Customer rating: 6.5/10
Accommodation type: Guest House
Athena Guest House
255 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1 XQ
Review of Athena Guest House
Overall rating: 4.5
This hotel was the cheapest available close to the O2 and is very convenient for the both the venue and pubs. After reading the previous review we were not expecting a high standard. To be honest we are not particularly fussy anyway as long as we have a clean and comfortable bed to sleep in. I will say that the guest house surpassed our expectations. We were greeted by a friendly cheerful guy. The room was comfortable and clean. My only criticism would be that the room was a little bit too warm overnight, but that is all. The place could do with some updating that's for sure, but it didn't bother us as we were only staying one night anyway.
We had a full English breakfast there in the morning for £3.50 each which was nice.
We will stay there again next time we see a band at the O2.
Would you recommended: Yes
Overall rating: 1.5
My wife and I arrived as arranged and on first impressions were a little disappointed but not to worry, when the front door was opened we were met by a young man whos native language is not english but could get by and was polite and he was trying to be helpful, but the ingrained smell of an old greasy chinese take away was abundant and our concerns grew as we went further into the building, although not filthy it is in bad need of a makeover, we were shown down a corridor into a dingy walk through dinning/breakfast room to `fill out` a form, at this point the smell was sufficient to make me think I should have booked an expensive hotel instead, cautious by now I asked to see the room please and was shown room 6 on the 1st floor, one look at the net curtain that was once upon a time white but is now a very grubby gray sealed its fate, my wife clearly not wanting to even sit down.
I tried to explain as politely as possible to the young man that the standard (or lack or it) just is not acceptable, he was trying to be helpful when he offered us his own room saying he would have to move his stuff first, I politely declined his offer and we left.
It is not the young man(staff?)he was trying his best, nor was it just the smell of the place that is bad, it clearly needs reinvesting/modernizing or a makeover and managing properly.
the weekend prices charged here are similar to a local Premier inn or travel lodge may I respectfully suggest the owners/managers visit some, take notes and re-look at their `investment` before it goes completely broke!
In the meantime we are staying in a clean tidy and fresh hotel a few miles away.
We wish you well.
Would you recommended: No
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