place through a lovely courtyard.
Breakfast was very good but we felt that there was little engagement from Sarah unfortunately. The gentleman who accompanied her was very nice, very polite but again not really too engaging. Although this place is an old coach house and there were ample areas to sit there is no bar as such and whilst it's pointed out that they are happy to serve you a drink ( bottled etc I assume from the fridge) positioned behind the reception they do not offer the facility beyond 'early evening'. My wife and I having been around Blenheim all day didn't fancy going out to one of the local pubs but would have fancied sitting downstairs with a drink or two to relax. I came downstairs at about 8.45 on the evening to ask for some more milk cartons and all downstairs was in the dark. There was a note on reception to ring a mobile if we needed anything but I declined. The following morning after we checked out at about 10.00 having ate breakfast at 9, we asked if we could leave the car to the rear while we checked out the village ( which incidentally is charming but quite small and doesn't have many shops of any interest) Sarah in fairness was ok with us leaving the car but said that they would be going out so the front door may be locked and we'd have to go round the back. As I said the village is small so we were back at about 10.35 and the doors were already shut ! Whilst we couldn't fault the room or the contact at check in and out, the proprietors in our opinion could be more interested in their guests and could sell the establishment better. We initially arrived at 12 knowing that we couldn't book in until 3 and we left the car in the car park and walked the 10 mins or so into Blenheim but we noticed that the Marlborough was all locked up and this seemed a little odd to us as well as the 'close down' during the evening and the relatively early lock up again the following morning by 10.35. Unfortunately I can't say that we would be returning for these very reasons. More hospitality would have gone down better. I'm only being honest and comparing our experiences of other B&B's and hotel we've stayed in whee we've left feeling we've got to known the proprietors a little, we didn't feel that at the Marlborough I'm sad to say. I'd imagine from the reviews that any room here would be nice and breakfast is faultless so if that's all you want I think you'd be happy with your stay here but I guess we wanted a little more. Such a waste of the downstairs area especially for just I night stays, maybe you get to use it more if you're stopping for a few days...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marlborough Arms is a beautiful 15th century coaching inn, situated in the heart of Woodstock, overlooking historical streets and offers Bed and Breakfast. Whilst guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings they still have good links to the M40. The hotel has been elegantly finished in a classic style in-keeping with the character of the building and surrounding area, with contemporary touches throughout. Guests can also take advantage of the inn's own car park located directly behind the property.Each of the thirteen luxurious en-suite bedrooms are all individually themed with a focus on comfort and relaxation. All rooms differ in shape, size and style, ranging from the Cobalt Room, which is situated overlooking the courtyard which has a contemporary feel with beautiful sensuous fabrics and natural morning light, through to the Sepia Room, which is a very large room with a striking interior of deep greys and gentle soft tones, set off with modern lamps and cushions. All of the rooms have flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdriers, irons and ironing boards. Some have baths, some large walk-in showers and some rooms are equipped with both! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marlborough Arms Hotel Woodstock
- Marlborough Arms Woodstock