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Great Expectations Hotel & Bar
Ranked #23 of 32 Hotels in Reading
Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“brilliant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Great expectations is a hotel/bar which could not be better situated. It is just across the road from the Oracle shopping centre and the riverside restaurant and bars. The hotel is really clean and the rooms cannot be faulted, they were clean, spacious and the shower- well, my partner wanted to bring that home as it was really powerful- not weak like most hotels. The only downside was parking. The hotel does not have a car park and it cost us over £30 to park in the NCP car park opposite for a two night break. However, this is obviously reflected in the price per night. The breakfast is fantastic and the staff are really friendly. We will definitely be stopping there again!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

The front of this hotel looks quite grand from the outside and when you step inside the bar area its done out like a Dickensian street with lots of different alcoves and areas to sit in very unusual and quite well done. The hotel reception is at the far end of the bar when you get your key retrace your steps to the front entrance and the hotel part is accessed through the double doors on your left. The room (Room 17) was very large with a fourposter bed,TV,Wardrobe,Sofa,Tea& coffee making things and a good sized bathroom with a double bath which was great for us to soak in together after a our Thames path walk from Cholsey. The breakfast was good and the hotel staff friendly. The location is good for the shops and night life. We enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Room 17 is large with a double bath and fourposter bed.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

Great Expectations is a themed pub with a hotel above the pub section. It is in the heart of Reading's nightlife (the Kennett Riverside/Vue Cinema/Oracle are just opposite) and offers clean accommodation at budget prices. The showers are equipped with massage head, which is a real treat after a day in meetings.
The downside, this is not a place to stay, if you need peace and quiet to prepare for meetings. There are three live music venues around you and Saturdays gives a new meaning to the term "Battle of the Bands". But if you are after the nightlife, than this is where you should be. The pub/restaurant offers Burgers in several varieties and a good range of beers on draught.

Room Tip: Room 2 will expose you to music from three directions on the weekend.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

The biggest plus about this hotel was the cheap rate, £38 for a single room including breakfast. So for a trip involving London on the way back this was far more economical than a London hotel. I can only think of Premier Inn as offering anything cheaper. Room was plain and a bit scruffy but bed was comfortable and I had a good night's sleep, It's not luxury but not at all bad, I've paid much more for worse accommodation (typically in London). Bar downstairs has cask ales although also had an annoying disco on Saturday night which jarred a bit with the olde worlde Dickens theme. Fortunately the noise didn't carry to my room and anyway it stopped at midnight. Breakfast was good, didn't need lunch. Convenient location close to train station, bars, shops and restaurants. I thought this was a great deal.

Room Tip: I was OK on 1st floor but try to get a room away from the disco
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

This is a lovely pub with a nice atmosphere.

The Dickens theme was great, and the longer you spent there, the more quirks you spot, although I did nearly leap out of my skin when I saw the Dickens mannequin!

I didn't spend the night there, but it is certainly a nice place to sit and chat with friends. What was really nice is that the music wasn't too loud where we were sat, and therefore didn't have to shout to be heard.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Very convenient location and lively bar. Pleasant stay with good breakfast in the morning. Close to all transport links for business and all city centre amenities. Very helpful and friendly staff. Thanks.

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Cheshire
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

Great location for visiting the Uni campus. Desperate for some work doing especially our room No 18. Carpet stained, decor tatty and tired.

Handy for the city centre, large carpark opposite £15 for 24hrs

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chris m
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Property: Great Expectations Hotel & Bar
Address: 33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #23 of 32 Hotels in Reading
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Expectations Hotel & Bar 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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