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“excellent place to stay in Oxford” 5 of 5 bubbles
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River Hotel
Ranked #24 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Southampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“excellent place to stay in Oxford”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

My wife and i spent 2 nights at this hotel and really enjoyed our stay, right next to the river easy to get to and a 10min. walk to the centre of Oxford. though we travelled by car on the spur of the moment the Station is just opposite. If we visit Oxford again i would travel by train and hope to book this hotel again.
We tried the information place when we first got there and though helpful could not exactley find us accommodation so we were lucky to find the River Hotel with a car park otherwise you need to re-mortgage to park in Oxford, option park and ride.
Staff friendly, very clean, excellent breakfast.


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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

A very mixed review. Good points the staff were friendly without being intrusive, the breakfast was well cooked and generous, the bed was clean, the parking good (no mean feat in Oxford). Bad points. . The room was mostly clean although the Windows and curtains need a good scrub, there were blankets on the bed which isn't my favourite, there was no hot water in the morning and I found the bed uncomfortable but that is personal opinion as I do like a firm mattress. Would I stay here again, probably yes if I can't find anything else. It really just needs an update and a scrub.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ruislip, England, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Although this hotel is a little "tired" the essentials were all well catered.
We were a mature all female group - it was an ideal base from which to explore Oxford. The staff we met were all friendly and helpful.
An excellent shower and breakfast on both mornings although we found the service at breakfast a little rushed.
It was a very cold weekend following a mini hot spell when we visited in April and the heating had been turned off!! The supplementary heaters provided with each room helped but those staying in the annexe across the road were considerably warmer.... request those if you are a shivery mortal.
We loved Oxford - a great weekend!

Room Tip: Rooms in the annexe across the road appear to be warmer....
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Penny Q
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

The River Hotel is a lovely and friendly place, very English. Its location is great, a short walk away from the center of town. It has a lovely, old English feel. Our room was not big, but big enough. But what was very nice was that the Hotel has several public spaces where you can sit, relax, read, whatever you'd like. We really liked the breakfast room and service, very nice to get up to. And the proprietor, PJ, has that wry British wit we Americans love. So, I'd definitely recommend a stay at the River Hotel if you're headed to that where they have "educated leader for 800 years.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Miles R
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

On a spontaneous last minute trip to Oxford without booking any accommodation, it was a relief to find a family room vacancy at the River Hotel. The beds were incredibly comfortable, even asked for the name of the bed manufacturer! The staff were great, a real service with a smile. The breakfast was perfect with a lovely view of the river. Easy Parking at rear, easy walking distance for an evening out.
I left my boots behind and was contacted the same day with them willingly posted home to me the following day. Thank you River Hotel. Would stay there again and recommend to anyone as great value for money.

Room Tip: We had room 2 on ground floor and were not disturbed by the road outside nor other guests
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank touchtheearthj
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Within a stone's throw of the railway station (and a relatively short walk to the bus station), this place is extremely convenient. Better still, the secondary double glazing means next to zero internal noise from the relatively main road outside. I needed a very practical booking, and I got that with interest. Needing to check-in at midday, literally drop bag, and not return until after midnight, this was no problem at all. How many B&B's can accommodate that? The whole booking process was very smooth and efficient. I didn't use the car parking facility or its proximity to the Thames, but the breakfast was very good. If there was any room for improvement the mattress could probably use being replaced and the size of the room was the double-bed plus a few inches, but that didn't matter to me. All in all it vastly exceeded expectations and was decent value for money.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Knossos_C
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed overnight in the River Hotel as part of last minute weekend away. The Hotel is very close to the station and is extremely convenient for those arriving by rail. It is a proper old fashioned B&B with comfy beds and spotlessly clean rooms. The rooms themselves were also very cozy and warm wi well equipped bathrooms, comfy beds and a TV. The staff seemed very nice and e breakfast was lovely.

If you want a good value for money place for a weekend break, you really can't go wrong with this place. We couldn't fault it at all!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank danhux
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Property: River Hotel
Address: 17 Botley Road | Oxford City by River Thames, Oxford OX2 0AA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — River Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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, digital TV, radio and free tea/coffee tray. Residents bar/lounge, Free car park on site, Free wifi. VisitBritain **Metro grading awarded since 2007, free breakfast service with buffet and main meal cooked to order. 24-hour access with key. Oxford college owned property, originally 1870s master-builder's home. ... more   less 
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River Hotel Oxford

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