Reading is ideally suited on the outskirts of London and in the heart of the Thames Valley. In only 25 minutes on a train you can be in Central London and by car you’re less than an hour away from major attractions such as Stonehenge, Oxford and Bath. While most travellers to Reading are there on business, Reading is perfectly placed to house the holiday traveller also.
Leading the places to stay for visitors to Reading is the Forbury Hotel in the centre of town. This five star hotel is a short walk from the Oracle shopping centre and the central train station. It has 23 luxury bedrooms, many with four poster beds and also has an excellent restaurant. Attached to the restaurant is a trendy cocktail bar which is popular with locals as well as the hotel guests.
On the outskirts of the town stands the large Hilton Hotel. Set just off of the A33 near the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading FC and London Irish rugby club, the Hilton caters to a mainly business crowd. It has an underground car park and 24 hour valet service. With over 50 rooms the hotel also houses 8 large function rooms including a grand ballroom.
Sat on the banks on the River Thames in Caversham is the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It overlooks the Thames and Caversham Bridge and is popular with families along with business travellers. The hotel has a brasserie style restaurant and 6 meeting rooms along with a health and fitness suite.
Heading outside of Reading itself, the impressive Wokefield Park Hotel is part of the De Vere chain of luxury hotels. Set in 250 acres of landscaped grounds the impressive hotel is based in a large mansion house with over 300 bedrooms. The hotel golf course is award winning and designed to PGA standards. Meeting rooms are plentiful and many local business groups use the hotel facilities for their activities.
Back in the centre of Reading there are several hotels that are more in the budget range. The best of which is the Novotel Hotel on Friar Street. Set a few minutes stroll from the shops and the train station the Novotel has a great location. The Novotel is a 4 star modern hotel with over 150 rooms and several meeting rooms. It is geared more towards the business crowd but can be popular with families at the weekend. It is a short walk to all of Reading’s leading restaurants in the centre of town.
The final hotel to be reviewed is the Malmaison which is right opposite the main train station. Another hotel with a great town centre location, the Malmaison is a stylish boutique hotel which boasts being the oldest station hotel in the world dating back to 1844. It is perfect for a romantic getaway but also appeals to the alternative business crowd and gets popular at the weekends when locals frequent the popular bar. The brasserie is French themed and the popular MalBar is great for cocktails.
If you’re going to be staying in Reading in the near future then you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels. You won’t be disappointed if you go for one of the ones we’ve highlighted here.