I arrived at The Oxford Hotel after work around 4.45pm and found it very easy to park in the large and spacious car park, which is barrier-protected, with exit tickets available from Reception.
The hotel is located on the A40 on Oxford's northern ring road, so is extremely well-placed for trips into Oxford (bus routes close by so leave the car in the car park!). It is also just a short hop to the A34 leading to Bicester Village (10 miles); and the A44 to Woodstock (5 miles). The beautiful village of Burford is 16 miles west along the A40.
The lobby area is open and bright with chairs dotted around. There were four staff manning Reception and I was warmly welcomed and asked how my day was going. I was issued with my key, offered a dinner reservation and help with my luggage; the staff were warm, pleasant and welcoming, and made me feel a valued visitor. I enquired as to Spa and Pool times and was given all the relevant information about timings and opening hours. The Reception area is modern, clean and airy.
I had a 'room with a view' on the first floor (220) with lovely views over the fields, a huge bed, writing desk, two armchairs, a sofa, wardrobe and modern bathroom, with good-sized toiletries. The decor is modern and functional, and the rooms perfect for business clients. I had a relaxing hot bath after dinner.
There is a spa, pool and gym for relaxing after all that work and shopping, which is very welcome. I enjoyed a swim after breakfast, and it was very quiet. Breakfast is self-service and was delicious with plenty of choice, both hot and cold. The restaurant is one floor above the large bar, and the staff there were friendly and helpful. I dined at a corner table overlooking the roundabout. The dinner menu was short but varied and I started with the grilled sardines, followed by the herb-crusted cod on seasonal vegetables (delicious), and finished with the dark chocolate cheesecake. The food was tasty, hot and well-presented. I was delighted to find several types of fizz on offer by the glass... Excellent!
In short, if you're looking for a hugely convenient place to stay for both Oxford and Bicester Village, The Oxford Hotel is the place for you; clean, comfortable and welcoming.
Grilled sardines: £7
Herb crusted cod: £18
Dark chocolate cheesecake: £5
2 x glasses Codorniu Brut Rose Cava: £4.45
Breakfast: Cereal; eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, tea, fruit.
✓ The proximity to Oxford City Centre
✓ Attractive room that was spacious and well equipped
✓ Quiet, calm and relaxed (post-Christmas) ambience
✓ Helpful, friendly and courteous staff
✓ Loved the pool and steam room
✓ Nearby nature reserve and meadow