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The Reading Lake Hotel

London, England, United Kingdom (LHR)

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Standard Twin Room

Standard Twin Room

2 Twin Beds
Balcony with lake views

Entertainment - Free wired Internet access, 28-inch TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator and 24-hour room service
Bathroom - Partially open bathroom, shower, free toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, iron/ironing board, and desk; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Daily housekeeping
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Standard Double Room

Standard Double Room

1 Full Bed
Features a private balcony

Entertainment - Free wired Internet access, 28-inch TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator and 24-hour room service
Bathroom - Partially open bathroom, shower, free toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, iron/ironing board, and desk; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Daily housekeeping
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The Reading Lake Hotel
Pingewood, Reading, United Kingdom RG30 3UN

Make yourself at home in one of the 81 guestrooms featuring refrigerators. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services.

Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/cafť, and 24-hour room service is provided. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. This hotel has 9 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.


Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: GBP 14.75 per person (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 25 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Coffee Shop
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Express Check-In
  • Express Check-Out
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Wedding Services
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 482 reviews
from Belfast, United Kingdom
Submitted on 25-04-2016
I feel a bit sorry for this hotel. It has recently had a fire however that's not really the problem or an excuse. The remaining building is tired and cold. In short everything is worn out and should be replaced, the staff although pleasant had no enthusiasm for their work just going through the motions.
from Heerlen, The Netherlands
Submitted on 28-04-2016
This hotel is really dated, it has that horrid musty smell on entering reception and although the bedrooms are big and have a lovely view over the lake, the decor is dated and the bathrooms are more like a public toilet and definitely need refurbishing desperately (ours had lots of broken tiles, no toilet roll holder or toilet brush). Finding the hotel in the first instance is not helped by the only obviou signage pointing you in the direction of the Copthorne hotel ( apparently this was its pr... Read more
Submitted on 03-05-2016
Very dated and needs a big refurb, feel quite sorry for the hotel and staff - it's like something you would see from the 90's.... It even had big old style tv in the room I stayed in !! Food was ok'ish but not the best, I know it had a fire at the end of last year.... Hopefully they use that as an excuse for a mass refurb
from Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
Submitted on 06-05-2016
Stayed one evening on business. My TO booked the hotel and I had a quick look on line and thought it looked quite nice. I should of checked Trip advisor first I think, the 28 out of 32 hotels in Reading is a pretty accurate rating. The staff are friendly enough but food was poor and over priced and the restaurant/bar almost had a canteen feel to it. The rooms are a bit dated and half of the hotel was recently burnt down although this only affects the lake view. All in all although not dirty the ... Read more
from Glasgow, United Kingdom
Submitted on 22-05-2016
I had booked in for three nights and on arrival noticed the run down appearance with part of the hotel having suffered fire damage in November 2015. On the Plus side, Large Room over looking the lake with balcony. Friendly staff. The Negative. The food is poor, tasteless and unimaginative. Decor best suited to the 90s Bar / Restaurant soulless Room TV old fashioned and small screen. Would i stay here again, maybe following the repairs to the fire damage and a total refurbishment. The hotel i... Read more
from Durham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 30-05-2016
Looking quickly for a hotel near the M4 and booked this place, didn't take me long to wish I hadn't. The pictures show a very different hotel to the one that exists, having said that I could imagine it to have been a decent hotel "in its day", however, a serious fire later and lack of refurbishment has left this place a mere shadow of its former self. It has huge potential to any investor, it's got a good location, off the M4 and right on the lake which all of the rooms overlook. All seem to h... Read more
from Gosport, Hampshire
Submitted on 22-06-2016
