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Crowne Plaza Hotel Reading
Ranked #9 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Reviewed 15 September 2008

Got a great rate (last minute) of £127 for a suite which included breakfast, newspaper and internet access but I was still anxious having had mixed experiences at other Crowne plazas/Pedersen group hotels of which this is one. Needn't have been. Huge balcony overooking Thames - perfect with a glass of wine on a glorious day watching 20 or 30 hot air balloons floating over the river for some sort of promotion - surreal - sitting area with TV, bedroom with TV and bathroom with TV. (I actually put telly in bathroom on just because I could whilst showering in the separate monsoon shower for ooh - 5 minutes.) Overall very clean, nice bar and restaurant area again overlooking river. But daft prices for food and drink. £8 for a gin and tonic. Worth going for a club room (to use the club lounge) to avoid this sort of (sharp) practice. Didn't eat in because of prices and somewhat pretentious menu. But Caversham has plenty of good Chinese/Indian/Italian/pubs so you don't need to. Room marvellously quiet (air con very efficient too) so slept very well despite baby in suite next door. Not afflicted with banging doors although having a suite helped. Comfy bed and pillows.

Literally the only fault I could pick was a very slightly damp odour in the bathroom (which was spotlessly clean however). Every member of staff was smiley and said hello, even sorted out delivering the wrong paper in the morning with good grace. Even the other guests were polite and greeted me (not something I've experienced elsewhere. Perhaps they thought I was housekeeping). Mix of business types, older /younger couples. No wedding parties though they do offer wedding do's so worth watching in the marriage season.

I would stay again. The only negative - and this is being really nitpicking - is that if you don't get a space outside you have to faff around with tokens to the secure hotel car park next door. A good choice for a short break and well located for lots of sightseeing.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 12 September 2008

my partner and i stayed hear for one night in a executive room, the room was very well furnished with a massive bed, room was on the small side but not really a problem for one night, the other great thing about the room was the balcony over looking the themes, the hotel bar and restaurant were very pleasant although the food options were a bit strange looking so did not bother instead we found a tgi Fridays 5 min walk down the road. the swimming pool was amazing and extremely relaxing. the only let down was the executive lounge, web site and welcome letter state they offer free alcoholic drinks and canapes between 6pm and 8pm, we arrived at 7pm to find one bottle of white wine and two bottles of beer in the fridge and no food what so ever, there was one other couple in there who said they had stayed a few times before and it was always the same we all agreed this was extremely poor,
over all i would stay again but wouldn't bother with executive lounge

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2008

Stayed at this hotel for a wedding that we were attending in the Reading area. We paid a premium to have the 'executive room' with the privileges that this (£30+/night) gives. This includes a happy hour in the club lounge, hich includes free drinks for 2 hours as well as free snacks.
We have stayed in these types of rooms before (but not in the UK).

On our first night we took the opportunity to go down to the lounge and make use of the facilities. We were extremely disappointed. There were no snacks to be seen and the drinks selection was very poor.

After waiting for about 15 mins to see if a member of staff would be coming to check the snacks I went to reception to ask what was going on. They quickly sent a member of staff to check, however it took half and hour for them to bring out any snacks (at this point there were 4 couples in the lounge) and they brought out 12 tiny canapes!!!!! These were put in the chiller and quickly eaten by the people in there, we then spent the next 45 mins or so in the lounge, during which time not one member of staff came to check if anything was needed.

The actual room we were given was nice, but not at all spacious. From seeing other rooms as we passed, I think the diferences to a standard room was a larger bed (in the same size room) and a flat screen TV. Not really worth the £30+ extra that we paid. We did get a balcony overlooking the Thames, which was very nice. However, the 2 next door rooms had the same and were easily able to see into our room when they were on the balcony.

We complained on check out and were refunded the extra premium for one of the nights, so at least that was something.

I can't complain at the breakfast - all tastes catered for with a large selection of hot and continental food, and they quickly cooked poached eggs for me when I asked. The cost for b/fast was included in our rate, so can't comment on how expensive the food is.

Very secure parking too. Need tokens to get in on foot and out by car.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 July 2008

We spent a weekend here on a room only basis. The hotel has recently been refurbished and we found the bedroom to be fairly small but well equipped.The decor throughout is modern and attractive. The location is very good ,being right on the river by the Caversham bridge. What lets the place down is the restaurant which offers a poor choice with some eccentric combinations such as skate in batter with chips fried in goose fat. In fact all the chips seemed to come in goose fat.The buffet breakast at £15 is a ripoff. House wine at £6 a glass is expensive.
We chose to eat dinner at the nearby Riverside pub where there is a good choice of food and some decent wine at sensible prices.We took breakfast at the Gorse cafe which is just acroos the street. Here you can get a freshly cooked breakfast for as little as £5

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Crowne Plaza Hotel Reading

Address: Caversham Bridge Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8BD, England (Formerly Holiday Inn)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Reading
#8 Romantic Hotel in Reading
#8 Business Hotel in Reading
Price Range: ₹ 6,025 - ₹ 15,322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Crowne Plaza Hotel Reading 4*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 4 star hotel in the heart of Reading on the banks of the River Thames provides a tranquil venue easily accessible from the M4, London Heathrow Airport and London Paddington Station. We offer 200 complimentary parking spaces on site. The local area offers the Oracle shopping centre and Vue Cinema, an array of restaurants, the Thames Valley Business Park, Green Park and Madjeski Football Stadium (home of Reading Football Club).As a guest at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading you have full access to the Revive Health Club and Spa with indoor pool. The modern spa offers a wide selection of Elemis treatments. Bedrooms at the Crowne Plaza Reading are spacious with soft and earthy decor, seriously comfy beds with work desks and high speed internet access. Our Acqua Restaurant serves modern British cuisine sourced from local suppliers. You can also enjoy a lighter or healthier meal in the lobby bar or terrace overlooking the River Thames. 24HR Room Service is also available for those guests arriving late or departing early The Caversham Business Suite is a self contained Meeting Centre for conferences and private dining. All rooms offer natural daylight and a private terrace overlooking the River Thames. The Crowne Plaza Hotel Reading is an ideal wedding venue licensed for Civil Ceremonies and can cater for banqueting or private parties in Reading for up to 180 people. ... more   less 
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