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Purely went for a drink on return from Heathrow airport. The Bear was a favoured haunt of mine some 45 years ago and it was a wonderful place. Last night barman asked what we would like to drink - a glass of Sauvignon blanc please - offered us South African which was declined and there being no French chose average "tankered" New Zealand. I then asked for a glass of Claret which completely phased the barmen " what is claret" he asked " wine" I replied - what colour he asked. I really thought he was having me on! But no he was serious! Had to settle for an average Argentine malbec . Now comes the Killer - two 175 ml glasses of average wine £27.00 !! I said that's rather steep - barman replied that I had chosen expensive fine wines! I explained that actually they were far from fine and in fact rather poor! Place was a rundown sad reflection of it's past glory
Used as a base to visit Blenheim Palace and celebrate 40th wedding anniversary. Got up graded to a suite and I had ordered a bouquet of flowers (which you can do on the hotel web site). Big surprise f.or my wife!!! Had a lovely meal in the restaurant and then retired to the log fire in the bar.Highly recommended.
This hotel is centrally located and very close to Blenheim Palace. The reception was friendly and helpful and the room delightful; spacious and well equipped, with a bed that seemed to be the last word in comfort ! We enjoyed a very pleasant evening meal (part of the package, with a limited menu, but very satisfactory), and the service was attentive. In the morning, after managing to tear ourselves out of the bed, we enjoyed an excellent breakfast from the varied choices available. Difficult to fault, apart from the pricy wine list; I'd like to see a couple of cheaper wines made available, but I do understand that this is where these hotels make their profit.
I had friends visiting from the USA and wanted to book something special for them. They had visited the UK before but had never stayed in Woodstock. The famous Bear Hotel, has not been at its best over the past few years but I had heard that they had a new very experienced General Manager, so gave them a try. They were not disappointed and completely loved the whole Bear Hotel experience. The room was beautiful, (with a four poster bed). They now have a Michelin Star chef and the food was delicious with plenty of options and the service was excellent. It's very exciting for the locals to see the changes that are happening at this historic hotel.
Beautiful 15th Century Inn located in the middle of Woodstock, steps away from the gates of Blenheim Palace. Room was well appointed and beautiful. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Loved our stay
went for a couple of days to Woodstock with a view to visiting Blenheim Palace. The hotel is superb - very historic but with all mod cons. It oozed history and the reception staff were more than happy to show us some of the more interesting features. We were on an inclusive half board tariff and the menu for dinner was g ood. Perhaps if I'd been staying for more than a couple of days I would have run out of enthusiasm as it was fairly limited but what we had was excellent. The hotel staff were all unfailingly helpful and friendly. my only criticism would be that the dining room staff seemed a bit inefficient / inexperienced. There were a number of occasions when there was an excessively long wait or the wrong item was delivered to the table. Overall I would highly recommend the Bear.
We have just returned home from a short break away from our children in Woodstock. The building is impressive, so much character. As we mentioned that we do not get away often upon booking, they gave us a room with a four poster bed! It was a dream come true. Lovely nice touches in the room like Elemis toilettries and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was very nice with everything one could want. The lady looking after us was always smiling and very professional. Food was divine. We also had a couple of cocktails by the fire place in the bar before heading to sleep and it was really peaceful. We managed to visit Blenheim and did not have to wait the long queues to buy the tickets as they get them for us. We are now looking to come down with the family for Christmas. Thank you to everyone at the Bear for making our stay so special.
My partner and I stayed this week as we were planning to visit Blenheim Palace. The location is perfect. With spaces to park your car. Check in and check out were flawless, reception staff very professional and friendly. The room Malplaquet was spotless,had a nice bath tub and the bed was very comfy. Service was good throughout when we had dinner. We loved Woodstock and the area with many things to do and visit. We will definitely stay at The Bear again.
The Bear has a nice, cozy bar where you can take dogs and enjoy a pleasant snack lunch. Having made a special trip to do just that, unusually nearly all the bar tables were set for pre-booked lunches with just 2 tables 'free'. Arriving at 12.45pm on a Saturday, the bar was empty of staff. Sitting at our 'usual' table, over 15 or more minutes, I watched as guests arrived and were seated and orders taken while for some inexplicable reason the member of staff looking after the bar completely ignored me, didn't offer me a menu or a drink, so after a further few minutes I left. I did find and explain my experience to the Manager on the way out...having made a special effort on this occasion and gone out of my way to visit I was both mystified and incensed that such an established hotel with only one small bar should be able to cock up such a simple experience as a drink and snack on a Saturday lunchtime. Good luck with your visit.
Despite being shown a table fairly promptly, we experienced extremely slow service at a table in the hotel courtyard - both on taking our orders and in serving the food. The food, when it eventually arrived, was very average.
Macdonald Bear Hotel places you next to Oxfordshire Museum and a short stroll from other popular sights like Blenheim Palace. This 54-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi.
This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a fine-dining restaurant that specializes in British cuisine. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 8 AM to 10 AM.
The 54 rooms have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free bottled water, and safes. TVs come with digital channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, slippers, and bathrobes. Other amenities include phones, ironing boards, and desks.
Macdonald Bear Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and express check-out. Self parking is offered for GBP 15.00 per day. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with luggage storage, tours or tickets, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and wedding services.