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Novotel Reading Centre Hotel 4 stars

Customer review rating 4.3/5 5,940 reviews

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Hotel extras

  • Central location close to primary transport links

  • Reading train station is only a two minute walk away, London Heathrow Airport is 40 km away

  • Breakfast available daily: Full English assisted buffet service

  • Eight versatile meeting rooms for up to 50 guests in line with government guidelines

  • Leisure facilities including gym, pool, sauna, steam room. Please reserve your space

This hotel participates to Planet 21 and is acting in favour of Positive Hospitality.

Services in the hotel and nearby

Check-in from 14h00

Check out up to 12h00


Services and practical information
  • Online check-in
  • WIFI/Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
  • Pets allowed Paying
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Languages spoken at the hotel
  • Reception open 24 hours a day
  • Early check-in/Late check-out Paying
  • Electric car recharging units
  • Laundry
Leisure and activities
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Well-being
  • Breakfast Paying
  • 1 Restaurant(s)
  • 1 Bar(s)
  • Room service
Business services
  • 10 Meeting room(s)
  • Self service business centre
  • Copy/print service available

Hotel location

Novotel Reading Centre

25b Friar Street
(For car parking use RG1 1NR)
RG1 1DP reading
united kingdom

Tel: +441189522600

Fax: (+44)118/9522610

Check-in from 14h00

Check out up to 12h00

  • READING BUSSES :  Reading Station

  • By plane

    Heathrow Int Apt At 40km / 24.86 miles

  • By plane

    London Gatwick At 88km / 54.69 miles

  • By plane

    London Luton At 96.5km / 59.97 miles

  • By train

    Reading Station At 0.8km / 0.5 miles

GPS :51.456745, -0.972343

Our accommodation(s)

Spacious, contemporary in design, and adaptable, the Novotel room is truly a place for living. Perfect for all your needs.

Our restaurants and bars

Gourmet Bar

Type of cuisine: International

Entertain your palate at Novotel. Enjoy a range of local and international cuisine, simple yet authentic, in a casual setting.Whether you want to eat or simply have a drink, our restaurant has that extra something you can only find at Novotel.

Menu (PDF)
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  • Friday -
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed


Absorb the lively atmosphere at Novotel. In stylish surroundings, choose from an array of beers, wines and cocktails served by our fun and friendly staff. Our buzzing bar offers the perfect place to enjoy an evening's entertainment or relax and unwind.

Menu (PDF)

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Your meetings and events

Our meeting rooms

  • Number of meeting rooms: 10

  • Maximum size: 106

  • Maximum capacity: 110 people

  • Maximum banquet capacity: 90 people

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Novotel Reading Centre

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ALL Rating 4.3/5

5,940 reviews


TripAdvisor Rating 4.0/5

1,667 reviews

2021 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of excellence 2021

Good service nice stay

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

dettlaffmariusz81 21/07/2021 TripAdvisor review

Good stay for family of 4 with good service nice pool witch kids love great breakfast service a bit nosy in the night over weekend with a lot of young people enjoying relaxing of rules but after that all good

Well located

Customer review rating 1.5/5

N/a Families - 19/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

The keys refused so many times and they didn’t resolved the issue We had to use the go to the other room. Asking for a housekeeping but not provided. Poor communication.

speedy booking in

Customer review rating 4.0/5

M W. Families - 18/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Did not have a reservation

Lovely Stay

Customer review rating 4.5/5

Kwame A. Couples - 18/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

The breakfast Staff were excellent partularly Olivia and Alex were on duty Sunday 11 July 2021.

Dear Kwame, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us and I agree with you that that Sylvia and Alex are real gems! I will share your feedback with them and the rest of the team as I know that they will be ecstatic to know that our job is appreciated and remembered. I hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best regards, Lorena Montana I Guest Relations I Novotel Reading Centre I Reading RG11DP Tel:44 (0… 2600 | Email: H5… I I

Good location, but disappointing stay.

Customer review rating 3.0/5

Andy Couples - 18/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

One of the main reasons we chose this hotel was the swimming pool, but we found that the hotel allowed far too many people at a time in the swimming pool area for comfortable Covid-19 social distancing, so we came out after less than 10 minutes. The room, reception service and breakfast were fine, but the dinner menu had been significantly reduced from the one on your website, so neither of us ended up with the meal we expected, and were both disappointed with our enforced revised choices. The fire alarm went off for several bursts of several seconds each from about 6:55 am on our second (final) morning. As it did not continue, it appeared that it was a false alarm, but I decided to call reception to make sure. At this point I realised that there was no phone in the room - presumably as a Covid-19 precaution, so I had to find and re-read the letter given to us on check-in, to find the external number to ring, to speak to reception. They confirmed that the alarm had been caused by an engineer working on the system of the adjacent Ibis hotel, so the alarm hadn't even applied to our room! We received an apology, but our planned sleep-in after our short break had been blasted to smithereens! I feel that it would have been better if the lack of phone, and the external contact numbers for the various services, had been notified to customers on a notice left in all the bedrooms, rather than relying on a letter which could easily get mislaid during the course of a stay. Also, although most people have mobile phones nowadays, some don't, so there should also be notification of how to contact reception if you cannot call the external number for any reason.

Great stay

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Megan Friends - 16/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Friendly, helpful staff. Spacious, clean room

Friendly and welcoming

Customer review rating 4.0/5

R. H. Business - 14/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Business trip made easy due to a very easy transition from car park to room.

