We were booked in for a Saturday night in May 2016. We knew that we couldn't check in till 3pm but we arrived by car at about midday anyway and asked if we could leave our luggage securely somewhere till later in the day. This was no problem. The car park was free during the duration of our booking (3pm till 11am the next day), however we were told we had to pay £2 an hour for any time outside of this which meant we had to pay £6 for 12-3pm, which I thought was a bit expensive. £1/hour would have been a more reasonable rate.
After making use of the hotel's toilet facilities (very clean), we walked into Oxford which took us 20 minutes till we got to St Giles Church and 25 minutes to the Ashmolean Museum. We walked back later that day. We had an event to attend in the evening in central Oxford and got a taxi in at about 7:30/8pm which was £5. Getting a taxi back to the hotel at approximately midnight was £10.
Our room was very clean and comfortable. As well as the usual tea/coffee/decaf/hot chocolate and biscuits, it had other complimentary items: a packet of polo mints, a bottle of still mineral water, a bottle of still orange and mango flavoured water, a small thing of lip balm and what looked like a flannel. The drinks and mints were just what we fancied when we got in from our night out.
The room offered a very comfortable bed (it seemed larger than a double - kingsize? queensize?), a hairdrier, ironing board, iron, a luggage rack, hangers in the wardrobe, shelves, desk & chair, small armchair, info on hotel and also Oxford and surrounding area. There may have been other things too which I didn't notice. The bathrooom was very clean with a (very) small-sized bath, overhead-shower and pristeen shower curtain. The force of the water for both the shower and bath was very strong. There was a dispenser in the shower with "Gilchrist & Soames" body and hair wash, and there was also a handwash soap dispenser by the sink.
The radiators were easily adjustable and pumped out a lot of heat if you needed it. There was also an extra blanket in a clear polythene bag on a top shelf of the wardrobe if you needed it. Our room (Room 1) was at the very end of the corridor on the ground floor and was very quiet. It was brightly lit, having two windows on either side of the room both of which opened about 15cm. One window overlooked the garden which was quite large with picnic tables, chairs and parasols. The net curtains could be opened or drawn, according to taste. The curtain material was such that no light came through them in the morning.
The hotel has a restaurant but we didn't try that. However, we did have the breakfast which wasn't included in our booking but which we were able to pay for on the morning. It was £12.95 for Full English (scrambled eggs rather than fried) and £9.95 for Continental. I thought the price of the Full English was a little expensive. I would expect to pay about £10. Also, it was rather irritating to have to choose between the two. For instance, my husband who paid for Full English wanted to have some fruit from the Continental section first, and I would have liked just some scrambled egg on toast from the Full English section and fruit and yoghurt from the continental section. As he had paid a lot for his Full English, he helped himself to fruit anyway, not feeling at all guilty, whereas I didn't have any scrambled egg as I would have felt guilty that I hadn't paid for it as I'd only paid for Continental. They should just have a flat rate for breakfast and let you choose what you like, in my opinion.
The hotel is situated in a very quiet, up-market, residential area. The hotel itself was quiet with small "quiet please" signs up in the corridors to remind people. I don't think it's the sort of hotel that attracts clubbers or party-goers coming back drunk and noisy in the wee small hours.
All in all, a few minor niggles with regards to price of some things (eg. breakfast) but nothing major and the important aspects were all good: it was quiet, staff were very friendly and helpful, it was clean and comfortable and we could walk into the city centre. If we were to stay in Oxford in the future, I would definitely book to stay at Linton Lodge again. less
LintonLodge99, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Linton Lodge Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for taking the time to post a review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and have highlighted all the many positive reasons why people choose to stay with us including the quiet ideal location for strolling into Oxford, clean and comfortable hotel with very friendly staff.
We will certainly discuss the breakfast pricing comments that you raise at our weekly meeting to see if the options can be better communicated.
We all hope to see you again very soon