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Oxford Spires Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed 2 nights. Lovely hotel with excellent facilities. Close to centre of Oxford bus stops on the road outside easier than parking in centre. Excellent food in the restaurant and good selection for breakfast.

Following a complete mess by the hotel regarding our booking in the first place, we arrived today and having settled into our deluxe room with balcony after a long drive, we were assailed by loud banging. On enquiring about this, we were told that the hotel was being refurbished and that this took place FROM 9AM - 5PM each and every day of our 4 night stay. Yes, we were shown 2 other (smaller/poorer) rooms, one had no a/c (it seems that many don’t here) and the other had a small window only from shoulder height up. Neither had a balcony. I find it extraordinary that a hotel charging these rates does not have a/c, but more importantly they think that it is acceptable to say that you can’t reasonably use rooms from 9-5 because of the noise. There must have been many other guests affected by the noise. On deciding that we could not stand it, we left the hotel. We were reluctantly offered free parking for the 2 hours we were there and on leaving were told “enjoy your stay” by one of the robotic members of staff who was dealing with our issue. It would also be helpful if the staff on reception could speak better English. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

My daughter and I visited Oxford for a couple of nights. The hotel was okay and served its purpose but a little clinical. The continental quilts on the beds were very thin and the quilts were ripped which wasn’t a great advert for the hotel. It was very convenient to be able to walk along the river in to the city of Oxford as you do not really want to be taking a car in to Oxford so that was a plus. Thought it was expensive for what it was.

This place was in need of some maintenance and repairs. They were in the process of installing AC in the rooms. The water pressure was anemic. The bed was lumpy. Many broken pieces on the window latches. The food was pretty good, but there was no gift or sundries shop in the hotel.

We've stayed in most of the hotels in oxford over the past few years, and this is probably the best decent standard modern one near the town. Many of the others are more old style with limited parking. This hotel charges £7.50 per day to park, but for Oxford, which is not a car-friendly town, that’s not bad. Some of the other hotels have no parking at all. Principles is in a great location, a few yards from the Thames path so its super for walking. The buildings sprawl and the rooms vary a lot. We stayed for a long weekend for a wedding with a group including a lot of friends and family members/couples . The wedding wasn’t at the Principles, but the hotel staff were very helpful regarding wedding cars and buses arriving to pick up folk etc It has been under new ownership for the past few months and they seem to be struggling with some things. Air con is being upgraded, so our room didn't have any which wasn't a problem as weather had cooled off, but I suggest check first if it’s important for you. The only number published is answered in USA and they know nothing about which rooms are which, air con etc. so you have to email and hope for a meaningful reply. Of the 3 suites, 2 are located in a second floor section which does NOT have a lift. Some other rooms also do not have lifts. So again check that if you are booking a suite/room and stairs are a problem. The suite was roomy but décor etc could be better, especially in the sitting room which was a bit drab, no pictures or any lamps or soft lighting or any frills, not really a room where you’d want to sit for an evening. We also stayed a couple of weeks previously in a room. The IHG website and central bookings by phone (in USA not at the hotel despite what they try to pretend!) both said it was full, but rooms were available via Trip Advisor and etc which no one could explain. There seemed to be no way of actually phoning the hotel itself. So overall we will stay again, but will check which room we are offered and where it is before unloading our luggage. Note also the hotel used to be called/owned by the De Vere, and before that the Four Pillars and some travel companies , guides etc still have the old names. Some rooms have balconies. The rooms facing the river can suffer from noisy parties along the river bank, outside the hotel grounds. Also at present some rooms suffer from noise due to refurbishment works.

No air conditioning in a 4-star hotel is ridiculous. To be told “it isn’t needed in Oxford” is insulting. What a staffer at the hotel thinks isn’t relevant. I have mixed feelings about this hotel. It could be good but because of our stuffy room and a banging kitchen door waking us up all through the night (our room #406 was directly over the dining room) we did not.

A pleasant spot to spend a few days. Convenient for walks onto Oxford. A decent kitchen and comfortable accommodations make for a pleasant experience. Adding the Salon Prive and the Oxford experience cannot be beaten.

Clean and nice size rooms and clean showers. Comfortable beds. 10 minutes walk to the town centre. You can walk into the town along the river at the back. Helpful and friendly staff. Nice breakfast and dinner. Car park is available but that will cost you extra.

We stayed at the Principal for one night in one of the new standard rooms and could not fault the service nor the room. The room was beautifully decorated, functional and spacious. We also ate dinner at the restaurant and once again nothing to be faulted. The food was outstanding as was the service. Izabella was our waitress and she looked after us brilliantly, she was very attentive and offered great menu advice.

After a laborious check in, including having to pay £7.50 to park as a " guest" our " superior room" had no outward looking windows, only a coupke of skylights.The public rooms look bright and spacious and the facilities in the room seem OK

Abingdon Road Oxford England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Christ Church College is a short stroll from Oxford Spires Hotel, and other popular attractions like Covered Market are within a mile (2 km). This 4-star hotel has 170 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.


A TV comes with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. The bathroom offers hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a coffee maker, a safe, and a phone.

Property features

Guests of Oxford Spires Hotel enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Self parking is available for GBP 7.50 per day. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room, Balcony

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Premium Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2258 reviews

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