Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel – a city centre delight

I’ve always been intrigued by The Eastgate Hotel. Many a time I’ve met the team there for a meeting or had business lunches, events or client meetings, but I’d never set foot in one of the bedrooms, until recently.

General Manager Bradlee Pillay invited Tina and I to review the rooms and room service, both of which were an absolute treat. 

There aren’t many other central Oxford hotels where you truly feel immersed in the essence of Oxford. Overlooking the Examination Schools, sitting on the quaint cobbled Merton Street and less than a minute’s walk from Magdalen Bridge and Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Eastgate Hotel really does have an embarrassment of riches on its doorstep.

I’ve always found the hotel to be warm and inviting, beautifully decorated and with a really homely feel to the lobby, bar area and into the restaurant. There’s a soft glow throughout the hotel which generates a comforting energy throughout. Our room was stunning, with a fantastically comfortable bed, Oxford themed images adorning the walls and a gigantic bathroom with views onto the High Street.

We really were spoilt rotten by the team throughout our stay and really indulged for dinner. Due to current restrictions, we ate in the room at the small window table overlooking the Examination Schools, it was perfect. 

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel 

We shared the naughty nachos with melted cheese, guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa to start with. Tina then had the Moroccan Style Cauliflower Roulade, chickpea chutney & couscous which was, according to her, ‘absolutely delicious’. I had the Chicken Tikka Masala, steamed basmati rice & chota naan. It really hit the spot…not too mild, not too hot. We enjoyed a chilled bottle of Gavi with our meal and also shared some vanilla and chocolate ice cream for dessert. For a room service meal, this wouldn’t have been out of place in a high quality restaurant. 

So if you’re looking for a city break, even if you live in Oxfordshire, you can’t do better than The Eastgate. With first class comfort, five star hospitality and bags of smiles from ever attentive hotel staff it really is a home away from home.

Expansion

At the end of January the hotel will be opening a brand new building in what was originally the hotel’s car park. With seventeen new bedrooms (including 3 family rooms and classic doubles) the new building is being constructed with the environment in mind, explains Bradlee, “We’ve really considered everything when it comes to the new building’s carbon footbprint and can’t wait to share it with our customers.”

More About The Eastgate

The convenient central location allows guests to easily discover Oxford’s most iconic landmarks. City sightseeing tours are available in the area, making this a great base for guests who want to explore. The hotel offers modern, comfortable rooms which are perfectly equipped to accommodate individuals, couples and families.

In line with local government recommendations, our restaurant and bar in our hotel is open with limited opening hours and we are providing room service or grab and go breakfast options for guests. The hotel boasts a choice of rooms including classic and privilege options. Those looking for an extra special trip should consider the deluxe suite, which overlooks Oxford High Street and offers luxurious extras including a coffee machine and robe.


B4 Member Offer to experience the new rooms

B&B with wine in a privilege room – £99 Sunday – Friday £139, on a Saturday

B&B with a 2 course dinner in a privilege room – £135 Sunday – Friday, £165 on a Saturday. 

Excluding 13 Feb / 27 Feb / 6 Mar / 2 Apr – 4 Apr / 1 May / 8 May / 15 May / 29 May – valid until the end of May.

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Situated in the heart of the historic university city of Oxford, this beautiful 17th-century coaching-inn looks over the Examination Halls and Magdalen Tower.

Bradlee Pillay

General Manager

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