Travel Blogs from Oxford
(Photos to follow in a couple of days) We woke to beautiful sunshine and gusty winds, perfect fall weather. After breakfast on board the couples split up for the morning, each going our own ways prior to meeting for lunch. Jackie & I did the market square, a warren of shops inside and outside, where we found a tea and coffee shop. Loose teas in large tin jars and blended coffees from all over the world. We bought some Ethiopian pea berry ...
(Photos to follow in a couple of days) The week on the river started with all of us not having very good nights sleep. The pallets on the berths had 1/4" foam on top and there was no heat on board. We were all blearily eyed over our morning porridge. Then we pointed Elegance up river for Oxford. Multiple locks encountered led to some interesting experiences, including the boat ...
... Shakespeare. Tonight a welcome reception and light informal meal. Hotel: Alveston Manor Saw some very old wonderful architecture in Oxford as per pictures. Lots of academics about for a Sunday. Just escaped a bit of rain and now off to Stratford. Visited Shakespeare's birth place and house born in. Had Tour Welcome dinner and early night. Last picture is the hotel Alveston Manor in Stratford-on-Avon for our overnight stay, pretty flash. Owned by ...
... performance from the final ceremony, and they really liked it. All the Oriel people told me what a great song it was, and Nancy even came over and thanked me for taking the time to work with the students. She said that in talking with the a cappella kids, they had nothing but good things to say about me, and that she could tell our group had been a really positive experience for them, and I was the root of that. Aww shucks! :)
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... died. I was so annoyed and a little distraught that I’m afraid I didn’t do this lovely little place justice.
By the time we reached Chipping Camden, I had recovered a bit and become a little more philosophical. I had a stern talk to myself (internally, at least, lest others think I was totally barmy) and told myself there was no point in spoiling the whole day simply because I couldn’t snap a photo or two (or 50).
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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.