We have just returned from a wonderful weekend at The Reading Lake Hotel! Like lots of people on here we booked through Wowcher so the stay included a free bottle of wine from the bar and breakfast. Before booking I looked on here and the reviews were so varied I decided to go for it and see what we thought...to be honest the pictures of the surrounding lakes and promise of a private balcony swung it for me!
When we arrived we parked up in the large private car park (free of charge) and checked in at the reception desk. The staff were polite and friendly and the reception area was very welcoming! We were given the key to room 208 and headed down the hallway.
I agree with what some reviewers have said and parts of the hotel may be described as "tired" or "need updating" but this really didn't impact on our stay and a little bit of limescale in the bathroom really isn't the end of the world!
The first thing I noticed in the room, other than the very generous size for a 'standard', was the view! Amazing!!! Endless view of water and trees!! We live in a town overlooking the M2 so this was like heaven for us!! The balcony is a really good size and although it would be incredible in the summer we found the wrapping up and breathing in the cool crisp fresh air just as therapeutic!
We had dinner in the Bar & Lounge, where we also enjoyed our free bottle of wine. We both had a main meal and desert plus another bottle of wine and the food was wonderful! The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff were cheerful and polite.
The next morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the lake and we braved the cold to step out and enjoy the fresh air once again, this time though it was the smell of breakfast cooking that made this view even more amazing!!
Breakfast was down in the Bar & Lounge, it was quiet when we went down as it was still early but all the food looked great! It was a full breakfast in a buffet style with lots of choice including fruit, yoghurts and freshly made pastries...obviously we went for the full english though!! We weren't disappointed and enjoyed several cups of coffee reading the free newspapers and enjoying the view of the swans on the lake.
We checked out, reluctantly, and headed home.
This really was a wonderful weekend retreat and we are already planning to return in the Spring!
Please don't listen to the negative reviews on here, although some of the amenities may need updating it really didn't affect our stay at all! The room was clean and tidy, a really good size with a huge bed!! The shower may have a little bit of limescale but the water was hot and the pressure was great!!
What swings it for this hotel is the novelty of a private balcony in every room and that amazing view of the lake!!
Thank you to the hotel staff for making our stay very enjoyable!!
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- Also Known As:
- Reading Copthorne Hotel
- Copthorne Reading