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.
- 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