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“Clean Rooms, Not A Lot Else”
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Rainbows Lodge
Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Bideford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Clean Rooms, Not A Lot Else”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

Disinterested staff on reception.
Every floorboard creaks
Had a single room, clean, tidy with Hairdryer, TV, kettle and Free Wi Fi ++for that.

Advertises it has bar and restaurant - Sorry, serving 1 bottled brand of lager from a fridge does not make a bar. The restaurant is a nasty Italian restaurant, the food is poor and service poorer.

Room Tip: Try the Crown Plaza opposite.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Hotel location is good. I did not need to interact with the staff much which for me is positive. Room cleaning could be more thorough (stains on wall). Wifi was excellent. I was on the first floor from the side of the busy road, there is some noise but I had no trouble sleeping.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Como, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2011

first night couldn't sleep because of heating appliances noises, shower so small I couldn't even wash myself, the only window faced a heater puffer room in the backyard.

changed the room, noticed a weird smell, I thought someone smoked even it was a no -smoking room. couldn't sleep again because it rained (not unusual in UK) and a huge drip sound was disturbing.


pee stain and hairs in the batthroom

next morning found out the smell was the pissed couch.

ok,booking at Crowne Plaza, talked to the director I would have checked out on Thursday.

Came back on Wednesday, key doesn't work, went to the reception and I have been checked out one day before!

Room Tip: stay away!!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2011

I stayed here for one night prior to a business meeting the following day.

This is a budget hotel with very limited facilities and in a tricky location, it's cheap and clean but nothing else.

The traffic in Reading is appalling and getting to the hotel from Slough (20 miles) took 1 hour 20 mins and the 3 mile trip to Thames Valley Park the next day took over 30 minutes. So it's not in the best of locations, it's on the wrong side of Reading for most business stays.

The car park is tiny and cramped, which is in keeping with the hotel as a whole and I can imagine that this would cause problems for guests sometimes.

The welcome wasn't exactly warm, the gentleman on the checkin desk gave me the me the impression that he didn't really want to be there but to be fair to him, that's how I felt during my short stay and he has to be there all the time.

My room (13) was tiny and had a single bed, wardrobe, desk & TV wedged in between the window (facing the busy and very noisy road outside) and the (poorly soundproofed) door to the (creaky) corridor. Thankfully this room was on the top floor, I imagine if it had been lower down I would've had to endure the noise from upstairs as well, which would've meant even less sleep. All in all, there was hardly room to swing a mouse, yet alone a cat and if I had, my fellow guests probably would've heard every movement!

The only communal space in the hotel is the small lounge area directly in front of the reception desk, which was inappropriate for our group, and the restaurant next door is a separate business, even though it directly adjoins the hotel, so no respite there without a meal.

All in all a disappointing stay at this small independent hotel which only served to highlight the reasons why Premier Inns, Travelodge & Holiday Inn Express are doing so well: a much better quality product for the price.

Room Tip: Choose one at the back of the hotel, the road is really noisy.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Cleveland, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2011

We chose this place as we wanted an apartment for our last two nights in the UK. It looks like a "dive" from the outside and inside isn't that much better. The carpet looks like it came straight out of a public bar with all the lovely stains you'd expect. The same goes for the overhead exhaust fan, no lights working over the cook-top and the FILTHY filters, the wall tiles are also grotty.
The bathroom shower had been reported prior to our arrival and not yet fixed so we had to have a bath. Whilst we were out it has supposed to have been fixed but is now dripping constantly. On opening the washing machine door I plucked out a comb from inside the rubber surround and even that was pig filthy. Does anyone look, it wasn't hard for me to see the filth?
The bath, toilet and basin were clean as was the bedding and it was comfortable. Parking was onsite out the back of the building. The walls are thin but the noise was only first thing in the morning when most people are on the move anyway so not a problem for us. Washing machine/dryer combo is ridiculous as the dryer takes numerous cycles, four cycles for 6 pairs of undies! Find a laundromat and use the dryer there or you'll be running this thing all night long.The lady on reception and the gentleman that came to look at the shower were very pleasant. This place just really needs a damned good scrubbing and either new carpet or vinyl for ease of cleaning.

Room Tip: We were given ground floor room no. 1 (The York Room) which was wonderful for once not having to car...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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90 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2011

Nice hotel situated in heart of Reading town center. Train station only 10 mins. walk away, with all Reading town attractions, Oracle shopping mall, Hexagon [Theatre] all easily within walking distance of hotel, there are numerous restaurants, convenience stores, all around the hotel. Within easy reach of Henley, High Wycombe, and access to M1 motorway.Rooms have modern bathroom with shower cubicle, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, and toiletries.

Room Tip: Request a room not overlooking main road, as this road is very busy, most times of the day.
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2011

Looked like a crap place from the outside, but inside we were suprised. Was clean, fresh smelling, amazing amazing shower, air con. The only downside was it's noisy - Walls are paperthin so could hear our neighbours word for word. Also we paid £150 as it was the Reading festival season which is way way too much for this type of hotel. Overall 7.5/10

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Rainbows Lodge
Address: 132-138 Caversham Road, Reading RG1 8AY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Reading
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Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbows Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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