The hotel is in top location in Reading, right next to Oracle shopping and restaurant complex, so ideal for a business traveller. The hotel on the outside is a lovely building - one of the oldest in Reading. And here lies the problem - it is badly in need of an upgrade.
The shower pressure is awful - build in extra time! The attention to detail of the cleaning stuff is poor - one day they forget to replenish you tea supplies, the other - to give you a bath matt. Etc.
The part of the building I was staying in had a bizarre strong smell - I suspect the stuff were trying to mask damp or cigarette smoke with strong room deo.The room decor is dated and very old, I got the impression that the colour of the carpet means it gets vacumed once in a while. The first room I got had shaving hair in the soap dish but reception did change the room for me.
There is no lift in the hotel and most rooms take a long walk to get - bear this in mind if you have a lot of heavy luggage. Assistance was offered in the form of a check in girl, unless you are Ok with your bags carried by someone smaller than you - you'll be lugging your heavy cases yourself.
For what it offers it is a highly overpriced hotel and Reading has better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic hotel is situated in the centre of Reading next to the oracle shopping centre and a short walk to the railway station.The hotel has its own courtyard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Reading
- George Hotel Reading