Renaissance Reading Hotel
Reviews - Renaissance Reading Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Renaissance Reading Hotel
Avoid unless you do not have another alternativefrom Beltrav
Upon checking out ,the hotel failed to unblock my Visa card 'reserved ammount'. Three days later, the amount was still blocked and I had to call the hotel to have it released.
Just OK!from EEYORETIGGERR
Old Hotel, Service top classfrom TomBomb
The Hotel itself is old enough as past reviewers have mentioned. The room is pretty basic and i was staying in an executive room. I think the thing that sets it apart is the service. The breakfast is excellent and the restaurant is very nice. Although the bar food is quite average. From the receptionist to the bar staff i cannot compliment them enough as they goout of their way to help you.
The pool is horrible and the gym is tiny. If there are more than 5 in there it is like a sauna.
All in all I enjoyed my stay here and if i was in Reading I would go back.
A bit tatty, but the service is goodfrom sound_bytes_llc
Average hotel, reasonably priced but nothing specialfrom Travelminx
At check out, they mistakenly applied a valet parking charge, which was removed when we pointed it out. The pool and whirlpool are definitely due a facelift. Breakfast was very good, however and again, the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. I would have expected more from a 4 star Marriot hotel, but I think it just needs some renovation. Overall, an average hotel with good service, which is reasonably priced.
Not that badfrom flyingirl80
It serves its purpose well as a business hotel but look out for a soon-to-be-opened Novotel on Friar Street or for a romantic break, try the lovely boutique Forbury Hotel.
The Renaissance also has a decent-sized albeit dated swimming pool and spa. I didn't use the sauna or gym so cannot comment on either. The high-speed internet access cost £15 a day - which I found a bit steep although that seems to be the going rate for hotels.
If you are needing to stay in Reading, this is not a bad choice as you are conveniently located in the town centre. The Oracle and its restaurants are a 5 minute walk. There are several places up and down West Street/ St. Mary's Butt.
The main complaint would be that the widely-marketed "free parking" is in fact a fiddlesome system of parking in the local Broad Street Mall (not the nicest parking place), getting your ticket validated by the reception, then when you want to get out of the carpark, getting the guard to give you an exit pass in exchange for your validated ticket. Alternatively you could use the valet parking for a few quid (twice a day or more if you are here on business and using your car to get around) that soon adds up.
Just Fine!from MokupuniFan
If you want to stay in town, this really is the best option you have. The hotel is a little dated, but the staff is extremely accomodating and took wonderful care of us - our every need was promptly and thoroughly addressed. New mattresses would allow me to give a better rating (hint, hint).
The pool was nice and the hotel restaurant served up a very good breakfast. The selection was more than ample and the quality was excellent.
Valet parking was only 2GBP per night. Free parking is provided adjacent to the hotel in a parking structure - but yes, you do have to walk a whole block back to the hotel.
Most importantly, the hotel is clean and the bathrooms are good (plenty of hot water and no plumbing issues). If I return to Reading for business - I would stay here again without hesitation.
WHAT A DUMP!!!from JABSanFrancisco
Marriott Fan but not of this hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
As in all Marriotts the staff are great, always smilling and friendly, and the food is first class but I paid £166stg a night for 5 nights recently and I thought it not worth the money. In fact I did consider moving to another hotel, but the devil you know...
Parking is not great again in a next door multistorage with a dodgy back starirs if after 6pm and I did get a little nervous when coming down one night late on. The location is real close to the centre ( 5 mis walk) but the five star accomaadation flag just seems too much. I am sure with the facilities it is 5 star, but I will go on Marriotts own rating of category 3 (out of 7) from now on. I wont be hurrying back.
Good hotel!from xsauth
The most effective from my mind about this hotel is service. They just trying to give you best from what they have, even then don't have a lot of, actually. The building is old and outdated, the rooms are classy, but needs more modern renovation/look, the bathrooms requires maintanance and close attention too. But these issues so far are well-balanced and compensated by attractive, personal and warm service. I saw different scenarios on hotel's everyday life - fully booked & overcrowded or with no electricity supply at all on morning - they did all cool and managed to get through nicely.
Executive rooms are fine, but ordinary rooms are ok too - the difference is just in complementary amenities you get in pack and also bed might differ. The food is nice - quite standard on breakfast, with good choice (although not that wide as top Marriott's gives). The lobby bar is my favorite place to have a beer on evening accompanied by some nice meal (seasonal selection changes + some all-time unbreakable values).
My few complains goes to some from the reception staff who don't know what is chip-card and how to use it, thus you might find your card rejected by reception, although the ATM nearby will easily brings you money. Also don't rely to much on wake-up call and be prepared to wait your taxi bit longer than expected, otherwise its Ok. :)
And after all, I'm missing their chocolate on pillow in every 'other' hotel stay.. Nice touch.
Top Local Tips for Reading
Nino's Italian Restaurant Superb Italian restaurant in the centre of Reading (anout 5 min walk from the Renaissance Hotel). £9.90 for as many main course as you can eat. Don't let the price put you off it reall was superb - try the Peri Peri Chicken.
Town Hall Who would have thought a museum about Reading would be interesting - more than enough to keep you busy for an hour or so (especially if its raining!).
Shopping!! Reading is great place to go shopping. There seemed to be every shop there!! From department stores to little boutiques and specialist shops. A favourite of mine.. TK max was just a few doors from Renaissance, always good.. Lots of resteraunts and the chinese resteraunt next to the hotel looked very very popular, particuarly by Asian people, so I reckon that would suggest its pretty authentic and well worth a visit.
Other names for Renaissance Reading Hotel
- renaissance reading
- renaissance hotel reading
- reading penta hotel
- Address: Oxford Road - Reading - England - RG1 7RH - United Kingdom
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