We spent two nights at this well appointed hotel in the heart of Reading. The room was fantastic - copper two-man bathtub in the bedroom itself! We recommend that room for sure. Me and my wife have stayed at a lot of 5 star hotels around the world, and The Forbury is up there amongst the best. The rooms are more than well appointed - clean, and well designed, with some nice finishing touches like a B&O sound system, nice toiletries, and all the usual luxuries. The room also had some nice touches like tasteful books, and magazines, and more importantly hardly any of that crappy hotel junk - branded leaflets, cardboard ads, and 'selly' stuff you usually get. I hate that stuff. It felt very boutique, but in a more 'establishment' kind of way. Which we liked - timeless, well thought out, and unique. We hate to use the word 'classy', but our room kind of was. Lols.
The staff were pretty good too - courteous, polite, and extremely accommodating to our needs - endless room service, running quite late one night. The concierge was particularly helpful - answering all our questions and recommending some great places in the local area.
The building itself is well designed, with a stunning central staircase which kind of makes you want to walk up and down it endlessly. Maybe they could do more with that part of the building? The garden at the rear looks like it would be delightful in warmer weather, but was too cold for our stay. The hotel is situated in the heart of reading, but is tucked away enough to avoid any of the weekend hurly burly.
We ate in the restaurant on our first night, and the food was excellent - beautifully presented, and delicious. The Chef, I think he said his name was Michael(?), popped out to see how everyone was doing, which was a nice touch we thought. The selection of wine was surprisingly good too.
In short we had a fantastically decedent stay. We didn't leave the room that much, and why would you, when it was so nice? Plus the champagne wasn't too expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury hotel with a private house feel, The Forbury has been designed to meet the needs of the single business person or couple seeking refuge from the “rat race”. The bedrooms and suites provide a sumptuous and stimulating environment. Every feature has been designed with comfort in mind. From huge beds with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets to American walnut floors with underfloor heating and fine Italian chrome bath fittings, nothing has been overlooked. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forbury Hotel Reading