This hotel is nice and relaxing and right in the city center of Reading. It's just 5 minutes walking distance away from the Reading main train station where also the RailAir bus with a direct connection to London Heathrow airport terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5 stops. For 22 UK pounds you can buy a return ticket for this bus. It has free wifi and takes about 1 hour for the trip. At the same location there's also a stop for the free bus service to Thames Valey Park where i.e. the Microsoft and Oracle offices reside.
The hotel itself is trendy and clean and has typical Novotel style rooms which are very nice. The hotel also has a sauna and swimming pool in the basement. If you want to use it, you have to sign an insane health check waiver. There's free wifi internet throughout the hotel. The quality is decent. With quite a few drops of the connection, it does allow for web browsing and e-mailing, but is not very well suitable for watching video streams, voip calling or other intensive data usage.
The breakfast has a good variety of food and is pleasurable against a decent price. Having dinner in the hotel restaurant is okay. Prices are quite high and it takes a long time before the food is served. It's more of the stylish nice decorated plates type than something to get stuffed with. I was still hungry after 2 courses anyway. There are enough places for dinner at really close walking distance with much better prices.
Around the corner there's also a Primark clothing store. Always nice for a visit.
All in all a good place to stay and would visit it again when being in Reading.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Generation 4 star hotel with leisure club located in Reading town centre. Just 2 min. walk from the railway station: 25 min to London Paddington, 30 min Rail-Air link to Heathrow airport, free shuttle to Thames Valley Park. A short drive to the M4, other business parks and Reading FC stadium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Reading Centre Hotel Reading
- Accor Reading Centre
- Reading Novotel