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|Distance to city centre||0,2 km|
|Nearest airport||London Heathrow|
|Distance to airport||74,8 km|
|"Great hotel in great location."||(in 199 reviews)|
|"Great character and lovely room."||(in 213 reviews)|
|"The Hotel had great history."||(in 75 reviews)|
|"Sunday breakfast service not good"||(in 16 reviews)|
|"Car park entrance not very clear"||(in 11 reviews)|
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|blenheim palace||in 164 reviews|
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|comfortable bed||in 136 reviews|
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|food was good||in 81 reviews|
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|staff were very friendly||in 339 reviews|
Location because it’s within walking distance of Blenheim Palace and it has a car park
Check in and check out was a shambles (both times wrong prices/bill and very slow). Room (on the ground floor adjacent to the car park) was dark, musty and noisy (could hear people walking around their room upstairs, doors opening and closing etc) and this was supposed to be a ‘good’ room ie. more expensive. The bar wasn’t really manned with staff who knew what or how to serve drinks or how to charge for them and the breakfast was a farce. We entered the restaurant at 9.15 am (breakfast allegedly available between 7 to 10 am) and the hot buffet was bereft of food. Eventually, the various warming containers were refilled but not adequately as there was a large queue of fellow diners and it all went very quickly. And, the bread was stale as well as a pastry I tried. All in all, poor.
Much bigger and nicer room and bathroom than I'd expected at the price, from previous experience at staying at other similar properties in Woodstock.
Excellent hot breakfast, well presented at the buffet stand, was slightly let down by being only luke warm...easily fixed with serving on hot plates from a plate warmer?
Breakfast was fine, there was plenty of food even though we were quite late. I gather some people had complained about a lack of food but we found it fine. There was cereal, fruit and hot food too. I asked for toast and a selection of brown and white appeared very quickly. We enjoyed it. Room was spacious and bed comfy. Large TV and a fridge too. Perfect.
Nothing, had a great time.
Great local bread at breakfast.
BUFFET breakfast....COLD PLATES COLD FOOD such a shame as quality products.
Comfortable, clean and lovely setting.
Chaotic service in dining room in the evening but more particularly during breakfast. Cold buffet food, very slow service, repeated requests from us and other guests to obtain basic requirements eg cutlery + 45 minute wait for poached eggs. We all had breakfast at our table at separate stages rather than served together. This appeared to be the case at each table. One elderly couple commented they found the process of securing breakfast ‘exhausting.’ Seemed to be severe staff shortage with one very helpful and relentlessly well mannered member of staff desperately trying to manage both the service and guests mounting requests / complaints. Apart from this chap, the staff appeared to have been either very poorly trained or were entirely oblivious to the basic skills required for working in a restaurant. Utter chaos.
Macdonald Bear Hotel is centrally located in Woodstock, a 1-minute walk from Oxfordshire Museum and 12 minutes by foot from Blenheim Palace. Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Woodstock? This hotel has facilities measuring 1937 square feet (180 square meters), including conference space. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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