I stayed here for one night prior to a business meeting the following day.
This is a budget hotel with very limited facilities and in a tricky location, it's cheap and clean but nothing else.
The traffic in Reading is appalling and getting to the hotel from Slough (20 miles) took 1 hour 20 mins and the 3 mile trip to Thames Valley Park the next day took over 30 minutes. So it's not in the best of locations, it's on the wrong side of Reading for most business stays.
The car park is tiny and cramped, which is in keeping with the hotel as a whole and I can imagine that this would cause problems for guests sometimes.
The welcome wasn't exactly warm, the gentleman on the checkin desk gave me the me the impression that he didn't really want to be there but to be fair to him, that's how I felt during my short stay and he has to be there all the time.
My room (13) was tiny and had a single bed, wardrobe, desk & TV wedged in between the window (facing the busy and very noisy road outside) and the (poorly soundproofed) door to the (creaky) corridor. Thankfully this room was on the top floor, I imagine if it had been lower down I would've had to endure the noise from upstairs as well, which would've meant even less sleep. All in all, there was hardly room to swing a mouse, yet alone a cat and if I had, my fellow guests probably would've heard every movement!
The only communal space in the hotel is the small lounge area directly in front of the reception desk, which was inappropriate for our group, and the restaurant next door is a separate business, even though it directly adjoins the hotel, so no respite there without a meal.
All in all a disappointing stay at this small independent hotel which only served to highlight the reasons why Premier Inns, Travelodge & Holiday Inn Express are doing so well: a much better quality product for the price.
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