Oxford: IHG launches latest upscale voco-brand hotel

Oxford Spires is the latest hotel to launch under the InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) newest upscale brand voco.

The 181-room hotel, which sits on the Abingdon Road, alongside the River Thames and on University College Oxford grounds, was originally built 20 years ago, when it was designed by local builder John Ede and businessman Brian Murtyr.

Inspired by its surroundings, voco Oxford Spires blends Cotswold stone with contemporary interiors throughout the hotel. 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.

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.

Guests can dine at Deacons Restaurant which offers locally inspired dishes, while the Deacon Lounge offers a space to unwind or catch up with friends and family over drinks. The hotel also has a health club featuring a spa, steam room, jacuzzi, pool, gym and treatment rooms and open to non-guests using a leisure membership.

Wendy Procter, Hotel 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 committed to delivering great guest experience and we look forward to offering a warm welcome to guests when they choose to stay with us.”

For corporate events, there are 11 meeting rooms.