Parkside International Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Spent one night here and were worried by the reviews, they are very unfair, the hotel was clean and comfortable and the staff were very friendly. Our room was spacious with clean bedding and a good sized bathroom. Breakfast was good and the service was excellent.
Brilliant value hotel - perfect for my visit to Microsoft HQ at Thames Valley Park (15 mins away in a car) The accommodation was spotlessly clean, spacious & well appointed....& I'm fussy! (Female Business Traveller) I was almost put off by other reviews but, honestly, I would rate it right up there with any other business hotel; in fact better than most, & half the price too. Great, friendly staff too. I would happily stay again.
Very polite staff, man went out of his way to cater for my allergy child which I really appreciated. Nice rooms good value for money, good quality breakfast. Lots of guests getting jiggy and noisy which was not good for young children to overhear. Fight between guests kicked off between 3 and 4 am keeping me awake, luckily my kids slept through it but was quite scared as staying on my own. Next day man said I could have called reception but was not quite clear how :(
A cheap but comfortable place to stay, just at the border of the town (40 min walk to the city center, but well served by buss line). Very quiet, large guest car park. Breakfast buffet poor, bit kitchen for full English breakfast is prompt and good. Rooms are ok even if not very recently renovated
I was booked in by work so I knew it wasn't going to be the most expensive hotel in town. On first impressions it looked a bit dated and run down but inside it's OK. Reception and bar service was friendly and efficient. Note: this is the brick building NOT the "manor house" looking place next to it. The rooms are spacious and equipped with a decent enough TV. WiFi router is actually IN the room so a good strong signal. Free obviously. Bed was comfortable and everything was nice and quiet. Some hotels, when they have only a few guests will bunch you all together in adjacent rooms just to make it easier for themselves. Here we were spread out so no noise from next door's TV etc. Tea and coffee facilities are in the cupboard under the TV. Bathroom was clean but some of the taps and fittings were loose and the shower water could only be described as "warm" at best. The restaurant is reasonably priced, which is good, as there is nowhere else for at least a mile to eat or drink. There is an Asda about a mile away across the park but that's about it ! Cooked breakfast was OK and served up quickly, also a selection of fruits, yogurts etc was available. As a business hotel or overnight stopover it was fine.
Room was big and one of the few rooms they have that smoking was allowed in. Unfortunately the curtains didn't close properly and the streetlamp shone directly on the bed so a little hard to get off to sleep.
I had the experience of staying here over a 4 month period (weeknights), due to work commitments. Overall I found the staff to be helpful and friendly over that time. I stayed in quite a few of the rooms, from the comfortable ones along the outside (both sides) to the noisy ones at the back .... ventilation I assume for the kitchen. However, a few of them had issues ... be it from low energy light bulbs (not very useful when coming back from eating, taking a long time to warm up), or bathrooms that need attention - as previously mentioned chipped enamel on the baths, issues with the sink taps - not running in a consistent manner, not getting hot, unless turned down to a dribble (210 seemed to be the worse). But yes some of rooms looked tired, and are in need a refresh (March 2017). Evening meals were bland & boring .... it consisted of two menus, Bar Snack or full restaurant menu, I think I ate mainly from the Bar Snacks, as supplemented by the Beefeater over the road and down along a bit, Deliveroo (the Hotel is happy for you have deliveries and will provide crockery/cutlery to eat in your room, but does not let you eat the food in the restaurant). It was disappointing when in between Xmas & New Year, after I had booked in, to be told that the restaurant would be closed in the evening. Do not choose the Bolognese, as it was like no Bolognese I had seen before, no real sauce, just mincemeat lightly cooked, with some onion, perhaps the Chef needs to get either Mary Berry's, Nigella Lawson's or Rick Stein's cookbooks to find out how to make and freeze a large batch. The breakfasts were good, except when anything ran out, as often there was a reluctance to refill, though I was never sure whether the sausages had any meat in them, and if there was, it was questionable whether it was pork. I am sure that a local butcher would be happy to supply catering packs. The Owner is friendly, though not sure of his manager. Oh, one thing, unless you lock the door and/or put the "Do Not Disturb" sign out, the chambermaids will try to gain entry at about 8:30am...... or was it just my room? About the disparaging remarks about the people staying there during the week - ie the Construction Staff, who blocked up the car park, which I was not one of - most hotels rely on people working away to stay open, especially during the winter months, they all seemed a friendly bunch, and kept to themselves. I would always be happy to stay there again, in preference to even more bland Hilton/ Travelodge / Premier Inn, but it does need to finish off the construction works.
All I can say i got to the hotel 9:25 it took me 30min to check in and they got it wrong 6 time then I ask for some food and They said we stop at 9:30pm I ask for some crisp and they said no food stop a 9:30pm the bed are so hard my back was killing me when I got up sleep in my car would have be better
A last minute business trip left me in Reading at this hotel. On a plus note, spacious and clean room...everything worked. The hotel feels somewhat soulless and empty. Almost Soviet in feel. The bar was ok. Limited beer choice. Staff nice enough. If you have a low expectation, then go for it. The bed was compfy and clean. I was over the moon to leave Reading. I felt a weight off my shoulders as I exited the city.
I was pleasantly surprised by public areas but dissapointed by disabled facilities in bedroom. I had informed them I was in a wheelchair but bathroom not adequate at all. I did complain and got a night free but had no washing possible. Should not say they were disabled friendly.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Concierge services
Parkside International Hotel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of popular sights like Oracle and Reading Abbey Ruins. This 73-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also close to this Reading hotel are University of Reading and Madejski Stadium.
This hotel is home to a fine-dining restaurant and a bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Start each morning off right with continental breakfast served for a fee.
All 73 rooms feature coffee makers, phones, and desks. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.
Guests of Parkside International Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and wedding services. A stay here includes free parking. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage.
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24% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 131 reviews