Ah Rome...the Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, The Colosseum..the cheap deal from British Airways!! Yes they got you dear reader, and they got myself and Lady P. Generally we had a tip top time but....as seems a constant in the reviews for the Oxford, this is not a 4 star hotel. If the Oxford/BA were to say it was a good, solid 3 star hotel there would be few complaints and, dare I say, many compliments. When guests arrive there their backs are immediately put up when they discover its only actually a 3 star establishment. This is unfortunate, as its actually not a bad little hotel, with friendly, helpful, English speaking staff from porters to reception, that will act as an excellent base to explore the ancient, and more modern delights of this wonderful city. Regardless of what some of the hotel feedback on here suggests, some of the rooms are a bit poky. There wasn't much room to swing a Gladiator in ours, and there was just a shower, no bath. Via Boncompagni is quite a busy street even late into the night, so the shutters on our rooms windows were very welcome. The small, wall mounted TV showed only one English Channel (CNN..zzzzzz) but if you are there to hit the town and see history in front of your nose, then such things will seem less important, than say if you were less able to get around. I know some reviews have said the hotel is a little tatty but I honestly didn't see that myself. We stayed B&B and the breakfast was plentiful and varied, although the 'full English cooked' part is slightly misleading, as that seemed to consist of one hot tray of luke warm, congealed scrambled egg the other of a solid mass of streaky bacon. Still you can make your own toast, a new experience for Lady P, and there are lots of cold choices. All in all more than adequate. The bar is pleasant, with drinks only being slightly more expensive than local bars, although food choice is limited. Buses can be picked up from the street to the sights and reception are happy to call a taxi for you from the rank at the end of the street. This tie up with the local taxi firm ensures that you don't get ripped off, though to be fair the taxi we hailed in the street late at night to return from a concert (The Answer since you ask, Ulsters finest rockers!!) was good value too. Although the tube station isn't quite as close as the hotel would have you believe it isn't far. Down to the American Embassy, right at the yawning Italian policeman wishing he'd asked for other duties rather than diplomatic protection, and you are nearly at Barberini tube station. If you fancy a walk then most city centre sights are within walking distance from the hotel by the reasonably fit (or even the ugly....) The Vatican is probably the only place that requires a tube/bus/taxi but remember the Pope does his thing on a Wednesday morning so access to the wonderful St Peters will be restricted to the afternoon. When the sad time came to leave we actually walked to the 'charming' Bronx circa 1974 Termini station, (take a knife....gun!) which takes you back to the airport. So in conclusion, the hotel is a 3 star establishment, which is easy to ignore with such great English speaking staff, super location in a truly wonderful city and I would certainly go back to both so....what are you waiting for?? BA are practically giving it away!! (Other Airlines are available, terms and conditions apply, is it me or does the guy with the beard on evening reception look like the baddie Drax from James Bonds Moonraker??) Ciao!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Rome's most exclusive area, Hotel Oxford is set just behind Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. Guest rooms feature elegant furnishings and wood or carpeted floors. Experience the real Dolce Vita in this elegant setting. The rooms come with air conditioning and a private bathroom, and some have a balcony. Apartments are also available, and are located in separate buildings in nearby Via Piave or Via Flavia. At the Oxford Hotel you have free internet Wi-Fi connection! . This family-run hotel features a snack bar and a meeting room with a capacity of 30 people. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Jet2Holidays , Agoda, Booking.com, Travel Republic (UK), LoveHolidays, Expedia, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd, Ebookers, Cancelon and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Hotel Oxford reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Oxford Rome