Oxford Spires Hotel
What We Love
- A charming stay in Oxford, with breakfast, a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine
- Taking a romantic riverside stroll into Oxford, for shopping, fine restaurants and afternoon tea
- The home-from-home décor
- Savouring modern Mediterranean cuisine at Deacons Restaurant
A comfortable oasis a stone’s throw from the city centre, Oxford Spires Hotel fuses historic style with traditional yet modern design. Set in acres of tranquil parkland, just half a mile from the shops, restaurants and bars of Oxford itself, the hotel provides a picture-perfect setting for exploring this historic city.
Boasting an inviting spa with a heated indoor pool and a full menu of treatments, it’s easy to while away the day without leaving the comfort of the hotel. Beyond Oxford Spires Hotel’s manicured grounds, however, lies a city steeped in history.
Curious bookworms will delight in touring the famous grounds of Oxford University, home to scholarly alumni including JRR Tolkien, Stephen Hawking and rom-com hero Hugh Grant, and Bicester Village’s discounted designer boutiques are a 30-minute drive away. Come summer, take a boat along the River Thames or try your hand at Oxford’s tradition of punting.
Oxford Spires Hotel creates an elegant home from home environment, with comfy beds,
writing desks and heavy curtains to ensure sweet dreams.
With its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds, Deacons Restaurant offers a delightful setting to accompany the mouth-watering menu of modern, Mediterranean cuisine.
Relax in Willows Leisure Club’s calm surroundings, and make the most of the fitness suite, heated indoor pool and full menu of spa and beauty treatments.
Set in acres of tranquil parkland on the banks of the River Thames, Oxford city centre is a short stroll along the river. Spend the day exploring the famous University of Oxford, whose iconic, sprawling grounds have played host to films including The Italian Job (1969), the Harry Potter films, The History Boys and the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything. Continue your education at the Pitt Rivers Museum, an awe-inspiring attraction housing the university’s archaeological collections, or take a 30-minute trip to Bicester Village for discount designer shopping.
How to Get There
I stayed for a night in early May. This was a mystery hotel booking through Hotwire, and I was at first disappointed that this was what I ended up with after picking "Oxford Centre." And indeed when the taxi took me there from the train station it seemed pretty far from where I wanted to be. But then it ended up being just a 10 minute walk up to center of town, and a pleasant one at that.
The hotel makes a nice impression right as you walk in, and the staff was friendly and helpful. It was a bit of a hike to my room through multiple long corridors. But I was at the back of the hotel with a view of some lush green pastures. In the morning there were horses there.
In the evening before my one night at the hotel I asked the concierge where I could go running, and she said" "well, we have a very nice gym with a treadmill!" When I said: "I meant outside," she countered that it could be raining! I had to persuade her that I was really quite OK with rain, which was funny. Then another clerk jumped in and said I could run by the river, and both then gave me helpful directions. The run was one of my favorite experiences of my stay in Oxford, a total Oxbridge romance. It was a misty morning with steam rising from the water and there were dozens of college boats on the narrow, winding river, training for a race, as their coaches cycled along the path shouting directions. Geese and other water fowl abounded. Flowers everywhere. And the running path was exactly what I had hoped for. I wish I had had more time there, but I had to leave early for my meetings.
That same morning, I was again impressed by the helpful staff at the front desk. I didn't have time for breakfast, but the restaurant manager enthusiastically encouraged me to take some food with me. Everyone was super friendly.
On the whole I had a great stay. i'd say that this hotel would be great for conferences and large parties in need of many rooms. Perhaps good for a wedding or other family celebrations. I come to Oxford every year and have had some less that ideal accommodations over the years. I would gladly stay here as a solo business traveler again.
The hotel is just outside oxford city, around 18 minutes walk to the city center (Carfax tower). You also could take a taxi from the bus station (Gloucester Green) to the hotel, if you bring a luggage. 10 minutes with about 8 pounds. It is covenient from the London airport to the oxford bus station, about 1.5 hours. You could buy the double tickets (period return) from the bus driver, 30 pounds with contactless card on bus or cash (at the airport bus station counter, 31 pounds). The hotel is very beautiful, a big meadow beside it, you will in horses, birds, occasionally a deer. Rooms are not big but enough for your stay. Very clean and quiet, but no fridge in my room. No hand towels which is different from US hotels. Actually, I did not find a towel rail, cause I don't mind use the same towel during my stay. I have to say, I am not skilled for using the toilet, I always trigger several times. It provides three meals, of course with additional fees. I like the full English breakfast, it differs from man to man. Baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, very delicious, also the English tea. Wifi is not stable at room. If you want to go shopping, just walk to the Westgate Shopping Center, 20 minutes, also many restaurants there, convenient for a visit. The hotel joined IHG club early this April, the price is much higher than before, may not good for it.
A quick stay over. Lovely and clean, spacious and well equipped room. Comfy bed. Lots of choice at breakfast. Friendly staff and fab location for town. drinks on the pricey side but most hotels are now! Would stay again.
Stayed here on the night of 9 May, Can't comment on the cost as it formed part of a 60th birthday present to my wife from the children.
Delighted with our stay. Room spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Had an excellent night's sleep.
Breafast was superb. Fresh fruit, choice of cereals, cooked breakfast with quality ingredients and wide selection of pastries.
Hotel is a lovely location, set in parkland on the banks of the Thames.
Staff very helpful and friendly. Special thank you to Barbara and a male colleague (whose name I didn't catch) on the reception desk who went out of there way to help with directions for a trip to Blenheim Palace and to retrieve a phone charger I left in our room.
Room, hotel in general, pool, sauna all fabulous. Wifi "free" and easy to access (fast). TV OK. Staff superb,professional and friendly. A bit out of my price range, but it was important meeting so I treated myself!! I was a bit miffed there was an extra charge for parking, but at least there was very easy parking available close to reception