Mollie’s Motel & Diner — Nr. Oxford
Mollie’s is a relatively new place (it had been open for a couple of weeks when we visited) and it’s based on the motel/diner combo from the US, channeling as much Americana as possible in its aesthetic but slightly adapted to suit the British market.
We absolutely loved it and can’t wait for more to pop-up around the country.
We stayed in the motel and ate in the diner for our evening meal and breakfast on the following morning. All in all with the meals our stay cost around £100 which we thought was great value. We should note that there was an opening offer of £50 per night, but I think at full price it’s £75.
The motel is a welcome and refreshing change to budget hotels (of which we are INCREDIBLY familiar) because:
— it’s beautiful. The materials and quality of finishes are much more high-end than we’ve encountered in the competitors offerings - slate in the bathrooms, intelligent lighting design and our favourite of all, a colour palette that doesn’t offend our eyes. The mint green walls and warmth of the wood panelling channels a Scandinavian influence and we really liked what we saw.
— it’s considered. The layout made sense to us and no space was redundant; the sink sits in the worktop opposite the bathroom instead of inside it so we can use both simultaneously and that long corridor bit of unused floor space that we usually encounter is utilised. Shelving and a clothes rail is tucked neatly behind a panel so that all of our belongings were stored safely but remained out of sight. There is a table with not one but two chairs… we usually take it in turns to use the desk because often they only come with one chair and we have to work somehow! Problem solved at Mollie’s.
— it’s genuinely affordable. Whilst we don’t really like to compare things it’s difficult in this case not to. Our budget hotel of choice is Premier Inn because they just always feel a bit more premium to the Travelodge hotels and trust us we’ve stayed in plenty so our opinion is well researched. We attempted a direct comparison by totting-up similar menu items (our average nightly spend on the room of Premier Inn on this trip was £25 so half the price of Mollie’s) and they both came out pretty much the same, only we enjoyed Mollie’s much more because we felt more comfortable in our surroundings.
Of course the best test of accommodation is in the sleeping and we certainly managed that. The beds are Hypnos, about 30 miles wide (slight exaggeration but they’re huge!) and dressed in Egyptian cotton.
In the common area of the motel is a living room, large bench-style workspace and reception counter which houses the General Store where we could purchase items that we missed (toothpaste, tights etc) as well as access complimentary tea and coffee.
All the room keys are app-based but there were members of staff around if we wanted to ask a real-life person.
Our meals at Mollie’s diner were both ace and good value for money - the breakfast menu especially. We enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere and the staff were all really great and seemed to communicate with one-another really well. As with most places that have just opened we’d expect a few teething problems and to be honest we didn’t experience any ourselves.
All in all a brilliant experience that lived up to (and exceeded) our expectations. We had really hoped that Mollie’s would satisfy our desire for somewhere clean, safe and affordable to stay whilst also looking good (yes that’s important to us and we don’t mind saying so) and it 100% delivered for us.
Visit the Mollie’s website here.