The Head of the River

Folly Bridge, St. AldatesOxfordOX1 4LBUnited Kingdom
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About The Head of the River

The Head of the River is a quintessential 4-star, Oxfordian, river-side hotel. Its 12 double smoke-free guest rooms are individually decorated and also look out across Christ Church Meadow. The hotel is also very convenient to the A34 and A423.The hotel is just .4 miles to the centre of Oxford, shops and restaurants as well as Christ Church College.

Each fully modernised en-suite room is air-conditioned and includes a flat-screen-TV and wardrobe.

Private rooms and public spaces are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Guests are also entitled to discounted passes at the nearby LA Fitness Gym.

Free breakfast is included in the price of the room. The hotel offers both a restaurant and on-site bar and lounge. Hotel guests can also use the river-side terrace/garden.

The hotel is within easy driving distance of other local Thames-side attractions including Henley-on-Thames.


Folly Bridge, St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 4LB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1865)721600 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Literary eccentricity on the Thames.

Guests were charmed by the quirky and individually decorated rooms. Many were entranced by the Thames-side proximity and pleased at the proximity to the centre of Oxford.

Very clean.

The hotel got high marks from guests on the cleanliness of rooms and bathrooms.

Friendly and obliging staff.

Guests frequently noted the high level of customer service, including room service, which cleans the rooms daily.

Negative Reviews

Overpriced and oversold.

The hotel bills itself as one of the best places to stay in Oxford, however some guests felt a little overwhelmed at the volume and busyness of the place. Some complained that it was hard to obtain service at peak times. Other guests complained that the p

No room service or free parking.

A few guests felt that this amenity should have been provided for the price. Many also expressed dismay that the rooms do not come with a mini-bar. Others also felt that the hotel should have offered more free parking.

Some rooms are a bit small.

Some guests felt that their rooms were too small or did not have a good view. More than a few guests also complained that their beds were too small.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1095 reviews across the web
7.8 /10
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7.8 out of 10 based on 1095 reviews