I came to see Stratford, but wanted to spend half my 6 days, in the countryside, in an old manor, and with a heated pool, as I love swimming. This place is beautiful, and has many extraordinary and lovely rooms to see, so I suggest exploring. I didn't dine in their restaurant at night, but had a lovely soup in their beautiful lounge with a glass of wine when I first arrived, cold tired and jet weary. I was welcomed warmly and efficiently, shown a nice room, but looking out directly into rooms across the way and a dismal rooftop, when I had asked months ago, for a room on the to floor. When I called to be moved to the floor I had requested, I was told the entire 2nd, (top), floor, was being allocated the next night, to the guests of a wedding reception being held there. I am confused as to why these guests should be given all the rooms, and my request simply ignored? It doesn't seem right that my request was ignored completely, nor can I understand how having one guest or couple, from the wedding, sleep on a floor other than the 2nd, would inconvenience them? I travelled all the way from Texas, USA to stay 3 nights at this hotel, and requested a top floor room months ago. Then, my TV didn't work, but a nice woman from reception came up and fixed it. I have to say, I could hear the couple next door through the wall where my head was laying, as I tried to go to sleep, but oh, well. It was late, so I asked to be moved to a room not looking out on a wall, the next morning. I was shown a "garden" room, in the new wing. Also, very nice, but a bit more modern, yet they have taken great pains to keep it in the style of the original building. Then the Internet went down. Oh, well. Came back on later. The service was good, the breakfast good, but you can sort of tell they get a bit overwhelmed when the wedding people start arriving. It took a while to get served in the breakfast room. But there was a huge selection, plus ordered hot dishes, and the breakfast room itself is beautiful. The pool is lovely and warm, and there is a jacuzzi as well. I loved this. With the wedding finally over, I asked if my final last night, I might finally have a room on the top floor, which I was given. Moving 3 times, in 3 days, to finally get the room I'd requested months ago, was a bit rough. But I wanted at least ONE night, in the room I'd asked for and been looking forward to for so long. I have to say, I was annoyed, and exasperated, and felt less respected than these wedding guests, which I didn't understand. Finally getting into the room I wanted, I called to ask for a late check-out, but was informed curtly, that the answer was "NO", as, you guessed it, they had ANOTHER wedding coming in. Once again, the non wedding guests are treated like 2nd class citizens, as apparently ALL revolves around the wedding guests?! Whatever. Now, I couldn't wait to leave. Shame. Also, I was on foot, and told there was a bus to get to Stratford easily. It is a long walk down the drive to the road, especially in the cold and pouring rain, and there is only a sign on one side of the road. I got different directions from different people, and ended up standing on wet grass by the side of the road for 30 minutes with no bus, getting splashed by cars and trucks going by, and almost run over. I had to go BACK, and then out again, and finally made it to town. Then was given wrong information by townspeople, and ended up on the bus the the Ettiington CHASE Hotel, miles away. I was in tears by this point. Dark, pouring rain, and the bus driver told me I could walk across the fields to get to my hotel. Mercifully, and angel from Heaven- Rachel, from the Ettington CHASE Hotel, drove me herself, in her own car, back to my hotel. Bless her. So if you don't have a car, and are visiting Stratford, I can't recommend this bus business. If you decide to do it, get SPECIFIC directions as to where the stop is, and for God's sake, try to avoid being run over as you stand on the side of this busy road. Beautiful, old hotel, Pete and Ellen there were very nice, lounge and bar servers lovely. Do NOT understand why they choose to ignore individual guests wishes over the wedding parties. Why would I come back? I don't know what to say, as it's a lovely place. Charming, pretty rooms. Just be prepared to be pushed aside for the all important, never ending wedding guests! Oh, and they need to clean the phones in the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ettington Park Hotel, the only AA 4 Red Star hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon, is set in 40 acres of parkland in a verdant valley with the River Stour meandering through it. Situated just six miles from the centre of the famed home of Shakespeare and just a few miles from the start of The Cotswold Way, this spectacular property is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life. Built from six types of Cotswold stone, Ettington Park is furnished with fine paintings and decorated with friezes that trace its centuries of tradition and heritage. This is a country house where historic extravagance meets contemporary comfort. ... more less
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- Hotel Ettington Park
- Ettington Park Stratford Upon Avon
- Ettington Hotel Park
- Ettington Park Hotel Alderminster, Warwickshire