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4.0 out of 5

"This place was lovely, warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Great staff, great food, great location, great views, and great value! " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 20 Mar 2018

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Hotel Description

The Head of the River puts you in the heart of Oxford, within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like Christ Church College and Covered Market. Highlights at this inn include a restaurant and in-room free WiFi.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and all 20 rooms feature espresso makers, free bottled water and hairdryers. Phones and free toiletries are also available.

The Head of the River serves British cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. At the inn's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas and a garden. English breakfast is available daily between 8 AM and 11 AM.

Within a 15-minute walk of this 4-star Oxford City Centre inn, attractions include Exeter College and University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

Comfy Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$143* Per night/room 5 Jan. - 6 Jan.

Indulgence Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Cosy Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Head of the River ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Head of the River

Everyone (2) Couples (1)
4 out of 5
Mattress too soft. Otherwise bedroom excellent. Very nice breakfast included.

Posted by on 20 Sep. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

22 Sep. 2019 by Ash

Thank you for your kind review. I will give our designer your feedback on the mattress, and I hope we can welcome you for another visit in the not too distant future.

5 out of 5

Lovely hotel in Oxford

This place was lovely, warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Great staff, great food, great location, great views, and great value!

Posted by , from Australia on 20 Mar. 2018

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3 out of 5

Great location

Unfortunately the hotel lacks any management direction I own hotel and accom !! staff no uniforms no direction Bad reception counter dirty outside this just needs a good manager would I stay there again Yes !

Posted by , from australia on 20 Aug. 2016

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About the The Head of the River

Location Folly Bridge, Oxford, England OX1 4LB

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. This 4-star Oxford inn is smoke free.

  • 20 guestrooms or units
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: London (LHR-Heathrow) (78.1 km / 48.5 mi)
  • Train station: Oxford Station (1.4 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

The Head of the River offers 20 forms of accommodation with espresso makers and complimentary bottles of water. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include a shower, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. This Oxford inn provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Espresso maker
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a English breakfast daily from 8 AM to 11 AM.

The Head of the River – This pub specialises in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No on-site parking is available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Debit cards


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for English breakfast: GBP 11.5 per person (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Head River
  • Head River Inn
  • Head River Inn Oxford
  • Head River Oxford
  • Head Of The River Hotel Oxford
  • The Head of the River Inn
  • The Head of the River Oxford
  • The Head of the River Inn Oxford
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.