We stayed at this Hilton on the night prior to our Friday afternoon departure from Heathrow. Usually we stay at the Renaissance at Heathrow. The rate we paid was very similar. We are retirees, not on an expense account, and can't eat "all that much".
While the rooms are certainly larger and nicer, (but no King Size Bed) and the hotel newer and more modern, we are not convinced this is a better choice. This is primarily because of the lack of options for affordable eating in the surrounding area. The cost of a bottle of wine- I think the cheapest on the menu was £24 and there is no other way to get wine if you don't have a car, or bring it with you. This made our "dinner" at the bar cost over £60 for a sandwich and beef pie.
Breakfast was offered to us (if we bought the night before) for £12.50 rather than the £18 pounds the next day, however we did not want a full buffet. We ate in the bar for breakfast having Belgian waffles (too sweet), for £5.95. We drank our free coffee in the room first.
This is the first hotel we visited in 3 weeks that didn't have free internet. The receptionist at the front desk was very helpful in allowing/helping us to "check in" (no one was in the business center) for our flights the next day. I overheard another guest receiving a free voucher for 90 minutes internet access in the lobby, so I asked for one, and received it. Had I not overhead this comment, I would have been very mad about the internet cost. Come on Hilton, get with the program and offer FREE INTERNET.
As others have said, the location is out of town in a new area. Perhaps as the area develops, more alternatives for eating will develop. O
- Also Known As:
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- The contemporary Hilton Reading hotel offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, just a 4 minute drive from Reading's historical city centre, the River Thames and the famous shopping centre, The Oracle. The hotel is situated on the Kennet Island Development just of the A33 and is within walking distance to the Madejski Stadium. Reading train station is only 4 minutes drive away and Heathrow Airport is a 25 minute drive.All of the spacious, air-conditioned Guest Rooms and Suites at the Hilton Reading hotel have been tastefully decorated and feature wired and wireless internet access, the latest in audio-visual technology, a large, ergonomic desk and comfortable Hilton Serenity® beds.Dine in the stylish Larder Restaurant, which offers a combination of local and international dishes with both modern and traditional influences and finish your meal with a cocktail in the relaxing Bar K. Tone up in the complimentary 24-hour Livingwell Health Club featuring Livingwell by Precor gym equipment, a heated, indoor swimming pool, sauna and a dance studio for a variety of fitness classes. Celebrate or hold a business function at the Hilton Reading hotel which features 8 flexible meeting rooms and a large Ballroom catering for up to 400 guests. ... more less
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