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The Head of the River

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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of The Head of the River

The Head of the River

4 out of 5

4.2/5 Very good

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Bar
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
Folly Bridge, St. Aldates, Oxford, England, OX1 4LB

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationUniversity of Oxford3 min walk
  • Popular LocationUniversity Church of St Mary the Virgin12 min walk
  • Popular LocationOxford Castle12 min walk
  • AirportOxford (OXF)14 min drive

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About this area


Located in Oxford's Oxford City Centre neighbourhood, The Head of the River is in the city centre and on the waterfront. New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's notable landmarks include Oxford Castle and Bridge of Sighs. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Oxford Ice Rink or Iffley Road Track.

What's nearby

  • University of Oxford - 3 min walk
  • Tom Tower - 5 min walk
  • Christ Church College - 5 min walk
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin - 12 min walk
  • Oxford Castle - 12 min walk

Getting around

  • Oxford Station - 17 min walk
  • Oxford (OXF) - 14 min drive


  • The Head of the River — 1 min walk
  • G&D’s - 5 min walk
  • Old Tom - 6 min walk
  • The Bear - 8 min walk
  • Formosan Tea Bar - 8 min walk

About this property

The Head of the River

Rivewalk Oxford inn in Oxford City Centre, walk to University of Oxford
This smoke-free inn features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a garden. WiFi in public areas is free. All 20 rooms offer free WiFi, espresso makers and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Free bottled water, hairdryers and showers are among the other amenities that guests will find.
The Head of the River offers 20 forms of accommodation with espresso makers and complimentary bottles of water. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels.

Bathrooms include a shower, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. This Oxford inn provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available

Food and drink

  • English breakfast available for a fee daily 8 AM–11 AM: GBP 11.5 per person
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower


  • Digital channels
  • Flat-screen TV

Food and drink

  • Espresso maker
  • Free bottled water


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Phone

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 9:30 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from June 1 2021 to October 1 2021 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for English breakfast: GBP 11.5 per person (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No on-site parking is available
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Property is also known as

Head River
Head River Inn
Head River Inn Oxford
Head River Oxford
Head Of The River Hotel Oxford
The Head of the River Inn
The Head of the River Oxford
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Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 181 out of 413 reviews
5 - Excellent 44%
Rating 4 - Good. 165 out of 413 reviews
4 - Good 40%
Rating 3 - Okay. 41 out of 413 reviews
3 - Okay 10%
Rating 2 - Poor. 22 out of 413 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 413 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Character driven, quirky and clean with some really nice higher end touches in the rooms. Great location to town & breakfast freshly made to order every morning. Hotel staff were friendly and accommodating. Stayed during the July heatwave so fully understand this is exceptional weather for every hotel/amenities to deal with, however we stayed in a top floor room facing the river, with the sun setting in our room and the heat was UNBEARABLE. We were given 3 fans & buckets of ice, as we’d wake up in the morning and the drinking water would be warm. Unfortunately this did spoil our stay, as the very comfortable room never felt comfortable. We would shower and be sweating in seconds. Like I say, I appreciate this was during a heatwave, but I can imagine the rooms would be stuffy even in 10° less heat. I would recommend this hotel though and we loved Oxford and all the city had to offer!
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2021

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Staff were very nice and helpful
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2021

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Lively pub with good facilities, good wine and food selection and efficient staff.
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 1 night in Jun 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Location and food was great. And good service. Entering the property was not so good due to the one way system.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2021