20 November 2019

Oxford city centre property reopens as voco® Oxford Spires

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The UK’s fourth voco™ property and second in Oxford is a modern and stylish retreat, surrounded by beautiful grounds and the famous spires of Oxford


voco® Oxford Spires re-branded today under IHG’s newest upscale brand voco™, offering a modern, stylish and unstuffy hotel experience for guests. The 181- room refurbished hotel embodies the characteristics of voco™ with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay.


Located alongside the River Thames and on University College Oxford grounds, the hotel is surrounded by rural beauty whilst only being a 10-minute walk away from the historic city centre of Oxford.


Built 20 years ago, the property was designed by local builder John Ede and businessman Brian Murtyr, but buildings on the grounds such as Eastwyke Farmhouse date back as far as the 15th Century. The University College Oxford boathouse is close by, so guests might catch a glimpse of the team training for the annual boat race against Cambridge University.


Every guest will experience the voco™ signature ‘come on in’ warm welcome, promising a swift and simple check in, with dedicated voco™ hosts available throughout the guest’s stay as resident experts and a locally inspired welcome treat – an orange marmalade chocolate tart. Unique to the hotel, the tart honours Frank Cooper’s Orange Marmalade which was made in Oxford.


Inspired by its surroundings, voco® Oxford Spires blends Cotswold stone with contemporary interiors throughout to hotel to leave guests with a lasting impression. The hotel guest rooms benefit from the voco design concept with thoughtful comforts like cosy bedding made from 100% recycled materials, Aveda amenities in larger dispenser bottles with naturally derived ingredients, and fast Wi-Fi so guests can relax and indulge in some ‘me time’ when they stay at voco.


Guests can enjoy a taste of ‘voco™ life’ with delicious, locally inspired dishes at Deacons Restaurant, whilst the Deacon Lounge offers guests the space to unwind or catch up with friends and family over drinks. For those looking for true escapism, the hotel health club featuring a spa, steam room, jacuzzi, pool, gym and treatment rooms is a secret haven in the city centre.


For those looking for an alternative space for meetings, voco® Oxford Spires is the ideal venue for corporate events. With 11 versatile meeting rooms, the hotel can adapt to suit your needs whether you need to host a conference or simply require a room for a team outing. A designated onsite event planner will support you from booking to event day to ensure an unstuffy and smooth-running event.


Wendy Procter, General Manager, voco® Oxford Spires said:“We are delighted to be the fourth hotel in the UK to join the voco™ family. Our hotel offers guests the opportunity to relax in a rural setting whilst only being within walking distance from one of the greatest historic cities in the world. voco™ is all about delivering great guest experience and we look forward to offering a warm welcome to guests, old and new, when they choose to stay with us.”


The hotel guest rooms benefit from the voco™ design concept, which includes sustainable initiatives to help guests sleep easier. voco™ bedding is made from 100% recycled materials, with an estimated 150 plastic bottles recycled per guest room through bedding alone. In addition, miniature bottles have been removed from the hotel, and have been replaced with bulk size Aveda products in large-format bottles which produce 80% less waste than miniatures. Glass water bottles mean that the hotel remove an average of 300 plastic bottles in every guest room per year and the hotel also provides aerated shower heads in their bathrooms to reduce water usage.


Rooms at voco® Oxford Spires start from £130 a night for a room only.

To learn more about voco™, visit: www.vocohotels.com.


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About IHG®

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN Hotels®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites®.


IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,800 hotels and approximately 865,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.


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About voco hotels:

voco™ combines the reassurance of a big brand with the informality and charm of an individual hotel, providing guests with a dependably upscale experience. The name, voco, means ‘to invite’ and ‘call together’ originating from Latin, representing the brand’s thoughtful, unstuffy and charming nature.voco’s well put-together hotels combine memorable moments and high-quality touches, from indulgent amenities to big, comfy beds. Guests will always get a warm welcome during a swift check in, a comfy room perfect for unwinding and relaxing, and vibrant bar and restaurant spaces that provide plenty of opportunity to connect and socialiseFor more information and to bookvisit www.vocohotels.com, and stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/vocohotels, and Instagram www.instagram.com/vocohotels.