Stopped here for one night on a business trip - and I have to say it was good. Although I drove, I could imagine it would be perfect location if you arrived by train due to the proximity of the railway station.
The reception checked me in with no fuss, and when I mentioned the pool I had to sign a second waiver form (as the pool isn't manned) and they arranged for my room key to have access - so worth remembering if you want to stay to ask on check in and it'll be arranged then.
The room was excellent - spacious, decent sized flatscreen TV, lovely bathroom (seperate bath and shower) and one of the most powerful showers I've had the joy of having in a hotel. Seperate toilet too, so identical to the French Novotel rooms. There was also a fridge in the room which was excellent.
The pool was also very good - although it was only 10m long, it was designed as a laps pool, so you could swim laps whilst other people would swim on the other side of the pool.
Breakfast was rather good although the concierge had to apologise as apparently everyone had decided to come down for breakfast at the same time, so they were short on space. It was included in my room charge, although I would think that the cost was also a bit steep for a buffet cooked breakfast.
Only issues I had;
1 - The aircon in the room just didn't work. I assume it was just disabled with it being end of winter so I didn't raise it. However, the room was quite warm so I had to have the window open, which was OK as I was quite high up.
2 - The secure parking was ok, however, it was extremely difficult to find (down a narrow alley and no signposts at all), and it was very expensive at £14 per night - especially when you factor in the room costs, which I believe weren't cheap. (circa £200 a night)
- 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:
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