Where To Stay In Oxford, UK: 12 Hotels And Rentals From Cozy To Quirky - Updated 2021

where to stay in oxford uk

Oxford is a city in southeast England, about 92 kilometers (57 miles) from London. Home to the prestigious Oxford University, the city has no shortage of places to take in culture and history. There’s the University’s Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s first university museum. Oxford has plenty more to offer, including a wide range of restaurants, plentiful shopping, and lovely scenery to walk through.

Whatever your reasons for visiting beautiful Oxford, you’ll need a place to rest and relax. There’s a variety of hotels and rentals to choose from, including cozy houseboats, boutique hotels, and quirky flats. We’ve also added college dormitories that serve as a B&B options, some even offer access to the college’s spectacular dining hall for breakfast, so be sure to scroll through the article and pick the perfect accommodation for your trip to Oxford.

1. The Head Of The River (from USD 159)

The Head of the River is an excellent choice for those who want to be near all the action. Oxford city center is a short walk, just 0.6 kilometers (0.4 miles) away. The hotel is located on the River Thames, so it’s a great place to kick back and enjoy the scenic views after a day out and about in Oxford.

The 20 bedrooms are individually decorated, with some offering river views. A flat-screen TV and WiFi are offered in each room, and breakfast is included in the price. The hotel has a bar and restaurant, and the riverside terrace is a beautiful spot to enjoy an ale and relax. The Head of the River is perfect for those who want the convenience of being near to the city center but the calm and quiet of a riverside oasis.

Head of the River

Address: Folly Bridge, St. Aldates
Price: from 159 USD

Heating First aid kit available Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Contactless check-in/check-out Physical distancing rules followed Physical distancing in dining areas Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay CCTV in common areas

2. Narrowboat on idyllic Oxford Canal (from USD 138)

If you fancy a cozy yet unorthodox accommodation, look no further than this narrowboat on the Oxford Canal. Ben the boat, built in 1877, is just a five-minute walk from central Oxford. The narrowboat comes equipped with a single bed, a double sofa bed, and basic but functional appliances. You’ll also find two fold out desks and a log burner, making this a great space for writers and artists to be inspired by the peace and quiet. If you’d like a cozy space to work on your next novel, with the convenience of the city center just around the corner, this place is for you.

Charming narrowboat on pretty canal
Oxford , Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3. Bright and spacious house in the heart of Oxford (from 422 USD)

If a contemporary rental is more your style, look no further than this bright and spacious house in the Jericho neighborhood. The house sits just outside the city center, but still very much close to the museums, restaurants, and shops that Oxford has to offer. This rental is perfect for large groups or families. It boasts five bedrooms—six including a mezzanine level with a twin bed—and can sleep a total of 12 people.

There are 3.5 bathrooms, 2 of which are en suite. If you love to cook, the large kitchen will be a huge plus. It features an AGA cast iron range cooker, another separate cooker, and an American-style fridge-freezer. If you’d like a place for your family to spread after a day out, this spacious place would be a great fit.

Bright and spacious house in the heart of Oxford

Price: from 422 USD

Number of Guests: 12

4. Malmaison Oxford (from USD 161)

A boutique hotel with a bit of edge! Malmaison is a converted Victorian prison, located in the heart of Oxford. A great option for the history buffs out there who like to be pampered.

The hotel has maintained its original architecture, and each room is a converted prison cell. The rooms boast power showers, satellite TV, DVD players, and lighting to set the mood. The hotel offers breakfast in the morning and has two bars and a brasserie.

Malmaison Oxford

Address: 3, Oxford Castle, New Road
Price: from 161 USD

Private parking Cashless payment available Lift Express check-in/check-out WiFi Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Face masks for guests available

5. Two-bedroom townhouse (from 122 USD)

For those drawn to color and character, this charming two-bed townhouse is an excellent place to call home for a few days. It’s located on a quiet street and is a 15-minute walk from the city center, and just a 10-minute walk from the train station. Inside, the two floors offer plenty of books, paintings, and antique furniture to feast your eyes on. The top floor sleeps 4 people, with two double bedrooms. Downstairs, there’s a sofa bed for one in the living room.

