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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.
... I promise- I went to the STA travel shop and had a really good talk with one of the staff about my trip. He was really helpful and gave me a few good starting points for this trip. I now have a million and one brochures of flights and itineraries to look through and really that's mostly what I have been up to. I was planning on, for the most part, going my own way, rather than organised trips- but did you know you can only do the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ...
Well it seems my new found companion is of the opinion that chaps of our breeding and character should only travel via first class :-) Those who now me will confirm that me and posh are not two things naturally associated, as in reality me with fish and chips on a plate is considered posh LOL! Anyway the hat insisted so not being one to disappoint we travelled ...
So before we begin I can safely say 'yes, we turned the iron off'. 5 on a Friday night sitting in 5 lanes of traffic on the M25 and not moving was not the most stress-free way to start but at least we were off and did have plenty of time. 25 hours of flying awaits us.... ...
All aboard for the last long hop back to London and yet another massive upheaval in the time department. As Celia had told us earlier, our "fright" would leave at 0035 and get into London around 0700 tomorrow, having gone from HK time to GMT in the meantime.
Better not to think about it.
Almost as we left the ground, I fell asleep and woke to the drinks trolley clattering past me.
Oh, yes, I think so.
We were fed and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pentahotel Reading
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.