2024 Symposium Hotel & Booking Information


The Crowne Plaza,

Caversham Bridge, Reading, UK, RG1 8BD

Sited on the banks of the River Thames, and with a terrace heading down to the water, our 4-star host hotel has all the expected facilities, with on-site restaurant, bar, and health club with pool. Rooms have ensuite bath/shower, Wi-Fi, TV, and in-room mini-fridge and safe. We have negotiated a 20% discount for residents on alcoholic drinks purchased at the bar.

The room rates on our package are:

  • Double room, with a double bed, for two sharing, with full breakfast £160/night
  • Double room, with a double bed, single occupation, with full breakfast £150/night
  • Twin room, with two single beds, for two sharing, with full breakfast £160/night

Note that hotel room rates in the UK include taxes.

Cut-off date for booking is 5 pm UK time on Tuesday 18th June.

To book on our room rate for the main symposium only (nights of 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th) you can use the online booking form. Please read our guidelines below.

The rate shown above is for Standard Rooms and is in GB pounds. If you want a room with a river view, or executive facilities, then there is an extra fee – in this case you should not use the booking form, and instead contact the hotel directly (see below).

If you are booking for the main symposium and the pre- or post-symposium, and require accommodation in the hotel on the night of the 15th and/or 20th, do not use the online form but contact the hotel directly by:

  • phoning during UK business hours (9 am – 5 pm) on +44 118 925 9900 and asking for Federice Pesante. Alternatively…
  • make your request by email to Federice Pesante crsupervisor@cp-reading.co.uk mentioning the IWGS group and code ‘IW2’ plus your dates & accommodation requirements.
  • NOTE: Outside UK business hours, the hotel number will take you to IHG central
    reservations. They are not always aware of the block booking, and we strongly
    recommend that you use the other two options mentioned above.

The IWGS group will get the same package rate noted above for the nights of the 15th and 20th July, but rooms on these two nights are subject to availability, so please book early. (Nights for the 14th and earlier, or for the 20th and later, would be at the best flexible rate available).

2024 Symposium Hotel, Reading Crown Plaza; river view

If you are travelling on your own, and would like to save costs by sharing a twin room, check the box on the registration form and we’ll put you in touch with possible room-mates, before you book your room.

For those of our residents arriving by car, our package includes free parking (normally £15/day) - be sure to register your car at check-in and mention our free rate.

The hotel is 0.7 miles/15mins walk, or a short taxi ride (c.£8-£10), from Reading Railway Station. Reading is a large town, with University and commercial areas, and has a range of shops and restaurants.

Please ensure that your symposium registration is accepted before booking your room. Our room rate and room spaces for the main symposium are only guaranteed for bookings made by 5pm UK time on the 18th June. Room spaces for 15th and 20th July are subject to availability.



Here is the booking form link for the main symposium (night of 16th to morning of 20th July only).

N.B. If you require nights before 16th , or on the night of the 20th or after, do not use the form but see the note above.

If the link does not work, please copy the https address below. Please double-check that the hyperlink shows completely. If only the first line is picked up, it will take you to the IHG site, but not our hotel.

( https://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=CP&localeCode=en&regionCode=925&hotelCode=REAUK&_PMID=99801505&GPC=IW2&cn=no&viewfullsite=true )

If the corporate code does not enter automatically it is: IW2

You can choose to read the page in languages other than English by checking the option at the top of the page.

Enter your details in the form as shown below. Clicking on BOOK NOW will take you to the next page.

2024 Symposium Reading Hotel Information

Pressing your selection takes you to the final page. The ‘i’ icon will give the IWGS details in the pop up, including cancellation terms. Your card details are required for the reservation. No deposit is required.

If you have issues with the booking form, contact the hotel directly using the details above.

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