We were saying 2 nights, the hotel was by no means full and they said the rooms had been pre-allocated so it was upsetting to be allocated hopefully the only room with a wall for the view ! Our party had 6 rooms so we had chance to compare. OK so they changed the room to a bigger one with a view of the carpark at the rear when we complained but surely, unless the hotel is full you allocate guests to the best rooms available not the worst!!! The best situated rooms have bay windows overlooking Merton college across the lane
Other gripes were the car park where the expensive valet service requires the keys to be left with reception and reception to be able to find them again in a reasonable time when you need something from the car. For some reason ours were always in the wrong place. There's a tight turn into the narrow car park entrance so dont try to get your camper van or limo in there or you'll get jammed - literally!
On the positive side its handy to be able to park close to the city centre and the charge whilst steep isnt outrageous (£15 per 24 hours) .
We enjoyed dinner in the hotel and the menu was fine as was the wine. The service in the bar was speedy and attentive and breakfast had plenty of choice. The rooms were quiet .
I'd have liked complimentary water in the room at the price.
As regards location it's ideally situated for the colleges and the shops as well as near the Cherwell for punting in the rain! we took the open topped bus for an intial look at most of the 32 or so individual colleges and faculties that make up the university.
Overall, just about worth the money
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally a 17th Century coaching inn, this 4 star hotel has 63 en suite rooms. The hotel is ideally situated for visiting the historic colleges as well as participating in the year round entertainment, including open air plays, river punting and the May Day celebrations. The main shopping area is nearby. Facilities are available for breakfast only. The hotel is easily accessible via M40, pay parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Eastgate Oxford Hotel Oxford
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