I mentioned in last weeks post that I’d been in Oxford so as we loved the hotel I thought I’d share some bits with you.
While my other half was away with work we decided the first free weekend we had when he got back we’d go away for so we could have some chill time together. After originally deciding on Bath or Bristol but not being able to find the type of hotel we wanted we decided to go back to a bucket list we wrote a while ago and Oxford was decided.
We knew we wanted somewhere with a swimming pool and jacuzzi so we could relax so the hunt began. We also wanted to be central so we could walk into the city in the evening to be able to grab food and explore. Due to wanting all of this we were a bit limited on choice and then we saw Oxford Spires Four Pillars hotel which fit the bill. We also got it a bit cheaper by booking through expedias secret hotels. It’s a gamble but you can usually narrow it down to a few options due to area and facilities.
The hotel were great from the beginning. As we’d booked through Expedia secret hotels you can’t amend the booking so I contacted the hotel direct to see if we could pay to upgrade our room as we wanted to stay in Eastwkye house due to the roll top bath, clarins toiletries and older features.
When we arrived it all looked like the pictures online and check in was quick and simple. When we got to our room we were glad we’d upgraded. Robes and slippers were on the bed, chocolate, cookies and water on the side and a beautiful bathroom with clarins toiletries. The room was decorated in simple colours and looked clean. The bed was also really comfy.
The bath we then popped our robes on and a short stroll across the carpark and we were relaxing in the pool. It was a small but quiet pool with a mural painted.on the wall to show arches. We loved relaxing in the saunas and steam rooms but did feel the shower and changing facilities seemed a bit outdated and not quite what I’d expect for a four star hotel.
Overall we loved it for a quick weekend break and would definitely go back.
We love eating so went to a few places. Firstly we stopped in the red lion for a snack and shared a pork platter where we tried cheek for the first time. That was some tasty meat. It was like a posh pub meal with prices to match.
For evening meal having not done research before hand we ended up in Jamie’s Pizzeria. The food was delicious and fresh and reasonably priced. The lemon sorbet was amazing afterwards.
And of course a trip to Oxford wouldn’t be complete without a pitstop in Bicester Village. My other half was very patient as I dragged him round every bag store for two hours while I hunted the perfect bag for a birthday present. In July I’ll have my perfect kate spade. I can’t wait.
I love exploring new cities and Oxford was a beautiful one. With amazing buildings and architecture we easily lost hours just wondering. Whilst we were there there was an amazing little market selling crafts which we couldn’t help grabbing some pieces from.
Now to find another city for the next adventure. Any recommendations?