The kitchen is equipped with all you’ll need to cook, and basics like coffee, tea, and sugar are provided. There’s also a washing machine and an iron and ironing board. The garden backs onto the river, making it a great spot to sit with a cup of tea and relax. This townhouse is perfect for a couple or small family drawn to unique charm!

Two-bedroom townhouse

Price: from 122 USD

Number of Guests: 5

6. Beautiful coach house In Whytham Abbey (from 137 USD)

This coach house features modern decor and an idyllic location. It’s located in Whytham village, a short drive from central Oxford. This is a great spot for those who like a truly calm and relaxing space and don’t mind driving to the attractions.

The Coach House sleeps four. The top floor features the impressive master bedroom, which includes a freestanding bath to relax in and views of the beautiful Whytham Abbey. Downstairs is a double bedroom, a family bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen and dining room.

Beautiful coach house In Whytham Abbey

Price: from 137 USD

Number of Guests: 4

7. De Vere Oxford Thames (from USD 138)

If you like the idea of a spa getaway with the option to pop into Oxford city center, De Vere Oxford Thames is a good choice for you. Situated on 10 hectares (24 acres) of parkland, the hotel overlooks the River Thames. Oxford is 6 kilometers (4 miles) away, so city life is just down the road.

The hotel’s Jeromes Leisure Club offers guests the opportunity to work on their fitness in the tennis courts or swimming pool. The club also has a spa, so guests can indulge in massages and facials. The rooms mix the old and the new—the decor is modern, but period features have been retained, such as oak beams or ornate windows. Some of the rooms date back to the 12th century! This is the ideal spot for those who want a bit of luxury while on holiday.

voco - Oxford Thames

Address: Henley Road,
Price: from 138 USD

8. Quirky converted church (from 103 USD)

This rental definitely has character! This East Oxford flat is part of a converted church and retains the church’s stained glass window which can be seen from every floor. A good spot for couples to stay, this flat has a double bedroom on the mezzanine level. The home is open plan and has a full kitchen so you can whip up a romantic dinner. If you’re a couple headed on a romantic getaway and like to step outside the box, this church-turned-flat will make a great home base during your stay in Oxford.

Quirky converted church

Price: from 103 USD

Number of Guests: 2

9. Keble College (from 84 USD)

Book a stay in a comfortable student bedroom in the historic Keble College. There are two types of rooms available, ensuite and standard rooms (shared bathroom). Breakfast is included and all rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities. Located in the city center, this accommodation makes a great base for those exploring the city.

Keble College

Price: from 84 USD

10. St Hugh's College (from 53 USD)

Book a stay in St Hugh’s College, located in the northern area of the city. If you’re driving into Oxford, you’ll be happy to know that there’s onsite parking available. Guests can also enjoy a full English breakfast every morning during their stay. There’s a variety of rooms available (from ensuite to basic), so do check out the link below for more information.

St Hugh's College

Price: from 53 USD

11. Christ Church (from 61 USD)

This is an ideal accommodation for travellers as it puts you right in the heart of the city, and within walking distance to all major attractions. Please do note that Christ Church requires guests to be at least 18 years old, so families with young kids will not be able to stay. A delicious full English breakfast is included each morning, and is served in the iconic Great Hall. For more information about room types and rates, please click on the link below.

Christ Church

Price: from 61 USD

12. Magdalen College (from 64 USD)

Another college located in the heart of Oxford, Magdalen College offers different types of rooms to guests. Depending on your preferences and needs, you can select the perfect student room for your trip. You have the option of selecting a room with breakfast included, breakfast at Magdalen College is served in the medieval hall and includes an English breakfast, cereals and pastries.

Magdalen College

Price: from 64 USD

Something for everyone in Oxford

Whether you’re looking for a cozy getaway or a modern retreat, there’s something for everyone in Oxford. After you’ve taken in the museums, food, and scenery of this historic city, you’ll want a place to kick your feet up and unwind. All of these hotels and vacation rentals are highly rated and well-reviewed, so you can feel comfortable choosing the one that speaks to you the most!

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Nicole is an American expat living in London, England. When she moved from the midwest to London in 2012, it was her first time leaving the US. She has traveled steadily since then, making trips...Read more

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