Remont

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Address: 365-367 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7PL, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

Attractively converted bed and breakfast near the A40 and A34.

Remonter means "to ascend" and the Polish family that has converted this pair of 1930s semi-detached houses is ambitious for their stylish project to succeed. As soon as you enter it’s clear that design comes high on the list of priorities at Remont, making this 25-room boutique hotel a lot more enjoyable to stay in than the average north Oxford b&b.

Location
2.9
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.6
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.2
90%
Public areas
2.9
90%

Location

Just south of the A4165 section of the ring road. It’s an affluent section of Oxford’s suburbs, but no one would call it exciting. This is a useful base for visiting the city centre or Summertown with its wide choice of restaurants or the bohemian chic streets of Jericho. If you want to see the classic Oxford sights you’ll need to use a taxi, bus or your own car. Fortunately the bus service on the Banbury Road is good by the standards of Oxford public transport.

Bedrooms

There are four kinds of room arranged across two floors with an attic room (probably the best) up top. Price goes strictly by size of room. I would call the decoration stylish on a budget with large headboards, artfully arranged cushions, leather sofas where space allows, mango-wood desks, and flatscreen TVs. Most rooms have showers rather than baths. WiFi access is free throughout the hotel.

Public areas

The lobby has leather sofas, original art and, curiously, a pay phone. The large breakfast buffet area is sunny and ideal if you want to sit and work somewhere other than your room. In summer people also take breakfast outside in the low-walled garden.

Eating and drinking

The hotel only provides breakfast (Full English or Continental). For all other meals it’s assumed you’ll want to go into Summertown (half a mile south) or Oxford (one and a half miles in the same direction). The choice is wide. Take a taxi to the Summertown Wine Café or Mama Mia, Hong Kong, Portabello's, Xi’an or Cibo.

Leisure facilities

None. However the hotel can arrange cycle hire. Bikes are an ideal way to tour Oxford (or find a restaurant). The local company Bicycle Hire will deliver a bike to Remont (£10 for one day, £15 for two and £3 per day thereafter). Ask at reception for details.

Service

Mrs Malik and her son run the hotel in a pleasant, friendly way. The staff don’t speak the best English, but do whatever they can to help. Off-street parking is free and so far has proved ample.

Who stays there

A lot of business people during the week and tourists on a budget at the weekend. Already the hotel gets a lot of returnees.

Price advice

Rooms are graded by size – Singles, Small Doubles, Standard Doubles and Superior. The Attic is probably the best Superior.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with younger children
  • Escaping the crowds
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Handy location for anyone travelling on the A40
  • Stylish for a b&b
  • Good value
  • A couple of miles from the city centre
  • Safe but unremarkable neighbourhood
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