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4.0 out of 5

"Mattress too soft. Otherwise bedroom excellent. Very nice breakfast included. " More

By a verified traveller on Fri 20 Sep 2019

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Hotel Description

The Head of the River places you in the center of Oxford, within a short 5-minute stroll of popular places like University of Oxford and Christ Church College. Highlights at this inn include a restaurant and in-room free WiFi.

All 20 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and you can enjoy espresso makers, free bottled water, and hair dryers. Additionally, phones and free toiletries are available.

The Head of the River serves British cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. The inn's own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, 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 New Theatre Oxford and Oxford Castle.

Cosy Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$156* Per night/room 6 Dec. - 7 Dec.

Indulgence Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Comfy Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Head of the River ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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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. The Head of the River also features a terrace and a garden. This 4-star Oxford inn is smoke free.

  • 20 guestrooms or units
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Terrace
  • 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: Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Train station: Oxford Station (1.4 km / 0.9 mi)

Room Amenities

The Head of the River offers 20 accommodations with espresso makers and complimentary bottled water. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

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

Food & Drink

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

The Head of the River - This pub specializes in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 10:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 9:30 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 9:30 PM.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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

Pet Policy

  • 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 may be 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 onsite parking is available. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Contactless check-out is available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association


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.