I stayed here overnight after landing in London and taking the bus to Reading before taking a train the next morning. Then we stayed again a week later when heading back to Heathrow. My Dad and I thought the staff were lovely, and very attentive. The Indian restaurant in the hotel is fantastic - best lamb curry either one of us have ever had. The service in the restaurant is also amazing. Both nights we stayed and ate there, the restaurant completely sold out. The hotel was also sold out one of the nights.
The hotel rooms are spacious and clean. I didn't see any mold. I also didn't think the rooms smelled like curry. My only complaint would be that the hotel is very old and the pipes are not perfect. My Dad's room was very hot on our first night there. Mine was just fine. Then on our return trip, we both had hot rooms. Not because of the weather! It rained all day and was chilly. It is because the pipes are so hot. You could put your hand on the cold water faucets and they were scalding hot. I was worried about taking a shower in the morning, but once I ran the water for a couple of minutes, it did turn cold. The water in the toilet was also scalding hot.
Not enough cons to ruin my stay. I quite liked the hotel, and the staff, and the location is perfect. There are shops and lots of restaurants just a short walk through the alley behind the hotel. There is also a great little used record store directly across the street from the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel situated in the quaint riverside district of Reading and right in the centre close to the Oracle Shopping centre and Rail Station ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal County Reading
- Hotel Royal County