“Funky luxury hotel with a railway theme” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
We are in a primary authority partnership with Greater Manchester. They have reviewed all our covid risk . We have signed up to a covid safe to trade scheme with our partners Shield Safety. This is a similar scheme with an additional visual virtual audit. I or the regional directors have/will visit our properties to ensure actions continue to be in place.
Our Inspector's view
This historic property reflects a funky Malmaison style that also conveys its proximity and long-standing relationship with the nearby railway. Public areas feature rail memorabilia and excellent pictures and include a Café Mal and a meeting room. The bedrooms here have all the amenities a modern guest would expect, plus comfort and quality in abundance. Dining is interesting too, with a menu that features home-grown and local produce accompanied by an impressive wine list.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 75
- Family rooms: 6
- Bedrooms Ground: 4
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Hearing loop installed
- Children welcome
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Lift available
- Night porter available
- Fully air conditioned
- Accessible bedrooms: 3
- Walk-in showers
- Open all year
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About the area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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