Travel Blogs from Oxford
... stuff I want to keep and realise there is a lot of **** I need to shift! So I gave up, and went down the pub. On Saturday evening, I headed down to a pub near the Oracle shopping centre where a few guys were out to celebrate a colleague's birthday. I didn't realise however that the group would eventually be about three dozen, and this provided a great opportunity to catch up, with many people for the final time this year (in March!!!). Having dressed smartly but not expected ...
Good nights sleep on nice soft bed. Got to chipping Camden at 09.30 very"hazy" and overcast, weather got better as day progressed and the afternoon was glorious. No cows but plenty of horses, came across two leaning on a gate waiting for me to open it, didn't fancy being trampled so it was over the gate for me. Loads of lambs that look like there at least a week old. 18 miles, 2500 ft of ...
I want to share with you an example of how rich Oxford is in e.g. it's services and what important lessons I learned from them:
The university's career service offers daily multiple workshops, coaching sessions, Q&As and section specific job fairs or topic specific information hours. All great quality and often free.
Today there was a workshop in the framework of an ongoing series of ...
... it in the morning. In the moonlight I encountered a moving medium black shape in my back garden. To my surprise it was no a cat, but a large rabbit. After giving up slowly chasing the rabbit around, the rabbit came up to me by itself, interested in smelling my pants. I can't remember the last time that I stroked a rabbit, and it's been a long time since a stroked anything at all. This short friendly encounter was the cherry on an already great day in Oxford.
... apple and a chocolate biscuit from our morning coffee tray, strolled back to Keble and had a peaceful hour with my photos before Gray got in.
At 7pm we wandered down the road to the scene of our pub dinner last night, and found very much nicer barstaff on duty and willing to sell us a bottle of wine to take to Gossy's house, where we were headed for dinner. It was simply handed over naked, and so we sat on the bus feeling like a pair of old hoboes off to drink our Old Brown ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews River Hotel Oxford
well from the start this was a no no - 90 quid....for 1 nights stay..
We were just looking for one night stay in Oxford and wanted to be close to the City for an evening out. The hotel met this criteria, not a long walk into town and we were only there one night so were hardly in the room, thank goodness. We were in the annex across the street from the main hotel, the general decor was dated, looked like student accomodation when you walk through the door. The room was poor, looked, smelt and felt stale and dirty, the wallpaper was raised in places and curtains looked dirty. The staff were friendly enough and breakfast (bacon, eggs and sausage) was ok. It also had ample parking which was useful for a central location and they were happy for us to leave our car there the next day if we wanted to go back into Oxford centre. In summary, avoid if you can but if for one night then it's central and it's an excuse to stay out in the bars and restaurants!!
Disgraceful - dogpit
We were booked into the hotel for a surprise birthday party. All 6 of us decided to find another hotel as the rooms were all old, cold & smelly that would not have been out of place in the Burbs. Careful when giving your credit card details to this lot as they will take the full amount whatever you agreed with them. Just don't stay at the River Hotel, its certainly not cheap and definately not cheerful.
web-site to my attention as they look upon the comments as out of character for the business as known, offered to a wide range of clients along with many return visits. The web-site decribes what we offer, we do not have bedrooms shown as they are not all stereotype by virtue of the building but all offer the same furnishings and facilities.
Very friendly atmosphere
We stayed here while we were moving house within Oxford, so we didn't have a typical tourist view, but we did like this hotel. Rather scruffy room, but a huge cooked breakfast served with friendly smiles in a pleasant dining-room overlooking the river, and spare bread donated to our small daughter to feed the ducks with.
If you're looking to recreate the decor of the sitcom "Father Ted", you could do worse than to look here for inspiration. Gaudy 70's wallpaper, stained curtains that don't cover the windows, damp walls, dusty old plywood furniture, creaking floorboards, it's all here. Then there's the unidentifiable odours, the threadbare bed linen, the enormous gap at the bottom of the door and the metal toolshed in the bathroom (a.k.a. a shower cubicle).
Absolutely terrible. Rooms were a disgrace and not worthy of even a 1 star rating. Never again
Having been born in Oxford many moons ago, this was a kind of homecoming for me and my family. I never really put much importance on a hotel and would only consider it as a base from which to visit the locale. If its got a good shower, then its fine by me - It didn't!! It was a dreadful place but then we should have known from their website which featured only images of the Isis river and the outer facade of the hotel - no interior shots. There was a horrible musty smell, the furniture looked like the kind of stuff a self respecting car boot sale would reject and as for the bathroom....It was a partitioned area of the room with no windows no extraction of any sort and certainly no ventilation. There was an instruction card over the shower showing what way to angle the shower head, adjust the knob, twiddle the switch, etc.
This was a more than serviceable accomodation for my teenage daughter and myself. Ensuite bath facilities were a bit dinky but very clean. Lovely breakfast room with a view of the Thames. The High Street and University are within reasonable walking distance. The train station and river paths are almost directly outside the door. Very nice for the rates.