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Welcome to River Hotel

Address: 17 Botley Rd, Oxford, OX2 0AA

Telephone: 01865 243475 01865 243475

Hotel Description

A long established, traditional Metro Hotel very close to Oxford city centre, with a garden leading down to the banks of the River Thames. Staff take pride in personal and friendly service. Located an easy walk to the centre of Oxford, ideal for tourist, business and travel needs. Less than two minutes from Oxford main station. The River Hotel is within easy walking distance to the newly opened 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. The Said Business School is 100 metres from the hotel, while the King's Conference Centre is a short walk away along the River Thames towpath. Woodstock and Blenheim Palace are twenty minutes drive from the hotel. The hotel has twenty rooms, with single beds, double rooms, or family rooms with a double and single bed. Rooms have en-suite bathroom with overhead shower. Traditional table service breakfast with freshly cooked items to order and a buffet in our river restaurant overlooking our garden and the River Thames. Car park on site for residents only. Close to car rental companies based at the train station. Free secure left-luggage room after check-out. Make the most of your day exploring Oxford before onward travel plans. Large enough to be comfortable ... small enough to be friendly.

Our Facilities

  • Conference Facilities
  • Parking Facilities
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Family Rooms
  • City Centre Location
  • Ironing Service
  • Wifi Available
  • City Breaks

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Hotel Reviews - River Hotel

Very Pleasant
Nice room, wonderful staff, and an overall very pleasant stay

Stephen Kasputis - 4th Jul, 2018
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Visiting Oxford
Friendly and helpful. Good situation near station and river. Thankyou.

Doreen Gaisch - 28th Jun, 2018
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River Hotel Review
Excellent location for tourists. Handsome Victorian building with well-kept garden overlooking the Thames river and canal boats. Convenient walking distance (for carrying luggage) from train station, and to historic sites, churches, and museums in the city center. Adequately sized room and restroom. Sit-in restaurant, and take-out food establishment across street. Convenience store nearby. Although Botley Rd. is well trafficated, the evenings were quiet. Excellent cooked and served breakfast. Hotel staff is most helpful in guiding visitors for the most reasonable travel plans to out-of-town sites such as Blenheim Palace. Overall, I consider the River Hotel (price, location, food, staff help) a financial value. U.S.A. visitor

Ken Carpenter - 16th Jun, 2018
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Very nice! Good service.

Hans Lind - 15th Jun, 2018
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Nice To Stay At
very friendly and helpful people, good and tasty breakfast, within easy walking distance of the center, nice room

Caroline Haus - 7th Jun, 2018
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The service was very friendly and breakfast was excellent. Having on site parking was a big bonus. Rooms could do with an update.

METCALF Mr/s - 6th Jun, 2018
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A Perfect Place To Stay In Oxford
Fabulous room, great service, nice breakfast. Thank you for everything. We’ve enjoyed our stay

Suk Yee Iris Ku - 11th May, 2018
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Helpful And Friendly
Staff were most accommodating and helpful with really useful guidance on walks and things to see. Breakfast was beautifully cooked and presented and the room was clean and comfortable.

John Lacy - 10th May, 2018
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Nice Hotel, Nice Breakfast Included..
There are lots of nice things about this hotel. Excellent location; very quiet; walking distance from Thames path and city center. Tasty hot breakfast. Wonderful staff. Coffee, tea and biscuits are available in your room. On the downside, we had two problems with the rooms (the building is old and not easily changed) (1) to take a shower, you have to climb into a big tub which is awkward and somewhat slippery and (2) central heat is only on during certain hours, which means that you either roast or freeze if you are in the bed near the heater.

Catherine Cole - 3rd May, 2018
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Thank you for your kind review Catherine and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Our bathrooms include a bath tub with over bath shower; our customers can decide whether to have a bath or shower and we have had positive feedback suggesting these homely touches are often lacking in other hotels. Despite the added space the bath takes up we hope they are welcome, especially after a long walk in Oxford, or along the River Thames. The heating system is thermostatically controlled and each radiator has its own controller as well. You stayed with us during the change of seasons and although the heating can\'t be turned off completely at this time of year, there were some nights were it was probably not really necessary.