Stayed for one Friday night at the Reading Lake, as it was the cheapest we could find. Its certainly quiet and hidden away, but its best days have been and gone. Ignoring the fact that a wing of the hotel is burnt down, its not that terrible. Staff were fine, noting that there seemed to be very few guests judging by the empty car park The room was big, but everything is a bit frayed around the edges. The patio doors didn't fully close because the frames were warped and rotten, and obviously pe... Read more
from Sheffield, United Kingdom
Submitted on 27-06-2016
After arriving to a partially burnt down hotel (which was quite a shock) I proceeded to chack in, which went quite smoothly. I then arrived in my room whih was probably as basic as I have ever experienced in a Hotel and looked like it hadn't been refurbished since the 80's. The shower was in a shocking state and the speed of water coming out of it would be trumed by a dripping tap. The smallest TV in the world with a remote that felt like i would catch something by touching. I decided room ser... Read more
from Scarborough, United Kingdom
Submitted on 29-06-2016
Only stayed here for one night, but the view from the room over the lake was beautiful. Food was nice,beds were comfortable & very clean. I would imagine it being the place to be if you were planning a wedding. The setting is really beautiful. I only stayed over with a coach party whilst visiting the O2 arena.
from Loughborough, United Kingdom
Submitted on 30-06-2016
Real shame, has the potential to be a great hotel. Rooms very well proportioned and laid out. Balcony area could be amazing. Great location for travel in the area. Rooms are actually ok but bathroom really tired. Service rather shocking. Bar and restaurant area complete joke. Awful smell of damp throughout hotel. Cheap for a reason! Maintenance needs serious attention.
Submitted on 07-07-2016
Stayed on business. Hotel looks okay on first glance but soon start to see dirt and damage. The shower in room was broken and simply like a running tap. The view from the balcony is of the burnt out wreck of one wing of the hotel. The hotel is like the Marie Celeste most of the time with more atmosphere on the moon! My advice don't book until it has its promised refurbishment.
from Tiverton, United Kingdom
Submitted on 09-07-2016
We stayed at this hotel 12 months ago when it was possible to overlook the flood damage because the ground floor rooms were out of bounds. However the fire to the east wing has resulted in a very stark roof scape that is slightly unnerving when arriving at this hotel. The rooms that are still available to guests are now dated and amongst other things there are clear signs of water ingress or leaks almost everywhere. My wife was unable to have a shower because the mixer had failed and I had to... Read more
Submitted on 12-07-2016
I have stayed at this hotel last week. Upon arrival, the staffs at the reception were friendly. Got into the room and like the idea of having a balcony overlooking a lake but my room overlooked a murky green water, sadly, which was a disappointment. Step by step, I started to get more unpleasant surprises. The internet connection didn‚??t work on the first day. The TV facilities didn‚??t work at all. The bathroom was a joke, there was no hot water at the tap on my first day but worked on the se... Read more
from leeds
Submitted on 12-07-2016
Stayed recently and booked through an agent, all appeared ok until we arrived, it was dark so checked in and went for something to eat, food stopped and no alternative offered. Get up the next morning for breakfast to be told that it was £16.95, now in another hotel I might have paid this but on looking Closer you see the issues, dated decor, standoffish staff, high prices, and it makes you think, went out to car to a meeting and to get something to eat on the way in. Looked up and what did we... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 12-07-2016
Trouble finding it as all sign post covered with weeds, lift not working so not able to use restaurant or bar as have mobility issues so unable to get down stairs, mattresses did not fit bed base the base was to small only one pillow each that was very flat one of the chairs were broken and seat all split, leaking toilet, going out on balcony weeds growing every where. Do NOT stay here. No wifi
from South Shields, United Kingdom
Submitted on 13-07-2016
We stayed at this hotel on a National Holidays trip and i must say we were so disappointed when we arrived. It was so sad hearing that they had suffered a fire and it was good that they were still trying to keep their business going, but i think it really needs some major improvements. Upon first glance the hotel seems clean, but when looking slightly closer i found this wasn't exactly the case, their was also cosmetic issues too such as wall paper peeling off the walls and the wardrobe doors b... Read more
Submitted on 14-07-2016
This stay was booked by my companies central travel service and hence I'd not had a chance to look at any reviews before I turned up in the evening. The fact the taxi driver didn't really know where it was didn't bode well. It's over £15 in a taxi from Reading station which give some idea how in the middle of nowhere this hotel is located. It may once have been in an attractive lakeside setting, but clearly no maintenance has taken place on the grounds for many years and the lake is overgrown w... Read more
