• Daily House Keeping
  • Luggage Storage
  • Wake Up Call
  • Cots Available

Free on site car parking available

The closure of Botley road at the railway bridge should not impact your stay with us.  Read more on our location page.

"Large enough to be comfortable ..
.. small enough to be friendly"

free on site car parking available

A long established, traditional, college owned property, independently run, hotel very close to Oxford city centre. With tranquil views from the restaurant at breakfast and the garden leading down to the banks of the River Thames.  We take pride in our personal service and friendly staff.

We are conveniently located 10 minute walk to the centre of Oxford, making it a convenient walk to both tourist and business needs.   We are one of the closest hotels to the Said Business School, just 100 metres from the hotel, while the King's Conference Centre is a short walk away along the River Thames towpath.

We are an easy walk to Oxford main station; an easy commute to Culham (10 mins), Radley (6 mins) Bicester Village (14 mins),  Didcot Parkway (12 mins) and Birmingham International (58 mins).  The River Hotel is outside the 2023 Oxford Zero Emission Zone.

We are within easy walking distance to the Westgate Shopping in the centre of Oxford and with car parking on site you can leave your car with us and walk to the shops, theatre, Oxford colleges and museums.

Lying on the banks of the River Thames, overlooking Osney Island Conservation area, the River Hotel is perfectly located at the start (or end) of the 'Thames Path Trail' route between Newbridge and Abingdon. There is boat mooring on the opposite side of the river.

Every morning breakfast is served in our river restaurant overlooking our garden and the River Thames. We offer a well presented table service breakfast with freshly cooked items to order and a cold buffet.  We are proud to read so many good reviews of our lovely breakfasts, while our kitchen has consistently been awarded top marks with a 'very good' rating for food hygiene; check our current  Food Hygiene Rating.

With regular bus and train connections to London, taking just one hour to Paddington or Marylebone, Oxford is an ideal tourist friendly city to be based while visiting London, as well as other heritage sights in all directions.

Visit England Accredited Hotel 

The latest assessment in May 2023 remarks , "The team continue to operate a professionally managed city hotel that offers a good standard of comfortable, well maintained accommodation for its market.
Accommodation continues to be well maintained and presented with a variety of room sizes and features. The ongoing redecoration and investment helping ensure that quality perceptions continue to be well met. New carpets in thebar/lounge/dining room, hallway, and on stairs and landings again a great enhancement and very much to be commended.
Well thought out and appointed rooms with most benefiting from well appointed en suite facilities. Guests also benefit from off road parking; a great asset in the locale. Also an honesty bar available for guests. A great central location ideal for exploring the centre of Oxford and surrounding area."

River Hotel is a well located city centre hotel with car park, providing full hotel services with the exception of dinner, within easy walking distance of a range of places to eat.  When comparing hotel gradings be aware there are marked differences between hotel classification and guest accommodation.  View our current official rating on VisitEngland RatedTrips website.

Services

Reception is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable local staff, with a happy smile offering personal service.

All rooms in the main hotel have recently been redecorated and all have en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, wifi, telephone and TV.  Some have views of the River Thames.

Car parking available for all residents, free on most room rates.  The car park is on site and has CCTV security. You are welcome to leave your car longer after check-out. 24 hour access for registered guests. Hiring a car?  Walking distance to the main car hire companies, including Hertz and Europcar (5 minute walk). 

Breakfast service is from 8am during the week, later at weekends (arrangements can be made in case of early departure) in the River Restaurant overlooking the river. Start with cereals, yoghurts and fruit from the extensive buffet, teas and coffee, followed by a cooked English breakfast with fresh ingredients prepared to order. Attention to detail is the key and a homely approach - there are a plenty of condiments to choose to ensure you enjoy the most important meal of the day.

We do not offer lunch or dinner service.  However, there are a variety of fine establishments within easy walking distance of the hotel. We do have a Residents' Bar - and a large lawn leading down to the River.

Check-out at 11am on day of departure.  Free secure left-luggage room.   Walking the Thames - we can arrange your luggage transfer in partnership with Move My Bags 

Taxi service, order in advance from reception.  Maps, guidebooks and brochures on local interests available.  

A meeting room is available for small seminars and meetings.

 Brochure

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Accessibility Statement

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Selection of Our Rooms


Family room en-suite bathroom (Room Only Non Refundable)

Family room with en-suite bathroom, including bath tub, shower, toilet and wash-basin. One queen size double bed and one standard single bed. Room only: no breakfast no car parking. Non-refundable bookings...
  • Free Wifi Available
  • Freeview
  • Daily House Keeping
  • Luggage Storage
  • Linen and Towels Provided
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities

Standard Twin Room En-suite Bathroom (Room Only Non Refundable)

Standard twin room with en-suite bathroom, including bath tub, shower, toilet and wash-basin. Two standard single beds. Room only: no breakfast no car parking. Non-refundable bookings incur a 100% cancellation...
  • Free Wifi Available
  • Freeview
  • Daily House Keeping
  • Luggage Storage
  • Linen and Towels Provided
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities

Single Occupancy room en-suite bathroom (Room Only Non Refundable)

Standard room with en-suite bathroom, including bath tub, shower, toilet and wash-basin. Standard single bed or queen size double bed. Room only: no breakfast no car parking. Non-refundable bookings incur...
  • Free Wifi Available
  • Freeview
  • Daily House Keeping
  • Luggage Storage
  • Linen and Towels Provided
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities




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Arrival / Departure

Check in: 11:00am - 9:00pm or 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Please advise planned arrival time, welcome to drop off bags at any time
Check out: 11:00am.
Please vacate your room before check-out time, bag storage is available.
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