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The Reading Lake Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Yes it is shabby yes there is a lot of fire damage due to fire (ongoing insurance claim) but the staff are the nicest people and so helpful. They made us very welcome. The setting is idealistic . bedroom nice size, comfy bed large room m with balcony ovelooking lakes. Fabulous breakfast good home cooked food and beautifully presented. Hotel is far cheaper than others we have been to the service from all the staff far better than we have been to. Had a very relaxing 2day stay will definitely be returning.

Approached down a rather rough country lane, past flags that look as though they had been involved in various glorious charges in the Crimean War and past the rather overgrown and derelict lodge. Park your car and see that half the hotel is a shell. The result, I later learned, of a fire a few years ago. Thereafter, the rooms and the food were ok. The room could have been excellent but everything was a little tired, with weeds on the balcony floor. The planters on the lakeside terrace were full of weeds, not amongst typical plants for planters, just weeds. Staff were pleasant and this must once have been a four star hotel - just not anymore. In fairness the prices reflect this - for instance the breakfast is listed on their web site at £15 but in fact was a not unreasonable £10. I think you could consider this as a cheap place to stay and should not be totally put off by the adverse reports here.

Just stayed in this hotel for 2 nights and it's fine. The staff are friendly, rooms clean and the food is good, especially breakfast. The only thing I would say is it needs a good clean and lick of paint outside and the decking area which overlooks the lake also needs attention. The rooms also do not get WiFi, but the bar/restaurant does. The hotel is a bit out of the way as well, but I didn't mind that personally.

Firstly the hotel is half burnt out and has been for nearly two years. Secondly the neighbouring country club is derelict and abandoned. The receptionist was rude beyond belief and the room was filthy and worn out. The balcony, which provided a stunning view of the burnt out parts, was rotten and anyone over 10 stone would fall through the wooden balustrade. Absolutely lethal. No one was serving in the bar but a youth in a filthy vest offered to get a couple of drinks whilst he grabbed a load of beers for his similarly unsavoury looking friends. The toilet wouldn't flush bit compared to the hideous state of the whole building this was trivial. Under no circumstances would I even recommend my worst enemy stay here. Their website is utterly misleading and probably using photos from 20 years ago. My favourite moment was the rude receptionist genuinely wondering why we were leaving.....

A 10 to 20 minute drive from local pubs and shopping centres. The photographs do not show that one wing of the hotel has burnt down. The remainder looks as if no one is interested in doing maintenance. There was no telephone in the room, and the TV did not have Freeview channels, let alone cable. The elevator was broken and there was no evidence that anyone was trying to fix it. This hotel had been part of the Copthorne Group and was in a lovely location, but it would appear that the new owners are not willing to spend money maintaining the buildings, or rebuilding the damaged wing. We had a minor issue when the hotel charged us for a breakfast charge when we had "breakfast included". The receptionist said she would check with the owners and let us know by email. That never happened. Wifi access at the reception only. Internet cable only at the room. Large room with a beautiful view of the lake and confortable bed. Room not very clean, nothing work well, not air conditioner. Restaurant dinner tasty with nice view of the lake.

As the title suggests this hotel was clean and the bed was tidy if a little old. It just needs someone to grab hold of it and bring it up to scratch. yes you had a fire in 2015 but for nothing to be done in this establishment since then is a crime. Literally the place is falling apart Toilet seats that have been broken for some time mold on the bathroom ceiling And wood in doors rotting away.. tv's that don't function. Great location but nobody has cared for this flower in a long time. Two stars awarded as the hotel was clean and the staff pleasant.

Ok so I'll start with the good points: -Good parking -Friendly staff -Food was ok Now for the bad points: -No Wifi in the room -Room was dirty and dusty -TV poor quality -Hairdryer didn't work -Locks on balcony door didn't look lock!!! Had to wedge a chair against the door -Lock on main bedroom door was broken-had to wedge chair against it -Felt very vulnerable as a lone female traveller -Far too expensive for what you got

Oh my goodness, half burnt down hotel, the other half should be closed down. The owners could make the rooms left nice with some paint and a bucket of hot soapy water. Clearly they have totally given up. The worst place we have ever been too, so we got a refund and left. Amazed this hotel is allowed to remain open. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

The setting over the lake is beautiful. The bar and communal areas are kept well and very tidy. The room we had was lovely and spacious with a lovely sized balcony over the lake, kept very clean and slept very well throughout however, the whole place in general (in the rooms and corridors) needs some love, a lick of paint, new furniture perhaps and just some touches. The door frames in our room was a little loose. Receptionist weren't the friendliest but it didn't knock our stay. The reception area is lovely and has a nice seating area.

Some work colleagues and I stayed here. The obvious highlight is the beautiful setting by the lake. The building was partially damaged by fire some time ago. The staff are very friendly and the bar/restaurant area is lovely as you can sit and watch the lake. Nice breakfast, plenty of parking, very big rooms and It oozes potential, but needs money spent on it.

Pingewood Reading England

Hotel highlights

  • Free in-room wired Internet
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Located within a mile (2 km) of Lagoona Park, The Reading Lake Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Madejski Stadium. This 81-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. On a lake, it's also near Oracle and University of Reading.


This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in international cuisine. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


All 81 rooms provide balconies, sofa beds, and refrigerators. 28-inch TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with free wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Ironing boards and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

At The Reading Lake Hotel, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and express check-in. Free parking is available if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include express check-out, free newspapers, and a garden.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

32% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 509 reviews