Reading is one of the largest towns in Berkshire and home to one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious universities. It boasts one of the best shopping centres in the country, packed with everything from the usual high-street suspects to upmarket, independent shops and boutique stores. However, Reading offers much more than excellent shopping; it's packed with attractions and things to see and do, making the town a superb place to enjoy some downtime. There's plenty of accommodation in the area, which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, from unpretentious travel-stops to luxurious inns and townhouse hotels.
A Special Occasion? Luxury Hotels in Reading
If you're visiting Reading as part of a special occasion or want to treat your partner to a slice of the high life, there are some excellent hotels to choose from. The French Horn hotel in the nearby village of Sonning was once a 19th century coaching inn that has been lovingly and tastefully restored to offer luxurious accommodation. Set on the quiet banks of the River Thames and with its own fine-dining restaurant, it's hard to believe that this hotel is just a short drive to London. Alternatively, the Forbury Hotel, in Reading itself, offers sumptuous, boutique lodgings and was recently hailed as 'the UK's Sexiest Townhouse Hotel', by the Evening Standard newspaper.
Family-Friendly Hotels in Reading
Those visiting Reading with kids won't be stuck for things to do; Reading is brimming with attractions such as Reading Museum, the Skiplex Endless Indoor Ski Slope and the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. You'll also find numerous family-friendly hotels that are low on cost, but deliver on quality and service. Hotels such as the Hillingdon Prince, the Parkside International Hotel and the Reading Lake Hotel offer high standards of accommodation and many family-friendly hotels with restaurants offer a children's menu, which helps to take the headache out of dinner-times.
Reading is a vibrant town, with a rich arts scene and there's almost always something to get involved with. Its easy accessibility makes it a popular destination for ‘staycationers’ and, with a wide selection of excellent hotels to choose from, there's something to suit virtually every taste and budget.