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Great Expectations Hotel & Bar
Ranked #20 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Cut off from the centre of the town by a busy bypass, Great Expectations was nonetheless handy for my overnight.
Check-in at the far end of the bar space - clearly this is a busy bar of the JDW variety. Friendly, efficient welcome, and a room which was fine, though less interesting than the rest of the building might lead one to suppose.
Good breakfast in the bar area, which is done up like a Dickensian street, with little shop areas, but also television news !

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

To start with, the main check-in area isn't too visible, so you have to go through the bar and then there's a tiny window at the end where you can check-in. However, the staff were very helpful and friendly.
Positives:
- Good price
- Central location
- Old decor yet modern rooms
- Friendly staff
- Nice ale's at bar
- HD TV
- Nice breakfast

Negatives:
- Beds are not too comfy
- Kettle was dirty
- WiFi has a bad connection (on top floor anyway)

On the whole I would recommend this hotel only for the likes of an overnight stay or a short business trip.

Room Tip: Would recommend room on lower floor as there is 3 flights of stairs if on top floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank DavidAl95
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Good things:
- Just 2 minutes walking from the main pedestrian street of the city.
- Full English breakfast is good.
- Full bathroom new and clean.
- Heating works perfectly.
- The hotel is very nice on the outside.
- Nice and helpful staff.

Bad Things:
- The mattress is horrible (at least mine). It is very soft and old. The iron wires dig into your back.
- There is no lift in the hotel and has twoo floors. The stairs are steep and difficult to carry luggage to the room if you are on the second floor.
- Wifi in my room was slow and choppy (Second floor) . Fortunately you can go to the groundfloor where is the restaurant - pub - library, where wifi is good and you don´t need to consume and pay anything to be there.
- It is a bit noisy on the weekends at night because the ground floor of the hotel is a pub-restaurant.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Ramon L
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Got a pretty good rate here which is always going to colour any review. Everything worked in the room. I was on the third or fourth floor and the music thumped away loudly until midnight.

Breakfast was pretty good and the staff were friendly. The building has some lovely rooms and features but the hotel is essentially a pub with rooms situated next to the ringroad.

However, it was cheap and I got what I paid for - no complaints but I won't be spending my honeymoon here and would probably seek out an alternative next time I am in Reading...

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed two nights in this comfortable hotel. It was a cold weekend the room were warm, Clean and huge. Staff are friendly.
Breakfast on the Sunday was a little higgeldy-piggeldy but delicious all the same.
Not normally a fan of budget hotels but would stay again.
Very handy being above a pub.

Room Tip: The room with the four poster bed
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank SammieDI
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Ok, you arrive at the hotel, not realising it's above a noisy bar. You collect your key, go to the room to find that house keeping hadn't been in the room. Beds not made with blood on the pillow. I went down to reception to change rooms where they offered me a drink whilst they clean the room. I chose to still change rooms. About an hour later another guest was talking to reception complaining about the state of the room so they hadn't even cleaned it. Now late to bed to find Salsa music blaring from across the alley between buildings going on to gone midnight.
NEVER AGAIN will I stay at this hotel. Generally I'm happy with other hotels. DO NOT STAY!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The service was ok but my main problem was tje room I had booked a double room all I got was to single beds put together one bed sheet and a duvet cover that was too big for the duvet it was just uncomfortable on the other hand the food service was great

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Additional Information about Great Expectations Hotel & Bar

Address: 33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Price Range: $66 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Expectations Hotel & Bar 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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