Stayed at the Arden for our first wedding anniversary on 1st September for one night. Upon arrival we were immediately impressed by the friendly, and genuinely cheerful, receptionist. We were shown to our room, on the ground floor; whilst this did not have a view of anything other than the car park, this was of no concern to us and we thought the room was lovely. The king-size bed was wonderful, the room a fantastic size and the bathroom surprisingly huge, with probably the largest bathtub I’ve ever seen! The tea/coffee tray was much appreciated, even more so the fresh milk in the mini-fridge. An additional, and very nice, added touch was an anniversary card left for us by the hotel staff – we felt that this was very thoughtful.
We didn’t eat at the hotel’s own restaurant as, once we had settled in, we opted to spend the remainder of the day exploring Stratford and its rich history. We did however enjoy the breakfast the following morning, which had options to suit any tastes – we were given plentiful slices of toast to start with and I opted for the full English as my ‘main’ breakfast, whilst my wife opted for an omelette – definitely no complaints in this area; the full English breakfast was delicious, although I will (reluctantly) admit that, as someone with a large appetite, I did find the portion slightly small and not quite sufficient to tide me over until lunchtime as many I have had in the past have been.
We both slept well in the very comfortable bed, and almost overslept courtesy of the wonderful bed and peaceful room. I only had one, very small, issue with the room – the door into the room was very difficult - the key/lock was quite uncooperative and it took several attempts to gain entry to the room – it was a little embarrassing standing in the corridor fighting with the door!
The staff continued to be very accommodating even after we had technically departed, allowing us to leave our car in their free car park for a few extra hours, saving us the tedium of driving around the busy town centre searching for a parking space.
All-in-all, a lovely stay and a memorable first anniversary – we hope to return soon and certainly wouldn’t consider looking at anywhere else.
- 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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