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The Crown & Thistle
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Abingdon
Certificate of Excellence
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Secret Escapes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Recently spent two nights at the Crown & Thistle and couldn't fault it. Friendly staff, excellent food including delicious freshly cooked breakfasts. Room was quirky which made it special, all rooms are individual. Good value for money and would certainly visit again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hi Gary,

It’s wonderful to hear that you had a great couple of days with us. We’re really pleased that you enjoyed the individually decorated, quirky décor – we like to think that it makes every room that little bit more special.

We’d love for you to come back and visit us soon,
The Crown and Thistle Team
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had a great two night stay at the Crown and Thistle. Superb staff, good restaurant, nice bar, rooms well renovated. We would come back and would recommend this to anyone going to Abingdon or the surrounding area..

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank baconrocks
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Hi Baconsandwiches,

We’re really pleased that you had a lovely stay with us and it’s great that you like the renovations. Taking over a traditional venue and renovating it as much as we have is always a risk, but we put a lot of work into rejuvenating and modernising the Crown and Thistle to make it a vibrant part of the community again and we’re delighted to hear that you think the renovations went well!

Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback, and we do hope that you’ll come back and visit us again soon!
The Crown and Thistle Team
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We booked a 2 night break via 'Secret Escapes' so got a very good deal with dinner included one night and a free bottle of wine if eating in restaurant on second night. Check in was effortless, first impression of our room was great, the furniture and fixings are of very high quality and although our room was quite snug the room was perfect for us. The ensuite had a very powerful shower and again decorated very nicely, only one little negative was the shower cubicle size, quite small and would suggest they install some sort of little shelf to house shower gel, shampoo etc. The restaurant was lovely, the staff were very polite, friendly, informative and professional and always seemed pleased to deal with their customers. The food was also of very good quality, my husband was such a fan of the ribeye steak he had it both nights and said they were the best steaks he'd ever had. The breakfasts were great too, with good quality produce. As we visited on the hottest days of the year we welcomed sitting in the courtyard after dinner to enjoy drinks form the bar. We visited Stratford Upon Avon on route to hotel and the next day went to Oxford on the bus which was all very painless and saved the hassle of driving for the day. All in all a great weekend stay, Thank you to everyone at The Crown & Thistle.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank jkjk74
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Hi Jkjk74,

It’s so lovely to hear that you had a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review! It’s incredibly motivating for the whole team to get such positive feedback and we’ll definitely take your comment about a shower shelf into consideration!

As the rooms are all personalised and different they do vary in size a little, if you’re looking for a more spacious room then we recommend asking for the honeymoon suite next time you book. This has a gorgeous freestanding bath in an open bathroom at one end of the room, as well as a separate shower and bathroom.

We hope to see you again soon,
The Crown and Thistle Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

I cannot praise this hotel enough. Traveling from london to oxford to visit my sister wanted to stay local. Came here after 9 pm thinking we hadn't a hope of a reservation. All very last minute. Place is very quaint lovely quirky rooms double glazing so no noise. Staff were very helpful and friendly a massive thanks to the lady who was on breakfast tremendously kind. Loved the free standing bath. Menus and choice were fab. Was so pleasantly surprised. Hotel is split between 3 buildings reception and rooms and across the mini courtyard the bar and then restaurant. Bed and breakfast for the 2 of us was only 75 pounds breakfast was gorgeous fruit salad yogurts croissants etc then cooked menu. Didn't get to explore abingdon as we left the following morning. No lift but I think there's only 2 floors so wasn't a problem. Do not hesitate to book.

Room Tip: Slept at front of hotel above the road. Double glazing so heard nothing.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hi Emaigh21,

We’re delighted to hear that you had such a pleasant time with us, it’s so encouraging to hear that we’re doing it right! We will definitely pass on your kind words to the breakfast team.

We hope to see you again soon!
The Crown and Thistle Team
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We have just spent one night in this hotel It is located right in the centre of Abingdon next to the Market Square and near to the river.

Check in was speedy and very friendly and we were shown to our romm and all details explained.

The room was spacious and tastefully decorated. The bed was comfy and large.
The bathroom was modern and clean with plent of fresh towels and lovely Temple Spa toiletries which my wife loves.There was a light bulb out and the bath had a leak, I should have mentioned it to reception but we were in a rush to get to a party.

We had a drink in the courtyard which was very pleasant.
We didn't have dinner but did have breakfast which was very good indeed.

All staff very pleasant and helpful and overall good value at £ 125.00 for B&B.

Would recommend.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank HERSHAMBOY
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hi Hershamboy,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your review, we’re really pleased that you had a great stay with us! We’re so sorry to hear that your bath had a leak and the light bulb was out, especially as you were in a rush and didn’t have time to mention it to someone so we could fix it! If you come back again we will definitely make sure that this is not the case.

We’re delighted to hear that you had a lovely breakfast the next morning, and would love for you to sample the lunch/dinner menus on your next visit!

Do let us know what you think!
The Crown and Thistle Team
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stayed for 3 nights midweek with our 10 week old son We were all made to feel very welcome and were very impresed with the hotel. The room was beautiful and contemporary. The overall hotel design around the courtyard was an excellent setting for some early evening drinks in the sunshine. We ate in the restaurant and it was excellent - we would have dined there more often but had other plans. The breakfasts were very generous and were coupled with excellent service from the staff. Cannot recommend it enough! Just re-read this review and the number of times I have said 'excellent' says it all!

Room Tip: We stayed in the bridal suite as we thought this would be the biggest room - we needed space for the...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Ruthie77Manchester
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Hi Ruthie,

We’re delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful stay! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your feedback.

We hope you’ll come back and visit soon,
The Crown and Thistle Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Hotel staff were very friendly, and extremely helpful. Room was very spacious and comfortable. Huge bathroom and air conditioning in the room.
Great selection of ales in the bar and the restaurant had a very reasonably prices menu. Eggs Benedict for breakfast is highly recommended.

Stayed July 2014
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Thank Kevin C
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Crown_Thistle, General Manager at The Crown & Thistle, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Hi Kevin,

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely review, it’s always great to hear that people are enjoying themselves!

The Crown and Thistle Team
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Property: The Crown & Thistle
Address: 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon OX14 3HS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Abingdon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Abingdon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Crown & Thistle 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Crown & Thistle has benefited from a £1.8m refurbishment and is a stunning restaurant, bar and rooms with character and elegance.Serving quality food and drink all day every day, from breakfast through to lunch and dinner, as well as a range of coffees, fine wines, cocktails, local real ales and international lagers, it is the perfect place to relax in comfortable surroundings.There are 18 beautiful en-suite bedrooms with luxury features and finishings, and a stunning function room, The Barn, for private celebrations, weddings and functions. ... more   less 
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