The Forbury Roseate
Why We Love This Hotel
- This Edwardian property has an Italian glass chandelier spanning the length of the building
- It's a 5-minute walk from Reading town centre
- Rooms have Bang and Olufsen audio-visual systems and Nespresso coffee machines
The Forbury Roseate 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. 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 keep its Grade II-listed townhouse feel.
Reading town centre and its choice of riverside restaurants are a 5-minute walk from the hotel and the charming riverside towns of Henley-on-Thames, Marlow and Bray are all less than 30 minutes' drive away. Basildon Park -- a National Trust Georgian stately home with a tea room and garden -- in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is around 30 minutes' drive from the hotel. The racecourses of Newbury, Ascot and Windsor are also all nearby.
The hotel's Cerise restaurant is decorated with bold splashes of cerise pink and there’s also a Moroccan-inspired secret garden for dining al fresco. Alternatively, you can sample a cocktail or choose from the distinguished wine list in the Cerise Cocktail Bar, or opt for afternoon tea, served between 2-5pm. You can even sit back and relax in front of a film in the hotel's private cinema.
Superior bedrooms have high ceilings, a Bang & Olufsen audio-visual system, a Nespresso coffee machine, a monsoon shower and a separate bath, and at least three specially commissioned artworks. Junior Suites have unique extras such as a copper bath and a 4-poster bed, while the Forbury Suite has a free-standing bath with a steam room, and a romantic dining area.