Known widely for its annual festival and great transport links with London, Reading is also a city with a rich history, appealing tourist attractions and a booming economy, thus creating a huge demand for Reading serviced apartments.
SITU has an amazing range of luxury Reading apartments that are suited perfectly for the corporate traveller. When booking through us, guests can pick and choose properties and features that suit them. Rest assured, stays will be more accommodating then stays in a standard hotel room.
Fully equipped kitchens, free parking, washing facilities, en-suites, spacious living rooms; these are all welcomed expectations of serviced accommodation in Reading, and that is what we look to provide both the corporate and leisure traveller. Looking for the ideal Reading serviced apartment in a great location? Have a browse above of the selection of diverse, fully furnished Reading accommodation options and get in touch to find out more.
Based in Southern England, surrounded by the likes of Swindon, Oxford, Basingstoke and London, Reading is a large town belonging to the county of Berkshire. Although the town centre has its own distinctive qualities, and a proudly diverse Reading population of over 150,000 who collectively speak in 150 different languages, the town also has a ‘commuter’ population. International commuting from Reading is also straightforward thanks to the nearby London Heathrow Airport. It is, therefore, a popular destination for corporate travellers, leading to high demand for serviced apartments in Reading city centre.
Other things you should probably know about Reading is that the River Kennet runs through the town, before eventually connecting to the Thames which intersects Reading in the north, and that the town is home to the University of Reading, one of the best in the country. Studiers will appreciate how student houses and student accommodation in Reading can situate themselves as close as they need to both these iconic sites.
Doubts over Reading business centre’s capability to support corporate travel is immediately erased amongst those who realise the area is home to many global organisations. These include Microsoft, John Lewis, SSE and Oracle. The Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index found, after collecting ten years of data, that Reading was the number one location for economic success and well-being in the UK. With this in mind, the need for corporate accommodation in Reading is an unexpected consequence.
Reports, such as the Centre for Cities Outlook, ranks Reading sixth for productivity, third for highest average weekly wage and home to the eighth best-qualified workforce, all in the UK. These rankings do not come without government intervention and support. For instance, a recent £800 million investment through the Reading Borough Council into the transport network has made intercity business travel for the locals significantly simpler.
Collectively, practical transportation facilities, commuting connections and an outstanding workforce all create a wonderful business environment. This enables great success for the several Reading business parks dotted across the area. These parks include Arlington, Green Park and Winnersh Triangle. Staying in our short term lets in Reading can ensure guests are situated within the close vicinity of these business facilities or corporate events in Reading they are attending.
The first settlements to stand in Reading came in the sixth century. It was during the Viking Age of the ninth century though that Reading truly came to light in English history. The Danish fought the English over the land when it was previously known as ‘Readingum’. Another significant turn in the town’s history came after, what was described as a typical small town in the Domesday Book, saw the foundation of the famous Abbey in 1121, also known as Reading Cathedral.
It changed the town’s fortunes, becoming increasingly prosperous and a popular place to live throughout the Middle Ages. The ruins remain and can be easily visited from practical aparthotels in Reading. From this accommodation, Reading Museum can also be just a minutes walk away. By 1525, Reading had become the largest town in Berkshire with a population of over 5,000 people. Major ironworks throughout the eighteenth century put the town on the map.
What’s more, Reading was able to navigate the impacts of the World Wars relatively unscathed. This ultimately enabled the town to grow further. This included further housing developments, the construction of shopping facilities and the rise of new industry. Nowadays, Reading is of the bigger towns and urban centres in the UK.
Reading is one of those cities that you can’t help but enjoy while you’re there. Ultimately, there are plenty of places to shop, such as the Reading shopping centre, so many high-quality Reading restaurants and an abundance of pubs in Reading which all already make Reading a classic, well-rounded town. Conveniently located self-catering apartments in Reading can help guests make the most of all of this, in the long term.
Those who visit Reading can also enjoy having the River Thames nearby or can get out into the beautiful Berkshire countryside. Popular is Waterloo Meadows which has an abundance of greenery and is a great representative of the great outdoors. There is also Caversham Court Gardens, Christchurch Meadows and King’s Meadows. These are all connected to the River Thames in the north of the town. Its places such as these, accompanied by the rivers, which enable busy corporates in Reading or newly relocated families to relax and enjoy the local environment.
Short term self-catering accommodation in Reading is also available and popularly used for the annual Reading and Leeds Festival. The event has an approximate attendance of around 90,000 people each year between the 23rd and 25th August.
Reading’s connections to London are emphasised further by its close vicinity to London Heathrow Airport. The airport is around forty-five minutes away from central Reading by car.
Both Farnborough and Blackbushe Airport are around twenty miles south of Reading too. Gatwick Airport is also a further thirty miles to the southeast. From many of our Reading city centre serviced apartments, taxi transfers can be arranged so guests can have easy access to each of these airports.
Reading Station is the main railway station in the town. However, there are other stations just on the edge of the town’s borders and in the outer suburbs. These include Reading West, Tilehurst, Earley, Theale and Pangbourne stations.
Reading has train links to major cities such as; Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Oxford, Plymouth, Exeter, Cornwall, Portsmouth, Southampton, Swansea, Winchester and York.
Visitors to Reading benefit from an excellent bus service. The main bus operator serving the town and its surrounding areas is the company, Reading Buses. Through this operator and many more, bus travel is enabled to the likes of Newbury, Wokingham and Bracknell.
More information about bus travel in Reading is available at the Reading Buses website. Reading also benefits from a Park-and-Ride.