The Crown

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Why We Love It

  • This 16th-century property is in Playhatch, a mile from the River Thames
  • The hotel's restaurant serves classic British dishes
  • Picturesque Henley-on-Thames, Sonning & Marlow are within 30 minutes' drive

99% (253 Member Ratings)

"The food was exceptional."
Feb 17, 2017
West Mersea, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is just off the B478. There is free parking on site. Reading Station is around 10 minutes' drive. A taxi to the station from the hotel will cost approximately £10, each way. Direct trains from London Paddington take around 30 minutes.

Rooms & Rates

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The Crown is a 16th-century inn set in the hamlet of Playhatch, on the border between Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It has beamed ceilings, wing-backed chairs, log fires and plenty of rustic charm.

The hotel is a great base from which to explore the local area. The River Thames and Sonning -- described by writer Jerome K Jerome in his book Three Men in a Boat as "the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river" -- are a 5-minute drive away. It is also reported that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin bought their first marital home there. Caversham Lakes, where you can follow a nature trail to see woodpeckers, foxes and rabbits, is nearby.

Henley-on-Thames, an attractive riverside town famous for its regatta, is 15 minutes' drive, while the charming town of Marlow is 30 minutes away, and the rolling hills of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are a 10-minute drive. Mapledurham House is less than 25 minutes by car. This "fine Elizabethan mansion" (The AA) has been used as a location in numerous film and TV productions -- most famously "The Eagle Has Landed", starring Michael Caine.

The on-site restaurant serves classic British dishes and uses fresh local produce. The hotel also has a deli where you can buy some of the ingredients used in the restaurant, and there is an outdoor seating area.

All 10 rooms are individually designed, with quality linen and large walk-in showers. There is free Wi-Fi throughout, and breakfast includes a choice of full English or cereals and toast.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


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


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 10am.

Children and additional guests: No extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: 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.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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99% Positive
(253 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Crown (Part of TMDining) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Miranda Feb 18, 2017 Enfield , United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Loved the building, the way it was decorated and the food. Very friendly staff. Great value.
Nicola Feb 18, 2017 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was exceptional.
Other Comments
Beautiful place, very clean and comfortable. Staff helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend.
Dawn Feb 17, 2017 West Mersea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The atmosphere, attention to detail, the warm welcome, the amazing food and attentiveness of the staff made our stay just what we needed for our 5th wedding anniversary.
Debbie Feb 13, 2017 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the decor
Other Comments
our bed was very very noisy, it kept me awake most of the night!
Tracey Feb 13, 2017 Marlborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All of it.
Other Comments
Good food good staff.
steve Feb 12, 2017 hayes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The quality of the food and how helpful and friendly all the staff were, especially Raza who served us both evenings.
arthur Feb 11, 2017 waterlooville, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The calmness and ambiance
Fiona Feb 06, 2017 southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were all very welcoming, lovely property, comfortable room and delicious food.
Other Comments
All the staff were superb, friendly and professional. Dinner exceeded our expectations. Breakfast was a little minimalistic but sufficient.
Nicola Feb 02, 2017 Nottingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The accommodation and the food. The management and cuisine choice shows the team is best by far, for instance the Fillet is obviously perfect if the farmers perform, the cooking at the Crown is equal to a Michelin Chef. Additionally it is our 2nd visit and as a business traveller I can say that the breakfast quality puts some of London's finest hostels to shame.
Rodney A Jan 28, 2017 Solihull, United Kingdom

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