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Marlborough Arms Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had booked a standard double room for 2 nights and we had already been upgraded to a deluxe room on arrival. Angelika was very welcoming, warm and helpful throughout our stay and all the staff were equally friendly. Lovely, comfortable places to sit to enjoy our complimentary cream tea and prosecco/beer in a building steeped in history. Our room was warm, comfortable and beautiful, with a high quality finish throughout. We had a fabulous meal in the Kings Arms and there are a number of other great pubs, including the Woodstock Arms. A lovely stay all round, will definitely recommend the Marlborough Arms to family and friends and we will definitely return! Thank you for a fab stay!

Mixed feelings on this one as our room and the main areas did feel like they should be two different hotels. Felt somewhat standard B and B in the twin room we were in, which needed tlc as it seemed not to have been updated for years - pine louvred doors on the wardrobe, carpet going grey around the edges, bluetak on the curtain rail to stop it sliding off, grout coming out of tiles, shower head blocked with limescale, old Yale lock on the tired door, cream walls looking grey. Nevertheless, it was clean, spacious and functional. In contrast the common areas are very pleasant and modern/comfortable - open fire, chesterfield sofas, small private front room, bright impressive breakfast room, beautifully decorated. Breakfast is decent and staff good. Heating goes off at night, so was a little cold. We did have the option of an electric heater in the wardrobe, but not keen to sleep with that blowing away. Probably wouldn't stay again as most of the time is spent in your room. Shame cause the place does have some very positive aspects.

We had a most comfortable stay in this 1400s Coaching Inn, greeted warmly by the lovely Alina who offered us a choice of two rooms. We chose room 8 on the 2nd floor overlooking the main road with views of the character buildings opposite. Any road noise was not obvious due to secondary glazing. The nicely decorated room with period feature fireplace and central heating came with en suite, newly tiled bathroom and large modern shower with lots of hot water. Also present were: TV and free wifi, wardrobe (with iron, ironing board, fan and extra heater) coffee/tea making facility and one of the most comfortable double beds we have ever slept in. We were offered a complementary pot of tea, scones, clotted cream and jam and later before dinner a glass of prosecco each, both taken in the character lounge area in front of a welcoming log fire burner. Breakfast in a bright and tastefully decorated dining room was delicious, buffet plus choice of the full English and excellent coffee. Lunch or Dinner are not available but there is an excellent choice nearby in the village and several of those recommended by the owners carry a discount. Ample parking is available to the rear of the hotel for residents.The owners have put much thought and no doubt a great deal of investment into restoration of this lovely old Inn, which we would thoroughly recommend to anyone passing through or to those who wish to spend time for a worthy visit to the adjacent Blenheim Palace (a world heritage site).

We recently stayed here for a couple of nights with our 3 children so as to visit friends and Blenheim Palace. We enjoyed our stay very much and thought the breakfast was amazing. There was plenty of choice, the cooked breakfast was tasty and not greasy and the staff were extremely attentive and helpful. The only reason my husband and myself felt we couldn’t give the hotel 5 stars was because there were areas, especially in our room, which could do with a little freshening such as the bathroom flooring peeling up, bath side cracked, a hole in the bed linen. That being said, we had a lovely couple of nights away.

We booked through secret escapes so enjoyed a cream tea and prosecco after arrival which was greatly appreciated. Our room was one of the modern ones but was still cosy and comfortable. Breakfast was fantastic, received excellent service throughout and would definitely recommend a stay in this quaint and cosy inn.

We were caught in the snow storm and desperate for a room. The Marlborough Arms was a godspent! Beautiful and charming 500 year old hotel, lovely rooms and shower, and great breakfast. The service was so special, look forward to returning!

Had a ground floor room as Stanley, our Miniature Schnauzer joined us. Room great size and nice bathroom, bit dark and would have been nice to have opening window but that's a bit picky. Lovely afternoon tea in front of fire and great full English breakfast. Girl on Reception was very efficient and pleasant. Would thoroughly recommend, very central, good walking around and good hotel, nice that not corporate but quirky in a good way.

This centrally located hotel has very friendly staff and good parking . The room we had was large and despite being on the Main Street the double glazing was quite effective. Though traffic noise is evident however we slept well. The bed was comfortable and spacious . The coffee provided for the espresso machine tasted awful! The breakfast offerings were quite varied and the cooked breakfast was well cooked and presented. The breakfast coffee was appalling . If the management fix the coffee problem this would be a great place.

Centrally located historic hotel within easy walking distance of Blenheim Palace and local restaurants. Has its own car park to the rear, which was a real bonus. The rooms were clean, spacious and beautifully furnished, with large comfy beds. Large ensuite toilet and shower room. Welcoming and helpful staff. Beautifully cooked full English breakfast. Altogether a great find. We will definitely return.

Lovey hotel with large comfortable rooms. Very friendly helpful staff on hand. Good selection for breakfast and cream teas although The hotel doesn’t do evening meals. Plenty of good places to eat in the town some of which give 10% off if staying at the Marlborough. Would recommend and stay again.

26 Oxford Street Woodstock England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Blenheim Palace
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located within a 5-minute walk of Oxfordshire Museum, Marlborough Arms Hotel is within a 15-minute stroll of Blenheim Palace. This 13-room, 4-star bed & breakfast has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Oxford Bus Museum is also 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from this Woodstock B&B.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Marlborough Arms Hotel's 13 rooms are individually decorated and provide sofa beds, electric kettles, and portable fans. 40-inch TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Ironing boards and desks are also standard.

Property features

Marlborough Arms Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and conference space. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, express check-in, and express check-out.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

84.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 412 reviews