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The Head of the River, Oxford

4-star4 stars
Folly BridgeSt. Aldates, OxfordEnglandOX1 4LBUnited Kingdom

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free breakfast and free WiFi
Very Good8.2
  • Great location, easy to find, nice, quaint view of River Thames. Helpful staff, great…Oct 14, 2017
  • Very accommodating front desk personnel. Helpful and of great assistance. Much…Sep 29, 2017
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The Head of the River, Oxford

from $144 CAD
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room
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At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 20 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
Guests who are driving should contact the hotel in advance for advice on parking. Complimentary on-site parking is available only for guests staying in Superior Rooms. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free breakfast
  • Full breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Garden

In the room

Home comforts
  • Espresso maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


The Head of the River - This pub specializes in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

The Head of the River, Oxford’s small print

Also known as

  • Head River Inn Oxford
  • Head River Inn
  • Head River Oxford
  • Head River
  • Head Of The River Hotel Oxford


Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 5 rooms. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Head of the River, Oxford


  • In Oxford City Centre
  • Christ Church College (5-minute walk)
  • Covered Market (11-minute walk)
  • Exeter College (12-minute walk)
  • Radcliffe Camera (12-minute walk)
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin (12-minute walk)
  • Ashmolean Museum (14-minute walk)
  • Sheldonian Theatre (14-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Oxford (OXF) 18-min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) 59-min drive
  • Oxford Station 17-min walk
  • Abingdon Radley Station 14-min drive
  • Oxford Islip Station 18-min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 168 reviews

The Head of the River, Oxford
Very Good8.0
Great Experience at Head of the River!
Just stayed for one night but it was so convenient to see the colleges and even though it cost extra to park it was well worth it. All staff were very helpful and courteous.
Janeice, ca1 night romance trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Very Good8.0
A little attention to detail needed.
Comfy pub/hotel - service was very good, parking is dependant on having a superior room at £20-00 extra (not mentioned at time of booking). Room was quirky but ill thought out in places, watching TV from the bed meant the bright overhead light was dazzling. Bathroom had mouldy grout on tiles and remnants of building dust in corners. Not sure it was worth £140-00 per night. Breakfast was good and the evening meal was very good.Not sure what extras were worth the extra for a superior room (slippers, bathrobe, neither of which used, a bottle of beer, some tea bags and a coffee machine?)
John, gb3 night trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Overall great room
Food was really good, they didn’t charge extra for Room service and the breakfast selection was excellent! Nespresso machine in the room and a free bottle of beer was a nice touch. Only issues were squashed spiders in the blinds and the lighting was a bit low
S D, gb3 night business trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Gorgeous room, really friendly staff, very good breakfast and great location!
Jacqui, gb1 night business trip
The Head of the River, Oxford
Very Good8.0
Great stay
We had a wonderful stay at the Head of the River, it is very well located with most of the sites within very easy walking distance. We also would want to recognize both Ben and Joe, these two chaps made us feel very welcome and were always ready to assist us with any concerns or questions we may have had during our stay. I also highly suggest that other guests spend some time sampling the various beers/ales they have on tap at the restaurant, pretty good stuff. Suffice to say we'd be very happy to choose this hotel should we find ourselves in Oxford in the near future. Cheers!
DALE, ph1 night romance trip

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