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Great Expectations Hotel & Bar

33 London Road, Reading RG1 4PS, England
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Offenbach, Germany
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Great Expectations (Relax Innz) in Reading is a pleasant budget hotel, but its not just any budget hotel: It has a history. As the name implies, there's a connection to Charles Dickens, the premier English novelist of the 19th century. He used to give public speeches in this building - because he was not just any old novelist, but... More 

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Mitte, Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed in this hotel for one night. My room (room 10) was cosy, clean and modern. However, I have to echo the comments of other reviewers: in my room there was only one place to plug something electrical in and this was placed in quite an awkward area. The walls are also very, very thin, meaning that light sleepers... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is about it as a Pub, and not a hotel. To be honest, there's not much to indicate it's a hotel, but I know people who've stayed here. I was here for a social event last night. They very kindly reserved the area for us, and did their best to limit access to our area. While waiting, I had... More 

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lichfield
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for two nights with my mother when we were visiting my son who has moved to Reading.It is an old building which has an interesting history.Evidently Charles Dickens used to come here to read his books to an audience.The ground floor is a bar and restaurant very tastefully decorated to represent Charles Dickens book titles and era.There... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I cant comment on the rooms or anything since I only popped in for some drinks and food-the atmosphere is great. It's clean, and has a historic feel to it-the bar area has been divded into different sections so theres lots of places to sit to relax with a drink with your friends and family with that sense of privacy,... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed on friday night with my partner. The bar downstairs was not busy or loud, the customer service was great. For any couples that like to be intimate, be aware the walls are very thin as we received a complaint from next door. A member of staff came to our room and politely asked us to keep the noise down,... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from the too many stairs it is beautiful. My room was cosy and comfortable and free typical English breakfast is simple and tasty. I would prefer again. The only thing is that I had big suitcase and the stairs were difficult.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have just returned from a 2 night stay at the hotel. On arrival, the staff member changed my room to a the quieter side of the hotel. The room and en-suite were clean, bedding also very crisp. I was thankful for the fan in the room as it was warm during the nights. Slept really well, bed was really... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food for a fair price some tasty local beers, most the staff are friendly the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is some guy came in on a skateboard and leaned it behind the kitchen door another hung his off the bar hardly hygienic he also had an attitude and some lady had an issue about her... More 

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Sunbury-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very happy with the hotel and bar, exemplary service and helpful staff. The bed in our room (4) was very comfortable and the shower amazing, great water pressure. Admittedly room could use extra plug sockets but otherwise can't fault it. Stayed on a Saturday evening and there was loud music coming from either next door or downstairs, I think next... More 

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