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the location is great, right on the banks of the Thames - the parking facilities are not so great with a very steep driveway, which would benefit from being resurfaced.
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The town of Reading – straddling the water where the River Kennet joins the River Thames on its way to London – packs in intriguing medieval history sites, oodles of ale-sloshing pubs and loads of outlet shopping and retail opportunities. Whether you're coming to explore the rolling dales and pockets of oak woods that form the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or want to sample the lively student vibes of the city itself, hostels in Reading promise plenty of bang for your buck. They have shared dormitory rooms and shared bathrooms, common spaces filled with like-minded travellers and dedicated reception desks brimming with in-the-know tips on the region. But most of all? Hostels in Reading have some of the cheapest rates in town, overall.
Simple, low-key and characterful are keywords for hostels in Reading. With dormitories containing up to six bunk beds and a sink, along with access to a shared bathroom, you're sure to find plenty of low rates that can leave extra pennies for hopping between the country pubs of old Wessex. What's more, there's often an enchanting architectural style to look forward to, with hostels housed in decades-old buildings that have Georgian facades and high chimney stacks. The upshot is that these sorts of stays can cater to a whole host of different types of traveller, starting with the bargain-seeking globetrotter and couples who want somewhere clean, quiet and cheap.
There's a great range of facilities on the menu in hostels in Reading to boot. That could be as simple as a shared lounge area with plush sofas to settle into after long days of walking across the North Wessex Downs, or something as useful as a speedy WiFi link. Another benefit of choosing hostels in Reading is that they often employ staff who are hugely passionate about their city and helping travellers explore it. Cue local tips on the best alehouses, country walks and shopping precincts, to name just a few.
Hostels in Reading are your chance to fuse explorations through the English countryside with cultural and culinary jaunts through a buzzing town centre. Take the YHA Streatley. It's a clean and comfortable little bolthole with six-bed dormitories on offer in the midst of the North Wessex Downs AONB. There, you can hit the River Thames for waterside walks and glimpses of the grand Palladian-style mansion at Basildon Park. It's a little to the north-west of Reading's town centre, which is where you'll need to venture if you want to spy out the crumbled ruins of Reading Abbey and delve into the immersive collections of the Museum of Reading – a homage to the centuries of cloth trading, biscuit making and beer brewing that have built the city.