We are experiencing an increasing number of corporate guests choosing to stay at our Reading, Berkshire aparthotels and service apartments over London. They are stating value for money, larger rooms and more green space as the driving factors.
As stated by Daily Mail, “Budget chains are now charging up to £240 a night during the week in places like London…”. The Daily Mail also reported many workers complaining about the cost, with one visiting Staffordshire University professor quoted as saying, “Why have London hotels… become so insanely expensive recently? Who is in three-star hotels for £240 a night?”.
It is no surprise that Reading has emerged as a cost-effective and efficient alternative for corporate travellers, offering more affordable accommodation options that offer superior facilities and fantastic transport links.
There are of course many other reasons why Reading is the obvious choice for overnight corporate stays. Earlier this year, Reading was yet again awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation, which acknowledges the town’s dynamic and varied range of dining, entertainment, and cultural experiences, all the while prioritising the safety and welfare of both visitors and the local community.
Let’s not forget to mention the Elizabeth Line. Fast trains reach Paddington in just 23 minutes, which is significantly less time than it takes to get to central London from most of the capital’s suburbs. The Elizabeth line also provides direct services to the City, Canary Wharf and Essex. There is also the new £800 million Green Park train station that opened in March, connecting businesses in Green park to Reading train station.
A commute from Reading is easy, with more than 200 direct trains to London taking just 24 minutes, which makes it a much more desirable location to live or for corporate stays. In fact, Reading made it in the top 10 Sunday Times Best Places to Live rankings for the South East, which you can read about in our blog here.
Reading, referred to as the ‘UK’s Silicon Valley’ for many years, was one of the first locations in the UK to receive 5G in 2019, demonstrating its excellent corporate infrastructure. You can find out more about how Reading is leading the way in speed with 5G in our blog here.
Situated by the River Thames, Reading offers an abundance of options to visitors, who it welcomes with open arms. According to Tripadvisor, Reading boasts a huge 485 restaurants, meaning you could eat at a different restaurant every day for a year and still have 120 restaurants you had not tried! We put together some of our favourite Reading restaurants in a blog, check it out here.
Reading also benefits from numerous green spaces, which is important for mental health and wellbeing. If you find that a long walk helps clear your mind, here is a list of a few trails in Reading that we suggest you explore.
Reading Accommodation from House of Fisher
Our flagship 100 Kings Road aparthotel is ranked #2 of 58, whilst our City Wall House aparthotel is ranked #5 of 58 under ‘Specialty Lodging’ in Reading according to Tripadvisor. Both aparthotels are conveniently located just a short stroll from Reading station and with easy access to the M4 motorway and convenient transport links to London as well as the main UK Airports.
Kings Road boasts a fine selection of restaurants on its doorstep, some of which offer an exclusive discount of significant value to any of our House of Fisher guests staying at our Reading properties – 100 Kings Road or City Wall House.
Value For Money And Added Extras
House of Fisher serviced apartments offer a true ‘home from home’ experience. They offer 30% more space than a typical hotel room, are bigger than comparable London serviced apartments and available at a significantly lower cost. They include:
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Spacious living spaces
- Sky TV (including sports)
- Free, unlimited, high speed WiFi
- Washing/cooking facilities
- Eat in and delivery options such as Deliveroo and Just Eat
- 24/7 manned desk at 100 Kings Road
- Parking available 100 Kings Road
- A mixed selections of studios, 1bed and 2bed apartments, along with 3bed apartments at 100 Kings Road
If multiple rooms are required for families, the size and cost saving compared to a nice area in London is quite staggering!
If you have a London accommodation requirement, why not give us a call for a quotation. There are many benefits to staying in Reading and you will likely be surprised by the comparable cost savings when we quote.
We always encourage you to book directly through our website and advanced booking engine or by calling our Reservations team on 01189 514151.
Click here to read the wealth of benefits from doing this and remember booking directly with House of Fisher is the only way to guarantee you will pay the lowest price.
We look forward to welcoming you!