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“Magical Elephant”

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The Elephant at Pangbourne
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
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“Magical Elephant”
Reviewed 16 March 2008

On a recent trip to the UK , we had to be in Reading for a couple of nights. We hate hotels in big cities if we can avoid them and my husband found this wonderful, highly original hotel in the small nearby town of Pangbourne on the river Thames. Apparently it had only just been completely refurbished.

Our room, the "Maharajah", was spectacularly eccentric, decked out in sumptuous colours and Indian furniture. Apparently all the rooms have individual themes to them.

The bar (called "Barbar" - so someone's got a good sense of humour!) was comfortable, light and cheerful and obviously very popular. The bar menu was fun and we ate well there our first night, but we went for a bit of indulgence the next night, eating in the main dining room - superb unfussy "modern british" food at its best.

Above all, the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly and the overall atmosphere more relaxed and welcoming. We would certainly recommend a visit!

  • Liked — The originality and friendliness of the place
  • Disliked — Pangbourne is not the world's most beautiful location in early March
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled on business
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Property: The Elephant at Pangbourne
Address: 3 Church Road, Pangbourne RG8 7AR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Pangbourne
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Elephant at Pangbourne 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant offers its guests an experience of quirky luxury and a warm welcome, whether staying overnight, dining in the restaurant, or having a relaxed drink in the bar. All 22 bedrooms are individual and furnished with handcrafted furniture, rich ornamental rugs and opulent fabrics. The bar, known as Babar, has a bistro feel, serving simple but excellent British produce, while the restaurant offers beautifully cooked unpretentious food in elegant surroundings. ... more   less 
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