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River Hotel

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17 Botley road | Oxford City by River Thames, Oxford OX2 0AA, England
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River Hotel
Ranked #26 of 43 hotels in Oxford
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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37 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After all this reviews I thought to come in a terrible house, but it was a big surprise. The rooms are small but nice, clean and we had a vie to the river, the beds are a little bit old, but for one night OK. The way to the city center is great!! 8 minutes walk, the parking spaces are... More

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Bremnes, Hordaland, Norway
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The River Hotel could not have been better. It was near the train station and not far from town. The staff are so friendly and helpful and are always on hand to help. Breakfast was delicious and the choice of offerings was plentiful and served in an elegant dining room. The surrounding scenery was lovely. The bed was roomy and... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit. Both times we have had a very comfortable stay. The hotel is lower end budget so dont expect The Randolph standard but for the price this place is superb. Both times we asked if we could leave our car for the day on our day of departure and they said yes. We only book this... More

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Miami, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This property would probably have gotten an extra star, had we stayed in the hotel proper. To be fair, she repeated, "I can give you a room in the annex across the street." I took the second time as a warning, and it was. The hotel itself is small, in an attractive older building on the banks of a branch... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I needed a modest and comfortable place to stay and found it here: the room was good and quiet and the staff were pleasant. I quite enjoy taking tea outside and it's pleasant next to the river. Being close by the train is quite convenient when you're pressed for time.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The staff were friendly and helpful but I would recommend calling ahead if your check out times or daily plans start early so you can discuss arrangements. We had to check out before the office was manned so I could not inform the owner of some of the issues, I am sure if I had, action would have been taken... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Nice hotel, very good breakfast, pleasant, friendly staff. Very relaxed and cozy place to stay. Our room was fine, nice view. The hotel is located close to the Thames, very convenient, because we were walking the Thames path. River Hotel is also close to Oxford Centre.

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wsm, owner of business not property at River Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for posting your review, being on 'The Thames Path' we are in a good location to welcome walkers as well as visiting Oxford and attractions More

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We (a group of six) used this hotel for an overnight stop during a 155 mile river Thames canoe expedition from Cricklade to London. Firstly a note for any people who need easy access to the River Thames with canoes or boats do not assume this hotel is perfectly positioned. If you look on Google street-view it appears that their... More

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wsm, owner of business not property at River Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for giving your time to send a review, The owner and staff appreciate your comments. This was a 3rd party booking made by your leaderr for six occupants, with six canoes, sharing three twin-bedded full en-suite rooms at £50.00 per person including English breakfast and 20% VAT. It is our policy, where possible, for each occupant to receive... More

Bedford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I tried to book a room at this hotel and I'm absolutely disgusted by the receptions attitude! The lady did not want to help in the slightest. Very unprofessional. I wouldn't suggest trying to book this hotel - go elsewhere.

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Palermo, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The Hotel is small and cosy. People who work there are nice and helpfull. They let guests feeling as at home. Many foreign languages are spoken, as Italian, French and German. Breakfast is good and generous, and fish (ie traditional smoke kipper) is also served. WI-FI access is free and works well. I can suggest it.

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wsm, owner of business not property at River Hotel, responded to this review

The Hotel team wish to thank you for posting your review, As an independent Hotel we very much appreciate the trtipadvisor reviews for the benefit of future customers. Trusting that you will find the time to spend more time in Oxford and the River Hotel More

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Address: 17 Botley road | Oxford City by River Thames, Oxford OX2 0AA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — River Hotel 2*
Also Known As:
River Hotel Oxford

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#4 Best Value Hotel in Oxford
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Long established local business in a good location by the River Thames at Osney bridge. Walking distance to city, colleges and venues, Oxford rail and bus stations, one of nearest to Said Business School and Kings Centre. Small hotel friendly service and value, all rooms with own bath with shower head and toilet, TV, clock radio and free tea/coffee tray. Residents bar/lounge, Free car park on site, Free wifi on site. VisitBritain **Metro grading awarded since 2007-free breakfast service. Registered residents have 24-hour access. Oxford College owned property, originally 1870s master-builder's home. ... more   less 
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