Centrally-located, the Isis Guest House provides you with the perfect accommodation during your stay in the world-famous City of Dreaming Spires


Centrally-located and well-appointed, the Isis Guest House provides the perfect accommodation during your stay in the world-famous City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford. Less than 10 minutes’ walk to central Oxford, The Isis is 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, the Isis Guest House has 35 rooms 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 our 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.


20th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

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)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

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


Based on 165 reviews
Service 4.4
Rooms 4.1
Food 4.1
Website 4.2
Value 4.1
Overall Experience 4.2

The very best experience. Could walk almost everywhere and, if not, a bus stop very close by. The breakfast room absolutely lovely with very efficient service and top notch breakfast. All staff were so helpful, especially helping get luggage up and down stairs. There is a whole range of dining possibilities within blocks. If we ever have the luck to visit Beautiful Oxford again, would have no hesitation in staying here again.
Mrs Linda D

A very very good experience!
Mrs Francesca G

Nice double en suite for about the same price as a room at the Premier Inn but in a better location with breakfast included and within walking distance of the city centre. A great pity that it is not available all year round!
Mr Alan S

Excellent stay and hospitality. Would stay again!
Dr Brittany B

We really enjoyed our stay here. it was great to stay somewhere quiet but also 2 mins walk from Cowley Road with all of its excellent places for good coffee and eating.It is a straight forward, attractive walk into the centre of town but if you can't walk, there are frequent, cheap buses that will whisk you there instead.
Mrs Jacqueline P

We enjoyed our stay at Isis Guest House. The staff members were very accommodating. The rooms were clean and cheerful.
Mrs Julie S

The staff were very friendly and very accommodating. I hope to stay there again in the future.
Mr Jonathan G

We booked a group of 3 rooms for various members of our family, since we were coming to Oxford for a wedding, and we were very impressed by the ISIS guest house. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were spotless and spacious, the breakfast was excellent, and the parking onsite was a bonus. We'll definitely be back!
Dr Fiona G

Best breakfast we had in 15 days travelling around England & Scotland!!
Mrs Marta M

Great service indeed
Mr Larry P

Travel Info

Address: The Isis Guest House, 45-53 Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1ED, United Kingdom

Check In:  From 2.00pm        Check Out:  By 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.