I stayed in this hotel for 1 night recently for business reasons. I was due to attend a meeting in Reading so stayed in this hotel the night before.
Here is my experience and I hope this helps others:
The hotel itself is suited right in the middle of the University campus and I found it tricky to locate, even with a satnav and a map which came when booking. After a few minutes driving around I eventually found the right car park (bearing in mind there are something like 20 car parks but you have to park in a particular one for the hotel).
When booking the confirmation arrived with an information page explaining that before 6pm you book in at the nearby building. I arrived about 5:30pm and the reception at that building was closed. So on locating the hotel there is an intercom system you push for either reception or security. I pushed the reception button, which turned on to be a big mistake! I won't bore you with all the details but suffice to say they could not find me on their booking system and I found them very unhelpful and verging on rude. After about 30 mins or so a security man turned up and he turned out to be a very nice chap and they eventually located my booking. This was partly because of a name confusion, but after being resolved I made my way into the hotel.
When you arrive the room door is left unlocked with your key inside. I would say that the room doors do not automatically lock, so make sure you lock your door when you leave and from the inside when you go to bed. I wasn't used to this as usually hotel room doors lock behind you.
I stayed on the 1st floor and found the room to be on the small size but acceptable. The bathroom was a good size and the walk in shower a bonus. The shower is big enough for two, however I am not a big fan of fixed shower heads myself, that's just a personal point. The fixed shower head means you really need to stretch inside the shower to turn this on before you get in, otherwise you will get a nice blast of cold then boiling how water before you find the temperature that you like.
Within the room peeling back the bed sheets I found several stains, so would suggest housekeeping needs attention! My room had a small tv on the wall which although this was on a wall bracket you could not turn this without it going back to where it was. The tv was on the right hand side wall so not that comfy to watch while in bed. There is also a desk with tea making facilities and the usual free biscuits.
I will say the free wifi is a nice bonus so that's one area in which this hotel does score a point. The connection was quick too compared to premier inn's I have stayed in.
My room also had a wardrobe with extra pillows and I believe this even had a fridge, although I didn't look or use this as I was only staying for one night.
My sleep wasn't very good as I found the room hot (I did try opening the window but got bothered by the amount of insects due to the trees outside) and also there was a lot of noise from downstairs, which eventually finished about 11pm.
A point to note is that there isn't a restaurant as such near to the hotel. There is a student pub which serves food and I ate in there. The food was good and services also good, so I give them a point for this too.
Personally I would not stay here again myself, considering the price I paid this hotel has more bad than good points. With a few simple tweaks this could be a nicer place to stay but in the current format I can only really give it a 2 out of 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cedars is a newly refurbished 36 bedroom hotel set in the heart of the picturesque 400 acre University of Reading campus. All rooms are en suite with several in room facilities such as walk in showers, luxury toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and fridges. There is alos free wifi and parking on campus. The campus is a lovely, peaceful alternative to staying in the busy town centre. ... more less
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