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Novotel Reading Centre

4-star hotel in Reading City Centre with indoor pool and restaurant

  • Free WiFi
ZAR 1,428

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25b Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DP, England, United Kingdom
8,0.Very good.
  • The stay was good. They knew we were going to need the pull out sofa and had it made up…

    Sep 18, 2021

  • Phoned the hotel and asked for rooms next to each other because of the kids and got there…

    Sep 4, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to ALLSAFE (Accor Hotels) and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 72 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 179 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Indoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness center

For families

  • Playground on site
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Television
  • Daily housekeeping

What’s around

  • In Reading City Centre
  • John Lewis Reading - 2 min walk
  • Reading Museum and Town Hall - 3 min walk
  • Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin - 4 min walk
  • Broad Street Mall - 4 min walk
  • Oracle - 4 min walk
Due to COVID-19, this property’s food and beverage options may be limited.

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Executive Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed
  • Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds

What’s around


  • In Reading City Centre
  • John Lewis Reading - 2 min walk
  • Reading Museum and Town Hall - 3 min walk
  • Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin - 4 min walk
  • Broad Street Mall - 4 min walk
  • Oracle - 4 min walk
  • Forbury Gardens - 4 min walk
  • Reading Central Library - 6 min walk
  • Reading Abbey Ruins - 7 min walk
  • Reading Civic Centre - 8 min walk
  • Hexagon - 8 min walk

Getting around

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 31 min drive
  • Oxford (OXF) - 57 min drive
  • Reading Station - 3 min walk
  • Reading (XRE-Reading Train Station) - 3 min walk
  • Reading West Station - 17 min walk
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25b Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DP, England, United Kingdom

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 179 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 14 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 3 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed*
  • Restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Onsite parking available only on request
  • Covered onsite self parking (GBP 18 per day)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • To-go breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Water dispenser

Things to do

  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Playground on site
  • Golfing nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference space size (meters) - 106
  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Elevator
  • Television in common areas


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Grab bar - near toilet
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord

Languages Spoken

  • Czech
  • English
  • Filipino
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • 21-inch LCD TV

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


GourmetBar - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Awards and affiliations

This property has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • To-go breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 12.00 per person (approximately)

PetsPay at property

  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 10 per pet, per night
  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation for details on pet restrictions

ParkingPay at property

  • Covered self parking costs GBP 18 per day
  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve onsite parking

Pool, spa & gym (if applicable)Pay at property

  • Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of ALLSAFE (Accor Hotels).

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Barclaycard, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

  • Novotel Hotel Reading Centre
  • Novotel Reading Centre Hotel
  • Novotel Reading Centre Reading
  • Novotel Reading Centre Hotel Reading
  • Novotel Reading Centre
  • Accor Reading Centre
  • Novotel Reading Centre Hotel Reading
  • Reading Novotel
  • Novotel Reading Centre Hotel
  • Accor Reading Centre
  • Reading Novotel

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


  • Yes, Novotel Reading Centre does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes. Self parking costs GBP 18 per day. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Yes, there's an indoor pool. Guests have pool access from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of GBP 10 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is noon. Express check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, GourmetBar offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Oakford Social Club (3-min walk), Valpy Street (4-min walk), and The Alehouse (4-min walk).
  • Novotel Reading Centre has an indoor pool and a fitness center.
8,0.Very good.
  • 2,0.Poor

    Poor stay, unimpressed

    Really not happy with the stay to be honest. Check in was delayed due to Reading Festival being on but surely you’d account for more staff when you’re fully booked all weekend. In addition the lifts didn’t work properly and took you to several wrong floors. The lifts had a mind of their own frankly. This resulted in me walking 10 flights for fear of being trapped inside a tiny lift. The shower was Luke warm at best. It really was a poor stay, especially for the price. It was definitely not good value for money and I would like to make an official complaint and would prefer a partial refund

    Yasmin, 1 night trip, Aug 29, 2021

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  • 2,0.Poor

    Oh. What a day.

    Absolutely terrible. First the hotel key card didn’t work. So back down to reception. Given new key. Opened the door. There was a guest already in there. Leaving us both very confused and embarrassed. Back down to reception to tell them of the my discovery. Although that was a major mess up in my eyes, they didn’t seem too apologetic. Finally given a new room. Condition of the room is terrible. Holes in the walls. Stains on carpet floor as soon as you walk in. Lovely. Shower kept flooding even though it was hardly on when in use. Cheap garden furniture weirdly placed in the room. Wasn’t the best stay.

    nathan, 1 night trip, Aug 28, 2021

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  • 2,0.Poor

    Awful service booked us into a hotel which was ful

    I made a booking for Thursday 26/08/2021. I arrived in the evening to be told by the hotel it was fully booked. I showed the reception my confirmation and was still declined saying yourselves shouldn't of took the booking, even though I had paid an had confirmation. I had to book another hotel next door which was twice as expensive. Now I'm going through the process of getting a refund and have been told I didn't turn up to stay and will not receive a refund. Trying to get through to yourselves and getting a robot which doesn't understand a thing. This has been a total nightmare

    D, 1 night business trip, Aug 26, 2021

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  • 8,0.Very good

    Good location and Friendly front desk staffs.

    Good location, close proximity to shopping and other transportation. Friendly and helpful front desk staffs as well.

    Kam Man Kammy, 2 night family trip, Aug 25, 2021

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  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Great hotel and staff.

    Wonderful stay!! We traveled from Newbury to Reading for our marriage staying two nights. They presented us with a bottle of Prosecco, congratulations card plus fresh strawberries and cream a really great surprise when we got back from the ceremony. We have stayed there before as it is a top notch hotel with a nice pool and great breakfast. Can recommend this hotel to anyone.

    Paul, 2 night trip, Aug 23, 2021

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  • 10,0.Exceptional

    100% recommend!

    Lovely hotel! Staff were extremely friendly and hotel was spotless. Bed was comfy and rooms were up to date. Would definitely stay again

    Shameem, 1 night family trip, Aug 20, 2021

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  • 2,0.Poor

    No thank you.

    Stay well away from this hotel. The rooms are disgusting and there are dirt marks littered everywhere. There was no mattress protector on the bed and the hair was left in the bath. We changed rooms due to the room above us performing ballet at 1030pm which management refused to do anything about. The new room had the odour of a wet dog.

    Scott, 1 night trip, Aug 17, 2021

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  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Wonderful hotel

    Ligia, 3 night family trip, Aug 16, 2021

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  • 6,0.Good

    Mixed bag but would return

    Lovely hotel, great rooms, great breakfast and nice pool, sauna etc. The whole experience was let down though by terrible lifts and on-site parking. On several occasions only one of three lifts were working and in a 13 storey plus basement hotel, it meant a wait in excess of 10 minutes. Using the stairs is an option but not for everyone. Parking is £18 a night if you book, if not then local parking is £6-8 less than 5 minutes walk away.

    Anthony, 1 night family trip, Aug 14, 2021

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  • 2,0.Poor

    Terrible stay

    Ridiculous avoid this place! Waste of money! Arrived to tell us they didn’t even have a room even though we had booked and had confirmation! After sitting in reception an hour we got a room 10pm by this point so missed dinner reservations. Breakfast is massively disorganised! Had to clean and set our own table! No mugs or glasses nor cutlery! Everything running out and no one replenishing or clearing tables! Got back to the room and fire alarm went off after 15 mins of that we packed up and left!

    Kelly, 1 night trip, Aug 14, 2021

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