Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel 3 stars

Customer review rating (ALL Rating) 4.0/5 2,881 reviews

Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel
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Hotel extras

  • Advantage 1

  • 17th Century building with picturesque gardens

  • Hotel is not pet friendly

  • 69 en-suite bedrooms, with many unique and original features (sample pictures on website)

  • Ideal wedding venue that accommodates 100 guests

This hotel participates to Planet 21 and is acting in favour of Positive Hospitality.

Hotel location

Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel

17 - 19 Horse Fair
Banbury Cross
OX16 0AN banbury
united kingdom

Fax: (+44)1295/271736

Check-in from 15h00

Check out up to 12h00


  • By plane

    BIRMINGHAM At 70.8km / 44 miles

  • By plane

    COVENTRY At 53.6km / 33.31 miles

  • By plane

    OXFORD KIDLINGTON At 45.11km / 28.03 miles

  • By train

    BANBURY At 0.3km / 0.19 miles

  • By train

    COVENTRY At 53.6km / 33.31 miles

GPS:52.060968, -1.340323

Hotel services

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In summary
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Meeting rooms


Overlooking the gardens, Whately Hall's Swift restaurant provides the perfect setting for any dining experience. Oak panelling; closed fireplace; iron chandeliers all work towards creating the most charming atmosphere in this 17th century hotel.

Our accommodation(s)

The hotel's 69 bedrooms offer guests a range of accommodation options including privilege rooms, spacious suites, interconnecting rooms and enhanced accessibility. Each room features a range of facilities such as hair dryer and WiFi (charged). All bedrooms are in line with 3-star standards but some come with some of the original features of this 17th century building and breathtaking garden views.

Your meetings and events

Our meeting rooms

  • Number of meeting rooms: 6

  • Maximum size: 104

  • Maximum capacity: 120 people

  • Maximum banquet capacity: 70 people

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Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel

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ALL Rating 4.0/5

2,881 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating 3.5/5

1,190 reviews

A lovely, comfortable stay for my wife's birthday

Customer review rating 4.0/5

Samuel Couples - 05/01/2022 Confirmed reviews ALL

- Comfortable room (#78). - Friendly, welcoming, helpful staff. - Good food. - Well-located for exploring Banbury and the surrounding area.

Nice stay in a good hotel

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

suzefara 30/12/2021 TripAdvisor review

Arrived Xmas eve for our 2 night stay here. I booked an executive room and we were in the broughton suite. Very spacious room we liked the fact we had a separate area to sleep in and sit and relax in. The tv cupboard in the living area opposite the sofa was empty, the tv was in the bedroom, so when we had the tv on we had to sit on the bed…… why not just put 2 tv’s in there it Ida suite after all. The bathroom was large but the hot water from the tap was always Luke warm so had to boil the kettle for a wash. The cleanliness of the room was pretty diar I found toe nail clippings on the bedroom floor and their was gold glitter everywhere in the room. We went down to the bar for a drink and I asked if the bar would be open Xmas day evening, and was told yes it would shut at 11pm, when we arrived back that evening at 945pm we got told by reception that the bar had shut at 9pm so all we could do was sit in our room. Overall a nice hotel and ideally situated in Banbury.

Well located and good stay

Customer review rating 4.5/5

Janet Couples - 24/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

We were in the old part of the hotel, which I was pleased about. The receptionist was friendly and I liked the old fashioned feel to it and the fact that it's in the town centre with plenty of parking.

Good stay, mixed feelings

Customer review rating 3.5/5

T R. Business - 22/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Rooms, cleanliness, price, location is good value for money, but the customer service quality is inconsistent. One particular staff at reception acted abruptly when I ask for bottled water, restaurant service was really slow, maybe staff were stressed or under capacity.

Pleasant stay

Customer review rating 4.0/5

Suzie M. Couples - 22/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Lovely looking hotel in town centre, quiet room with very large bed in the executive room Friendly staff, paid for car park at front of hotel which was reasonable

Dear Suzie, Thank you for the review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the large bed and quiet room. I'm pleased that you found the staff to be friendly. For future visits, we do have a free hotel car park located to the rear of the hotel for guests to use. Thank you again and we hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Great time

Customer review rating 4.5/5

G. Couples - 19/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

We chose this hotel for its location for Bicester village and Oxford.The hotel was good for both of these. Hotel clean.Room spacious and warm. Excellent breakfast. Full English or Continental. Evening meal very nice 3 course. Staff in hotel very friendly.

Dear G., Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and the location really worked for you with Bicester Village and Oxford only being a stone's throw away. I'm so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your breakfast and dinner. We really look forward to seeing you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Noisey/ unorganised/ uninformed

Customer review rating 1.0/5

Anonymous Couples - 14/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Firstly the noise was ridiculous. At 3am people were screaming and shouting, then at 5 am people were dragging suitcases across the way shouting, the car park was constantly in and out with cars which was hitting the outside walls of our room.. It was very hot it in the room, the windows didn’t open! Next as we checked in (we had a groupon voucher for breakfast and 2 course meal) we were told we can pick what date we want the meal.. on Saturday night we went down and was told the restaurant was closed, eventually we was put in a spare room alone, this ruined the rest of the night as we were alone, not atmosphere. Food was lovely.

good location

Customer review rating 3.0/5

Anonymous Families - 13/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Booked well in advance as have been a regular visitor to Banbury. I have stayed in room 55 which has been the best one so far. We have stayed as a family in the modern room op the garden and not a great experience. I booked two rooms, specifically two rooms in the old part of the hotel, therefore interesting and have a view over the church which is where we were going later. I mentioned all this and in particular requrested room 55 for both children and a dbl room as close as possible for husband and I. When it came to the day of arrival and paid for the rooms, I found that room 55 was out of action due to maintenance, so double room was in modern end and our dble room was opposite the car park / passage in and noisy. Difficult to understand why we weren't notified of change beforehand as it wasn't really worth the bother of explaining and phoning up and not doing the booking all on line with a third party which would have turned out much more competitive anyway, so all things considered, rather dissappointing only as we were expecting something else.

