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Macdonald Bear Hotel

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7.9

Fair (2,628 ratings)

West Oxfordshire, United Kingdom - 

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Nearby Oxfordshire Museum

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840 m Blenheim Palace

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5.5 km University of Oxford

Hotel Overview

Macdonald Bear Hotel, situated in the picturesque town of Woodstock, draws guests with its blend of historic charm and modern comforts. Based on user reviews, the hotel is appreciated for its unique character and attentive service, but it has areas that could use improvement.

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Hotel highlights

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Atmosphere

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  1. Ambience and Character: Guests love the historical feel and the cozy atmosphere of the hotel.
  2. Location: Its location is praised for being ideal, close to local attractions.
  3. Staff and Service: The staff's friendliness and professionalism receive high marks.
  4. Food Quality: The dining experiences are often highlighted as memorable and delicious.
  5. Comfortable Rooms: Many find the rooms to be very comfortable and well-appointed.
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Area for improvement

Parking

  1. Parking Availability: Guests frequently mention challenges with parking, finding it limited and inconvenient.
  2. Room Sizes: Some guests feel that certain rooms are too small and cramped.
  3. Facility Maintenance: There are occasional complaints about the need for maintenance and updates in some areas.
  4. Noise Levels: Noise from the surrounding area and within the hotel at times impacts the guest experience negatively.
  5. Pricing: A number of guests believe the cost of a stay and amenities does not always represent good value for money.

Amenities

Pet friendly

Pet friendly

Breakfast available

Breakfast available

Parking included

Parking included

Laundry

Laundry

Restaurant

Bar

Room service

Room service

Free WiFi

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Total 2,628 Reviews

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RateScore is average rating from most popular providers

Blended Web Rating

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7.7

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8.2

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booking

1,769 Reviews

7.7 / 10

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expedia

859 Reviews

8.2 / 10

Reviews

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Words are aggregated from hotel reviews across the web and listed by the most mentions.

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Food was mentioned 101 times

37% Negative55% Positive

Reviews based on Food

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Pioneer254016412496 months ago

The rooms were lovely, the beds were very comfortable and the cleanliness of the facilities excellent (just loved the smell of lavender that permeated the building). The food was, without doubt, the very best I have ever tasted (please send our compliments to the chefs) and your staff were attentive and helpful. All in all it was one of the best Christmas breaks we have ever had. Thank you!

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Vanda Sainsbury6 months ago
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Stopped in for a late lunch on Sunday. Hotel very pleasant and interesting but food very ordinary... nothing special at all.... and the cost was astronomical..! £14 for a large glass of house white is crazy. A very modest and ordinary lunch for two with one glass of wine and one alcohol free beer came to £94!!! Madness. Will definitely not return.

Hotel Quality

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General Info

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Total number of rooms 54

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Number of floors 3

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Number of buildings/towers 3

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Year Built 1232

WiFi Quality

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14

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55

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17

Wifi Speed Is Good For

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web browsing

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HD online movies

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group video calls

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4K online movies

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What's nearby

Oxfordshire Museum

Nearby

Blenheim Palace

840 m

University of Oxford

5.5 km

Oxford Castle

7 km

John Radcliffe Hospital

7 km

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Getting around

Witney Hanborough Station

3 km

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Airports Nearby

Heathrow Airport (LHR)

33.5 km

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Restaurants

The Black Prince

350 m

The Pleasure Garden Cafe

1.26 km

Oxfordshire Pantry, Blenheim Palace

700 m

Gardiner Arms

4.5 km

The Punch Bowl

210 m

Street View

Prices Around Property

Average Daily Costs Per Person

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Bottle of water 1.5L

$0.9 - $1.8

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Coffee

$2.9 - $4.4

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Beer 0.5L

$1.8 - $3

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Meal, inexpensive restaurant

$11.7 - $23.4

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Public transport, one-way ticket

$2.3 - $4.7

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Taxi 1km (normal tariff)

$1.4 - $2.5

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Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course

$56.1 - $140.2

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Bottle of mid-range wine

$7 - $14

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McMeal at McDonalds

$8.2 - $9.3

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Coke/Pepsi 0.33L

$1.8 - $2.9

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Public transport, monthly pass

$73.6 - $101.6

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Gasoline (1 liter)

$1.7 - $2.1

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Mobile phone monthly plan

$12.9 - $23.4

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Fitness club, monthly fee

$23.4 - $93.5

Weather In West Oxfordshire

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Air Quality

Good

PM2.510

PM1015

20

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Air quality is acceptable and pollution poses no health risk. Enjoy outdoor activities as normal.

Drinkable Water Quality

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Poor

Water quality is very low. Consider alternative water drinking options.

Traffic around property

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Light

Few vehicles on the road, relaxed and stress-free driving experience.

House Rules

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Check in after 15:00

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Check out until 11:00

Children welcome

Pets welcome (restrictions apply)

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