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ibis Styles Reading Centre

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I had a single room which was ok but the bathroom was freezing because there was no heating in it. The bathroom wasnt particularly clean either The complementary breakfast was ok and the guy behind reception was really helpful and friendly

Has been smartened up since last visit. Very clean all round. Excellent seasonal meal, tasty tomato soup with croutons. Generous portion of turkey with plenty of vegetables, followed by Christmas pudding, then coffee and mince pies. Reasonable wine prices. Service a bit slow , but worth the wait.

To put the review in context, we had just returned from a superb ibis styles hotel in Liverpool - but the decor was a little tired; the car park was full so we parked in the public car park (£16 a night); the breakfast was adequate but somewhat limited and uninspired. On the plus side the evening receptionist was great, the room was a good size and the bathroom really big for this type of hotel. Midweek it was expensive for a double - even for Reading.

Stayed here for one night. Room nicely furnished but very small. Single bed too and not sure bed had been made too well. Really strong smell of artificial vanilla everywhere but this does not mask the smell of the Indian restaurant on site. I like Indian food but woke up with the smell on me and breakfast room was spoilt with the smell. Bit off putting really. Staff friendly though.

We booked this hotel whilst in town for the Reading festival. After following the recent trip advisor reviews of this hotel we were dubious about our stay, yet I can honestly say we had no reason to worry! Location of this hotel is perfect for the city centre, shops and restaurants. We parked at the nearby Queen Street NCP (this was a nightmare to find as the postcode on the website is completely wrong!). Check in was friendly and fast. I had booked a room on the top floor, which the receptionist questioned as this hotel does not have a lift. Yes, the staircases are steep and narrow in some places. But anyone with a good level of fitness would not struggle with this. Plus you only have to carry your bags up once when you check in, and down when you leave! Our room was surprisingly spacious. Tea and coffee making facilities, hanging rail, desk and chair, television and free wifi. The room did not have air conditioning, but the window could be opened and a fan is provided in the room. Our room was cleaned to a high standard each day, drinks replenished and plenty of clean towels provided. At no point did we smell curry anywhere in our room or in the stairwells. Breakfast was full continental, which was perfect for us. A hot breakfast can be ordered for £6-7. We were so pleased that we did not cancel our booking for this hotel as it was perfect for our stay. We shall definitely stay here again when back in reading!

Booked this hotel last minute so there wasn't much choice, room rate was £95 which included a continental breakfast (£6/7 extra for a cooked one). Car parking was an extra £8, there was about 12 spaces on a first come, first served basis. The car park is tight, it's unsecured and there was various lads drinking cans of special brew in the small lane leading to the carpark. Not sure what the options are if you arrive and all spaces are taken, take care to mind the leaky walls that seem to pour some foul coloured water. Entrance to the hotel is on the Main Street but there is a back Way in for car park users. Check in was straight forward and the lady on reception was very friendly. It's attached to an Indian Restaurant which was popular. Small bar built into the reception desk, about half a dozen tables for guests to have a drink (I never saw anyone at them). Free Wifi. First thing I noticed was that the entire hotel smelt of curry. It was odd and off putting. The room I was in, smelt of curry, particularly in the bathroom. It seemed to be coming through the vents. Someone had the idea to put cardboard in the vents to reduce the smell, but it didn't work. The room was clean, a bit worn. It had Tea/coffee making facilities, flat screen tv, hangars, medium to soft bed and a terrible view of brick walls and leaky outside pipes. The bathroom could have done with a new toilet, it was worn and grey. The shower was decent enough. I had a decent night sleep however. Breakfast was in the Indian Restaurant, I stayed with the continental. Very basic cereals, bread, slices of ham, blocks of cheese.....yogurt and fruit. I saw others getting the cooked breakfast, didn't look great. Didn't look £6/7 quids worth. Check out was straight forward, again the friendly lady was on reception and was in good form. All in all, the location of this hotel is excellent. Out the door and turn left, you are in town. Turn right and you are at the entertaining complex with its multitude of eateries and cinema. The smells and the state of the bathroom would be enough to make me look elsewhere. If you are an Ibis hunter, or chose hotels that are part of a chain as they are the safe option, you will be shocked and disappointed with this Ibis/Hotel.

We booked this as a weekend stay as we were visiting the reading festival, I was a little concerned after reading the recent reviews however I shouldn't have worried. We stayed on the top floor in nice big double room. We were aware that this was a listed building with no lift as it clearly states this on the website, however the receptionist told us this when we checked in. I'm Not sure why some of the recent reviews have complained about this as the hotel isn't actually that big and anyone with a reasonable level of fitness would have no issues with even the highest floors. The breakfast was plentiful and fresh and you had the option for a fried breakfast for an extra £7, the room was a little hot but we opened the window and there was an plug in air conditioning unit that you could plug in and use to keep the room cold. I really have no idea why people would complain about this hotel as this is advertised as a budget hotel and for the price paid is an extremely good hotel in a great central location with friendly staff. I think the proof is to take tripadvisor comments with a pinch of salt!.

Stayed here for two nights during Reading Music Festival, rate was crazy but so is everywhere that weekend. postives - Hotel is in good location. Room fair size. negatives - Just a bit naff. No lift so real forget it if mobility is an issue. No a/c. Tv not straight on the wall. Stuffy room. Wire trailing in bathroom. Toilet seat wobbled and cistern dripped constantly. Grumpy chambermaid. Nothing terrible just lots of minor things that collectively add up to a big not again.

A comfortable single room which included a bath was ideal for a short stay. Breakfast (continental) had a good selection and was plentiful. A good location, within 5 or so minutes walk from the train station and despite near major bus routes was quiet at night. Close to the Oracle centre with plenty choice for eating or shopping. A good location to complte at least 3 sections of the Thames Path with good transport links.

Stayed one night in a single room. Had a trek to find the room. Room was clean although the floor creaked every time I walked around. Single bed was very high. Room was very hot when I tried to sleep. TV signal wasn't great. Water pressure so bad In shower I couldn't wash hair. Breakfast was ok thou. Overall cheap & cheerful. location is however very central. So you get what you pay for.

4-8 Duke Street Reading England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Oracle and Reading Abbey Ruins
  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Ibis Styles Reading Centre places you within a 5-minute walk of popular attractions such as Oracle and Reading Abbey Ruins. This 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and free in-room WiFi. Also close to this Reading hotel are University of Reading and Madejski Stadium.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge.


All rooms provide desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Hair dryers are also standard.

Property features

Guests of ibis Styles Reading Centre have access to free WiFi in public areas. Self parking is offered for GBP 8 per day. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Room (The Solo)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

27% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 310 reviews