Good value

Customer review rating 4.0/5

Martyn B. Business - 09/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Hassle free check in, friendly , helpful staff. The warm, clean and comfortable bedroom was very welcome on a cold winter's evening. Would stay again.

Dear Martyn, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Safe stay

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Logan C. Solo - 08/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Great location, parking, friendly staff comfy everything

Dear Logan, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Sleepless nights

Customer review rating 1.5/5

Lisa R. Business - 04/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Paper thin walls meant I could hear the guest next door snoring extremely loudly and with his tv on as well. Very poor lighting in the room also when trying to work or do make up. Also, when I book a double room I expect a double bed, not 2 singles zipped together. The big seam down the middle was incredibly uncomfortable. Room was clean though and hotel location is excellent.

Dear Lisa, Thank you for the review of our hotel! I'm sorry that your sleep was disturbed by other guests. If reception are made aware of any inconsiderate disturbances such as loud TV's they will do there best to rectify a solution for all guests. It is our hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Historic hotel in the centre of the town

Customer review rating 3.5/5

Jan M. Couples - 04/12/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Disappointed by our non greeting by reception staff when we arrived. Receptionists were talking Amongst themselves and took no notice of us on our arrival. However the bar and catering staff were top notch and the food at both dinner and breakfast were excellent.

Dear Jan, Thank you for the review of our hotel! I am so sorry that your welcome was not to our usual standards. I will be addressing this directly with our Front of House Manager. I am so pleased that the rest of your stay was such a positive one and it is my hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Great location, nice traditional hotel

Customer review rating 4.5/5

Dave Couples - 29/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

I stayed for 2 nights with my partner. Apart from there being no hot water when I wanted a shower, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The breakfast was excellent and the staff were really polite and helpful. The only negative comment I would make is that the bar prices are pretty hefty but I guess that's standard for this kind of hotel, the bar was nice though.

Dear Dave, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Some improvements, not that clean

Customer review rating 1.5/5

Anonymous Couples - 29/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

When we arrived, we straight away were shocked my how freezing the room was. The window wouldn’t close properly and hence the room was so cold. We also found what looked like a pubic hair on the cover of the bed upon arrival. Then after getting in the shower, we found bits of plastic rubbish in the bath and a bar of soap that had clearly been used by another customer. Overall we are dissatisfied with our stay, and expect some form of compensation/ refund. Thank you

Dear Ella P., Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel. I am so sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations, please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. It is clear that there have been some shortfalls in the housekeeping standards, of which i have addressed with the Housekeeping Manager and her team to ensure this doesn't happen again. We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Well located

Customer review rating 5.0/5

W H. Couples - 28/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

We stayed for three nights, the whole experience was relaxing. All of the staff were very helpful, polite and good humoured.

Dear William H., We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your positive comments in particular regarding our team. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Wheatley hall

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

perhamnk 24/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

What a great weekend excellent value for money staff were excellent and very helpful always willing to help Great location, with easy access to The motorway and local amenities. Good local pubs and restaurants

poor stay

Customer review rating 2.5/5

Jan-kees Business - 22/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Staff very friendly and good breakfast. Rooms outdated and heating system very bad. It looks like hot water pipes run through the ceiling by which the room is very hot, without the radiator being on.

Dear Jan, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your breakfast with us and found the staff very friendly. I'm sorry that you experienced some issues with regards to the heating and found our rooms to be dated. We are undergoing a refurbishment programme in January to address the tiredness within the bedrooms. It is our hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Great and comfortable stay

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Jayne B. Families - 22/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Booked for 2 nights and staff were very welcoming, room very comfortable . Breakfast was good .

Dear Jayne, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

Good value for money but very dirty

Customer review rating 3.0/5

Stacey S. Couples - 22/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Helpfull staff, friendly restaurant staff, dinner was lovely breakfast was plentiful. Room in need of deep cleaning especially curtains-nets completely black with dirt and mould. some maintenance work needed.

Dear Stacey, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm so sorry to read that there were shortfalls in the cleanliness and maintenance of the bedroom that you stayed in. I have got our Housekeeping Manager and Maintenance Manager rectifying these points as a matter of urgency. I am pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and found the staff to be helpful during your stay. It is our hope to welcome you back to our hotel very soon! Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager
Customer review rating 3.0/5

Anonymous Couples - 17/11/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

The room we had on the first night was freezing we were given a heater when we complained which we had on all night - and the room still never got comfatably walm. I tried the radiators a few times over our stay and they never came on. The next day we were able to change room - which was much walmer. The rooms could do with some referbishment eg new lamp shades and some of the furnature. On the plus side the staff were very helpful.

Dear Elliott, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your recent stay. I'm so sorry that you experienced issues with the heating in your bedroom and that the portable heater provided was not sufficient. I am pleased that we were able to rectify this the following day by moving you to an alternative room. We are undergoing a bedroom refurbishment in January to bring some of the rooms up to a modern standard Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Ben Hotel Manager

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