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Very honest hotel opened in Reading, for business customers. Big opening party arrangedby Hotel management, live music, dj's and exclusive people.Very nice and famous night.
... arriving at 5:15am. Easier than trying to navigate our way around London in the dark with a train to catch. The train was a mobile party with a group of 6 lads on there playing their electro music loudly as they were setting off on their trip - it was a bit of a contrast leaving the quiet platform for the duff duff duff. Waterloo was starting to wake up and it was great cycling across the Thames on Waterloo bridge as the sun was starting to rise in the east ...
So, the journey home for Graduation went so smoothly, that I had just got to Reading and was thinking "this is too good to be true" when alas, it all goes wrong.
I had been up at 3am Turkish time (1am UK time) to travel to Exmouth. This consisted of… a drive to Ankara airport, flight to Munich, wait 5 hours in Munich, flight to London Heathrow, train from Heathrow to Reading, train from Reading to Exeter, train from Exeter to Exmouth.
My train ...
... for lunch (my sister and her family are house/home/ cat sitting for me whilst I am away) to a friends surprise birthday party. This gave me time to start sorting out all I need to do. Firstly 4 loads of washing with pre wash - I'm not sure most clothes will be the same again- but machines are so much better than my vague attempt at hand washing. A quick look thought the post to see what is important, the rest ...
... shuffle, headphones on and seat fully reclined zzzzzzz. A VERY interrupted sleep however thanks to the kids behind me kicking the seat non stop. Politely asked for them to stop kicking which led to their charming father telling us we should fly first class if we didn’t want this sort of flight. Grrrrrrr Also we pondered what the HECK Qantas was thinking putting on a meal of ...
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My girlfriend and i attended her winter formal ball here on the 30th and to my surprise she had booked us a room (128).
I have just reurned after staying in this hotel for two nights. I arrived late, after midnight and was able to check in without any problems.
My wife and I stayed at the Rennaisance, Reading for two nights, Friday-Saturday 28-29 October 2005, in an executive room at GBP 85 per night including breakfast.
Reading has some terrible hotels. You'll have to stay here if you're on business but don't expect much. Staff are like robots reading scripts of what they should be saying. They have clearly been told to call guests by their names but it gets annoying when they do it twice in one sentence (which they do). If you have stayed at the Renaissance Chancery Court in London then erase that from your mind before setting foot here, as you risk being sorely disappointed.
Parking a problem
Good sized rooms and clean with a central location.
Parking is difficult as you have to get your ticket from reception, walk through the shopping mall to the car park and stop your car near the exit to the car park, get out and walk to find an attendant to have parking validated - a bit inconvenient!
We are temporary Reading residents and I booked the Renaissance for overflow guests from the US for the Memorial Day weekend (bank holiday weekend in the UK). While in Europe, I try to stay away from US chain hotels, hoping to capture the ambiance of the regions, sometimes with luck, other times I am disappointed. But that is the travel experience.
Service at its best
I have recently travelled into Reading on business from the US. This is the second hotel that I have stayed at in Reading and I must say I was pleasently supprised. The hotel staff were second to none and the food was absolutely superb. The hotel is in a prime location and boasts one of the better health clubs I have been to. A great hotel all round.
Hotel rates booked direct cheaper than the web. Hotel adequate, but getting tired in its condition. Health center ok, but changing rooms are poor. Rate includes breakfast, and it is this which that seems to attracts guests as the hotel rests on its laurels.
Boring, dull chain hotel, right in the centre of Reading (quite a boring, dull town ? so it fits quite well!). Nothing at all special ? the type of uninspired, faded, identikit four-star-going-on-three place one could find in just about any city around the world. At the same time, it's clean, comfortable enough and well-located. If you come with low expectations, they'll be fully met.
I have been staying at the Renaissance for a couple of months now, up to four nights a week, on business. The Renaissance certainly seems to be the best of a pretty sorry bunch of Reading city centre hotels, but that is not to damn it with faint praise. Although the decor could definitely do with updating (one of the few places I've been where wall to wall magnolia would be an improvement), and the lifts are completely neurotic, it stands above the others for the quality, flexibility and unflagging cheerfulness of the staff. It's the only British hotel I've been to where the chef is willing to make special or low-fat dishes which aren't on the room service menu, for example. Any complaints I've had have been dealt with swiftly and professionally, and my grouchiness disarmed with a bowl of strawberries (I'm a soft touch). The gym is small and crowded, and the pool a bit too warm, but it's hard to get bored in Reading - for example, the hotel is very close to that "inexhaustible" fount of retail and comestible pleasures, the Oracle Centre. The rooms are variable - some small and dark, others huge and airy, but all seem to be the same high price... but that's what you pay for staying in the buzzing M4 corridor. All in all, the Renaissance makes Reading (just) bearable... there can be no higher praise.