255 Cowley RoadOX4 1XQOxfordUnited Kingdom
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About Athena

Set in two buildings in East Oxford, the family-run Athena guest house offers en suite accommodation within easy reach of Oxford city centre.

Rooms feature private bathrooms and include amenities such as a TV and DVD player and wired and wireless Internet access. Hospitality trays offer tea, coffee and hot chocolate options.

The guest house, although designated non-smoking throughout, does offer an outside smoking area. Other facilities include an ironing service and free parking.

The guest house is complete with a kitchen available for limited use. Guests may also dine out in Oxford itself, with numerous options waiting in the centre of the city less than two kilometres away.

The Athena is near the Southfield Golf Course and the 02 Academy. Oxford attractions such as the Botanic Garden, Christ Church Cathedral and the Pitt Rivers Museum are easily accessible using public transport.


255 Cowley Road, OX4 1XQ, Oxford, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1865)425700 | Fax: +44(1865)389597 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Parking
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV / Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking rooms

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Room service
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Great Internet access

Problems with Internet access are fairly prevalent in hotels and B&B accommodation, but few guests have a problem here The choice of wired and wireless service is often appreciated, especially by those guests with older non-wireless capable laptops.

Good location

Although the Athena is not right in the centre of the city, plenty of the most popular attractions are actually within walking distance If you’re not up to the stroll, you’ll find that plenty of buses and taxis run along Cowley Road.

Quiet area

For those guests who are easily disturbed by noise from outside a property, you shouldn't have too many issues here The surrounding area is residential rather than commercial or touristy, so you can reasonably expect a quiet stay.

Negative Reviews

Not so warm welcome

A surprisingly large number of guests did not find the service here to be up to scratch While many felt the owner was not as pleasant as he perhaps could be, others commented that since he lives off-site, they had to wait up to 20 minutes before they could even check in.

The second building is in poor condition

Although the main red brick Victorian building seems to be acceptable to most guests, those who stayed in the second smaller building were not so impressed Many describe their accommodation as dirty and in need of a complete overhaul.

An over-priced stay

The Athena undoubtedly falls at the budget end of Oxford hotels That said, many guests feel that even the low rates here are not worthy of the amenities and services on offer For many, it seems that staying at this hotel is a last resort.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 214 reviews across the web
5.8 /10
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5.8 out of 10 based on 214 reviews