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“An unexpected jewel in the middle of Reading”

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The Forbury Roseate
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Reading
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39 reviews
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“An unexpected jewel in the middle of Reading”
Reviewed 30 October 2012 via mobile

Had a great stay at The Forbury.

Great location, great room and great weekend rate.

Would thoroughly recommend for a business or leisure stay.

One small negative comment was a lack of wardrobe space in the bedrooms (not a problem for me but my wife complained) otherwise faultless.

The best English breakfast I've had for a long time as well.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

I was very impressed with this lovely little hotel in Reading... The building having been completely renovated in a modern and stylish way, is absolutely delightful. My junior suite was small but lovely and perfectly clean! My guest's room was stunning as well, and she was very happy with it.
The restaurant and bar busy and again beautifully decorated. The food was good and the menu interesting; the staff very professional and friendly.
Everything was beautifully clean and efficient, and the room service menu was good and readily available. I used the laundry service which was excellent and a same day service. Parking is at a reasonable rate and it also has free wi fi, which was adequate. The hotel is next to Forbury gardens with the most magnificent bronze lion and is also a lovely place to sit in the sun. Forbury Hotel is also ideally placed for the town centre and shopping, and is also very near to Reading station within easy reach of London and Oxford for the traveller.
I am definitely using this delightful hotel again this year and looking forward to experiencing a new room perhaps, I think too it would make the perfect place for a romantic break and maybe next time I'll take my husband.
The only down side was a couple of design problems which I doubt would worry a younger person, and they were a) dim lighting throughout the hallways but more importantly in the room, and especially in the evenings, and b) there was no drawer space, just shelving and as I was in the UK for two weeks, I found I had clothes everywhere! However, I did manage, and there were plenty of other good things to make up for this. I suspect the designer was a male genY... as there wasn't a magnifying makeup mirror or shaving mirror either (I bought one and suggest you bring one if you need one).

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

I stayed in the Forbury for a relaxing weekend break with my girlfriend. From entrance to exit, the service was excellent, food; delightful and decor; smart and stylish.

We were greeted by the porter when we arrived who parked the car and took our bags to the room. The room was furnished beautifully with comforting wooden floors with the warmth of the underfloor heating. The room was kitted with Bang & Olufsen TV, DVD and sound system which played through the room and bathroom.

We had a fantastic tea full of sandwiches and cake. Dinner was good too but the one thing to really shout home was the huge cocktail list. If you are a cocktail lover, then this may be the place for you. We only tried the espresso martini which definitely hit the spot.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

Booked the romance package for our 1st wedding anniversary 16/10/12 ....... Amazing, From the moment you walk through the doors the stesses and strains of everyday life melt away. Perrier Jouet champagne already on ice in the room which is beautifully presented. The hotel absolutely lives up to it's fabulous reputation from start to finish. Dinner at Cerise was beautiful excellent cocktails, food and ambience.
Would recommend in a heartbeat and will certainly be staying again. If you book one of the packages available and break it down to it's individual componants the Forbury is an absolute steal.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

The staff at The Forbury never cease to amaze me with their top notch customer service. On the top of my list is Jonathan, the bar manager at Cerise, who creates exquisite custom cocktails and goes way beyond the expected to make your stay special; seriously a natural mixologist and passionate care giver.Thanks to all of the outstanding people at The Forbury for making me feel at home again.Cheers!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We used the hotel restaurant for a family tea with dainty sandwiches and lots of nice cakes. The food and service was excellent and whilst not cheap it is highly recommended for a special occasion. The hotel offers parking and nothing is too much trouble if you want to treat yourself to somethiung a bit different and special.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

Staying in Reading for business, the Forbury provided a perfect, restful, base of operations. The room is very tastefully appointed with the poshest bathroom I've seen during two weeks of stay in England. The staff is courteous, friendly and absolutely unpretentious. Their attitude permeates the entire property. Not a wrong note to be found during my two day visit!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Property: The Forbury Roseate
Address: 26 The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Reading
#1 Business Hotel in Reading
#1 Luxury Hotel in Reading
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Forbury Roseate 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury hotel with a private house feel, The Forbury has been designed to meet the needs of the single business person or couple seeking refuge from the “rat race”. The bedrooms and suites provide a sumptuous and stimulating environment. Every feature has been designed with comfort in mind. From huge beds with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets to American walnut floors with underfloor heating and fine Italian chrome bath fittings, nothing has been overlooked. ... more   less 
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