Oxford is one of the most memorable cities to visit in the UK, and even with a one night stay you can see the highlights of the city of “dreaming spires”. Since this is a university city, availability of accommodations depends on the term calendar; it’s often very busy at weekends. There are some delightful boutique hotels in the city centre, but for more affordable accommodations we can recommend the Travelodge Oxford Pear Tree.
Parking in Oxford can be expensive and difficult to find at busy times, but this Travelodge is located by the Park and Ride, allowing affordable parking and easy access to the city center. Parking outside the hotel currently costs around £3 for 24 hours, and the bus fare is around £2 per person.
Accommodations are simple but comfortable, featuring the Travelodge’s new “Dreamer Bed”. Rooms are equipped with a kettle and sachets of coffee or tea, a TV and wireless internet access (at extra charge). Note that some of the rooms are located in a building without a lift, so check with the hotel if you are not able to use stairs (the building has 3 floors and some rooms are on the ground floor). Bathrooms generally have a tub with a shower above. We liked that there was plenty of space in the bathroom to store toiletries.
The Park and Ride takes you right into the city centre on George Street and from there you can explore the city on foot. For the more energetic, it is possible to walk the three miles into town. In fine weather, our favourite route is by the river. From the hotel, walk to the Trout public house at Wolvercote , where you can enjoy a delightful meal in the charming interior or on the riverside terrace. Then pick up the path by the river, passing the ruins of Godstow Abbey, and past another of Oxford’s fine riverside public houses, the Perch. Then follow the footpath over the canals and meadows into the Jericho neighbourhood of Oxford.
This Travelodge does not have a restaurant, so only cold “breakfast boxes” are available on-site. There is a restaurant at the adjacent Holiday Inn, and there’s also a small Waitrose store and a Starbucks within the same service area.