Hotel in Oxfordshire converts nearby office building into 22 bedrooms to handle demand


Increasing demand from corporate and tourism clients has prompted an Oxfordshire hotel to convert a nearby office building to create 22 additional rooms.

The Oxford Witney Hotel just off the A40 is managed by Focus Hotels Management Ltd and underwent major refurbishment in 2018.

The hotel has now created 22 additional bedrooms by converting a former office building next door, bringing the total number of rooms at the property to 115.

Extensive conversion and refurbishment work took place between August and December last year.

Under-used meeting rooms have also been transformed into six new rooms, following a ground-floor refurbishment which saw the brasserie restaurant updated and a new conservatory created.

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The hotel also has a gym and swimming pool along with spa bath, steam room, and sauna.

Focus Hotels managing director Alun Edwards said: “The offices belonged to the previous owners and had been left empty for years.

“With year-round demand from corporate clients and the many leisure groups that want to come to Oxfordshire, we decided it was time to increase the capacity and move the business forward.”

Oxford Witney Hotel general manager Rafael Gonzalez said: “We are just off the A40 at Witney – with Oxford city centre, the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and the popular Bicester Village retail centre within easy driving distance – so there is strong demand from tourists and business people.”

Focus Hotel Management is a independent hospitality management company with a portfolio of 15 hotels open, under development and in planning totalling 1,948 bedrooms.

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