Despite reading several comments about the parking situation nothing could have prepared me for the utter frustration that was the Reading one way system and lack of directions. Stressful and frustrating to say the least! Eventually we found the NCP car park and got there...
The hotel is beautiful but I have to agree with most people's comments- it was just too dark. We couldn't find where to turn on the lamps in the room- I felt like a mole when I emerged into sunlight! I also found the rooms looks a bit shabby, like they needed a good clean. We had upgraded to a suite and loved the facilities of the room (bath was great!) but didn't take full advantage of everything. We didn't get robes in our room and requested some- they were sent up- crumpled and without belts. So after dinner I asked about belts and were given some- that were white- with black robes? Strange. Clearly we were given the wrong robes? It was a bit hodge podgey and not quite the luxurious treatment we were hoping for- especially considering the price we paid.
Food was nice- drinks were also good but the prices were extortionate. I recognise it is a boutique hotel but we paid nearly £90 for 6 cocktails.
Room was quiet (Monday night though)
Bed was comfortable although the feather pillows could have used a refill.
I nice experience but I wouldn't rush back. I have had better service/food and a nicer room elsewhere.
It's a shame really as my partner and I were so looking forward to it as he is in the forces and it was our first time together in 5 months.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The brief encounter, that fleeting glance from across the platform, a longing to be with the one you shouldn't...Meet me outside the station at this gloriously converted rail hotel. You shouldn't have this much fun so close to Heathrow, but you will at Mal. You shouldn't find a train set in your room, or a bath big enough for two, for that matter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Malmaison Hotel Reading
- Reading Malmaison Hotel