This is a smart and comfortable hotel though rather bland as it is lacking in both style and atmosphere considering it's fantastic location across the road from the RSC Theatre main house & The Swan. Fairly recently refurbished, the designers could have used the connection of Shakespeare, his Play's and the RSC on it's doorstep to wow. What about fantastic photo's of RSC productions and the best of our Actors and Actresses from past repertoires to add glamour rather than 'non pictures' on the walls?
We used it, as intended, to allow us to run across the road and back from the theatre, in the pouring rain without getting too wet!
The staff were helpful and service was fine. The pre theatre supper was good; but cost more than advertised as VAT was slapped on without warning on the bill. Not quite the bargain that it initially seemed.
- 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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