One Night In Twin Ensuite Room
An all-round lovely stay. Warm, quiet, comfy beds, lots of hot water, spotless, great advice on getting around from Reception, fabulous breakfast, friendly and welcoming. Would go back again like a flash. Thank you all for a wonderful citybreak in Oxford.

Shauna Devlin - 1st May, 2018
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Old Is Gold
Must admit I was concerned when we arrived at the car park as it seemed a little old. However we were warmly welcomed at reception and given directions to where we needed to go.

Perfect location from the centre, easy walking only 10 mins.

Room was spacious and light, with plenty of hanging space.

Only slight issue for me personally was the bed was firm but this is not a complaint.

Breakfast was served by a lovely lady, hot foods cooked to order.They remembered I was a vegetarian! Very nice

Jen Coulson - 27th Apr, 2018
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Lovely B & B
I enjoyed my 6 nights in the River Hotel. The staff are very friendly; my room was good sized for one person. Breakfast was nicely presented with a good choice of cooked items. The hotel is situated beside the River Thames with easy access to the towpaths. Also it’s only a short walk from Oxford station and the City Centre. I look forward to returning some day.

Veronica Moloney - 26th Apr, 2018
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Clean, Convenient, Good Value For Central Oxford.
Classic British small hotel/B&B. Friendly, good breakfast. Excellent location if you need to be close to bus and train station. It is only half a mile from the bus station, only 3 minutes from train station. Some might say it is expensive for what you get, but that is because it is in the center of Oxford! Yes the building is old, so floors creak or have slants to them. That's part of the charm, but was never an inconvenience. Showers were nice and hot. My ensuite twin was spacious and looked out over the garden.

Anne wolf - 24th Apr, 2018
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Lovely B & B
I enjoyed my 6 nights in the River Hotel. The staff are very friendly; my room was good sized for one person. Breakfast was nicely presented with a good choice of cooked items. The hotel is situated beside the River Thames with easy access to the towpaths. Also it’s only a short walk from Oxford station and the City Centre. I look forward to returning some day.

Veronica Moloney - 24th Apr, 2018
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Friendly Staff, Nice River View
Short 5 min walk to Oxford center. Very close to trains. Good breakfast in a room with a nice view of the river. Room was small and simple. Could use some updating.

WRIGHTSON Barbara/David - 4th Apr, 2018
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River Hotel
A truly excellent hotel, in every respect. We have stayed in this hotel before, and we will do it again in our future visits to Oxford.

Monir Tayeb - 10th Feb, 2018
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Pleasant Stay
My mother and I came for a second stay at the River Hotel, whilst visiting my daughter. the staff could not have been more friendly, or helpful. As always, the breakfast was excellent. Thank you.

BELWARD - 5th Dec, 2017
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My Stay
The location is unbeatable, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the English breakfast is unstinting - all for a very moderate price!

Mr Andrew Kinley - 29th Nov, 2017
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River Hotel
We had a very pleasant couple of days here, good location, staff helpful and friendly.

Elaine Gooch - 27th Nov, 2017
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Excellent Clean Great Breakfast
We stayed in this hotel three nights and enjoyed our stay there. Very quite, clean, all shower facilities great, clean toielt, tea and cofee facitilies in roon, great breakfast very personal touch, friendly people, ten minutes from train station. We went to kur daughter graduation at University of Oxford very close in walking distance to every place. Next to besutiful river. We had good time.

Shahrad Tadayon - 5th Nov, 2017
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River Hotel Experience
Excellent all round service. My grandson Sam who works in hotels was very pleased, especially with the breakfast. The situation and parking are a huge bonus to users of your establishment. Thanks for a lovely stay, kind regards Mr. G. W. R. Paton

PATON Graham Mr/ LEWIS Samuel (grandson) - 4th Nov, 2017
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Highly Recommended
I met a friend in Oxford and pppreciated the convenience of the nearness to the main station, which was in walking distance to the hotel. I found the hotel very clean and extremely friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The only disadvantage for didabled people, there are quite a few stairs inside and out, with no lift.