Great location, very good price.

Customer review rating 4.0/5

Katharine W. Couples - 12/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Very enjoyable stay. Warm welcome on arrival. Room was very spacious and considering the location was very reasonably priced. Would definitely stay there again.

Hotel Staff could not have been more helpful... highly recommend this hotel

Customer review rating 5.0/5

N M. Families - 12/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

As an Accor Gold Member and used to great customer care - Novotel Reading didn't disappoint!! Super location in heart of Reading so lots of choice for evening eating/entertainment and with Legoland and Thorpe Park only 35mins drive away. The room was clean, the swimming pool was fantastic and the breakfast buffet was superb for me and my 2 boys (12yr and 14yr) - they loved the choice and the pancake maker machine. Best part of stay was the customer service. Breakfast room staff were super attentive, always ensuring we had all we needed. This is the important part.... parking is Reading is a challenge especially if like me you have a high sided vehicle > 2.1m. I had parked in the Cattle Market open air car park, only to be told by a very helpful local bus driver that there had been many break-ins in the last month, so I decided to move my vehicle however the only place I could find which had spaces and no height restriction in all of Reading was the Novotel but all spaces were taken. That's when the 2 amazing receptionists (one on each day of my stay) pulled out al the stops and managed to get me a space for both nights. Sadly I didn't get the name of the first receptionist (she was Italian) and her colleague also Italian was called Lorena, but I want to say a massive thank you to you both as you removed what could have been a real problem and kept my vehicle safe. So the hotel was superb and the staff could not have done more 5 star !!

Very comfortable short break

Customer review rating 4.5/5

Martin W. Solo - 12/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Quick and efficient check in. Was given room request of higher floor away from lift, which was perfect, good view over Reading but very quiet. Room was very comfortable with plenty of space. Comfortable bed for a good night's sleep. All amenities were sealed in bags for extra protection. Bloothtooth connected speaker for own music was a welcome bonus. Breakfast was very well organised, with sealed continental items to pick and hot buffet served to your plate. A most enjoyable stay and good protection measures.

average hotel good location

Customer review rating 2.5/5

Chloe Couples - 11/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Check in was quick and easy, was told we need to pre book the pool but when we turned up it was crowded so it seemed pointless to book a session, steam room was closed and we weren’t made aware of this on check in, room was satisfactory but the bathroom was dated, staff were helpful and welcoming

Great location

Customer review rating 3.5/5

Anonymous Families - 10/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Staff were friendly and hotel in a very convenient location. Hygiene could be better.

Good solution for catching a train

Customer review rating 4.0/5

Philippa Couples - 10/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Very comfortable, great to be within walking distance of Reading station. Breakfast a bit limited but set us up for the day.

Convenient, good stay

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Anonymous Solo - 10/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Very polite staff, good facilities

Nice Hotel and Room - beware the car park is not free!

Customer review rating 3.5/5

Gemma D. Solo - 09/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

I enjoyed my stay, but I think it could be clearer - upon booking - that the car park is available for £18 for 24 hours, and not free. As I booked directly through the Accor website, I would have expected this to be made clear.

Great facilities and well located!

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Elizabeth K. Families - 09/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Great facilities and in the perfect location. The breakfast was extremely yummy and the staff were professional, helpful and very friendly. Highly recommend.

Good stay in a central location

Customer review rating 3.5/5

Anonymous Solo - 08/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

Short walk from the station (although Friar Street is now looking a little run down). Good swimming pool with booking system to manage numbers given Covid-19

Great location, nice rooms, very helpful staff

Customer review rating 4.5/5

Kieren Business - 08/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

I have stayed many times at the Novatel on business. Very helpful and friendly management and staff, great value for money and a super location


Customer review rating 2.0/5

Mary R. Families - 05/07/2021 Confirmed reviews ALL

I had phoned before arrival to ask about parking- I was told parking could not be reserved/ The check in was off hand/ could not have cared less/ no parking/ no help with parking/ had had call directing us to a car park 10mins walk away- not ideal/ lifts not working/ not a great experience at all

Dear Ms R., Thank you for completing our post-stay survey. Let me first offer my apologies for not meeting your expectations during your most recent stay with us. I fully appreciate that two of our lifts not working cased some inconvenience. This was a really unfortunate timing during a busy weekend. The lifts were fixed on Monday, but I realise it is too late. Regarding the staff service, I am concerned that you found the check-in "off hand". Our car park is very limited in terms of spaces and we have a car park nearby (650 m) that we recommend to our guests. Was this offered to you before/during check-in? What made you feel like the receptionist "couldn't care less"? We hope that this experience will not deter you from staying with us again in the near future. Gergo Jahni I Guest Relations I Novotel Reading Centre I Reading RG11DP Tel:44 (0… 2600 | Email: H5… I I

Deep Baths

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

sahillmsc Business - 01/02/2021 TripAdvisor review

Great hotel stay, especially in the circumstances, with a warm welcome and very friendly service throughout. How refreshing to find a hotel with deep baths, somewhere to unwind and relax comfortably, with the benefit of being able to watch the TV from it too.

Dear Sahillmsc, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback. I am glad to read that you had a warm welcome and a relaxing stay. I will certainly pass your message to my team as I know that like me they will be delighted to hear that our work is appreciated and remembered. I hope to see you again in the near future. Best Regards,

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