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Elephant Hotel

3-star hotel in Reading with restaurant and bar/lounge

  • Free weekday English breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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NZ$149

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Church Road, Reading, RG8 7AR, England, United Kingdom
8.4.Very good.
  • Really appreciated being able to change rooms when we found we were in a front room which…

    Aug 26, 2019

  • Very friendly staff, comfortable bed. Room quite bright and noisy at night as facing main…

    Aug 25, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Convenient
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 22 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Area shuttle
  • Childcare
  • Terrace
  • Garden

For families

  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Premium TV channels
  • Television

What’s around

  • North Wessex Downs - 41 min walk
  • Beale Park - 27 min walk
  • Basildon Park - 38 min walk
  • Mapledurham Country Park - 43 min walk
  • Pincents Hill - 2.4 mi / 3.8 km
  • Chiltern Hills - 4.2 mi / 6.7 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • Classic Double or Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room

What’s around

Landmarks

  • North Wessex Downs - 41 min walk
  • Beale Park - 27 min walk
  • Basildon Park - 38 min walk
  • Mapledurham Country Park - 43 min walk
  • Pincents Hill - 2.4 mi / 3.8 km
  • Chiltern Hills - 4.2 mi / 6.7 km
  • Hexagon - 6 mi / 9.6 km
  • Oracle - 7.1 mi / 11.5 km
  • University of Reading - 7.4 mi / 11.9 km
  • Lardon Chase - the Holies and Lough Down - 4.7 mi / 7.5 km
  • Prospect Park - 4.8 mi / 7.7 km

Getting around

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 40 min drive
  • Oxford (OXF) - 41 min drive
  • Reading Pangbourne Station - 5 min walk
  • Tilehurst Station - 6 min drive
  • Theale Station - 7 min drive
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
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Church Road, Reading, RG8 7AR, England, United Kingdom

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 22 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 11 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 16

Pets

  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only)*
  • Specific rooms only*
  • 2 per room (up to 66 lbs)
  • Food and water bowls available

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?

  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast on weekdays
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Golfing nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff

Facilities

  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Accessibility

  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms

Be entertained

  • TV
  • Premium TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water

More

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra bedsPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Childcare is available for an extra charge
  • Cribs/infant beds are available for GBP 20 per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for GBP 20 per night

PetsPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 20 per pet, per night
  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation to request a pet-friendly room

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

Policies

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

  • Elephant Hotel Reading
  • Elephant Reading
  • Elephant Hotel Hotel
  • Elephant Hotel Reading
  • Elephant Hotel Hotel Reading

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FAQs

  • Yes, Elephant Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room and maximum weight of 66 lbs per pet. There's a charge of GBP 20 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees. Food and water bowls are available.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-out and contactless check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Miah's (3-min walk), The Swan (4-min walk), and Asian Spice Tandoori (2.8 mi).
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as horseback riding. Elephant Hotel also has a garden.
8.4.Very good.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Quirky rooms, lovely gardens, friendly efficient staff and other than facilities being slightly dated a very lovely overnight stay.

    1 night family trip, Jul 17, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Lovely stay in a lovely hotel in a lovely village. Catered amazingly for dogs, staff were very friendly and lthe decor was unique and stylish. The hotel was clean and the bedrooms were cosy.

    2 night romance trip, Jul 8, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Will return

    Lovely hotel in perfect village with lots of bars and restaurant options. Bedroom was so comfortable but bathroom really needed some serious TLC. The condition of bathroom was only letdown Staff could not be more helpful. Breakfast was great.

    Debbie, 1 night business trip, Jul 1, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Good location in delightful village with river meadows to walk in. Ideal also for stopover as near M4. Quirky hotel - African theme so all quite dark. Service was good and staff friendly. Restaurant specialises in steaks which were very good. Breakfast was served as opposed to a buffet (due to covid?).

    Tee, 1 night family trip, Sep 6, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Short stay

    Yes lovely clean hotel. The lady on the bar is a fabulous employee she is so friendly and helpful nothing was to much trouble she really stood out.

    Julie, 1 night trip, Aug 14, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Lovely hotel

    Amazing hotel with beautiful rooms. Staff were very accommodating and friendly. Enjoyed the fine selection of gin at the bar and a lovely dinner in the restaurant.

    Melanie, 1 night trip with friends, Jul 5, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Weekend break

    Very comfortable stay at the Elephant. The bar staff were excellent, great location for walks along the Thames. Restaurant was fully booked (Valentines Day), but the bar food was great. The lounge areas were also great.

    Lee, 2 night trip, Feb 13, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    As it says, its quirky. Clean, good food with very friendly and helpful staff.

    3 night romance trip, Oct 11, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Ok stay. Needs to try harder.

    Nice privately owned hotel and bar. Room was nice but a little dated and in need of some decoration. Perfectly acceptable at perhaps a slighly lower price point. The main issue for me was the lack of staff interaction from reception through to tge breakfast team. No interest in how we slept, no nice good morning and the service at breakfast was disconnected. No instruction on whats available, no offer of sauces etc. Its a shame because its a quirky hotel and you would imagine that service could be an area they excel in compared to chain hotels. Also beware parking is limited so we used the car park next door. Good location in pangbourne and quality items served at breakfast. However ai would recommend a thorough clean under the till counter. Not the best sight whilst eating. Would i stay again, maybe but only if it was substantially cheaper than the 120 pounds we paid. Shame could be really good as public spaces are really comfortable.

    Thomas, 1 night trip, Aug 12, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Quirky but fun

    Like stepping back into the time of the Raj. Comfortable and clean. Old building but brought up to a modern standard. Parking for free directly outside.

    Simon D, 1 night trip, Jul 31, 2019

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