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The Head of the River - Oxford

4-star4 stars
Folly BridgeSt. Aldates, OxfordEnglandOX1 4LBUnited Kingdom, 6823 2342

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi
Very Good8.4
  • Rooms with exposed brick detail was lovely. Enjoyed our very brief stay over Christmas…Dec 30, 2016
  • very interesting town, nice old hotel on river with efficient staff.London prices so…May 18, 2018
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The Head of the River - Oxford

Hotel Info: 6823 2342

from S$154
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 20 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM
Guests who are driving should contact the hotel in advance for advice on parking. Complimentary on-site parking is available only for guests staying in Superior Rooms. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • English breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Garden

In the room

Home comforts
  • Espresso maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


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

The Head of the River - Oxford’s small print

Also known as

  • Head River
  • Head River Inn
  • Head River Inn Oxford
  • Head River Oxford
  • Head Of The River Hotel Oxford


Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 5 rooms. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

English breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 11.5 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Head of the River - Oxford


  • Heart of Oxford
  • University of Oxford - 20 min walk
  • Christ Church College - 5 min walk
  • Covered Market - 11 min walk
  • Exeter College - 12 min walk
  • Radcliffe Camera - 12 min walk
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin - 12 min walk
  • Ashmolean Museum - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) - 18 min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 59 min drive
  • Oxford Station - 17 min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station - 14 min drive
  • Oxford Islip Station - 18 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 165 reviews

The Head of the River - Oxford
Very Good8.0
Head of the River Stay
The location was beautiful however, there was constant noise from the bar/pub below our room. People were around as early as 8 am and as late as 1 am making a lot of noise. Also, the staff were not very welcoming during our stay.
Jennifer, us1 night trip
The Head of the River - Oxford
Very Good8.0
Lovely short stay
Location excellent. Super clean. Room 21 lovely and tiny. (cozy), Great shower. Great election of hot breakfast. Stayed during the week, which is probably preferable, as the windows overlook the river and the outside patio. (which in nicer weather, weekends, the noise would be not ideal for trying to sleep.)
A Traveller, ca2 night trip
The Head of the River - Oxford
Special Place
It was charming. I would recommend it.
Gary, us1 night trip
The Head of the River - Oxford
Nice hotel, good location, shame about the windows
The room was freezing, for some reason the outside windows are permanently open resulting in a very cold draft coming through the inner window.
Penny, gb1 night trip
The Head of the River - Oxford
Very Good8.0
A little attention to detail needed.
Comfy pub/hotel - service was very good, parking is dependant on having a superior room at £20-00 extra (not mentioned at time of booking). Room was quirky but ill thought out in places, watching TV from the bed meant the bright overhead light was dazzling. Bathroom had mouldy grout on tiles and remnants of building dust in corners. Not sure it was worth £140-00 per night. Breakfast was good and the evening meal was very good.Not sure what extras were worth the extra for a superior room (slippers, bathrobe, neither of which used, a bottle of beer, some tea bags and a coffee machine?)
John, gb3 night trip

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