I stay as a regular guest at this hotel, which as other reviewers have said is very handy to get to from Reading's main station, whilst also very convenient for the town centre's restaurant/bars, shops & nightlife.
Whilst I have grown to know the staff over the 9 months or so I have been a weekly visitor, I have observed the way the reception, restaurant & other staff treat other guests, and give them all 10/10 for professional, customer focussed and friendly service.
My particular favourites are Christian Concari the Bar Manager & Karolina Florczuk who provide an entertaining and warmly welcoming presence of an evening. That said, Auriele who regularly check me in always has a welcoming smile and personalised greeting for me.
Looking at the hotel amenities:
Rooms: Clean, comfortable and well equipped, all rooms have a connector to play your iPOD via the TV. Exec rooms also include a BOSE iPOD docking station. With a mini bar and modern clean bathroom with both shower & bath. Also personal safes are in all rooms to keep your valuables safe.
Restaurant: I tend just to eat breakfast, and dine out in the many restaurants around town. On the odd occasion I have had a bar meal it is served quickly and piping hot, as the bar & restaurant are not far apart. Food is a little pricey compared with outside, but I guess that's the same whichever hotel you eat in. Breakfast is a self service buffet with a very wide selection to choose from
Other: There is a small pool, sauna & steam room along with a gym located under the hotel. This area is very well looked after by the cleaning staff at the hotel, and has everything you would need to keep a few pounds off!
Overall, I really enjoy staying at the Novotel in Reading. I stay in many other hotels throughout the UK, including other Novotels, and some London hotels costing considerably more. The dedicated team who work here make this place stand out from the crowd and a pleasure to visit.
- 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