Needed two rooms in Reading and on reading the previous reviews, this hotels current position as the number two hotel in Reading (at time of writing) seems to have been achieved by an overly large amount of glowing reports from “single post wonders” for me to be totally comfortable with booking it.
However, as I needed a double and a twin, and this was proving problematical to find in Reading without paying a fortune at one of the standard chains, and as I received very helpful pre booking service both on the phone and by email and some of the good reviews obviously are genuine, I decided to take the chance and book it for last week.
Let me give you my honest view of our experience.
What the Thameside Hotel is not, is a Luxury Business and Leisure Hotel with a Thames side location , despite what it may intimate on the front page of their web site.
What it is, is a comfortable, solid family run Bed and Breakfast hotel which offers friendly service value for money accommodation in the Reading area.
First impressions were not good as the initial approach gave some concerns that a mistake had been made choosing this one. It is located amongst the local shops and fast food restaurants on the busy Caversham Road. The car park is not obvious and is tricky to enter. You have to turn into the dead end Thames Avenue and then take the second track on the left, a tight entrance between two houses. Then the rear entrance to the hotel from the car park is not the most welcoming vista with its barred gates and shabby appearance.
However, fortunately once inside the experience was very different. A very friendly welcome at the reception desk and almost personal service to show us to our rooms, and that friendly service continued throughout our stay.
The two rooms we had were comfortable and well equipped. The rooms themselves are in the two wings each side of the main entrance and reception, which can only be entered with a room key. The twin room was on one side and was back facing and, although without much of a view was perfectly fine for two adults. Our double was front facing on the other side and, although the Caversham Road is a busy commuter thoroughfare in and out of Reading, the room was well glazed so that there was virtually no traffic noise.
Both rooms had adequate bathrooms with showers , plenty of wardrobe space, large flat screen TV’s and a wall mounted air conditioning unit high on one of the walls. And I can’t recall in the twin , but our room had a decent desk area on which was the tea and coffee making facilities.
The hotel also runs the Aroma Deli and Cafe bar open to the public on the ground floor and this is handy for snacks and refreshments that can be put on the room bill.
The breakfast room is in a separate area to the café. Usual cereals and yogurts available and the hot breakfasts are freshly cooked to order.For me a good test of any bed and breakfast is how well they cook scrambled eggs, and the Thameside passed with flying colours in this respect.
Although Caversham road may not be the most attractive road in Reading, it is perfectly fine and the hotel is 3-4 minutes walk from the train station and the Oracle can be reached in under 15 minutes walk. And yes the Thames path is accessible at the bottom of Thames Avenue, a mere 1 minute walk, you just can’t see it from the hotel.
The free parking space and the free Wi-Fi (which worked well for smart phone and ipad throughout the hotel), are certainly a positive. And at around £50 a head for B&B overnight stay for us I had no complaints, as I have to stay in the Thames Valley regularly and know how expensive local accommodation is compared to other regions.
For the previous one post reviewer who considers the Thameside Hotel to be better than the Ritz, then you clearly have never stayed in The Ritz my friend. But I would concur you are unlikely to experience more friendly service there than we received in the Thameside.
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