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“Nothing Special”
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Beech House Hotel
Ranked #8 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Barnsley, UK
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nothing Special”
Reviewed 26 February 2009

We stayed one night as it was near to a business appointment for me.On entering it looks quite grand and the public area's appeared well decorated, but what a dissappoinment when we entered the room it was like something from a 1960's B&B.
The wardrobes consisted of a few shelves and poles and a curtain to pull across, the rest of the furniture was shabby, the bed was of a good size and comfortable but the woollen blanket on it must be pre-war. TV was old. Bathroom was large with a decent shower.
On returning to the hotel at 8pm, we wanted some milk and ice but no members of staff were on duty to ask only an emergency telephone number. The bar was closed.
Breakfast was adequate but a little greasy,we felt that it had been cooked eairlier and kept warm as it arrived on the table fairly quickly.
It is described on the hotel sign as an Executive Hotel, this it is certainly not.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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4 Thank acktrav
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2009

Stayed here for three nights in one if the luxury King Sized bedrooms in the main house. The room was lovely and clean and rooms also come with free Wi-Fi which was excellent. The breakfast was also excellent and freshly cooked. The hotel is on quite a busy road but foung traffic noise no problem. It is only 10 minutes to Reading Station by a cab, there is also a bus stop down the road if thats what you want.
Not much arounf just a beefeater across a busy road.

But all in all a good place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank Dan_Whicker
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London
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143 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2008

I stayed for one night on a work trip. It's a lovely buiding set back from the main road. The staff are really friendly and helpful and my room was a really good size with a big comfortable bed and great shower. Very clean with a few nice touches.

The breakfast was plentiful with a good choice of cold buffet and nicely cooked fry-up. Again, excellent service too.

Generally really good value for money.

  • Liked — Quality of room
  • Disliked — A slight walk into the centre & no internet access
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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2 Thank Hard_Woman
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Brasilia, Df
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154 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2008

Reading other reviews here of Beech House, you'd get the idea that it's some kind of other-worldly experience. It's nice but far from exceptional, in my opinion. I stayed for 3 nights in a good-sized and comfortable room (15) that managed to avoid the English hotel disease of over heating. Facing the rear garden, it was also quiet and a good sleep was not hard to get. The bathroom was of a good size but lacked shelves. The shower spluttered a bit and I found that at position 8 it was warm and at position 9 it was scalding, so fairly precise adjustments needed. The bathroom had no heating so it was a bit cold - must be freezing in January.
Staff were generally helpful though I found a yawning gap in terms of attention and attitude between the receptionist one day and the other one the next. One was as helpful as can be, the other almost brusque.
Breakfast is ample but nothing special for the UK - cold toast and cool coffee.
Wifi was available but no signal in my room and my Sony Vaio only got 'acquiring network address' in the lounge so it didn't work. When I asked about it, there was general shrugging of shoulders. Well, OK.
As another reviewer has said - if you're coming by car and using a Tom Tom GPS, it'll take you to the wrong place. Is the postcode the hotel gives the correct one?
Well, overall a nice hotel but note that it is not at all central. So if you don't mind driving into the town or taking transport, it's a good bet and good value for the money (I paid 88 sterling per night all in for a single room). Would give it 3.5 stars.

  • Liked — Room and bed
  • Disliked — Nothing in particular
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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2 Thank JeffStranks
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Genova
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2008

I booked this hotel for my family when they came over to visit me when I was a student in Reading, they simply loved it. The rooms are very cleanl, large and comfortable, the staff is very kind. When at night you get back to the hotel you really feel like coming back home. My adviceis: if you are going to Reading, book this hotel!

  • Stayed April 2005, travelled with family
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3 Thank Minerva82
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Groveland, California
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2008

The Beech House Hotel is a small hotel on the main road 2 miles from the M5 into Reading. The post code on Tom Tom does not find it correctly, which we will report to Tom Tom. Michael was very kind to direct us via mobile/cell while we traveled further than anticipated down Bath Road.
We were welcomed with a cup of tea and a chat with Michael about what we were doing in UK in our Morgan car. He then directed us to an excellent restaurant "Chi" on Oxford Road for dinner. Michael was very hospitable and very proud of his hotel.
The hotel is immaculate and not missing any items including wireless internet in our room. We had a large room with a king bed and crisp sheets. The bed was a bit soft for our liking, but very comfortable. The shower was fantastic. There was no bathtub in our 2nd story room, which did not matter to us.
We did need to leave the window open for air as it was a bit muggy and rainy in London. As the hotel is on the main road, that meant a bit of road noise. I do not believe the hotel has air conditioning, so if it is warm and noise bothers you, let Michael know when you make the reservation so he can provide the quietest room. If noise really bothers you, or it is very hot in London, I would stay where there is air conditioning.The breakfast was the traditional English fare, plenty of it and nicely labeled and prepared. By American standards, nothing out of the ordinary but perfectly adequate.

  • Liked — Shower, bed, room size, internet access and friendliness of inn keeper
  • Disliked — Road noise and no air conditioning
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Morgan_Travelers
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Celebration, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2008

Stayed at Beech House Hotel for four night while visiting Reading for business. It was a pleasant surprise. The hotel is run by the gentleman who owns the place, and he really does put an effort into making you welcome and comfortable.

The room I stayed in was nice and clean, with a large king size bed and all the amenities you need.

Free wifi internet and full English breakfast - it's a deal!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank n.balba
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Property: Beech House Hotel
Address: 60 Bath Road, Reading RG30 2AY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Reading
#3 Romantic Hotel in Reading
#5 Family Hotel in Reading
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Beech House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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