Lets get the bad news out of the way first. Location wise, this hotel is right in the middle of a business park surrounded by offices. If you are looking for a city centre location or somewhere surrounded by bars and restaurants then this is going to leave you disappointed and wanting.
So i stayed here for one night arriving by car around 7pm. The hotel has a large car park underneath with plenty of parking spaces for even the busiest nights.
Arriving at reception I was greeted by a large clean and modern reception area and was quickly checked into my room on the 6th floor.
My room was again, of a good size with clean and ultra modern furnishings, a nice work area and a view out across the business park and beyond. This is Reading so you don’t expect a view.
Being an IHG platinum rewards member, the WiFi was free and whilst it wasn’t great, it was usable and didn’t have me reaching for my MiFi device instead.
Because of the location, I had little choice but to eat in the hotel. Always something I am very wary of. The restaurant menu looked typically heavy and pretentious. Exactly the kind of food I avoid when staying in hotels.
The bar menu however was a refreshing change. Sure you had the usual Holiday Inn burger and other typical hotel bar snacks but there was also a full page of Indian dishes and another of Thai. The food when it arrived was actually quite good. I have had worse currys in genuine Indian restaurants before now. The only complaint I would have is that the chairs in the hotel bar area are quite low and the tables quite high. For relaxing with a drink they are fine but for eating food it is far from ideal. There are some “proper” tables but they are few and far between so arrive early of be patient.
That evening I met up with a colleague and whilst we sat and talked, the table service for drinks in what was a busy bar was efficient and polite. The final bill was quite reasonable too.
Breakfast was more typical of a Holiday Inn. Lots of heat lamps but generally OK.
Checkout was swift and before I knew it I was back in my car and heading off for my day full of meetings.
So this is a great business hotel located well for the main business parks in Reading. It’s large, clean and modern with good facilities and attentive staff. The rooms are comfy, quiet and have a good work area for those late night emails.
If you are looking for somewhere for a romantic weekend away or perhaps a family holiday, this might be a bit to cold and sterile for your taste.
It’s a while since I gave a hotel a 5 star review but it deserves it. This is a proper business hotel and I genuinely enjoyed my stay here (as much as you can when away on business) and will certainly use this hotel again when in the area