Great Expectations

33 London StreetReadingRG1 4PSUnited Kingdom
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About Great Expectations

Great Expectations is a unique hotel targeted towards lovers of Charles Dickens' literature. The famous writer once held public readings in the historic building that now hosts guests from around the world.

Each room at this hotel is furnished in modern style, and features a private bathroom that comes stocked with complimentary toiletries. Flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi are standard amenities, as are tea and coffee-making facilities.

The building is heated, and is non-smoking throughout, unlike in Dickens' day. The front desk is staffed limited hours.

The hotel's themed restaurant and bar are decorated in classic English style and hearken back to Dickens' time. Guests can enjoy good ales on draught, and a full English breakfast is available for a surcharge each morning.

Great Expectations sits just steps away from the River Kennet. The beautiful Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins are both under 800 metres away.


33 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(118)9503925 | Fax: +44(118)958 9148 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

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Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Satellite TV
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Can't beat the breakfasts

According to reviewers, the breakfasts at this hotel are simply stunning. The food is cooked to perfection, and the servings are ample. The breakfasts make for the perfect start to a long day spent exploring Reading.

Great historic decor

Travellers say the decoration and atmosphere of the hotel are in keeping with its status as a former reading location for Charles Dickens. The decor in the restaurant earns particular notice from guests who enjoy the historic ambience.

Friendly, helpful staff

According to guests, the hotel staff are extremely helpful. They happily go above and beyond guest expectations to solve problems and ensure that all their visitors are fully satisfied. It seems all can expect a warm welcome when they come to this hotel.

Negative Reviews

Noisy rooms

Travellers who stay in rooms adjacent to the pub and restaurant say that there is plenty of sound leakage at the property. They say that earplugs may be necessary for those who want a full nigh's' rest.

No lift

Reviewers frequently express concern at the fact that this hotel does not have a lift. While staff are happy to assist guests in carrying suitcases upstairs, guests with mobility problems can still have trouble getting to and from their rooms.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index ® based on 604 reviews across the web
7.5 /10
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    7.6 /10
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    8.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    7.3 /10
7.5 out of 10 based on 604 reviews