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Oxford Witney Hotel
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Witney
Reviewed 26 August 2014

This hotel is for business visitors who want clean tidy rooms with wi-fi flat TV etc,and prompt service, but not necessarily with a smile! Set on a busy road junction and on the edge of Witney, it is not for the holiday visitor who wants a quiet stroll or drink on the patio.
In fairness, we attended a lunch-time party with meal at set tables, and the service at this was excellent, and the food of reasonable hotel standard.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Found this hotel online as a place to stay while on a short fishing break with my husband. very welcoming,all staff were friendly & helpful, room was very clean with everything you would need. Food prices were about average and meals were cooked well and nicely presented. Breakfast was very good with a good selection from full English, cereal, continental. Something to please everyone. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 11June55
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We stayed here overnight as we were in the Cotswolds for a wedding. It was a great stay for the night and we had no issues. Reception is not the friendliest.

Location: Approximately 25 minutes from the Oxford train station. There is a flat rate for a taxi to get here of £35.

Room: We had a cute room on the 2nd floor, I did not realize this while there but I don't think there is a lift (read other reviews on here). The bed was very comfortable and the room was clean. The bathroom is also a nice size. The only issue we had was that there were some water pressure issues with the shower and the shower water would stop running unless you had the sink running at the same time. It was a bit strange but not a huge deal. I noticed that another review said that the rooms didn't have air conditioning, but ours certainly did.

Our stay included breakfast which was a buffet with hot food served until 10am (which we found was a bit early).

Overall it was a good stay for a short visit here! We would love to come back.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Never will I stay in this hotel again and I strongly urge you to look for alternative accommodation.

At £110 per night the hotel is massively overpriced. It feels like a premier inn from the soulless, cramped rooms to the rude, uncaring service.

It's only £5 per person to have your breakfast brought to your room, on top of the price of breakfast. Ridiculous.

The bathroom is dreadful, for a start the shower is no more than a trickle and has two temperatures, boiling hot or freezing cold. Not what you would expect from a 4* hotel.

We went to sleep to the bass sounds of a DJ playing in what felt like the next room to be woken at 6am by the sound a of washing machine spinning which actually was in the room next door.

Honesty ridiculous, the overall feeling you get from staying here is that the hotel chain is well versed in ripping you off at any opportunity and is charging more than 5* London hotel for what feels like a travel lodge.

Avoid!

And to top it all off the toilet has no toilet brush so I hope the next guests appreciate my porcelain artwork.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
3  Thank Tom F
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Stayed A few times during work visits.
Defo not a 4 star hotel.
No lifts and the rooms very hot during summer with no air con.
Beds are comfortable with tv and clean bathroom.
Staff are helpful and kind enough.
The swimming pool and sauna are filthy with grease and muck floating on the water.

Will try to avoid this hotel is possible.

Room Tip: Try to get a ground level room if you have large suitcase's as no lifts.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Less than average with above average prices. Stayed one night. Front desk very pleasant which lulled you into a false hope of better things to come. Room mediocre with a strange musty smell. Clearly suffers from condensation hence the musty mouldy smell as was a condensation machine in room. Clearly skimping cost wise for instance single taps on sinks as mixers were clearly too expensive and mattress one of worst I have slept on! To make it worse at 7.30 in the morning the noise outside started with housekeeping trolleys being drahpgged past the room and all sorts of noise including a large lorry. This was clearly not a one off yet nothing more than a paltry "sorry" from reception when told them. Breakfast not included in price and although not expensive not worth the price. Tinned fruit and congealed eggs. All in all a sorry experience not to be repeated. Avoid it if you can apparently lots of b&bs near by of better value.

Room Tip: Definetly not 1 to 8 if you don't want to be woken up with hotel noise.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We booked here to celebrate our wedding anniversary: 36 years ago we got married in Witney.
The location was great for us, just a few minutes from the town and just off the A40. The setting is pleasant, with ample parking so initial impressions were favourable. We'd upgraded to a Connoisseur room as it was a special occasion. Check was quick, efficient and friendly. Our room was on the 2nd floor (no lift but we need the exercise and they did offer help with the luggage).
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Initial impression of the room was good too. Reasonable space though sloping ceilings meant being careful not to bang our heads. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The shower worked though it wasn't brilliant. Day 2, the shower wouldn't work. We reported this at reception and we're told it would be looked at during the day. As we used the pool in the afternoon and showered there, we didn't check the shower in the evening. Day 3, the shower wouldn't work. When we went to reception we were told the engineer had been taken I'll the previous day. They offered to ask the housekeeping manager to look at it. I wasn't happy with this (and why hadn't they done that the previous day?) and mentioned the reason that we'd upgraded our room for a special occasion and that it was quite disappointing not to even have a working shower. It was even more disappointing to discover that they had been aware of intermittent problems with the shower. Eventually, they offered to move us to another (further upgrade) room. We accepted this but were surprised that they couldn't say when the other room would be ready. As it happened we stayed out for the full day and the room was ready on our return. A lovely spacious room but let down badly by a tiny bathroom which had a working shower but one with absolutely no power. The hooks were missing from from the back of the bathroom door so there was nowhere to hang anything in there.
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We had dinner in the hotel restaurant the first evening (our anniversary) and the food was good. We each had three courses - just over £26 each though several items , including steaks, were extra. We chose one of the cheaper wines but at £19.50 a bottle, not so cheap! It was one of the nicest wines we've had though we don't claim to be wine experts at all. Service was mixed. No-one asked if any of the courses was ok and at least one course was put in front of us without the waiter saying a word.
Breakfast: on day one we were taken to a seat, told to help ourselves from the buffet and offered tea or coffee. Later we noticed that the menu on the table gave options for different eggs and other dishes. On the first day, there were about a dozen fried eggs on the hot plate which looked like they'd been there a while. As well as being overlooked they'd become rubbery. Other items were ok and there was a small choice of fruit and yoghurts plus bread and rolls. We couldn't find any butter so had to ask and we're brought a few open pats on a plate. We realised that all the other tables had these on and on subsequent mornings discovered that the butter is put on the table first thing and if not used by the first guests to sit there, is simply left for the next ones. The same applied to milk. Service that morning was very poor - used plates/bowls weren't cleared. There was little improvement the next two mornings.
Bar / lounge
The public areas are clean and comfortable. We didn't eat in the bar but had a couple of drinks there. I don't recommend the cappuccino. It didn't feel as if there was much coffee and wasn't really hot enough. Service in there seemed quite good and there are a few tables out on the terrace.
Check out
We'd waited about 15 minutes while the receptionist was trying to resolve another guest's check out query when the conference manager came to help. We mentioned the issues relating to our rooms and shower. She was very apologetic and offered to deduct £30 from the bill which we accepted. We appreciated the offer but a £30 deduction from a three night bill for the room of £350 wasn't a lot.
Would we return? Unlikely although there were features we really liked. Would we recommend it? Maybe, but with warnings and a suggestion to check which room was being offered.
General info
Rooms have toiletries and the Connoisseur and Chic rooms have small bottles of wine. There are tea/coffee making facilities, iron and board. There's no lift but there are ground floor rooms and all the public areas are on one level. It's a great location, with plenty to do for couples or families. We remembered Witney itself as a small pleasant market town. In the 30 years since we lived there it's grown enormously but has retained its character.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Olney House Ducklington Lane, Witney OX28 4EX, England (Formerly Oxford Witney Four Pillars Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Witney
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Witney
Price Range: £54 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Oxford Witney Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 87
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Oxford Witney 4 Pillars Hotel
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