We have just returned from a lovely two day trip on the African Queen - we were not to sure what to expect - but very pleasantly surprised. We had seen this hotel on the Hotel Inspector and I thought then what a different experience it could be - then it came up on Groupon and was too good an opportunity to miss.
Andy - the Captain - is a very entertaining character who has many stories to tell and has obviously had many experiences in life to share. Bobby and Cherry looked after us really well and always smiling and happy and nothing was too much trouble. Bonny does the cooking - which was very tasty indeed - although we didn't see much of her on the trip.
We were with a lovely group of people and really enjoyed their company and getting to know them all. We took a trip down to Goring which was very relaxing with so much wildlife to look at along the way along with beautiful scenery. Breakfast was very nice - cereals and cooked breakfast - egg, bacon, potatoes and tomato - would have been nice to have had sausage and mushrooms and perhaps a bit more choice for vegetarians.
The evening meals were very tasty and hot - I would recommend the Mixed Platter of bobotie, sosaties and tangy chicken served with chutney - absolutely delicious! Drink prices were very reasonable - although the food was a little pricey.
The cabins are small but comfortable - as someone else said in their review - don't take too much luggage - everything is really relaxed and you don't have to dress up for dinner and there really isn't much space in your cabin for mountains of clothes.
I would highly recommend the African Queen Boat Hotel - I really enjoyed the experience and would say that everyone should give it a go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After a rich and colourful past which includes Holland and Ireland, The African Queen has battled the Irish Sea to come to rest upon the Thames just outside Reading in an area of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest. With comfortable ensuite cabins and bar and restaurant, this is a unique opportunity to stay near Reading in special surroundings whether your visiting for business or pleasure! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- African Queen Hotel Mapledurham