from Warwick, UK
Submitted on 20-07-2016
Visited a few years ago and it was ok but tired and in need of a refurb and redecoration. Note in room apologises for recent fire burning down half the hotel. Based on other reviews the fire was 18 months ago and they still haven't started work to repair it. Bar soulless with Coronation street playing on TV with sound turned up. You can't even sit outside the bar overlooking the lake, the balcony has been closed. Most food is deep fried and of a cheap pub standard. Website is totally misleadin... Read more
from Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Submitted on 21-07-2016
One star rating is two stars too many. The worst thing that has happened recently to this wreck of a hotel was the fire brigade turning up. It should have been allowed to burn to the ground. There are NO redeeming features, this was obviously once a very nice hotel, but it is a shambles. The corridors stink of damp and decay, the cleaning is of the lowest standard possible. I tried to get room service as it is miles from anywhere [£15 from station}. I peruse do the menu in room and then tr... Read more
Submitted on 21-07-2016
The hotel once must have been stunning, but I think even before the fire it had fallen in to disrepair. The rooms and the hotel are spacious but tired and the fire damage is evident. No lift and no air conditioning. Shoe string staff and very low budget linen/food etc. Only 2 pillows per bed and no extras available. Everything is a bit below average. I was on a coach trip so I had value for money. Otherwise would not pay the rate to stay here. Signage to hotel very poor and everything is overgr... Read more
from Congleton
Submitted on 23-07-2016
After wife phoned me to ask, why have you booked a hotel with no roof? Alarm bells were ringing! Turns out the place has recently had a fire, taking out most of their bedrooms, no power in half the place so, no gym or activities. 4 star, yes, possibly a long time ago! Needs investing and a lot of TLC. Staff did their best given circumstances but would have been nice to be informed of the state of the building and amenities available! Setting is beautiful, just a shame is not helpful... Read more
from Fleetwood, United Kingdom
Submitted on 25-07-2016
this hotel should of kept burning,the rooms we stayed in were disgusting, very dirty I don't think they have been cleaned for a long time, the staff didn't speak and looked bored, the food was awful nothing to choose from you got was was given we went with national coach holidays so we had no choice to stay there, they cant use the excuse for having a fire because that was a while ago, there has been no attempt to make this hotel a nice place to stay,,,,,,,,, avoid this place
from Manchester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 26-07-2016
As it was the only available hotel near where we needed to stay with business to booked it for 1 night. No obvious attempt has been made to tidy the place up since the floods on the ground floor rooms and fire. The sorry looking flags withered into the trees at the entrance sums it up. There is no air-con in the rooms. Not even freeview TV.( 6 channels on very old CRT) You are not allowed on to the decked outside area in the bar (on the hottest day of the year) Beer pumps not working in the bar... Read more
Submitted on 27-07-2016
This hotel is nothing short of a ruin. Staff are rude and unhelpful. Bedrooms are disgusting. Mattress was broken and is decades old. Floor had wet patches! Iron was faulty and gave electric shocks. Bathroom was dirty, taps broken. Door to terrace could have been fitted by a 2 year old. Ceiling looked as though it was going to collapse. I agree with previous post. They should have allowed the whole place to burn down and start again. There has been no attempted to conceal the fire damage. Avo... Read more
Submitted on 03-08-2016
My partner and I and our 2 children checked into this hotel today after a family break away. It was so dirty, and run down with shocking customer service that we checked out again. The lift was out of order with a torn note on the lift door likely been out of order a while meaning we had to lug our suitcase all the way up the stairs. Who knows how they cater for anyone with a disability! There was a horrible musty smell along the corridors. The remnants of someone's dinner left outside their doo... Read more
from Cardiff
Submitted on 09-08-2016
Useless staff from the moment that we arrived (lazy and miserable)Our room was riddled with spiders and bugs, water stains on the walls and ceilings, sweat stains on the sheets, broken interior, dangerous shower parts, half of the hotels fire damage still there after 9 moths! The corridors stank of dampness, not one lift in use! Once we found out that there was no internet we wanted to give reception a call but there was not even a phone in sight, the television should just be thrown out! When ... Read more
