The Best Hotels to Book in Reading, England

The Crowne Plaza Reading sits on the banks of the River Thames
The Crowne Plaza Reading sits on the banks of the River Thames | Courtesy of Crowne Plaza Reading / Expedia
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7 November 2021
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There’s more to Reading, England, than the annual music festival. Explore the 12th-century Reading Abbey and the Reading Museum, with a Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Take a dip in the historic Thames Lido, shop at the Oracle and dine at riverside restaurants by the Thames and Kennet. From arty rooms to rustic-chic pub stays, here’s our list of hotels in Reading – bookable on Culture Trip.

Malmaison Reading, for a design-led aesthetic

The cosy Chez Mal Bar at the Malmaison Reading with a fireplace, exposed brick, dark, plush seating and tables
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This 1844-built hotel beside Reading train station offers quirky rooms and suites with funky furniture, arty statement wallpaper and, in some, roll-top tubs. The on-site restaurant and bar serve modern treats and signature cocktails; try the loaded Chez Mal burgers, including a vegan option, and the gin-based Rhubarb Triangle. You’ll enjoy the breakfast menu, from a full English to eggs and soldiers, and with the 24-hour room service, you’ll never go hungry.

The Roseate Reading, for luxurious elegance

A luxurious suite at the Roseate Reading with a four-poster bed, an overstuffed sofa, a fireplace and a feature wall with a bold print
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Take in the original features of this 1911 listed building, from the Italian glass chandelier to the lift shaft. The luxury townhouse offers elegant, art-scattered rooms with Penhaligon amenities and espresso machines; some include private balconies and marble bathrooms. Meanwhile, opulent suites come with special amenities; some have a roaring fireplace, an in-room copper bathtub and hand-painted wall designs. Don’t miss visiting the spa or the sophisticated restaurant for award-winning, chef-cooked tasting menus.

Hilton Reading, for a classy stay

A queen room at Hilton Reading with a desk with an ergonomic chair and a floor-to-ceiling window
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Expect amenities galore at the Hilton Reading, from the indoor pool and fitness centre to the free parking; Reading town centre is about 3mi (5km) away. Check into your contemporary room or suite – nice and bright thanks to big windows – and bring along your furry friend to some rooms. Head to the on-site eatery – trendy with its funky chairs, globe bulbs and statement flooring – for dishes featuring local produce and special spritzer drinks. If you’re here on business, you’ll appreciate the 10 meeting rooms and on-hand event planners.

Beech House Hotel, for sunset strolls across the grounds

The sitting room at the Beech House Hotel with a fireplace, a sofa and stuffed chairs
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This late Victorian house has been transformed into a cosy hotel with individually decorated ensuite rooms. You can make yourself at home in the sitting room or by strolling through the lovely grounds. Friendly staff are welcoming and will rustle up a full English or continental breakfast served in the dining room. You’re about 1mi (1.6km) from the town centre, but off-road parking will help you explore the surrounding area.

Crowne Plaza Reading, for infinity pool diving at sunrise

The indoor pool flanked by potted palms, tables and chairs at the Crowne Plaza Reading
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See the Thames from this four-star riverside hotel, relax in the indoor infinity pool, and indulge at the chic restaurant and bar. Order takeaway afternoon tea on sunny days for picnics in the hotel riverside garden or further afield. The hotel is a simple 15-minute walk from Reading town centre. Working? There are six meeting rooms, including the view-clad Riverside Suite hosting up to 200 people. Microphones, video conferencing screens, the hotel meetings director and free on-site parking will come in handy.

Holiday Inn Reading – West, for family-friendly accommodation

A spacious suite at Holiday Inn Reading –West with striped carpeting, patterned drapery, bathrobes and an ergonomic desk chair
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Enjoy the convenient location of this hotel, where parking is included; you can easily drive to Reading, Newbury, Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed, and Legoland Windsor Resort. Kids under 17 stay for free at this hotel, while those under 12 also get to eat for free. You’ll all enjoy the breakfast buffet and British dinner classics in the restaurant. Also, you can savour cold beers in the garden, Starbucks coffee in the lounge and alone time in the mini-gym. Special occasion? The Bourne Suite hosts 200 with a private bar, a dance floor and a garden patio.

Novotel Reading Centre Hotel, for central convenience

The indoor pool with loungers at the Novotel Reading Centre Hotel
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Families exploring Reading will enjoy this stay two minutes from the train station. Book a spacious contemporary room and a full English or continental breakfast buffet for a great start to your day. There are books, board games and a video game area for the kids, while you’ll enjoy the gym, pool and Turkish steam bath. Come together at the bar and restaurant for internationally inspired dishes, from fish and chips to a wok bowl filled with vegetables, noodles and a protein of your choice. Wash your meal down with a classic cocktail.

Crescent Hotel, for a budget-friendly stay

A simple room with two beds, two chairs and a mirror at the Crescent Hotel
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For a simple stay near the town centre – a 10-minute walk away – book a room at the Crescent Hotel. Rooms of different sizes, including family, are homely and cosy. Some have ensuites, while others have shared bathrooms. Mornings mean a continental or cooked breakfast. Also, there’s free on-site parking and a garden to relax in when the sun is shining.

Bird in Hand, for rustic charm

A twin superior room in the courtyard at the Bird in Hand, with modern country decor, a long tufted bedhead, a chair, side tables and lamps
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Rustic-chic runs throughout this former hunting lodge of King George III, originating in the 14th century. Plush rooms – some dog-friendly – feature colourful, country-inspired furnishings and come with breakfast; choose from a long list of classics or international options, such as shakshuka. Grab an armchair by the fire, in a cosy corner or in the bulb-strewn garden to sip a pint from its award-winning Butcombe Brewing Co; afterwards, tuck into a charcoal-oven-cooked 28-day dry-aged steak or a venison pie.

These recommendations were updated on November 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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