Except for business or social obligations, I suspect about the only reason anybody goes to Reading is to shop at the Vanity Fair Outlet Center. Near this Center is a Country inn and Suites where we have stayed at the past but which can be quite expensive, e.g., $150, for a standard chain motel room. Instead we stayed at the historic downtown Abraham Lincoln Hotel, a 5 minute drive away , for $80. (Another guest said she paid $40 on Priceline.) I knew there was little in downtown Reading of interest but there are several pubs nearby. Well, it was Sunday night and the pubs were closed as was the hotel restaurant. The hotel bar was nearly deserted and I am not sure whether the kitchen was open or not. During a walk around town, we found that there was virtually nothing open in downtown Reading except for a dive bar on the main street. We had no choice but to drive somewhere so we ended up back at the TGI Friday's across from the Country Inn and had a very satisfying, pleasant and reasonably priced dinner.
The Abraham Lincoln hotel itself is showing a little wear and tear but overall is very nice. It has been thoroughly restored and our corner room was spacious, clean, quiet and had a refridgerator and micorwave. Parking is $6 a night in the hotel garage. The big problem is that center city Reading, like so many other small Pennsylvania cities and towns, is so drab, depressing, and rundown. There is nowhere pleasant to walk, nothing to do and nothing worth seeing except some large deteriorating houses which date back 75 or a 100 years when I suppose Reading was in its heyday. As a 'city' person who dislikes the suburbs I must reluctantly recommend that if you have to go to Reading (avoid it if you can - actually avoid all of Pennsylvania if you can), stay somewhere around their peripheral highways where you have the standard chain motels and hotels, restaurants, shopping motels, Home Depots and so forth. At least then you can imagine you are in any number of hundreds of cities across the US rather than in Reading PA .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abe's by Chef Alan offers casual and fine dining cuisine in the Restaurant and Bar located in the Lincoln Tower Apartments. The Presidential Ballroom and a Private Dining Room are also available for weddings, meetings, parties, and other special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Abraham Lincoln
- Wyndham Reading
- Reading Wyndham