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“Friendly, convenient and comfortable place to stay in Oxford.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of River Hotel

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River Hotel
Ranked #24 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Staffordshire
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3 reviews
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“Friendly, convenient and comfortable place to stay in Oxford.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We have often stayed here over the last four years and it has always been a really pleasant experience. The staff are very friendly and the rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfasts are very good with an excellent choice, served in the breakfast room which has views out to the river. It is very close to the station, is only a ten minute walk into the town centre, and also offers parking at the back. It is not a fancy luxury hotel but it is very good value and in a very convenient location.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

I couldn't get into the nicer hotels since they were booked so took a gamble and stayed here. Price was very inexpensive and reviews were mixed. I am glad to say that although the room was sparsely furnished and simple and the bathroom small, it was clean and comfortable with no surprises. We did not have breakfast even though it was included in the room rate since we were having breakfast at the university. We did have coffee in the breakfast room which was good and the breakfast room was very nice. I would recommend to others looking for an inexpensive alternative in Oxford. I would also note it is a 10 minute walk into the center of town so very convenient and two minutes from the train station (which is how we arrived from London).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

We had a good stay at River Hotel. The location is ideal for visiting Oxford, and very close to the train station for those coming by train. The rooms are nothing special, but they are clean and comfortable. Breakfast was good, and the owner/manager and staff were friendly. If you are looking for somewhere clean, close to the train station and city center with good breakfast, River Hotel is the place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Travelling to Oxford is a big experience in itself. Staying at the River Hotel just adds more to it. While it is an older hotel, built in the 1870s, its location is ideal for exploring Oxford and perfect if you are travelling by car. If you are looking for modern decor, this will not be the place for you. However if you are wanting to be able to sit by the River Thames to eat an evening picnic and chat to canal boaters as they moor, walk anywhere in Oxford, enjoy a wholesome breakfast with thoughtful service, and clean, adequate (if not luxurious) rooms then you will find that the River Hotel will meet your needs. Its age and character just add to the total Oxford experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Urmston, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very very old fashioned. Back to the 70's. Not surprised there were not many guests. The place was very clean, and the breakfast was good. Two ladies working there were very nice. Unfortunately the person that ran the place. (Managed) was very racist and degrading in her remarks about Oxford and other Restaurants/Hotels. We were quite appalled with her attitude.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you want to drive to Oxford, be able to park your car at your reasonably priced hotel and still be able to walk into the centre of the city in 10 minutes, then this is the hotel for you.
Ok it is a bit tired and could do with a bit of tarting up but the staff were helpful, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was good (nice deep bath with bottles of Radox to relax in after a day traipsing round the museums & colleges) and a very pleasant breakfast to set you up for the day.
It is a great base for a trip to one of the most interesting cities I have visited.
It's in a great position, next to the river and we never heard a thing at night.
We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

Room Tip: We had a room at the back overlooking the car park, not a great view but very quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Hotel

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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