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“The Bear at Woodstock”

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Macdonald Bear Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 February 2012

An excellent hotel with first class all round service, good food, attentive staff and well presented

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2012

Dear Ronald L,

I was delighted to receive your review of the Bear following your recent visit and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

I have passed your comments to the team as I know they will be encouraged by them.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bear in the very near future.

Kind regards,

Sam Aziz
General Manager

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Reviewed 8 February 2012

have stayed at this hotel numerous times in the past and always foundit comfortable and welcoming. Some of the suites are especially good.

The breakfasts are superb.

An excellent base for Blenheim Palace.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank GGGSarnia
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2012

Dear GGGSarnia,

I was delighted to receive your review of the Bear following your recent visit and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

I have passed your comments to the team as I know they will be encouraged by them.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bear in the very near future.

Kind regards,

Sam Aziz
General Manager

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Reviewed 1 February 2012

We stayed for a very romantic night, the room was lovely and everything was just as we expected. However, the next day for breakfast we were served mouldy bread, of which was very quickly replaced. We then found a wine cork from a previous occupant. Certainly not what you expect for the money you're paying. In all the ambiance and room was fab and we certainly had a lovely time but we were very disappointed with the unhappy receptionist, the lack of consideration and also the almost dismissing reply to our complaint letter. Out of principal we will not be staying again.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CharlenePell
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2012

Dear CharlenePell,

Thank you for your review the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your recent stay with us.

I was pleased to note that you enjoyed some aspects of your stay however may I reiterate my sincere apologies for the shortfalls you experienced

At The Bear we are committed to high standards and I would like to reassure you that your experience is in no way reflective of our usual level of service. It is through customer feedback such as yours that we can reflect and improve our guests’ experience so thank you for taking the time to bring it to my attention.

I do hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back to The Bear.

Kind regards,

Sam Aziz
General Manager

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Reviewed 29 January 2012

My husband and I arrived on a bright but cold winter's afternoon to a warm and welcoming reception. Our comfortable room was across the courtyard from the main hotel building, and had been recently refurbished in subtle Farrow and Ball-esque shades - the towels were thick and the sheets, sumptuous and crackley.
Our 2 night deal included Dinner which was served in the Dining room - lots of beams, candlelight and very atmospheric. The food was perfect - good choice of fresh produce beautifully cooked and presented. Breakfast next morning was also a delight - a choice of full-English or huge selection of Continental.
We found all the staff to be friendly and ever helpful. All in all, our short break was perfect in every way - what a shame it was so short!

Room Tip: Perhaps the bedrooms in the main building would be omore olde-world
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank David G
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2012

Dear David G,

I was delighted to receive your review of the Bear following your recent visit and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

I have passed your comments to the team as I know they will be encouraged by them.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bear in the very near future.

Kind regards,

Sam Aziz
General Manager

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Reviewed 27 January 2012

Stayed for several nights to attend a wedding in Oxford/Blenheim Palace. Staff was courteous and attentive, room was large and well appointed, and the walk to the Blenheim grounds was lovely.

Excellent breakfast spread and well-appointed in-room tea cupboard.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank MindyMo
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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at Macdonald Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2012

Dear Mindy Mo,

I was delighted to receive your review of the Bear following your recent visit and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

I have passed your comments to the team as I know they will be encouraged by them.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bear in the very near future.

Kind regards,

Sam Aziz
General Manager

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Additional Information about Macdonald Bear Hotel

Address: Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Woodstock
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Woodstock
Price Range: $130 - $445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Bear Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macdonald Bear Hotel is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Oxfordshire and part of The Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection. Set in Woodstock, in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, our hotel combines history and culture with exceptional facilities. With direct access to the historic city of Oxford, our hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks, business and weddings. Our hotel is a perfect venue for celebrations, events and conferences; we boast superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms, peaceful views over the courtyard and stunning period features. Our hotel in Oxfordshire is perfect for a relaxing retreat. Roam the historic city of Oxford and marvel in the dreaming spires or linger in the city's many shops and museums. Once you've finished exploring - we recommend a visit to our award-winning restaurant and bar for the finest of fares and a well deserved nightcap. ... more   less 
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Macdonald Bear Woodstock
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