The Hotel is known for its spectacular attention to detail that ensures a bespoke, luxurious experience for its guests. Whether it is the 86,000 Italian-glass beads in the chandelier that hangs from the top of the building or the plush upholstery and wallpapers, the meticulous design sense is ubiquitous in maintaining an uplifted ambience. The Roseate Reading was originally Shire Hall for the Berkshire County Council. The building, along with its wide hallways, vaulted ceilings, cornice mouldings and the original lift shaft, have all been precisely restored to their original glory. To revive the old world charm of the Shire Hall, its council chamber, Eden along with its imposing fireplace and elaborate wood carvings on the doors and mantlepiece have all been restored to their past beauty. One of the top hotels in Reading, The Roseate Reading is a culmination of opulence and warmth.
The Roseate Reading is located near the Ascot Racecourse and is also very conveniently located near the venue of the Reading Festival.
Built in 1911 as the Shire Hall for Berkshire County Council, this listed building is most impressive and one that lends itself effortlessly to become a luxury hotel. The wide hallways, vaulted ceilings, cornice mouldings and even the original lift shaft have been precisely restored to their original glory. The central lift shaft that runs the full height of the building is the setting for the stunning Italian chandelier, with 86,000 individual glass beads from top to bottom. To revive the old world charm of the Shire Hall, its council chamber, Eden, its imposing fireplace and elaborate wood carvings on the doors and mantelpiece have all been restored to their past beauty.
The Roseate Reading complements its early 20th century architecture with a wide variety of art sourced from across the world, which is meant to inspire creativity. A sample of the hotel’s key art pieces include ‘Minimalism is not a word in our dictionary’ by Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors, bronze horses, elephants, tigers and hare in every bedroom crafted by Claire Norrington, Sexy Cigar and innocence by Anouk Van Tetering, ‘Gliding – the elusive qualities of the landscape’ by Simon Allen, and The Rug Company making flooring a style statement by Diane Von Furstenberg, Bill Amberg and Lulu Guinness. Focus on art is not only in the hallways and lobbies of The Roseate Reading, each room has paintings by Paul Ambille, President of The French Artists Society, Impressionist landscapes by Isabelle de Ganay, Master of The School of Rouen, and nudes by Alain Bonnefoit, described by Herve Bazin as the ‘Painter of Venus’.
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