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A Tuesday morning 0800 in London and we got out amongst the commuters to make our official London to Fishguard start from Tower Bridge. I must admit I didn't wish to be one of those folks heading to the office on such a glorious day. I called on a good old friend Mary Brooker (Smiddy) at Southwark who told me to look out for something Irish and sure enough we found her office thanks to a large tricolour hanging from a first floor ...
... the trauma to our otherwise "single" lives.
Next week is the big test. Two busy people in one small space. Plus commuting. Plus "home" work. We'll see if I morph into the Deloitte version of myself. Not many people outside of work like that version, but I have a plan to keep it under control this time.
That's where the one-new-thing-a-week comes in. Stay tuned.
Consider yourself updated!
... staff were full of cheer and the festive spirit was in full swing. Funny hats, printed tights, hair pieces and ties just to make it all the more festive.
Whilst the inflight catering was not grand (is it ever?) the staff were so nice it really made all the difference. Nothing was a problem for them.
Whilst the catering was not grand it was good enough to ...
... br> So as from now on our holiday has started and will be all good from now on. Must say that we could not praise Emirates enough as during all this hassle, which was not their fault , they could not try to do any more for everyone and re-scheduled everyone very efficiently but they could have given Rick and I a bloody upgrade to first class. I will take this up with them when we get home.
Let the fun begin
... it poured with rain outside. Sarah & Ben were booked on the bus back to Birmingham from Bristol at 7pm so Melanie & I drove them back. It was lovely to meet Ben and to see them both so happy. Poor Ben was probably a bit overwhelmed at having all the family together & meeting some of us for the first time but he coped well.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Reading Lake Hotel
I can only agree with the majority of comments I have read here, in brief:
Loads of Spiders
Stayed here twice the first room I had was a twin even though I had specifically booked a double. This room was very shabby and had several Spiders in the room not to mention the cobwebs everywhere. Was also very dusty.
The second room did appear to be cleaner but was very gloomy only had very dim wall lights and bedside lamps. Still loads of cobwebs hanging from ceiling.
Would not stay again.
Yes it is as bad as everyone says!
Stayed for 4 nights in June 05. Hotel was booked by work, I dont think any private customer would pay to stay here!
Rooms were dirty, the springs were broken in the bed and the balcony was filthy!
Whatever you do avoid the resturant the food is terrible and the service is slow! It took us 35 mins just to get a drink! Work were paying but otherwise its £19.95, what a rip off!
The bar is shabby and the drinks are expensive.
Nice view of the lake, what a shame that's all the hotel has going for it!
Avoid at all costs!
Give it a chance
I have stayed in this hotel on many occasions and have never found it as bad as these previous reviews.
The hotel has just changed hands from Hannover International Hotels which was one of the poorer hotel chains in the country to a Millennium and copthorne brand which is one of the best. All hotels under go a change once they have just been bought and my personal feeling is that it should be given time to find its feet. As a regular i am a little biased and i admit things are not perfect there but tell me a hotel that is. I stayed in the Hilton Park Lane several months ago, the flagship hotel in the hilton brand and it was terrible. If you are reading this then give it a few months and i am sure you will have a good time. In my opinion all hotels deserve a second chance.
hmmm......was booked in here by a work colleague for a work event for 4 nights, May 2004. Went to tripadvisor to see what the place was like after booking had been made...and I was dreading going there.
I was originally booked into this 'hotel' for 24 nights.......stayed one night. Absolutley filthy. DO NOT GO THERE!!!!!!!
What a scuzz hole !!!
I was initially given room 117 and stayed in it at least 2 minutes. It was a tip. There was a 'dirty' feel to the room, the wallpaper was peeling off the walls and everywhere was covered in dust. After finding toothpaste spit and other body debris in the sink from the previous occupant, I complained and was moved to another room (120). This one was only marginally better. On the subject of their food area (I wouldn't even call it a canteen), the prices are very high, the food is poor and the staff were worse that hopeless. I would not return there even if they paid me!!!.
The Hanover International Hotel and club at Reading does not live up to its impressive sounding name.
Booked a double non-smoking over the phone and turned up to this incredibly difficult to find hotel.
Apart from one very helpfull member of staff on reception our stay was quite a shambles! The room was below average and didn't live up to the expectations created by the website. Dirt in every nook and cranny not to mention the mucus on the shower walls. The Duvet was torn and the two main sheets also had rips in them. Aswell as that the so called balcony was not up to much either..... growing moss, along with dirty garden chairs! So after a night in this sub-standard room we rose and went for some breakfast in Brasserie 209....thus given such a name i beleive because of its 209 faults! Firstly we would cue up for a table, not because it was busy i tell you but because the extremly laclustre, un-motivated, un-trained staff had not cleared up the previous guests tables. After a 5-10 minute wait we were seated at a table which still only possesed half the required cuttlery, howerver the remaining cutlerey would later be wisked over by one of these so-called waiters. then there was the case of no bowls, a regular problem i was told by another guest who had endured this pain-staking breakfast excercise no fewer than 3 times! Ok so i had my bowl now, not a cereal bowl may i add but a soup bowl....well done staff and thanks also for this beer glass i have been given for my orange juice! We also were only presented with 70% of the menu as some items just weren't their. Overall a hotel with such grand name really failed to please....it didn't even come close. Maybe with a damn good clean, a lick of paint throughout and some good solid staff training this place may be ok. Avoid it like the plague i know i will! And some advice to the receptionist.......''Get out of that place you deserve better, alot better!''