Reading, United Kingdom

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 towns Henley-on-Thames, Sonning & Marlow are within 30 minutes' drive

99% (224 Member Ratings)

"Excellent accommodation, food of a very high standard and varied choice. Staff very welcoming and friendly."
Aug 31, 2016
Romford, 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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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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224 Member Reviews
(99% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Excellent accommodation, food of a very high standard and varied choice. Staff very welcoming and friendly.
Other Comments: Excellent value for money.
Gill Aug 31, 2016 Romford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The food was lovely
Other Comments: Very large portions and very friendly staff. The rooms are very comfortable
Lorraine Aug 30, 2016 Ruislip, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The ambience and location
jane Aug 28, 2016 New malden Surrey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Everything from the room, food and friendly staff
tina Aug 26, 2016 Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: We loved the food at the Crown and the service was exceptional.
Other Comments: The room was lovely and the king size bed was very comfortable. We only spent one night there but would definitely stay there again.
Denise Aug 25, 2016 OdihamOdiham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The room was fantastic and so was the food. Friendly welcoming staff.
Carol Aug 22, 2016 Hertford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Food and service.
Other Comments: Good food, good value. Bathroom is of a good standard but the bedroom furniture needs updating to the same standard.
Michael Aug 20, 2016 Worthing, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The staff were welcoming, helpful and very pleasant. We spent two nights at the Crown and enjoyed good food and warm hospitality. We hope to be able to return some time.
Iris Aug 19, 2016 Southend on Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The food but the whole experience was excellent.
Other Comments: We have stayed before and again it did not disappoint. The staff are exceptional and nothing was too Much trouble for us. We look forward to booking again in the future.
Noreen Aug 17, 2016 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: We enjoyed everything about The Crown, all the staff were very friendly and food was excellent
Other Comments: The outside areas are perfect for enjoying a drink in the summer
Karen Aug 15, 2016 Knutsford, United Kingdom

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