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Ethos Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was a great place to stay in Oxford. Convenient, comfortable, friendly. I changed rooms after the first night to be inside the main building which I preferred. It was a lovely room and for me more comfortable than the room on night one which was very good but opened on to the street. I actually ended up extending my stay an extra 2 days! Sara from Spain who works here was absolutely excellent! So helpful, friendly and fun to talk to. She was one of the people I met that made my time in Oxford very enjoyable.

My husband and I booked this hotel based on the good reviews from other travellers. I think we ended up with a bad room, not representative of the hotel in general - but our room was damp and clearly had water damage that had not been fixed. None of the electrical sockets on the side of the room with the bed worked, one kept switching on and off! The hairdryer in the bathroom also did not work. We asked the person who checked us in if the sockets in the room were safe, given the water damage - he thought so and said he would pass our concerns on to management - but I imagine this has been a problem for a while that must have been identified in such a small hotel. Parking was tricky and we had to move our car before 8am in order to avoid a ticket on the street. However the hotel is in a good location near the city centre, and convenient having a microwave and kettle in the room. We were offered a complimentary drink when we checked in, which was a nice touch, but there was no explanation of check out time, where to get snacks, etc, and we weren't given the code to get into the lounge. There was a welcome card in our room, but it appeared to have the name of a previous guest on. For us it wasn't worth the money.

Had a mini apartment which was lovely and only 5 minutes walk to the town. Bit of a strange set up with no one on reception and we weren't told what time check out was or given the usual information. Nice breakfast though.

Spent four days at this warm & welcoming hotel. The rooms are spacious, clean & tidy and well equipped. The staff are polite & helpful. We had breakfast which had a good selection of self service buffet style Continental plus cooked to order full English breakfast. The Bar menus are well priced and provide a good variety for different dietary requirements. The hotel is in a great location for all sight seeing in Oxford and shopping. Oxford railway station is within walking distance too. Definitely recommend this hotel, as good value for money.

Ethos ranks as one of the best hotels I have stayed at, due to its style, set up and relaxed atmosphere. The rooms allocated to us during our stay in June were exceptional both in terms of space and facilities. What really appealed was it offered something far more than your conventional hotel. If you like your hotel room to have four walls, a bed and no room to swing your cat, then Ethos may not be for you. If you like class, style, quirkiness and attentive customer service, then this is the place to go. A word about the cafe. Ok, it is across the road from the hotel - but takes less than 30 seconds to get there from reception. The food is superb with a great menu and it opens to 10pm. Plenty of space, the lighting is subtle and atmospheric and you would struggle to find better. A really cool place to chill and relax with great staff always willing to help you.

I'm not sure why this hotel is not rated higher on tripadvisor. We stayed one night and thought it was great. Our room was large (for European hotels), modern and clean. The bathroom was state of the art with heated floor and towel rack. Best part was the little cafe across the street where you checked in - they offered us a complimentary beverage upon check-in, they had snacks available for guests during the day and provided evening snacks. When we wandered in for the evening snacks, I asked if they were having any since I didn't see anything out. They said they wanted them to be fresh so they proceeded to make a beautifully presented snack board with cheeses, meats, vegtables and petit fours. The only reason that I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is off the beaten path of downtown Oxford. But if you prefer residential and quite - this is the place to go.

Stayed here for 3 nights visiting Oxford lovely welcome by Kelly she made you feel at home straight away nice touch with a free drink upon arrival , guest snack bar and water when needed rooms clean comfy everything you needed and more, quiet area easy flat, walking to city. Lovely breakfasts Cara and the guy was Also very helpful and helpful. highly recommend.

Four nights of friendly service, very comfortable bed and an easy walk into central Oxford. Not overly fancy but we were grateful for a generous fridge and basic kitchen utensils and crockery. The air con was much appreciated as well. Best of all? Lots of power plugs for all our charging needs. Breakfast was filling and generous. It's perfectly adequate for a great visit and pleasant Oxford experience. Also very quiet which is a great bonus. Go for it.

Not sure how we discovered this place, however we are so glad we did. The restaurant/bar/reception desk is all in one, giving a nice, European family run feel. The dining area was clean and there are plenty of sockets (including USB charging ports), along with complimentary wifi. A really nice touch. The staff (particularly the lovely Kara), were really friendly and welcoming. Our accommodation was outside the main building, with its own access and parking. There is absolutely no complaint about the decor or cleanliness of the room. Everything was lovely. Lots of really nice touches and everything worked. There were even sockets next to bed. So many big hotel chains do not this much to our frustration. The main bar closes at 10pm and they offer free canapés for residents. We didn't make breakfast (it stops at 9am), however the staff offered us food from the main menu, and it was delicious. Overall a great place that we will us every time we go to Oxford now. A bit of a shame it's not more central but only a taxi, cycle or a 20 minute walk to the town centre. If you want to stay in a stuffy 4* plus hotel, that treat you as another faceless client, go somewhere else. If you want to stay in a comfortable, clean, friendly, welcoming place, choose here. Many bigger hotels can learn how to look after their guests from places like this. Well done Kara and team. Looking forward to staying with you again. PS. They have grappa.

okay, just been one night there however, location is great, their staff super friendly aircon working when it it hot and humid and their breakfast great although their cup does not fit in the plate which makes it difficult to serve. Overall a place I would definitely stay again! Thanks.

59 Western Road Oxford England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Christ Church College
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Oxford City Centre within a short walk of Christ Church College, Ethos Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Covered Market. This 18-room, 4-star guesthouse has conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Located in central Oxford, the guesthouse is also near Exeter College and Radcliffe Camera.


Explore the guesthouse and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.


The 18 recently renovated rooms feature kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. LCD TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include iPod docks, coffee makers, and phones.

Property features

Ethos Hotel features free WiFi in public areas and express check-out. Self parking is available for GBP 10 per day. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and securing valuables.

Room options

Executive Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

67% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 502 reviews