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pentahotel Reading
Ranked #6 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Funky place centrally located”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Booked this hotel for 1 night stay, check in easy and friendly, bar area looked nice, hotel from outside doesn't do it justice to inside, it reminded me of the planet hollywood hotel in Las Vegas and that type of theme , really surprised with the rooms, huge bed nice bathroom with amenities.

I was here for a convention and if I were to visit reading again would stay here, easy walking to the town centre of reading if you head right out the hotel, if you head left looks a dodgy part of the area, so avoid going that way.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you very much for your review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us like what we do. We look forward to seeing you again next time!
Best wishes,
James Gardiner – Hotel Manager
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Use this hotel quite often.The Staff are simply the best.Special mention to Kaz The Bar Manager and Jeremy.Very helpful and brilliant with people.I would recommend this place to anybody.The parking is in the q-park a short walk away from the hotel.The bar prices are not that bad either considering its 4 star hotel.If i come to Reading i always this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you very much for your review. There’s some really great feedback there; especially for Kas and Jeremy who will be delighted to see their names mentioned! As you are one of our more regular guest it just leaves me to say that we look forward to seeing you again very soon for more of the same great stuff! Best wishes,
James Gardiner – Hotel Manager
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Refreshing change staying at this hotel. Loved the foyer with free pool and Wii, large open and very relaxing. The rooms were lovely and very modern. It's nice to find a hotel trying to be a bit different and aimed at the younger generation. We got a bargain price and breakfast was lovely. Only downside is no parking.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thanks for your great review. I am very pleased that you loved what we do. With some lovely, secure parking just a small way from the hotel and with our competitive hotel discounts on this, hopefully next time you are with us this will be a positive aspect to your stay with us too.
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

We had a lovely few days stay in the Pentahotel Reading.
Staff very friendly, efficient And professional, always willing to Help (especially girl named Vaida). spotlessly clean, great location, rooms excellent! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thanks for your fantastic review and the special mention for Vaida! Thanks for highly recommending us too. We look forward to seeing you again soon for another great stay in the future.
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James Gardiner – Hotel Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Located just off the A329 in Reading, this hotel is ideally located for access to all the amenities in Reading itself. Parking for this hotel is NOT on site but just a short drive to Q-Parks in Chatham Street, which is but a 2 minute walk back to the hotel itself. This is a 24 hour secure parking operation with ample CCTV and well lit for added safety and security. Although Q-Parks have their own tariff staying at the Pentahotel entitles you to a discounted price and even lower again should you manage to leave in between certain hours inside the 24 hour period.
The Pentahotel Oxford Road Reading RG1 7RH offers a warm welcome to all by the reception staff and the rooms are located on 6 floors, for those who smoke, the top floor rooms are the dedicated ones for that, which did surprise us though gratefully accepted! (nothing worse than trying to smoke through a 3 inch gap in a window and hoping the cleaning staff and management don't find out).
Well kept rooms, with tea/coffee making facilities, these you will find in the bottom draw box on the wardrobe, a large 32 inch TV with radio and also a full internet facility. Large bed which you can get lost in also. The bathroom has a large walking in shower, though please get used to the shower operation prior to running in naked, it does get very hot indeed.
All in all we enjoyed our night at the Christmas party, though the food was not exactly great and arrived somewhat luke warm, that was cancelled out by copious amounts of wine consumed before dinner itself. The hotel provided a disco which had the floor full most of the evening which was a big plus for us guys as it not only gave us the chance to have a nag free moment but also the chance at viewing the much younger models.
There is however a rather downside to the Hotel, its location though obviously central brings with it the sounds of the Police sirens as they deal with the less sensible ones out enjoying what Reading has to offer right into the early hours.
The other issue we had was with breakfast, its a buffet style affair with one young lady the only staff member present, food ranged from continental breakfast to full English the latter kept in heated silver service, though the word "heated" could be debated and we found that the food was to cold for our liking.
All in all it was a nice well presented hotel and the added bonus of truly professional staff members and despite the minor moan would recommend this hotel to others.

