I stayed in this hotel when attending some training at Microsoft's nearby HQ. I chose this particular Holiday Inn as it has a pool and fitness area.
Upon arrival I was greeted by a cheerful man
who seemed delighted that we shared the same last name, he checked me in and gave me the required information to find my room, I also took him up on the offer of breakfast the next morning, it was £5 cheaper to buy it the night before. My room was 430 something so a fair walk from reception, which I don't mind, on the way to the rooms there is a small corridor leading off to the pool and fitness suite.
I had arrived fairly late (around 20:30), navigating the corridors was easy enough and I could see that the room service was popular amongst the other guests as their trays had been placed outside their doors after they'd finished their meals.
The room, which has clearly been refurbished in the past few years was clean and functional, there was a largish LCD TV on the wall, maybe 27 - 32" with the expected array of free view channels. A small kettle and the usual complimentary tea and coffee set also made an appearance. The room had air conditioning which is always appreciated. The bathroom was small, functional and sufficiently clean. There is a slightly odd placement of plug sockets preventing you from having your phone on charge next to the bed, however there was one close enough that I could set my laptop up to watch Netflix in bed using the chair as a table.
Food wise the restaurant has a reasonable offering, it's a little high priced when compared to an average pub type eatery but when considering that it's a hotel you really cant complain, I ordered some sort of chicken burger with sweet potato fries and a beer I requested the burger to be plain with no side salad (as I'm a salad dodger). When the food came the burger wasn't plain so I sent it back, it was corrected and the new burger was bought over. Interestingly the lady who took my order seemed to be quite upset that she had made a mistake (or the kitchen had). No one is perfect but the way a problem is dealt with speaks volumes, and they dealt with this to my satisfaction.
Before breakfast I decided to use the Gym area, which was compact but quite well stocked, there was a reasonable choice of dumb bells, cardio equipment and resistance equipment, plus a pool.
Decided to head on over for breakfast, which has the usual fried selection and normal breakfast choices I opted for muesli, yogurt and fruit compote, which was great! It was just a shame I wasn't in the mood for a full English!
Overall Holiday Inn is a pretty nice place to stay, I had shopped around and read lots of reviews before choosing. I'd recommend doing the same if planning to stay in the Reading area as I found some real horror stories! [Less]