Issacharoff Diane - 25th Oct, 2017
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Very Comfortable Stay
I would recommend staying here, check in was easy and straightforward. Very helpful too as unable to stay for breakfast so provided a breakfast tray in room. The room was pleasant very clean. We had a night at the theatre so this hotel was only a 10 minute walk. Having stayed before 2 years ago we were happy to stay again. I would recommend this hotel and look forward to returning. Oh forgot the free parking.

Carol Taylor - 21st Oct, 2017
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River Hotel
we had room 2. a simple and comfortable room for 3 adults. looking onto the road, but quiet thanks to the secondary glazing. looks a little dated but the garden by the river was great and the breakfast delicious.

FREARSON Adam Mr - 11th Oct, 2017
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Our Experience At River Hotel
Close to the railway station.

Friendly and helpfull staff.

Easy to walk to Oxford city.Next to the hotel You can start beautiful walks near the river Thames and Oxford Canal to Jericho(nice neighborhood)

Rooms are clean and brings you back to the Inspector Morse years ...

Breakfast on order is good:

scrambled eggs, bacon, ...

Best Marmite experience ever...

Lovely hand-caught kippers! :)

Kind regards

Buelens Ingrid - 4th Oct, 2017
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River Hotel
Very convenient to city centre and the train station. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. The room was adequate and clean, but somewhat outdated.

BURNETT Peter - 28th Sep, 2017
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River Hotel Stay
Excellent stay yet again. Great service, room clean and tidy, comfortable bed providing a good nights sleep and breakfast very tasty. Well situated for travel.

Cptn Mark SMITH - 25th Sep, 2017
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River Hotel
Staff were just lovely, extremely helpful and generous with information about the local area.

Breakfast was very nice.

Exterior photos very true to reality.

Location is excellent, you can and I suggest you do - walk everywhere as currently there is road works blocking most the city. Although parking is available onsite which is a huge plus.

The rooms are very simple, basic but clean and relatively quiet.

CRAWLEY Joanne - 25th Sep, 2017
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Mother & Daughter One Night In Oxford
Sadly only one night spent here, it was a great place to stay, very close to the train station and by the river, only a short walk into centre of Oxford. Room comfortable and clean. Staff couldn't have been more helpful at breakfast, even providing vegetarian option for my daughter and cooked breakfasts presented beautifully. They even let us leave our bags until we went for our train, so we didn't need to carry them around the shops.

HALL Amy&JUlie - 2nd Sep, 2017
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4 Nights In Oxford
Great location, ideal to leave the car. Fifteen minutes walk into centre. Accomodation comfortable but a bit tired, plenty of hot water. Staff friendly and helpful. Great breakfast. Five minutes walk to The Punter traditional pub with good food.

Mr. Peter Christopher - 23rd Aug, 2017
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Highly Recommend The River Hotel
We had a lovely 4-day stay . Comfortable and clean rooms, friendly and accomadating staff and excellent breakfasts.

Our early (by 3 of us) and very late (by our 4th) arrivals, the need to have a large package of camping equipment received and then picked up days after our departure as well as our need to use the left luggage room for a few days after check out were all handeled with smiles and efficiency by the staff

Easy access to train/bus and city center but quiet riverside garden and lovely walks. In a lovely part of town. Excellent 'heritage pub' only a few minutes walk away.

The hotel is a little more worn then many Americans are used to but all of our party enjoyed it and would highly recommend.

Mrs. Kathryn Piotti - 16th Aug, 2017
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Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed your whole time in Oxford. We hope the festival was a perfect end to your trip to the UK and welcome you next time.

Pleasant Hotel
A very nice welcome, and pleasant and helpful staff.Good breakfast and OK room. Would benefit with some new wallpaper.

Martin Pearson - 11th Aug, 2017
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Pleasant Stay
Comfortable hotel with polite, very helpful staff and within easy walking distance of the city centre attractions.

