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Great Expectations Hotel & Bar

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   33 London Road, Reading RG1 4PS, England
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Ranked #18 of 32 hotels in Reading
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The front of this hotel looks quite grand from the outside and when you step inside the bar area its done out like a Dickensian street with lots of different alcoves and areas to sit in very unusual and quite well done. The hotel reception is at the far end of the bar when you get your key retrace your... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Expectations is a themed pub with a hotel above the pub section. It is in the heart of Reading's nightlife (the Kennett Riverside/Vue Cinema/Oracle are just opposite) and offers clean accommodation at budget prices. The showers are equipped with massage head, which is a real treat after a day in meetings. The downside, this is not a place to... More

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preston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The biggest plus about this hotel was the cheap rate, £38 for a single room including breakfast. So for a trip involving London on the way back this was far more economical than a London hotel. I can only think of Premier Inn as offering anything cheaper. Room was plain and a bit scruffy but bed was comfortable and I... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is a lovely pub with a nice atmosphere. The Dickens theme was great, and the longer you spent there, the more quirks you spot, although I did nearly leap out of my skin when I saw the Dickens mannequin! I didn't spend the night there, but it is certainly a nice place to sit and chat with friends. What... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Very convenient location and lively bar. Pleasant stay with good breakfast in the morning. Close to all transport links for business and all city centre amenities. Very helpful and friendly staff. Thanks.

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Cheshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Great location for visiting the Uni campus. Desperate for some work doing especially our room No 18. Carpet stained, decor tatty and tired. Handy for the city centre, large carpark opposite £15 for 24hrs

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Newry
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19 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This has the potential to be a half decent hotel but it's obvious the owners are happy to run it as cheaply as possible and bank the money instead of investing in the property. Pros: location is superb, the breakfast Cons: no lift, reception is at the back of a bar, the bar, low on staff numbers, no phone in... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This hotel has a great location, a wonderful building and staff that clearly care about it. I stayed for one night right after a transatlantic flight because I had a meeting in Reading the next day. In order to check in to the hotel you need to walk through a pub and then back out to take the stairs up... More

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Cockfield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I gave this 5 stars because I think it represents excellent value for money in central Reading. My room (17) was very spacious, with a large four poster bed. The shower was hot and very powerful. There is a TV in the room with some satellite channels and a kettle for making tea and coffee. The rate includes a substantial... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I stayed here for a night whilst away woth business in November 2013. Check in and welcome were fine. Room was only accessible via quite a few stairs (could be an issue if you have access difficulties) and was ok in the main. Bath and shower were looking tired and in need of some attention cleaning wise. Bed quite soft... More

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Also Known As:
Great Expectations Hotel And Bar
Great Expectations Hotel Bar
Address: 33 London Road, Reading RG1 4PS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #18 of 32 hotels in Reading
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Expectations Hotel & Bar 3*
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