We stayed here for a short honeymoon and booked the Holly room which was very well-equipped with a fabulous bathroom, separate loo, and a little seating area. The room was very comfortable with a huge bed, and the housekeeping and turn down service were great. Overall, service was excellent: a very nice complementary bottle of bubbles was waiting for us, someone brought our bags to the room and requests for an iron/ironing board and a replacement kettle were carried out very quickly with no fuss. The real highlights of this hotel however are its brilliant location - right opposite the RSC theatre, and its food. There was only one dish which wasn't a huge hit - a rather odd cod in broth which had a non-crusty sesame seed crust! But otherwise the food was wonderful: amazing beautiful meals on two nights and lovely breakfasts, including one served hot in our room. I have to say though, there is probably even better food in the Rooftop restaurant at the RSC which is just as well executed but even more 'interesting' and with a kind of contemporary British feel: potted old spot pig, unbelievable lamb shoulder and 'flummery' which was delicious, even though I still don't know what it is!
The Arden could tweak a few details, but nothing that caused us any aggro: a couple of mosaic tiles in the shower popped up in the very powerful shower jets (a good thing?), there isn't any drawer space in the room we were in (women don't really put their knickers, tights and hair straighteners on shelves: it just seems WRONG! ;) and as others have said the rooms/corridors in the hotel are boiling hot. This last point is a tough one -the beautiful building clearly can't just accommodate air con, but we did wonder about low energy light bulbs since the corridor lights themselves seem to throw off loads of heat. But these things really did not affect our stay at all: we'd love to go back again, perhaps with the kids this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, the Arden Hotel has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to create an elegant and sophisticated 45-bedroom boutique-style hotel. The transformed Arden Hotel opened its doors in July 2010, and is fast becoming the flagship destination in the redeveloped World Class Stratford, enticing Shakespeare aficionados and theatre-goers from all over the globe.The luxuriously renovated Arden boasts the chic new Waterside Brasserie, a stylish Champagne Bar and spacious suites with beautiful views over the River Avon, providing an inspirational backdrop for your trip, whether for business or pleasure.Set in glorious Warwickshire, the Arden Hotel with its large car park is an ideal base for exploring some of England’s most famous and picturesque countryside, including the charming villages of the Cotswolds, the bountiful Vale of Evesham and the ancient market town of Warwick with its awe-inspiring castle. ... more less
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