CRANSTON David & Mrs. - 11th Aug, 2017
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Great Location
Walking distance from train station and town. We used the hotel as our base to explore the Cotswold area. We also enjoyed walking on the trail along the river right outside the hotel. Great hot breakfast and friendly staff. And shower was great.

Jaehyea Wiedeman - 6th Aug, 2017
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Good Location, Helpful Staff
As described- very close to station and town centre and staff are very helpful. Breakfast was fast and plentiful, there is luggage storage and we were able to leave the car there the next day.

Decor is a little worn, but it's clean and showers are strong.

Janet Walker - 31st Jul, 2017
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Great Location
Basic accommodation in a very handy location. The staff were friendly and more than made up for the barebones facilities. Breakfast was included in our price.

Dr. Julie Tsung - 27th Jul, 2017
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We normally only stay at chain hotels. Not knowing what to expect our stay at River Hotel was a pleasant surprise.

From check in to check out we were made very welcome. The room was comfy and relaxing.

Breakfast was just right too!

I would highly recommend the River Hotel for anyone visiting Oxford.

Mr. Mark Sweeney - 26th Jul, 2017
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Overnight, July 22
The room was quite satisfactory for an overnight stay. Reasonably priced, clean, and close to the train station and downtown. Breakfast was good and appreciated. Staff was friendly and helpful. We appreciated having the luggage storage area available to us after we checked out.

Mrs. Robin Kocher - 26th Jul, 2017
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River Hotel Oxford
A nice, clean hotel. Great place to stay

MAFANYA Olwethu - 25th Jun, 2017
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Perfect Location
Thank you River Hotel, yours is a superb location for enjoying Oxford, really appreciate the free car park and safe, secure, quaint, comfortable lodging, excellent service and delicious breakfast, I will definitely be back!

Lynn Foley - 19th Jun, 2017
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End Of Section 4 Thames Path
Although only a two star hotel we found the accommodation adequate. Not used to sleeping with tightly tucked in blankets though. More used to duvets. The staff were very pleasant and helpful.

Mr. Graham Edlin - 13th Jun, 2017
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Very Recommendable
We had a very pleasent stay for one night, happy about a bathtub, good beds, a substential breakfast and very friendly staff.

Georg Siemens - 12th Jun, 2017
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Lovely Stay
I'd initially booked 2 nights at the nearby YHA but due to the noise levels, needed to move elsewhere. Luckily the River Hotel had vacancies and proved to be a quiet location, with friendly staff and an excellent breakfast - and very reasonably priced too! Should I visit Oxford again, I'd book here straight away!

Andrea McNeill - 4th Jun, 2017
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Thank you for your kind review and we welcome you back to the River Hotel on your next visit to Oxford.

Great Service
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Although the rooms are a bit dated, they are clean and comfortable. The breakfast in the morning was superb, even the chef came out to check we were happy with everything! Service was faultless. Would stay again .

ROACH Joanne - 29th May, 2017
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Pleasant And Friendly
We spent 3 nights at the River Hotel in Oxford. We were able to check in at 11 AM. The staff is friendly and helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable. The hotel is in a very convenient location, an easy walk from the station and right on the River Thames. It is not inexpensive, but the price is all inclusive: free parking, wifi, and a very good breakfast in a pretty room with fresh flowers on the tables. I think it is very good value given the location. We had no issues with traffic noise in our 3 floor front room. We found the staff to be friendly, cheerful and helpful.

Be aware that there are a lot of stairs and no lifts so people with limited mobility might be better looking elsewhere.

Mr. Daniel Kearney - 27th May, 2017
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River Hotel
Perfect for one night stay as close to Oxford attractions. Although hotel dated was very clean, friendly staff and good breakfast cooked to order.

Mrs. Sharon MacDonald - 26th May, 2017
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Basics Covered
Great location, lovely people running/working at hotel and provided the basics. Hotel in serious need of some improvements and updating, especially beds.

Ms. Patricia - 25th May, 2017
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Well Located Hotel
The hotel is in a great location and has plenty of parking space which is a real bonus in Oxford. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was excellent and freshly cooked. Downsides;poor reception on the TV only 3 channels coming through, pillows very flat. Rooms were clean.

