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The Head of the River
Ranked #15 of 81 Oxford B&B and Inns
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31 reviews
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“Great location in the right weather”
Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We visited oxford for the night and chose the hotel due to its location next it the river and also the proximity to the city centre.
The room we stayed in was very pleasantly decorated and was very clean and modern. The bed was big and comfortable.
We would have loved to have sat outside for some drinks but unfortunately it rained for the duration of our stay.
Staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Would definitely recommend and will stay again if we visit oxford in the future

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

The deco in our room was nice and stylish. Toiletries smelt great. The view was not great but we didn't spend a lot of time in the room so it wasn't a problem for us. It was very close to the town, although we had a car, instead of driving, we walked around the city to the tourist spots. Bed was comfortable. Romantic lighting.

The only downside is there was no elevator, but we were given a room on the 3rd floor. Be prepared to travel light.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Hotel rooms are lovely! Could do with a fridge! Terrace on a weekend is extremely busy so it is very hard to get seated however it makes for a lively fun atmosphere. The manager was very helpful and friendly and sorted out our parking issue(thanks again!) breakfast was good and made even better by Ben who greeted us with a big smile despite his long shift the day before. He was very attentive to all guests breakfast requirements. Maybe due to nice weather it would have been nice to have breakfast on the terrace. All round good weekend. Thank you! We would stay again.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Despite the excellent location, this is a really poor choice for a traveller. Grossly overpriced for poor facilities: No chance of a pull-out mattress for my eldest son who was paying full price with me for a double room at 190 sterling for the night. No parking (only five spaces available if booked before hand). The worst aspect of the stay, however, was the dismissive and disinterested service: shocking, in fact...checkout took an inexplicable 20 minutes and I was ignored by three members of staff.The impression was that the staff hated their job, and perhaps they did, certainly one fellow seemed to have started work the morning before, was still working late the evening before and was on breakfast service at 8:30. Breakfast, too, was very slow. room was clean although air-ventilator in bathroom didn't work...Steer well clear unless desperate.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We booked for lunch on bank holiday Monday and couldn't find anyone to show us our table, so guessed. The pub and outside area were all heaving (as you'd expect on bank holiday), but there were only 2 bar staff on. Needless to say, there was a massive queue for the bar (up to 30 people in line).

Table service was none existent so had to re join 30 deep bar queue. Food waiting time was 40 mins so we ordered starters too.

Starters took 45 mins to come (Brie and a charcuterie board).
After 1 hour 10mins with no mains, I complained at the bar. Apparently the waiting staff had failed to tell the kitchen we wanted our mains (because they hadn't cleared our starters). They did refund us a bit of money, but took a further 25 mins for food to come.

After the best part of 1.5 hours, we were expecting big things, but were greeted with dry fish& chewy burgers. We were also only give 8 out of 9 meals and had to complain again to get the 9th meal (10 mins later)

Pub location is brilliant and beer choice is good but would avoid the food and don't touch with a barge pole when it's busy!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

The Head of the River was a fantastic choice for myself and my husband.
it is a few minutes walk away from the centre of oxford and all the colleges and attractions that oxford brings.
The hotel was clean and tidy. The rooms were also neat and clean.
The staff were very amicable and went out of their way to be helpful.
breakfast was in the hotels bar area which was a first for both myself and my husband.
we had a very enjoyable long weekend.
The only down side of our stay was the bed it was very high and noisy but this was the only downside.
Iwould recommend this hotel but not for small children or babies as the rooms are above the pub.
saying that there was no noise from the pub below.

Room Tip: rooms with views over the river are splendid but the geese are quite noisy .
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed overnight on Good Friday. Great location for Oxford sightseeing but thats about it.
After checking in, we found no tea or coffee facilities in the room so went to the bar to order one, to be told the coffee machine was broken and they couldn't make tea or coffee.
The bar area wasn't that clean, and the stained cushions on the chars were not fit for a dog.
£200 per night with no chance of a hot drink, and with a pint of London Pride at £3.96 this place knows how not to get repeat custom.

Room Tip: Superior room had a view over the river, but you pay a premium for it.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Head of the River
Address: Folly Bridge | St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 4LB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #15 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Head of the River 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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