from Weymouth, United Kingdom
Submitted on 19-08-2016
When we arrived at the hotel we nearly missed the car parking at reception. After all, one would expect the car park by reception to be full. I think there were about three other cars there. We got in and there was nobody on reception. Eventually, wandering back and forth someone in a side/admin room spotted us and came to book us in. We were given a key and that was that. Off we wandered to our room. In the room we looked out of the window. A lovely view until we spotted the fire-torn other ... Read more
from St Leonards On Sea
Submitted on 27-08-2016
On arriving at the hotel we were quite horrified to see scaffolding and diggers... This was because half the hotel had burned down, something I was not aware of when I booked, we found out later this had actually happened 9 months ago.... Not much improvement since then. We were greeted at the reception with a smile but not very welcoming tone, I was told to sign and asked our car reg, then sent off to our room, no telling us the lift did not work or apology, no offer of help with our bags, no e... Read more
Submitted on 30-08-2016
If you check my other reviews you will see I'm not a complainer and always want to give credit where possible. However with this place I feel a sense of public duty to warn my Trip Advisor friends. Now I've stayed here a lot over the years and the location and setting is lovely. But now, please move away and find somewhere else to stay in Reading! The problem? Pretty much everything. Old, tatty and half burnt down. Yes this place had a fire some time last year and its just sat there, like a gutt... Read more
from Reading, England
Submitted on 03-09-2016
Stayed for 3 nights in August. Wish I hadn't. Firstly, on their website, it says there is 24 hour room service. But none of the rooms have a phone! Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but you can't call for anything . . . . is that even legal not to have a phone in the room? I left my bedsheets pulled back and the TV remote was on the bed. Having come back in the afternoon to find the bedroom 'made up', I lay on the bed to find the remote still under the sheets! They hadn't even bothered to pick i... Read more
from Sheffield, United Kingdom
Submitted on 08-09-2016
I kind of expected something a little more modern so very disappointed. The room is spacious but when you see a TV from the 90's with 5 channels (the additional 3 which were Sky News & Sky Sports 1 & 2 didn't work so not really worth mentioning) you know you've stepped back in time.... As for the feather pillows.... don't get me started. Do I think this is worthy of recommendation..? Alas no. Sorry folks. As for the hotel who I know will read this review, if you're not aware, book a visit from ... Read more
Submitted on 13-09-2016
After reading the reviews of this we expected the worst. Never judge before seeing yourself. Yes they had a fire. And yes they are trying to fix what happened. But the hotel that is running is lovely. Rooms are nice. Yes a little dated but are lovely to stop in. And the lake view is amazing. Breakfast was amazing too. Good choice and catered for myself and my girlfriend who is vegetarian. Nice place to stay too. Had a lovely time.
from Lincoln, United Kingdom
Submitted on 19-09-2016
travelling with national holidays to see Charlie and the chocolate factory. for their own reasons they chose a hotel out of London to house their customers after a long drive from north east England. after a mishap with the coach we finally arrived with young children who had been up sine 5am and final arrival 9.15am without a hot meal - another story. the hotel had a massive fire at the end of last year. reception looked fine and im glad we arrived in the dark. we had two rooms. one room a... Read more
from Bedford, United Kingdom
Submitted on 24-09-2016
Driving into the hotel car park felt like we had driven in to a post-apocalyptic, and seemingly abandoned world, with half burnt down buildings, and an eerie feel about the place. Eventually, after some aimless and exploratory wandering, we found reception, and it soon became clear that we were amongst only a handful of guests in this large complex. Walking to our room, with our cardboard tagged and sellotaped key, we passed giant cobwebs, a lift that is out of order (disabled friendly) and se... Read more
Submitted on 29-09-2016
Lovely food , nice views , very clean rooms and friendly and helpful working people . We went to the town all day , is nice to come back to a quite please to relax and have a good rest. A little disappointed as didn't know it hasn't had the spa one as they were in reconstruction from a fire last year , but definitely will go back when is all back to normal.
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 02-10-2016
