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The Spread Eagle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Thame
Windsor
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70 reviews
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“Weekend away with Friends”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

We booked this hotel for a weekend away with Travelzoo. It was fabulous value for money. The bar, restaurant and reception area is newly decorated and quite chic. I think some bedrooms have been refurbished, but ours had not! Although clean and tidy, it was very 1980's and felt like we were staying in a caravan with its dark wood effect build-in wardrobe units for which the bed would fold up into! I am sure the hotel knows these rooms need a serious update! Apart from that, the staff were extremely friendly and couldn't do enough to help. The food in both bar and restaurant was first class. We had a great weekend away, Thame is a lovely market town and plenty to do and see.

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We stayed recently for a week while visiting family in the area. I grew-up in Thame before moving overseas 30 years ago, but this was my first time staying at the “Spread.” We had a garden-view room on the ground floor, which was quiet, warm and comfortable. The furnishings were nice to look at, but totally inadequate for a longer-term stay. The one small dresser had drawers that were about 2” in depth and stuck fast when we tried to open them. The wardrobe only sported four hangers. A coat hook on the back of the main door would also be helpful to hang wet coats – it does rain allot! The bathroom was large and there was always hot water – loved the towel warmer. But there was nowhere to place our toiletries as the sink was perched on a tiny stand. The bathroom exhaust fan was broken. Management should also consider installing non-slip material in the bathtub as it was tricky remaining stable while showering. One pet-peeve about many British hotels is the lack of a hairdryer and iron in the room, and there was neither. We had breakfast every morning in the main hotel dining room and can’t complain about the quality or service. (The Brits do know how to cook eggs in their hotels.) We also had dinner one evening with our family and again no complaints. This is a charming hotel full of local history and we’d stay there again. My hope is that management will take care of the little things that would make staying there even better.

Room Tip: The lower garden view rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Went for a weekend break with my wife and baby and stayed in a Suite, which consisted of ground floor relaxing area and first floor bedroom and bathroom. Had to request a fridge to be put in and shame that no TV downstairs, only upstairs in the bedroom. There was wifi in the room but signal was a bit hit and miss depending on where you were within the suite. Furniture downstairs was functional and had the appearance of looking a bit worn. Upstairs the 4 poster bed along with furniture and bathroom were fine. Staff were exceptionally good and friendly in both the hotel and bar/restaurant area and nothing was too much to ask. We had our young baby with us and they were happy to help in any way they could to ensure that we all got a break. Based in Thame which is a throwback to old England style with a high street that has been slightly spoilt by the influx of Costa Coffee and the Supermarkets etc..., but in the main has retained plenty of its traditional type buildings. We dined at the hotel on both evenings and the Manager and his staff looked after us very well. We had a really chilled out break. There are plenty of places to go after you have explored Thame. We chose to spend most of Saturday on a retail therapy trip to Bicester Retail Outlet Village consisting of some 130 odd upmarket fashion/retail branded shops (Paul Smith, Westwood, Gucci, D&G etc...) all offering at least 30% off from the normal high street value of their goods and many much much bigger discounts. Suffice to say my wife was a very happy lady when we finally finished our retail therapy!!! We didn't do much else and hung around Thame for the rest of our stay.... but there are plenty of other options for you if you should wish to explore further, Oxford isn't too far away. All in all very happy people and would recommend a stay at the Spread Eagle. Would not hesitate in going back to this hotel should the opportunity present itself again in the future.

Room Tip: The hotel has it's own private parking (£3.00 per 24 hours) at the rear of the hotel, which you...
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England
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We booked this only the day before and missed out on the Travel Zoo deal but the manager kindly offered us a good rate. The hotel is warm, clean and comfortable. The decor in our room was quite dated but the essentials were there and for the price - no complaints. The breakfast was very good, fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, toast and full English if you could manage.
The car parking adds an extra £3 per night, this is situated around the back of the hotel which is where the reception is.
Unfortunately we were unable to use the restaurant as there was some equipment failures but there are plenty of places nearby to eat. We chose the Pad Thai which was fine.
Would definitely use this again if we need somewhere in the area again. Maybe the upgrade rooms are really good.

Room Tip: Ask for a refurbished room, unless of course you like creaky character.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

My family and I arranged a surprise family lunch for my mum's birthday. We had the 3 course Sunday lunch menu. The food was delicious, the best meal out I have had in a long time. The portions were very generous and tasted fantastic. The service was excellent and all staff were very attentive to our needs. I high recommend The Spread Eagle to anyone looking for delicious food and excellent service in a great setting. I cant wait to go back.

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Birmingham
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

After travelling for 1h and a half to the hotel for an anniversary celebration with two friends, we were very disappointed to be greeted by the 'charming' manager, who belittled his reception staff and made very rude comments to myself and my friends. He continued to reassure us that he was, 'here to help, even though he had a long day and it was time to go home!' Terrible!
We paid extra to upgrade to a superior room, which was ok ... The drain had a very unpleasant smell in the bathroom, so we ended up brushing our teeth over the bath and it was very hot in their constantly. The standard room which my friends stayed in - was incredibly dated! It still had an ashtray attached to the wall in the bathroom..
The hotels communal areas are pretty modern and trendy but its almost like they've run out of money and can't afford to finish off the bits that the customers see that are staying over.
We ate in the restaurant and the food was nice as well as breakfast the next morning... But we will not be staying here again and if I'm honest - I think it's a good contender for Gordan Ramsays - hotel hell!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

If you want to be near Oxford for exploring, or close to Blenheim Palace and Woodstock then the Spread Eagle is just the place to stay. The staff are helpful, the rooms ok - décor somewhat eclectic! My husband chose to name "Bootique' as it was slightly scary and a bit over the top!

Room Tip: We stayed in the 30's a group of rooms ground floor and newer build - so space was not a problem...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Spread Eagle Hotel
Address: 16-17 Cornmarket, Thame OX9 2BW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Thame
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Thame
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Spread Eagle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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