We stayed for a Friday and a Sunday as we were walking the Wychwood Way so I will split the review accordingly. It wasn't a particularly bad stay but hopefully some improvements may come out of this and people can make an informed choice.
Check in - First stay was hopeless, the reception area was like a post disisaster area, people and luggage strewn about, only one rather harried lady on reception and took a while to check in. Platinum priority card not recognised (not a biggie for me but some insist). On our return it was easy - Less people more staff???
Room - Basic HI fare £60 a night room only, but it was clean, had everything we needed so fitted the bill. We were out early to get the bus to Woodstock. The bus service into Oxford and out to the boonies was good. Tip - on the park and ride check the ticket options before you board, money can be saved on returns, couples etc.
Second stay I was upgraded to the Executive rooms on the 4th Floor. Very much the same but more stuff for the Hotel klepto. It was appreciated as it was quieter and paid avanced B & B rate of £63.
Wireless - In this day and age a rip off. Quite simply in the last two years this is the first HI where wireless was charged. That is about 50 nights.....
Food - We only had breakfast on the second stay, the buffet was a good spread and the staff efficient and friendly. Prices in the bar dictate hotel environment.
Pool and gym - Good affair, we used the pool, steam and sauna rooms and whirlpool mostly. Forget trying to train for London 2012 as it can get a bit "Family orientated" and no one obeys the signs for under age kids in the whirlpool, steam and sauna - lung capacity people! Changing rooms ok but dry off well as you have to walk through the bar to get there. Staff were ok when not chatting to each other and remember a quid for the locker.
The location was ok and a walk across the service area will get you to the main road for bus services, a taxi back from Oxford was £9. There is coffee and a supermarket there, plus fried chicken.
Would I return? Probably I wanted to do the same again as it wasn't bad value for money and with a bit of work on staffing levels I would rate it higher. Remember to check for the parking code to leave, which is on reception. Friday night rating was a two, Sunday a four. They kindly allowed us to leave our luggage for the Saturday and provided info on local amenities, once they had time to do this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Oxford is situated on the leafy north side of this historic University City. The hotel is ideally located next to the A34 with easy access to the M40, Bicester Designer Outlet Village, Silverstone F1 Race Track, M4 motorway and Oxford Parkway Station. Holiday Inn Oxford is situated in an ideal location for travel into Oxford offering a modern, relaxing environment for either a business or leisure stay in Oxford with ample parking. The city offers a priority Park and Ride bus service which is located next to the hotel. Our family rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children and they are all supplied with a double bed and a sofa bed - sofa beds suitable for children of 12 years or younger. Don't forget that in Holiday Inn Oxford kids Eat & Stay Free(Terms & conditions apply). The extensive Spirit Health Club is also available to our guests, offering a large gym & large indoor heated swimming pool complimented by Spa & Beauty therapists. For the benefit of our business guests the Holiday Inn Oxford boasts the purpose built, self contained, Academy Conference & Training Suites, with dedicated Reception, Business and Stewarding team. Discover the enchanting history of Oxford including the world famous University of Oxford, along with the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace. ... more less
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