Travel about 50 miles northwest of London and you arrive in Oxford, the university city located on the River Thames. Venture about six miles south of Oxford and you’re in Abingdon, Britain’s oldest town. Whether your hotel preference is a romantic aura of the past; firsthand experience of the area's ancient architecture and history; thoroughly modern comforts and a famous name; or a location close to Oxford colleges and facilities, you'll find hotels that fit the bill.
The Crown and Thistle Hotel
Picture an authentic,17th-century coaching inn with a cobbled courtyard situated at the heart of Abingdon. The Crown and Thistle features 19 en-suite guest rooms, including single, double, twin and four-poster bedrooms. All the rooms have satellite TV, direct-dial telephones and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Enjoy the informal Gallery Restaurant’s menu of British and continental specialties or throw a private party there for up to 80 guests. Alternatively the hotel’s pub, the Stocks Bar offers a selection of beers and a pub menu. Play pool or darts or watch the sports telecasts on the wide-screen TV. The hotel’s function room accommodates meetings of up to 10 people.
The Upper Reaches Hotel
Experience contemporary elegance at the Upper Reaches Hotel, situated by the banks of the River Thames. The site was once part of historic, 10th-century Abingdon Abbey. Many of the 31 en-suite guest rooms offer river views or direct access to the terrace. Choose between classic or contemporary room designs. Check out the original mill house water wheel and the fine dining in the Stream Bar and Restaurant. Or opt for alfresco dining on the landscaped Cafe Terrace, where barbecues take place in fine weather. Treat yourself to “The Little Things” like champagne and chocolates, fresh flowers or a basketful of fresh fruit.
Holiday Inn Oxford
Get around very easily with a stay at the Holiday Inn Oxford. You’re.about three miles from the Oxford rail station and an hour away from London by train. Visit the University City’s many nearby landmarks, including the Bodleian Library, Oxford Science Park and Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and designated a World Heritage Site. Contemporary styling and modern amenities like mini-fridges, and tea- and coffee-making facilities create pleasant and comfortable guest rooms. You'll find full English breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Junction Restaurant. For business guests, the hotel has 11 meeting rooms and business services. Relax at the sauna, whirlpool, gym and swimming pool, or just walk around and get to know Oxford.
The Old Bank Hotel
At the Old Bank Hotel, you’ll be in a Georgian stone building with 42 elegant guest rooms, en-suite marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology. You’ll be at the heart of Oxford University, with several venerable colleges for neighbors. Try the hotel’s Mediterranean fare at Quod Brasserie and Bar. Gee’s is a sister restaurant just a short walk away in North Oxford, serving French and English cuisine. Take the opportunity to explore the many shops, restaurants and bars in the area or the Botanic Garden, all within walking distance.
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