Room Tip: Smokers are catered for on the top floor............... healthier lifestyles on the lower.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you very much for your review. I am delighted that overall you really enjoyed your stay with us. Apologies for the minor niggles; we’ll have a look into those as a team and provide solutions to the things we can influence to ensure the next time you are with us, everything is perfect. Thank you.
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James Gardiner – Hotel Manager
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2013

We stayed here for two nights and were pleasantly surprised. We had a discounted rate for a wedding which was incredibly inexpensive. We also were given a discount for the parking adjacent to the hotel (which was expensive but nothing to do with the hotel). The atmosphere in reception was so festive, smelt of spices and was buzzing. A really great first impression after sitting in the rush hour traffic on a Friday night, definitely put a smile on our faces. Our room was great, immaculately tidy, great facilities and brilliant shower. The bed was HUGE!! I don't think I have ever slept so well, and when meeting my friends for breakfast in the morning they all said the same thing. Breakfast was AMAZING..we were all confused as there was such a massive choice of food and drink, and even had some prosecco with my breakfast. No cheapo unbranded food and all warm, good quality and tasty. We needed an iron and ironing board. We telephoned reception and within 2 minutes it was delivered to the door..perfect!! The only negatives were that the staff were a little short. None were rude at all, but I got the impression they would rather have been somewhere other than at work and there was a lot of waiting at busy times at the reception to be seen. The lifts were also a bif of a shambles with us waiting 8 minutes at one point for it to come to us. I worry what I would do if I was disabled or elderly. However...this does not take away from the excellent value for money and atmosphere in the hotel!! I'm very impressed, and that is not easy to do! I will be returning on my next shopping trip for some scrummy food and a massive comfy bed.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
Hello! Thank you very much for your review. I am delighted we provided the setting for you to have such a good time. Thank you so much for highlighting so many of the positive things we do to ensure our guests have the best of times when staying with us. A couple of negatives for us to look at and my apologies that you felt the staff could have been more welcoming. This is very much out of the ordinary for them as they have all been recruited for their fab personalities and enthusiasm for what we do here. We have had a challenge with one of our lifts but have always maintained two lifts being open for guest use which is usually enough to make sure everyone gets everywhere nice and quickly. That aside, we can’t wait to see you again for another great stay in the near future! Thank you.
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James Gardiner – Hotel Manager
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

well where do I start. never stayed in a hotel that looks like this before its so relaxed.
rooms are very modern and clean . really nice bed and you need that in a hotel with such a late checkout on sunday. perfect if you have had a very long night!
breakfast was very good for choice and not having to ask for anything really makes you feel comfortable.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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ph_Reading, Manager at pentahotel Reading, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
Thank you very much for your review! Delighted you loved our hotel and what we do. We look forward to welcoming you back again next time!
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Property: pentahotel Reading
Address: Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7RH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Reading
#9 Family Hotel in Reading
#10 Business Hotel in Reading
#11 Romantic Hotel in Reading
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — pentahotel Reading 4*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What makes us a cut above the rest is the way we do things. We have designed the pentahotel Reading to be simple and pentastylish, to provide excellent value for money, create a pentafun and relaxed space with service that is welcoming and personal. All of this not only makes us the newest hotel in Reading, but also your neighbourhood lifestyle hotel. The perfect place to eat, drink and relax is the pentalounge, our „lifestyle lobby“ that multi-functions as a reception, bar, and café, perfect as a neighbourhood hub. No matter what brings you to Reading, there is always time to have a look around. There are the medieval Abbey ruins, historic rivers and of course the majestic Thames Valley countryside to inspire you. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy you could also try out some of the local restaurants or pubs or the fabulous shopping at the Oracle and Broad Street malls. ... more   less 
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