We had only planned to be away a couple of days before I booked this hotel and so it was a last minute decision without too much research! But what a pleasant surprise and at such good value for money. We were greeted with the news that we had been upgraded to a deluxe room so that was a good start. The room itself was delightful, looking out over the theatre and with all the amenities you could need both in the bathroom and hospitality tray. Lots of little extras to set it apart from a standard chain hotel.
Breakfast we first rate with fresh cooked hot selection rather than the usual dried up buffet - and a great selection of hot options as well. Afternoon tea was a delight and probably enhanced by being taken in the sun drenched garden.
All in all a great experience and not spoilt by being "Shakespeare" over the top like most of Stratford. That said - what a fantastic location for the theatre where we saw a great production of Henry IV.
The week before we had stayed in a much higher price chain hotel in Birmingham which was a poor experience and so enhanced even more our enjoyment at the Arden.
- 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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