The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Oxford

Rest your head at one of Oxford's best cheap and cheerful hotels
Rest your head at one of Oxford's best cheap and cheerful hotels | Courtesy of Head of the River / Expedia
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7 December 2020

The city of Oxford is synonymous with academic excellence and outstanding architecture. If you’ve been before, you’ll have likely glimmpsed the city’s dreaming spires and walked among the university’s Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic Revival buildings where the likes of Oscar Wilde and Stephen Hawking studied. Within day-tripping distance of London, Oxford can quickly burn a hole in any traveller’s pocket. But its budget-friendly bases offer a few more perks than your typical cheap-as-chips hotel – we round up the best in town.

Ethos

Apartment, Budget Hotel
4.1/5 (465 Reviews)
Ethos
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Smack-bang in the middle of the city, this bright and well-appointed hotel puts you within a short walk of the esteemed Christ Church College – one of the city’s most recognisable centres of study and a frequent filming location for the Harry Potter film series. Rooms only come in king-size here – take your pick from Classic King, Deluxe SuperKing or Signature SuperKing, and put your feet up. After a rest, head to the local gym and health club – then the hotel bar is on hand for undoing the good work afterwards.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
Business Centre
Concierge Service
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Abodes

Bed and Breakfast, Budget Hotel
Abodes
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Abodes is a collection of Oxford-based B&Bs which specialise in providing unique stays with local hosts. Each and every room is personally vetted by a member of the Abodes team, so you can be sure of fantastic standards and service. The full continental breakfast is not to be missed – there’s plenty of bacon, egg and all the trimmings to fill you up before a jaunt into town, the countryside or nearby Bicester Village for some discount shopping.
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Free Wifi

Gorselands Hall

Bed and Breakfast, Budget Hotel
5/5 (4 Reviews)
Gorselands Hall
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Located on the outskirts of the bucolic Cotswolds, this boutique countryside-style offering is encased in authentic Cotswold stone. All rooms come with plump queen-size beds, beautiful views and power showers that you’ll never want to leave. It’s definitely somewhere you’ll need a car for – Oxford is half an hour’s drive away, as are Bicester Village and the Shakespeare-famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon. For a bite to eat outside of Gorselands Hall, take your pick from an array of local eateries right on your doorstep.
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Free Wifi
Laundry Facilities

Porterhouse Grill and Rooms

Pubs with Rooms, Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (37 Reviews)
Porterhouse Grill & Rooms
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There’s a sumptous gastropub look and feel to this place. Its seven bedrooms and cosy restaurant sit in the heart of Oxford, and it’s a popular dinner choice for steak-and-wine lovers. If that’s not your idea of fine dining, there are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby – especially along the buzzing George Street just a short walk away. A stay here also puts you opposite Oxford train station, so you can dive into your Oxford mini-break as quickly as possible.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge

Hawkwell House

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
4/5 (772 Reviews)
Hawkwell House
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Set just two miles (3.2km) from Oxford city centre, Hawkwell House overlooks three acres (1.2ha) of private gardens, which you are free to roam at your own pace. You can bring your dog along, too – this hotel is an avid accommodator of man’s best friend, supplying dog beds, dog bowls and even dog biscuits on request. The cosy rooms and big queen-size beds guarantee a good night’s sleep, before breakfast is served in the on-site restaurant the next morning.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

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  • Hampton by Hilton

    Budget Hotel
    4.2/5 (729 Reviews)
    Hampton by Hilton
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    Guests get a generous free breakfast at this great-value-for-money hotel on the outskirts of the city in the suburb of Littlemore. There’s free parking, too, and it’s also next door to the Kassam Conference Centre and Football Stadium – home to Oxford United Football Club. Rooms are comfy and contemporary, with smart TVs to keep you entertained if you’re in the mood for a quiet night in.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Business Centre
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Noa Residence

    Apartment
    3.6/5 (27 Reviews)
    Noa Residence
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    Short-let studio apartments with a luxury hotel feel, Noa Residence is in one of Oxford’s most sought-after residential areas – giving you a flavour of what it’s like to be an Oxford local. The apartments themselves are elegant, cosy and equipped with everything needed for a comfy, self-catering stay. It’s only a 15-minute walk to the city centre, and even closer to the cute cafes and shops of Summertown. If you’re stuck on where to eat out, just dial nine for some personal recommendations from the friendly reception staff.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Laundry Facilities

    Head of the River

    Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Inn
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    Head of the River
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    The rooms at this pub-hotel are elegantly designed with all the mod cons you’ll need for a convenient stay: a Nespresso machine, a Dyson fan and super fast wifi, to name a few. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and on a warm morning you can dine al fresco on the terrace, watching punts and barges emerge one by one from underneath the Folly Bridge. You’re in university territory here, too, with the hallowed halls of both Christ Church College and Pembroke College right around the corner.
    These recommendations were updated on December 7, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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