I stumbled across this new hotel off Rose Kiln Lane in Reading while driving and needed a break so walked in and asked for a room. My immediate impression was good with a swanky, bright ultra-modern reception & foyer.
Despite being a Hilton Honours gold card holder I was informed quite sternly that I "could only be accepted into the hotel on production of an acceptable photo ID". It is not a requirement to carry this yet in UK and I explained this to the young girl on reception. Her reply was "then it is policy that you can not stay here". I asked to see the manager and she hesitated for a minute and replied "seeing as you are known to us we will make an exception on this occcasion and you can stay".
Once I had overcome the barrier to get in I found a nice, comfortable room with an excellent entertainment system, ultra-clean and quiet.
I received dinner in the bar ordering a burger with side salad which was served with really excellent presentation skills. I felt that I must be in a 2 star Michelin restaurant but then came the second dissapointment. The food wast tasteless. Even the tomatoes were bland and looked like they were the cheapest available from the supermarket. The chips were luke warm and the salt cellar on the table was blocked due to condensation so I could not add and flavour.
For £115 per night, this p[lace has a lot of potential and I will give the management the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it is still early days organisationally or they were just having a bad day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Reading Hotel Reading