Hotel The French Horn

Play Hatch RoadSonningRG4 6TNUnited Kingdom

About Hotel The French Horn

Situated just steps from the sparkling River Thames and forty minutes' drive from Heathrow Airport, Hotel The French Horn is a historic coaching inn, beautifully renovated into an elegant dining venue with cosy accommodations.

Rooms vary in size from standard twin to separately-housed suites at Hotel The French Horn, offering tasteful decor, quality amenities and stunning river or garden views.

Hotel features comprise free parking and internet, room service, wheelchair accessibility and meeting rooms.

Dine overlooking the river while enjoying full menu fare in the on-site restaurant, featuring a la carte, Sunday Lunch, and dessert menus as well as an extensive wine list.

Nearby favourites include The Mill at Sonning, Caversham Court Gardens, Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre, Reading Abbey Ruins, Forbury Gardens, Reading Museum, The Oracle shopping centre, Chestnut Walk, as well as numerous dining and nightlife venues, all within twenty minutes' ride of the hotel.


Play Hatch Road, Sonning, RG4 6TN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1189)692204 | Fax: +44(1189)442 210 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Bell service
  • Business center
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Picturesque, Serene Locale

The ambience is lovely here with idyllic river and garden views, as well as a cosy fireplace lit beside the lobby entrance. The restaurant is quite popular with the menu offering favourites like roast duck (which you'll often see roasting on spits turning over the fire in the guest lounge), sole, asparagus and smoked salmon. Breakfast is served either in your room or in the dining room. The overall atmosphere is relaxed, free parking is just across from the venue and staff can assist with your bags either up or down the steps upon request.

Spacious Rooms

Large, cosy rooms with generous bathrooms, air conditioning, safes and flat screen televisions tick all the boxes. The views over the river or gardens are the best part, with the separate suites being most impressive.

Charming Staff

Friendly and polite staff will make sure you're comfortable and are ready to help out with whatever you may need.

Negative Reviews

Weak Wi-Fi

Some may experience Wi-Fi issues and staff may not be too concerned. Check out your alternatives in advance if this is essential to your stay.

Overpriced Eats & Drinks

Although well-presented and tasty, some felt the prices did not match the average quality food and beverages served.

Needs an Overall Refurb

You may feel you've entered the 1960's when arriving at this locale. Areas most in need of a sprucing include carpeting, wallpaper, upholstery, window sealing, smallish/uncomfortable mattresses, hard pillows, weak air conditioning units and old radiators. The hot water takes forever to warm up as well.

Rating Overview

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8.5 out of 10 based on 130 reviews