Based in a historic building with a columned facade, Great Expectations is a modern hotel with an on-site restaurant. Located only a short walk away from the Reading Rail Station, the venue is based in the heart of the city with The Oracle Shopping Centre sat a few-minute walk away. Other nearby attractions include The Olympia Ballroom, South Street Arts Centre and The Hexagon. The Reading Abby Ruins are also within a walking distance, while a short drive can take visitors to the site of the Windsor Castle.
Collection of modest rooms are made up in a vintage style, characterised by pastel colours and wide, patterned bed covers. All of them can boast en-suite bathrooms, satellite TVs and access to the hotel’s Wi-Fi service. Patrons can use a wardrobe and cabinets available to unpack during their stay.
Commemorating Charles Dicken’s visit to the hotel, the on-site restaurant is decorated in Victorian themes and serves traditional British fare. Guests can relax at the fully-licensed bar or take a seat in the dining area to sate their appetites. The bar catches the eye with its exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings, the dim lighting creating an intimate atmosphere. Every morning the kitchen serves a selection of breakfast staples, including Full English. While waiting for their orders, patrons can partake in a round of pool.
Groupon’s Guide to Reading
Reading is a large town in the county of Berkshire. Although affected by the English Civil War, with a major siege and loss of trade, Reading remains one of the most visited towns in the UK. Major attractions include the ruins of the Reading Abbey, founded by Henry I in 1121 and used as a major worship place for kings and queens, the REME Museum of Technology, the historic ruins at Silchester and the 19th-century Reading Museum.