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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Reading
- Reading Crowne Plaza