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Novotel Reading Centre

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Lovely stay couldn’t fault anything, was given early check in By 15 minutes and also offered late check out until 1 for free. Room and bathroom were spotless. No issues friendly staff around and upon check in and check out. Ordered room service which arrived promptly. Will stay here again.

A cracking Hotel stay, I loved the pool, the room was excellent and the breakfast very filling. I stayed for two nights and will return and stay at the Hotel again, as i was very happy with my recent stay.

This hotel has a great location between the train station and the town centre. Rooms were good, we were on a high floor with a good view and no noise from the street. Bathroom was a bit weird with a long walk to the loo, due to the modular nature. Staff were friendly and helpful. It was a busy time for the hotel due to Christmas Parties, but you could not hear them and it didn't disturb your sleep.

We stayed for five nights over Christmas. We had a wheelchair accessible room. Good things are the door stays open and gives time for helper to push you in. We always take a door stop anyway. There is a ramp at the front of the hotel. There are a few disabled parking spaces. They soon get filled up. Fortunately the Manager sorted it out for us. Of course some people think it is fair game to park in a disabled spot even if they are not blue badge holders. There are lifts and a two small wheelchair lifts down to the restaurant. GO TO THE ONE AT THE FAR END OF THE CORRIDOR ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE FOYER to gain access to the restaurant. The room is comfortable with two chairs. We found the bed too small for two adults so we will be unable to stay there again -disappointing as it is very comfortable. They have this excellent roll on lotion and spray which really do help you to sleep. There are tea/coffee making fascilities and lots of lighting choices. Plenty of wardrobe and drawer space for longer stays. Excellent free WiFi. Excellent soundproofing as we overlooked the road. The second drawback is there is no walk in/roll in shower and I cannot possibly get into a bath. There is a second small hand basin in front of the toilet which is useful, but I had great difficulty using the sink plug release with my hands. Also the flush which I had to do with my elbow was very difficult. The place is spotlessly clean. The linen is very good. Pillows very comfortable. We only breakfasted in the hotel and that was fine. I agree that they were short staffed on Boxing Day morning and felt very sorry for the waitress who was run off her feet. The atmosphere is very friendly.

Very typical of the Novotel hôtels. No surprise!! Very central and near to the station and shops; Staff multi lingual. Slight hic to find the parking ; could leave shopping in the hotel on leaving and pick it up later; Good value for money

Hotel feels very new, particularly relative to many other Reading hotels. Spacious rooms. Great swimming pool. And almost always great prices. Probably best lodging value in Reading. Very good location to train station.

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the accommodation, the friendly staff and the convenient town centre location. The views from the 9th floor were a welcome change. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

Very good service and excellent hotel we stay here every year because location is excellent and breakfast is great too. Welcoming was very good during check in, hotel room very clean and great for the weekend. The swimming pool and sauna is great to relax after shopping all day however unfortunately the stream room was out of service. Staff are very friendly and helpful as per usual. Will definitely visit next year thank you.

I frequent this property along with other Accor hotels in Reading regularly and this is their best property. It’s conveniently located on the heart of the city center with access to the train station. Staff are very friendly and he rooms are clean. Extremely accommodating staff. Good gym facility as well

We have an annual weekend to the races and decided to visit Ascot this year. We chose Reading to stay in as it is ideal for transport links.The Novotel is an easy five minute walk from Reading Station and is perfectly placed for shopping, eating and drinking, not necessarily in that order! The service we received during our two night stay was first class, friendly and helpful. Check in was hassle free, had requested rooms at the back of the hotel by email a few days before our visit and these were allocated to us. I needed an extension lead when I was there which was promptly delivered to my room. Breakfast had everything you could want and the restaurant area was pleasant enough. Beds were comfortable and the bath and shower were both good. I would have no hesitation staying in this hotel should I ever visit Reading again.

25b Friar Street Reading England

Hotel highlights

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

Oracle is within a 5-minute walk of Novotel Reading Centre while other popular sites like Reading Abbey Ruins are within a 15-minute stroll. This 4-star hotel has 178 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in Reading, it's also close to University of Reading and Madejski Stadium.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.


Novotel Reading Centre's 178 air-conditioned rooms provide sofa beds, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and 21-inch LCD TVs. Hair dryers, safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Novotel Reading Centre, guests enjoy an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. Onsite parking is offered for a fee. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 8 meeting rooms, and a business center.

Room options

Executive Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Room, 2 Twin Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1268 reviews