We should have left and found another hotel. But, we had already paid on arrival, presumably so people can't leave!! The hotel is in a state of disrepair, and should not be operational. Cobwebs line the corridors and the lift is not working - particularly difficult being heavily pregnant and having bags to carry. Our room was very basic but we thought we'd as we were only staying the night it would do. However the bed was awful and uncomfortable. As it was so old it dipped in to the middle. The... Read more
Submitted on 07-10-2016
I was with my son who was doing the 4x4 experience locally, it is mentioned in the itinerary to go there for sustenance etc. On first drawing up looks ok going into reception looks nice went down to the restaurant which only does cold sandwiches at lunchtime, at 12 noon they were still cleaning it with Hoover wire strewn across the floor and signs up with wet floor. The staff were friendly and food ok nothing taxing about a tuna roll and chicken mayo roll. It was pleasant sitting looking out ... Read more
from Southampton, United Kingdom
Submitted on 08-10-2016
After reading the reviews on here, I nearly cancelled the booking, I am very glad I didnt . On arrival the lady on reception was polite and dealt with our booking quickly. We knew there had been a fire at the hotel and work was being done to the roof, we joked with the lady that we would prefer a room with a roof and she upgraded us to a suite. The suite was up to standard and had a fabulous view, we could not see the fire damage from our room. There were only 6 of us in the hotel, but as soon ... Read more
from Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Submitted on 10-10-2016
We were told there had been a fire at the hotel by our excellent driver, on arrival the appearance did not look good , However we were pleasantly surprised to find the remainder of the hotel that was open was clean and well presented,Our room was large overlooking the lake,The evening meal was buffet style with 3 courses and 3 options all well cooked and tasty,breakfast was also buffet style and was very good.
from Coventry UK
Submitted on 12-10-2016
I work in Reading and live in The Midlands so from time to time I need an Impromptu stop over and it's not easy to find a reasonably priced hotel at a few hours notice in the area. So on this occasion my seasoned find a hotel research methods were out the window and it was just find something close that was good value for money. I travel a lot so have a check list of minimum requirements and Reading Lake ticked all the boxes. What I didn't appreciate was that one of the wings of this hotel was ... Read more
from Bournemouth
Submitted on 10-11-2016
Stayed on business for a couple of nights. Room was spacious, clean, good temperature, but basic. Room I was given was one of the accessable ones as had lots of features for disabled visitors. Patio doors opened up to small decking area outside room, bathroom had a really good shower. Old CRT TV but ok as didn't use it. Pillows awful, when you put your head in the middle, they were so soft the edges folded up around your face, ok nights sleep. As far as company paid rooms go for single occupancy... Read more
from Malton, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-11-2016
Booked here as it was close to where I was working. I had read the reviews and knew the hotel was fire damaged so my expectations were not high. The corridors did smell sooty. The room was dated but clean and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom fittings were tired but the shower worked well. My steak at dinner was tasty and although there was only 1 waiter and 1 (chef) there was no great delay. Breakfast was cooked to order and was very good. I had a walk around the grounds and lake after ... Read more
from Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-11-2016
I really don't know where to start with this one. First impressions were that I'd stepped straight out of 2016 and into 1976, the decor was so bad. The room was awful, the shower was terrible, the tap at the sink came off in my hand, the sink was blocked, the towel rail had it's power supply cut off, and was taped over with insulation tape; one positive was that the bed was comfortable. The list of things which were "out of order" included the ladies toilet in the bar/restaurant, (meaning any... Read more
from Leicester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 27-11-2016
Stayed here for one night. Went on a coach trip with national holidays to Bath then to stay at this hotel. Hotel was lovely. Very clean. Abit cold in the hotel but there was only our coach there. The rooms were warm and clean. Beds were very comfortable Dinner and breakfast were included. The dinner was excellent. 3 courses and you could have what ever you wanted. The main food was buffet style. Very tasty. And the desserts were really nice. Had 2 of those! Had a bottle of wine which wasn't a ba... Read more
Submitted on 28-11-2016
I went on a coach trip I seen the reviews but did not believe it is like a haunted house half the hotel is boarded up as was a fire the other half should be, the dining room has been put in the bar most things are out of order, the fire alarm went off several times at night I really believed we was on candid camera, I imagine before the fire it was stunning but not now