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The Head of the River

4-star4 stars
Folly BridgeSt. Aldates, OxfordEnglandOX1 4LBUnited Kingdom, 0203 684 4828

4-star inn with restaurant, near Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi
Very Good8.4
  • very interesting town, nice old hotel on river with efficient staff.London prices so…May 18, 2018
  • The room was freezing, for some reason the outside windows are permanently open resulting…Mar 1, 2018
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The Head of the River

Hotel Info: 0203 684 4828

from £103
  • Comfy Room
  • Indulgence Room
  • Cosy Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 20 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM until 11 PM
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
  • English breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • 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 specialises in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

The Head of the River’s small print

Also known as

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

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

English breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 11.5 per person (approximately)

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


  • Heart of Oxford
  • University of Oxford (20-minute walk)
  • 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)

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
  • On-site parking not available

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 166 reviews

The Head of the River
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
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
Gorgeous room, really friendly staff, very good breakfast and great location!
Jacqui, gb1 night business trip
The Head of the River
Treat yourself
Lovely bed, delicious breakfast, and gorgeous water views. I would definitely stay again.
Matthew, gb1 night romance trip
The Head of the River
Very Good8.0
Great Location if You Don't Mind the Service
I had fond memories of this hotel from six years ago and during this visit, it was clear that the hotel and lodge had an upgrade. In regards to service, Jamie (the manager) was AWESOME! Additionally, our server from the evening was great, but the morning breakfast service was terrible. The morning manager was too interested in cutting a cake and taking pictures of food to ensure that we were actually waited upon. The room was incredibly comfortable. Note there is no bath, only a shower. The location is just on the outskirts of the city centre, which makes parking easy. However, you might want to upgrade to a superior room in order to ensure on site parking.
Alexandra, gb1 night romance trip

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