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"The UK's sexiest townhouse hotel" -- The Evening Standard

The Forbury Hotel

Reading, UK
  • "One of the most stylish hotels in the country," according to The Guardian
  • The floor-to-ceiling Italian glass chandelier is stunningly impressive
  • There's a 2-AA-Rosette-awarded restaurant with a secret al fresco garden
  • Rooms are spacious & come with plenty of luxurious extras
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26 The Forbury
Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EJ
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The Forbury Hotel is all about the design -- from the designer fabrics and rugs to the American walnut floors, it is seriously stylish throughout. There's bold colour and contemporary art on every wall, and at least three specially commissioned artworks in every bedroom. The real showstopper is the Italian 86,000-glass bead chandelier that descends from the ceiling to the ground floor and is housed in the old lift shaft. And while the décor is sleek and minimalist, the high, vaulted ceilings, panelled walls and period features showcase its status as a 1911 listed townhouse.

Just five minutes on foot from the centre of Reading, The Forbury is less than a 30-minute drive from the charming riverside towns of Henley-on-Thames, Marlow and Bray. The racecourses of Newbury, Ascot and Windsor are also all nearby.

The Forbury is home to the 2-AA-Rosette-awarded Cerise -- a restaurant that, as the name suggests, is decorated with bold splashes of cerise pink. Guests can choose from a range of seasonal dishes such as herb-crusted rack of West Country lamb or roasted pave of skrei cod served with a mussel and gnocchi chowder. There’s also a Moroccan-inspired secret garden for dining al fresco under the shade of a pomegranate tree, with a waterfall feature and outdoor heaters. Alternatively, you can sample a cocktail or choose from the distinguished wine list in the Cerise Cocktail Bar, or plump for afternoon tea, served between 2-5pm. 

There are 23 high-ceilinged and well-proportioned rooms to choose from. Luxurious touches in the Superior bedrooms include a Bang and Olufsen audio-visual system, Molton Brown toiletries, a Nespresso coffee machine, a monsoon shower and a separate bath. Junior Suites have unique extras -- one has a glass bath, another has a 4-poster bed, while one even has a copper bath in front of the fire.


  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm


  • Standard checkout time: 11am


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 11am

    You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

    Know Before You Go

    • 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.


    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

    • Fee for English breakfast: GBP 17.00 per person (approximately)
    • Self parking fee: GBP 20 per stay
    • Valet parking fee: GBP 12.00 per night
    • Late check-out fee: GBP 30
    • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Getting there

The nearest train station is Reading, which has connections to London, Oxford and the West Country. Reading Station is one minute away by car or five minutes by foot. If you’re coming by car, take the A329 from the M4. The hotel offers valet parking.


  • 26 The Forbury
  • Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3EJ
  • United Kingdom

Customer Service

Prefer to book over the phone?

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

M-F, 8am-9pm

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