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“Rather tired and very overpriced”
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George Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Wallingford
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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“Rather tired and very overpriced”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We chose this hotel as we wanted to stay in Wallingford and our first choice was full. Next time I will book earlier so I can get a better hotel and save a lot of money!

This was a rather expensive hotel and we were expecting much better. The room had a decent flat screen TV but apart from that was in serious need of refurbishment. The decor was dated and scruffy, with an unpleasant musty smell in the dingy bathroom. I'm sure it's possible to get hot water from the shower (the water from the basin taps was hot) but I was unable to force the temperature control round far enough. The drawers didn't make you want to unpack your clothes into them. There was a foot-long cobweb stretching from the curtain pelmet, and the cushions on the bed were worn.

We had a downstairs room, with a glass wall between the corridor outside and the courtyard. Anyone drinking in the pub at the front of the hotel (and smoking in the courtyard) could see who was going into each room. There didn't appear to be any security at the hotel entrance so solo travellers may be best to ask for an upstairs room.

The breakfast room wasn't particularly inspiring but the breakfast was OK - cereal, dried fruit, yogurt, toast, and cooked breakfast. Presentation was a bit lacking but it tasted fine. There is a car park at the rear that we eventually found on foot, but it was crammed full. We were given a code for the wifi but didn't use it so cannot comment on that. Staff were polite but the few we encountered didn't seem to care much. I couldn't say we felt unwelcome, but didn't feel especially welcome either.

At a lower price it's a hotel I might put up with for the location, but it was really way too expensive for what it is. A shame, because it could be lovely.

Room Tip: Solo travellers may feel safer upstairs.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Burnley, Lancs
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Had a delightful weekend at this hotel, nothing was too much trouble. The bedroom was in the new block, everything you would been including an iron and ironing board. The restaurant was in the original building, full of beams, good menu, food served hot and quickly. Toured the surrounding areas, went on the Chinnor Railway, which was the main reason for visiting. Dorchester by the Thames was a delight, well worth a visit. The George Hotel in the middle of Wallingford and a short walk away from the River Thames, sitting on the bank watching the boats go by in the sunshine, nothing can beat it. The staff deserve a mention, always smiling and willing to talk. Would go back again without doubt.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back would be best not facing the High Street
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

When we arrived a parking space was cordoned off for us as we had said we were disabled . We were given a ground floor room. The staff were very good and the service excellent. The package we had included breakfast and evening meals and was good value for money.

Room Tip: If you are disabled of old ask for a ground floor room as there is no lift
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We had a really good break at The George Hotel. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the hotel is in a great location. Wallingford is very pretty and it was a 20 minute drive to Oxford. Breakfast was good, cooked to order and the dinner was delicious. The room was clean and comfortable.
The only downside was the dining room looked a little tired, but the staff and food more that made up for it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Another fantastic Peel Hotel. Having stayed at this Groups hotel in Bournemouth, we thought we would book for a long weekend in Oxford. Actually, the hotel is in Wallingford, outside Oxford, but the stay was well worthwhile. With ample parking, it was easy to get to, notwithstanding road closures and road works (not their fault at all). The hotel is lovely. It is oozing character, and has it's own charm mixed in. The modern decoration is sympathetic to the property and I was enthralled. The bedrooms were very comfortable, the only omission may be the lack of a fridge, but that's a personal thing. The courtyard is lovely and we did have good weather s it was a lovely meeting place. The bar was buzzing on the Saturday night, but we still found room to sit down and chat. Conversly, it was quite quiet on the Sunday evening. The food was good, with a good choice on the menu.
Although we went to the County to specifically visit Oxford, we found Wallingford to be a charming town, with lovely little shops and an antique centre on the doorstep. Behind the Hotel, literally a two minute walk from the car park, is the old Castle and gardens - well worth a visit. It was only a five minute stroll to the bus stop for a direct link into Oxford, where we were dropped on the corner of the main street with access to shops and Trinity College. The bus journey did take a while, but I'm sure that was only due to the road closures that weekend - just our luck!
The one thing that stood out about The George Hotel was the efficience of the staff. The Receptionist was lovely and couldn't do enough for us and the two girls who served n the dining room and bar were exceptional. When a member of staff tells you that she loves her job and loves being at the hotel, you know you're at the right place.

Room Tip: We were on the ground floor and there was a charming conservatory outside our room looking onto the...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

We booked this hotel using the gold voucher offer of 2 nights bed breafast and evening meal, having previously enjoyed the same offer at their sister hotel in Bournemouth.
Received a warm friendly welcome on check in and given all the information needed for our stay.
The deal includes an executive room, but to be honest it did not live up to expectations. I can understand that if you are in the old 16th century part of the hotel that you live with some compromises, but we were in the extended modern part.
The bathroom was small and the paint yellowing with age, I found the bed very firm but okay.
There is an old defunct 80s radio built into the headboard!.
As stated in another review I Also noticed a smell in the ground floor corridor.
Quite a busy bar and noisy when football on tv but great helpful staff behind bar.
Food good standard although limited choice of an evening.
Would return if in area but probaly find a quieter bar and come back for a nightcap

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

my wife and I have just returned from a 2 night stay,excellent value as we booked thro,peel hotels.all staff were very good and were concerned that you were enjoying your break,rooms were very clean and quiet at night so you had a good nights sleep,hotel is steeped in history and along with dick turpin terry wogan has also stayed here and enjoyed himself,would have no hesitation in staying here again.

Room Tip: no lift so ground floor best.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: George Hotel
Address: High Street, Wallingford OX10 0BS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Wallingford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Wallingford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — George Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The George Hotel, a 16th-century Coaching Inn, is set in the very centre of this pretty, historic market town. It is close to the River Thames, The Ridgeway and Thames Paths, with Oxford and Reading each just 12 miles away, The George Hotel is the perfect base for both business and leisure guests. Whilst retaining much of its original character, The George has been sympathetically extended, and now provides every modern facility for the business and leisure traveller in 39 attractively decorated rooms. Wealh's Restaurant and Bistro offers Morning Coffees, Lunches, Traditional Afternoon Teas and Dinner whilst the Tavern Bar and central Courtyard are a magnet for more relaxed socialising with drinks and light meals served throughout the day. Ample free parking is available on site and the hotel has Wireless and Broadband Internet connectivity throughout. ... more   less 
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