The Novotel is an "old School" hotel where once they have you then you are additional potential revernue.
The hotel itself is OK, nothing to rave about, with very welcoming and efficient staff. However once you have paid for your room you then have to pay for a decent wi-fi connection, when you turn on the TV it entices you to take out a "package" which you have to navigate around in order to watch free to view; a small bottle of no brand water is £2.50, breakfast is an eye watering £16.50 (english breakfast at Claridge's is £17.50!).
The temperature control in the room was particularly poor, I set the thermostat to cool the room around mid afternoon and it was still too hot in the evening. No problem just open the window, BUT if you have a room at the front of the hotel the busses start very early and are loud enough to wake you then you have to close the window.
All is not bad though the beds were comfortable and the shower in the room was good.
I would return for the comfort of the beds but would prefer to spend my time at a hotel where I feel more a guest rather that a revenue stream.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Generation 4 star hotel with leisure club located in Reading town centre. Just 2 min. walk from the railway station: 25 min to London Paddington, 30 min Rail-Air link to Heathrow airport, free shuttle to Thames Valley Park. A short drive to the M4, other business parks and Reading FC stadium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Reading Centre Hotel Reading
- Accor Reading Centre
- Reading Novotel