Hotel Opening U.K.

Historic Fifteenth Century Oxford Property Reopens As Voco Oxford Thames

voco Oxford Thames - Exterior
voco Oxford Thames


IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announced the rebranding of voco Oxford Thames. The hotel was acquired in 2019 as part of IHG’s strategic partnership with Covivio to acquire 12 Principal and DeVere properties. The opening brings the total of voco hotels in the UK to three in the last year.

The 104-room refreshed hotel offers a distinct, unstuffy and exciting new hotel experience for guests. 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.

With a history dating back to the Middle Ages and the Knights Templar, the hotel blends historical character with 21st century style to create a unique setting for any memorable occasion from weddings, to family escapes, and corporate events. The hotel guest rooms benefit from the application of the voco™ design with thoughtful touches like cosy bedding, upscale sustainable amenities from Aveda, 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 seasonally inspired British cuisine carefully crafted by an award-winning chef in the Conservatory Restaurant or catch up with friends and family over drinks in The Crusaders Bar and Lounge. The Oxford Thames Spa and Leisure Club is a fully equipped health club with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym for those looking to truly unwind and relax.

Elle Garner, General Manager, voco™ Oxford Thames said: “We are incredibly excited to be the third hotel in the UK to join the voco™ family.My team is thrilled to bring this new brand to life in Oxford and look forward to welcoming guests, new and old, with a warm welcome.”

Sustainability will continue to play a fundamental role in the voco™ experience, with various initiatives already available throughout the hotel. All bedding at voco™ hotels is made from 100% recycled materials, glass water bottles replace over 300 plastic bottles in every guest room per year and aerated shower heads reduce bathroom water usage. In addition, miniature toiletry bottles have been replaced with large-format Aveda bottles, and plastic straws have been swapped for a biodegradable alternative.

voco™ Oxford Thames is the third voco™ hotel in the UK, joining voco™ St David’s Cardiff and voco™ St John’s Solihull. IHG currently has 349* hotels operating under eight brands in the UK, including: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, with a further 26* in the pipeline.

*Numbers as at 31 March 2019

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