The Arden Hotel is a really lovely place to stay. The room we had (Hawthorn) was a decent size standard room. Nicely decorated with a queen size bed, decent wardrobe space for a weekend and a mini fridge and safe. The bathroom was adequate, with shower over a very deep bath. Personally, I prefer a walk in shower, which would have allowed a little more space in the bathroom, but I realise it is a personal preference. The room was very warm and cosy and heating could be adjusted to suit. The hot drinks tray provided a wide selection of tea, fruit & herbal teas as well as hot chocolate and ground coffee with cafetiere. There was fresh milk and still and sparkling water in the fridge. There was a small plate with fresh fruit in the room, which was a nice touch. The room was spotlessly clean and fresh.
The rooms, all named after trees, are positioned on long and disjointed corridors with lots of different changes in level via a range of different stairs, all of which make it very quirky and quaint, although could be very difficult for anyone with mobility difficulties.
The staff were very friendly and courteous, and were always very happy to help. Breakfast was very good, with a good choice and freshly cooked to order. A couple of minor improvements would be that items that should have been, were not always available on the table and had to be requested e.g. cups and saucers, milk, marmalade and butter were not available on different days. toast and tea did not always appear after ordering and had to be requested again. However, staff were always apologetic and happy to oblige in getting whatever was requested.
The coffee room and residents lounge bar were both very pleasant and comfortable and provided nice surroundings in which to take some time to chat or read and relax.
The location couldn't be better. it is bang opposite the Swan Theatre and a very short stroll to the shops and restaurants.
All in all, a real gem of a hotel and one where we will definitely be spending more time in the future.
- 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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