Mrs. Mary BUCKLEY - 24th May, 2017
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Friendly And Helpful Hotel.
We have stayed here many times and have always found the service friendly and helpful. The breakfasts are very good with plenty of choice. It perhaps needs updating, but, on the plus side, it is also very convenient for walking into Oxford.

Mrs. G. R. Paterson-Taylor - 17th May, 2017
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A Week-end Break In Oxford
Service was excellent. We received a friendly, informative reception and the breakfast was exceptional for a 2 star hotel. It is located a short walk from the station, or if travelling by car there is parking at the hotel. It is within easy walking distance to the center of Oxford and I would recommend the River Hotel as a good, affordable base to explore the area.

Mrs. Nova Dobb - 9th May, 2017
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Accom At River Hotel Oxford
Excellent location very close to railway station and short walk to town. Quiet. Basic but comfortable accommodation. Staff friendly and helpful. Freshly cooked breakfast great (rather than something that's been sitting in a bain-marie.

Ms. Elaine Atkinson - 8th May, 2017
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Great Location. Friendly Staff
This hotel is ideally situated for arriving by public transport. It is an easy walk into Oxford city centre & has great river walks immediately outside the hotel. The staff are friendly, welcoming & knowledgeable about the area. Rooms are small but clean & well equipped. Good selection for breakfast. I imagine it may be a little noisy when hotel is full but this is a small price to pay for such a convenient location. Good value for a city centre hotel. I will be staying here again in the future.

Mrs. Julie Clark - 26th Apr, 2017
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Wonderful Stay
My sister and I spent two nights at the River Hotel, and it was lovely! The staff is very inviting and accommodating-- even preparing vegan food for our breakfast upon request-- and the hotel is very well kept and clean. It is in a great location, right next to the train station, and either a short walk/drive to town on the main street or a longer, picturesque walk along the river. Very simple and quaint, I highly recommend!

Miss. Hannah Salamon - 17th Apr, 2017
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My Special Place In Oxford
Every year I come to Oxford for a conference and since I found the River Hotel, it has become my home there! Wonderfully nice and accommodating team, simple but comfortable rooms, easy access and an excellent breakfast... everything I need to be able to fully enjoy the conference!!

Mr. Sébastian MAROT - 7th Apr, 2017
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Highly Recommend
Great location, friendly staff, would stay again.

Mrs. Julie SHARP - 1st Apr, 2017
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Convenient, Friendly - Will Visit Again !
My mother & I attended a family reunion in Oxford and were delighted with the location of the River Hotel (walked to everywhere from there), and with the bright, spacious room, hospitality & selection available at breakfast. Will be back.

Mrs. Amanda SUTTON - 28th Mar, 2017
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River Hotel In Oxford
The River Hotel in Oxford was conveniently located to the Oxford train station which was important to us as we were walking with our bags from the train station. The room was comfortable and the service was great in that we were able to leave our bags in a locked room while we visited Blenhiem Palace for the day.

Ms. Phyllis Hockett - 28th Mar, 2017
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River Hotel - Friendly And Convenient
We had a very pleasant stay at this hotel. It is placed so conveniently to walk into Oxford, we did not use our car at all. The staff were wonderfully friendly and were happy to help with all our enquiries. The cooked breakfast was very good and toast and drinks replenished when needed. We did not feel rushed at any time.The owners are making efforts to bring this hotel up to date but the decor in our room was tired, however all was kept clean and tidy for us. My only advise to River Hotel is either replace or take down the blinds at the front, they don't give a very good impression.

Mrs. Marian Thomson - 19th Mar, 2017
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Great Location
Gret location, friendly staff and cozy rooms. Would happily stay here again.

Mr. Robert GILL - 16th Mar, 2017
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Great Place To Stay
Very clean and tidy staff exceptional great breakfast well cooked all you can eat we stayed for 3 nights and very happy close to Thames path and train station this is the second time we have stayed here come and try it yourself.

Peter - 17th Jan, 2017
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