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The Head of the River

4.0 of 5 Folly Bridge | St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 4LB, England
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Swanley, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed here for the night after having a fun shopping day at Bicester Village. The hotel has a few parking spaces and if you upgrade your room you get one which is worth it because it's very expensive to park in Oxford The bar itself is very welcoming and had a lovely open fire going which made it look so... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We often stay in Oxford, and having already spotted The Head of the River, we were looking forward to our overnight stay. The pub/hotel is in a wonderful location and the rooms are imaginatively and creatively decorated. Breakfast came in the price, and portions were generous. However, the negatives far outweigh the positives: * The room was tiny - really,... More 

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night on a spur of the moment get away. We called to reserve a parking space as their website suggested and this was organised for us. The pub itself is lovely and homely and it's position on the river is great. A ten minute amble takes you right into the centre of Oxford. We had... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Stayed here for one night whilst visiting Oxford for work. The room was on the top floor and looked quite cool. The floor was really creaky and was sure to be disturbing people below. The bathroom was in need of some work, tiles were a bit mouldy in the corners and the bath panel was cracked. The shower/bath dripped all... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The saving grace for this stay was the staff and their attitude. They were great. But: The advertised trip advisor 10% wasn't honoured. The shower in the room was broken and very noisy like there was an air leak in the system. There was no tea or coffee facility in the room which is bonkers for somewhere charging £130 a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in September. Loved the hotel/pub. Claudia and the rest of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Although our room was not on the river side, it was very comfortable, clean, and quiet. The included breakfast was fabulous. Sitting on the patio having a beer in the afternoon following a day of... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Me & my partner stayed for a night in the Lawrence of Arabia room which was £140 a night the room was small very tired and dated and dark also very noisy at night with no tea coffee facilities just a bottle of water and a bottle of old beer the carpet was like waking on bamboo and the bed... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The hotel was in a great location. The pub was rustic. Our room was cosy fresh bathroom. Bed was so comfortable! The staff were great, the manager was charming and anya a polish girl gave lent us her own iron as the others were in use. Room service very efficient. Didn't stay for dinner but menu looked delicious. Breakfast was... More 

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Wincanton, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Our family stayed here last Saturday. For the cost it should have been better. Staff were fine and friendly but the whole place is a bit run down; the furniture well past the sell-by date. AND no tea-making facilities in the bedrooms. Staff told me that this has been a constant complaint for years...so why on earth don't the owners... More 

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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

We stopped at The Head of the River for two nights to explore the city of Oxford and see the haunts of Inspector Morse & Lewis. This was the perfect location at the side of the Thames and next to Christchurch Meadows. Just a short walk into the centre, perfect location. Parked on site and booked a superior room, very... More 

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Address: Folly Bridge | St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 4LB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Head of the River 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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