The Isis Guest House provides perfect accommodation for a stay in the world-famous City of Dreaming Spires.


Centrally-located and well-appointed, the Isis Guest House is less than a 10-minute walk from central Oxford, an ideal base for guests to explore the wealth of local attractions on their doorstep, whether by foot, cycle, bus, train, car or even a relaxing punt down the river. With access to fast and regular public transport links just around the corner, the Isis is also an ideal base for day trips to London.

The Isis aims to provide a quality service and prides itself on its friendliness, to make guests' stay in Oxford an enjoyable experience. Offering accommodation during July, August and September, providing single, twin, double and family rooms with standard and en-suite facilities to suit most people's needs. Group bookings are most welcome.

Should guests wish to visit the main site at St Edmund Hall, it is open to Isis residents throughout the summer where they can stroll through the College Quad and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the churchyard of St Peter-in-the-East. The College is located on Queen’s Lane just off the High St, and only a 10-minute walk from the Isis Guesthouse which is situated on the Iffley Road. 

History to the present day

The Isis Guesthouse is owned and operated by St Edmund Hall, one of Oxford University's 37 Colleges.

Purchased in the 1980s by St Edmund Hall, the Isis Guest House is used to house 3rd year Students for nine months of the year.  During the summer the College opens the Guest House to visitors from across the globe. The name Isis comes from part of the River Thames which slowly meanders its way through the Heart of the City and the University area. 

Food and Drinks

All guests can look forward to a Full English Breakfast every morning between 7.45am and 9.30am, served by the attentive waiting staff. If guests have any dietary requests, please can this be noted in the 'Additional Information' section of the booking form.

There is a great selection of eateries in Oxford with some eclectic offerings within a few hundred metres of the Isis Guesthouse on Cowley Road and St Clements. Guests are invited to ask at reception for futher information.

Grounds and gardens

Christ Church Meadow is a short walk away; the Meadow is a great place to relax. There is a lovely tree-lined walk down to the river Isis and there are lots of grass areas which would make an ideal spot for a picnic. Guests could also spend an afternoon in the famous Botanical Gardens, while punt and rowing boat hire can be found below Magdalen Bridge, which is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the Isis Guesthouse.

Other facilities

Wireless internet access is free 

Public laundry facilities are available, as are an iron and ironing board for guests to use. The reception team can help at any time should assistance be required.

Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be requested (subject to availability); these can be borrowed from the reception team.


No disabled access

20th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No smoking

Children welcome

Dog/Pet friendly


3 Star Official Rating


Free broadband access (wifi)

Children's cots

Children's highchairs


Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Central heating

Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Isis Guest House (St Edmund Hall), Oxford - Reviews


Based on 237 reviews
Service 4.4
Rooms 4.0
Food 4.0
Value 4.1
Overall Experience 4.1

The location is good. Place is neat and clean with basic needs. Service staffs is warm and friendly.
Mr Gek Yong Q

Very nice stay, very welcoming staff, very good conditions, good location not far from Oxford centre.

Good location. Clean, comfortable with good sized room. Good wifi. Nice staff. Clean shared bathroom.
Dr Caroline F

Very impressed with the facilities and the standard of cleanliness in the room. Very comfortable. Thank you
Mrs Shirin M

Everyone at the Isis was very kind and helpful. Special recognition to Patricia in the dining room and Julian at the front desk. The manager (owner?) was very good too and I’m sorry I didn’t get his name. I had a wonderful experience and will recommend this guesthouse.
Ms Marilynn B

We had a lovely experience at Isis House. The room and facilities were clean and neat, the breakfasts were delicious and the staff very helpful. Front desk clerk Julian was particularly pleasant and helpful. The location was also perfect for us as we did not have a vehicle and it wS close enough to the downtown and other areas that we could walk everywhere. Beautiful city!

I've stayed here several times and it's one of the best options in east Oxford.
Mrs Deborah F

Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms clean and very well equipped. Toilet and shower facilities very clean. Overall very positive experience. Thanks!
Mr Christopher R

An excellent experience!
Miss Isabel M

Very nice room, comfy beds!
Ms Nicole S

Arrival Info

Address: 45-53 Iffley Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OxfordOX4 1ED, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) Onwards (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 06:00 (6:00am) - 10:30 (10:30am)

Please report to Isis Guest House, 45-53 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1ED to check in at the reception.

Luggage can be stored if guests arrive early or want to make the most of their last few hours in Oxford after check out.


By Car:  Situated on the Iffley Road: Sat Nav users please use the OX4 1ED post code.  There is a small car park available on a first come first served basis.  There is also a public car park with pay and display facilities within a 5 minute walk. 

By Train:  Walking from the station takes approximately 30 mins.  Should guests have luggage to carry, it is suggested they take a taxi from outside Oxford Station. Alternatively they could catch the No 5 bus and ask to be dropped off at the 1st stop on the Cowley Road.  It is then a question of crossing the road, then walking to the end of Circus Street, and Isis Guest House is on the left.  

By Air:  Guests can take the Airline bus to Oxford and are advised to ask the driver to drop them off in St Clements then follow the direction of the bus until they reach the Plain Roundabout.  They should then take the second exit on the roundabout (Iffley Road), walk for 200 metres and will find the residence on their left.  Reception is just inside the front door.