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Historical Traveler Reviews River Hotel Oxford
Wish i,d read the reviews before staying there
well from the start this was a no no - 90 quid....for 1 nights stay..
(said in a very Peter Kay style)
The smell as we walked in was awful. The propriater was very abrupt with us....the room was awful, net curtains were ripped to shreds, some of the rips had been very poorly mended.
a realy scruffy looking bath mat was placed between the beds...the hot water tap was very stiff and took us ages to get the water to work...
The cleaner walked into the room while we were still in bed.....hours before the checkout time...
on the plus side, parking, very near town, and a more friendlier member of staff was happy to look after my luggage, as i wasn,t leaving till the afternoon...
and check out the little cafe across the road....fantastic bacon butties and lovely freindly staff....
Central but certainly not great.....
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.
Like something off Craggy Island...
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).
We made our excuses and left. Ok, so we lost our deposit, but it was worth it! We moved on to the Cotswold Lodge Hotel and had a fantastic weekend.
1; we do not have plywood furniture but matching pine in all the bedrooms
2: All of our bathrooms have a steel bath with an overhead shower, there are no cubicles.
3. There is no 1970s wallpaper, refurbishment of rooms has been ongoing for many years since 1970
4 The tourist board and AA would not award their gradings each year if not to their specifications
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.
It was an experience and to be honest I stayed in the hotel as little as possible. It has that decayed, dead smell about it which does not make you want to stay longer than you have to or need to. Food was passable, though the staff were friendly enough.
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.
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