We've found this to be a convenient place to stop over when visiting my partner's son in Reading - just off the motorway and no problems with parking.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed at reception and found ourselves upgraded to an executive room which was nice. The chilled drink at reception was a particularly nice touch and appreciated after a long hot drive.
Once we'd arrived we didn't much feel like straying too far so after a freshen up and a quick dip in the pool we wandered down to the bar before dinner in the hotel restaurant (which my partner commented reminded her of the canteen at the college where she teaches).
Overall the level of service throughout the hotel was very good - friendly, efficient and with a smile. There did however seem to be a disconnect between the restaurant waiting staff and the kitchen staff over food orders and delivery (incorrect side-orders and steak wrongly cooked etc). To their credit, the waiting staff worked hard to put matters right - the quality of food and cooking (even after we'd been given the correct food) was however very average. Although our room rate suggested we were not going to experience haute cuisine, we were disssaponted with our evening meals.
Breakfast was much better - despite being very busy, the breakfast buffet was frequently replenished with freshly cooked food and the waiting staff were very good, busily clearing tables and still finding time to ask if we had enjoyed our breakfasts.
We'd normally rate this hotel as average but the friendliness of the staff and generally good service (kitchen service at dinner excepted) and the amount that we paid (£137.75 - had they made a mistake?), it would be churlish not to rate it as very good - we'll most likely return but for B&B only next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Reading - South M4, Jct.11 provides the perfect base for your stay in Reading, whether you are visiting the Reading Festival, taking your children to Legoland, or visiting the nearby Business Parks. Click here to book you Legoland Break including Accommodation, Breakfast & 2 day passes to the Park for up to 2 adults & 2 children. The Hotel is situated just half a mile from M4 Junction 11 and 2 miles from the centre of Reading. We have 202 fully air-conditioned bedrooms with High-speed Internet access, iron & boards, complimentary car parking and children stay and eat for free*. We are located only minutes away from Readings major business parks, Reading International Business Park, Green Park and Thames Valley Park. We are walking distance from the Madejski Stadium home to football team Reading FC and the London Irish Rugby Club. Nearby facilities include Legoland, Windsor Castle, Thorpe Park, Ascot & Newbury Race Courses and the Oracle Shopping Centre. Holiday Inn Reading South provides extensive leisure facilities in our Spirit Health Club with indoor pool, gym, sauna, solarium. * = Terms & Conditions Apply ... more less
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