I've stayed in Malmaison Manchester and I was blown away by the quality of the accommodation, service and food/drink. So I was keen to repeat the experience and booked a special offer (dinner, bed and breakfast) at the Reading hotel. It's a lovely hotel, very new and wonderfully decorated. We had a standard double room, but it was extremely spacious and the bathroom was fabulous. There isn't a great view - but hey, this is Reading - we weren't expecting miracles. It's conveniently located in the town centre, very close to lots of shops and restaurants. We went down for dinner early to enjoy a drink in the bar, but the bar was very full. It seems this is the place to be if you want to drink in Reading and there is no priority if you're a resident. If you want to use the bar, you can reserve a table as you would in the restaurant (we weren't informed of this). Luckily we found a table in the lounge for our cocktails, then went through to the brasserie. It's a nice, small brasserie. We had to order form the homegrown/local menu as it was included in our package, and I have to say I was extremely disappointed with the food. My risotto was completely tasteless, as if it had been cooked using water instead of stock. My partner's chicken was small and unappetising. It was a shame, and the service was very slow. We couldn't get anyone's attention to sign for our food at the end so we just left...chased 5 minutes afterwards by a waitress with the check to sign. We ordered more drinks in the bar after dinner, but they never came - even after chasing them up twice.
After experiencing such great service in other Malmaison properties, it was a bit of a disappointment, but I won't let the experience put me off visiting another - and just put it down to bad luck on this occasion. The hotel itself was lovely.
- 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:
- Malmaison Reading Hotel Reading
- Malmaison Hotel Reading
- Reading Malmaison Hotel