“ Address: Tree Hotel, 63 Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4EY „
I have just returned from a couple of days in Oxford and have lots of things I can review from my trip. This is my first, and is a review on The Tree Hotel in Iffley, on the outskirts of Oxford. After reading other reviews I'm going to have a bit more of a structure to my reviews, but I will ramble on none the less!
The Tree Hotels is located in the small village of Iffley, which is about 2 miles from the City centre. It was easy to find with the use of Sat Nav, and is located on a quiet road in the main part of the village. You can drive into the City centre fairly easily though my impression is that the main part of the city is quite congested. There is a park and ride system in Oxford which seems to work well. I however chose to walk into the City. You have two choices from the hotel, either walk the slightly shorter route along the main road, or take the scenic route along the river. I chose the latter and after a short stroll from the hotel found myself at the pretty Iffley Lock. From there it was a roughly 40min walk (depending on your pace - mine was fairly relaxed.) along the River Thames and the River Cherwell, into the city centre. It was a lovely walk passing the many college boathouses and watching the students rowing by. In the evening I got a taxi back to the hotel from the city and this cost around £8.60. I give the location 4/5.
*****First Impressions and Check In*****
The hotel looks well looked after from the outside and has a large car park at the rear. You can either enter the hotel through the bar entrance at the back or through the main hotel entrance. I entered through this door and found myself in a small corridor with a small hatch on the left. The hotel looked in fairness like it could do with a bit of updating décor wise as it generally looked tired. A male member of staff appeared and was taking a phone call. He looked slightly confused at seeing me there and after a while, whilst still on the phone asked me if I needed any help. Explaining I had a room booked he produced the room key and paperwork and explained where the room was and when breakfast was served. At the time he was still on the phone so all was a bit rushed. I made my way up the stairs to my room. I give this section 3/5.
The room was an average size for a budget hotel room. It had two single beds, a desk a couple of bedside tables and a chest of drawers. All were in a matching black wood style. There was a TV with freeview channels and a tray with kettle, two cups and saucers and a selection of coffee, tea, UHT milk and sugar. Overall the cleanliness of the room was good. The bedding on the bed was slightly odd with a sheet and possibly the thinnest duvet width wise I have ever seen. It was like a thin strip down the bed with at least a few cm's of bare bed on each side. Very odd! Admittedly the warm was warm so wasn't a major issue, just a bit strange. Also they were a bit tight with then pillows with only one on a bed. I'm sure they would have provided more if asked but, I just took the one from the spare bed. Generally I was happy with the main bedroom.
The Bathroom on the other hand was to say the least in fairly poor condition, and could do with a complete redoing. The towel rail was on the floor broken. The general cleanliness was barley ok. The fixtures and fitting defiantly were showing their age, and the bath panel was barely still attached. There were a couple of small bottles of shampoo which was nice. The final bathroom issue was when I returned from my evening out there was a puddle by the toilet which wasn't there when I checked in. I wiped it up with a towel and though no more of it. It had returned by the next morning, but as I was only there for one night I did no more about it. If I was there for longer I would have mentioned it, but in fairness the will have noticed it as it was fairly substantial. One final thought about the room, I feel its important to realise that The Tree is more of a pub with rooms than a full blown hotel. Thursdays is Quiz nights so the bar was fairly noisy till closing time, so if you are a light sleeper maybe avoid Thursdays if you want an early night. I give the room 3/5, would have been higher but the bathroom let it down.
*****Breakfast and Other Food*****
On checking in I was told breakfast is served in the bar between 7:30am and 8:30am. Now I was a little surprised by this as generally hotels tend to have bit more of a longer breakfast session. Now not only did I find the hour quite a short time period, I also felt it too early. I had been out to the theatre the night before (see my upcoming Sister Act review!) so could have done with a little lie in before the drive home, so could have done with a later breakfast. Breakfast had a small juice and cereal buffet, and a menu for hot food which was ordered with the waitress from your table. There was a selection of omelettes and the typical full English. Tea and coffee is also offered, though strangely when ordering tea a pot of hot water is brought and you have to go back to the buffet bar yourself to get your own teabag. I had poached eggs, bacon, tomato and toast, the eggs bacon and toast were nice, though no choice of type of bread was offered. Looking around people had a range of bread (brown and white) so am guessing you get what the chef randomly decides. The tomato had literally been griddled for about 10 seconds as it was cold and hard, I was hoping for something a bit warmer and softer. Breakfast score 3/5
It's worth nothing they do have what looks like a good evening menu which is varied with a mix of curries and more traditional dishes. If you're interested in that check out their website below for more details.
*****Final General Info and Thoughts*****
Overall I found this a pleasant enough hotel and suited my budget and needs for one night. If I was going to go to Oxford for longer I would probably go here again if my budget couldn't be stretched any higher, and that is mainly due to the location being so good. My twin room inc breakfast cost £64 through laterooms.com.
The hotel address and telephone number is:
63 Church Way,
And their website is: http://iffley.treehotel.co.uk/
Overall I give The Tree 3 stars.