The hotel occupies a position in easy walking distance to the centre of Stratford. Staff were in most instances friendly and welcoming, only met one going through the robotic welcome routine.... Rooms of reasonable size for the tariff and superficially clean. Fridge and air-con in room. Parking is free as long as you register at reception and get a stamped ticket. WiFi also free if you're a BT openreach customer, otherwise tokens have to be purchased at a price which is a bit of a swizz.
Breakfast was excellent, but would recommend ordering the 'special' rather than the self serve which seemed to constantly be running out of scambled eggs , mushrooms etc..
Bad points; bathroom not getting periodic deep cleans.. black mould visible under sink when in bath, extractor blocked with a wide variety of insects etc...
The large annex on the back of the hotel is very 1960's Crossroads.. but at least this area gets you well away from the constant stream of weddings the hotel holds throughout the summer.
I'll never understand why wedding guests aren't billeted well away from other customers... Outdoor housekeeping was poor, a bloke with a blower blowing the canapes and half eaten chicken wings under the bushes, resulting in the area being very popular with the vermin from the nearby river.
Drink was also horrendously expensive, 335ml of Speckled Hen; £4.25, 2 glasses of house white; £24.00!!
Barfood was expensive and only occupied a small corner of the large 12" plates they were served on which in turn barely fitted on the small tables in the bar. Though I'm sure the free range hand reared pork sausages would be popular with the tourists, you don't see that many sausages let out of doors...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel is one of the finest ---4-star hotels in Warwickshire, offering great luxury accommodation in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of England. Set in the very heart of Shakespeare Country, and in close proximity to beautiful Cotswold villages, the historic Alveston Manor Hotel is set in its own grounds just 5 minutes walk from all the cultural attractions of Stratford-upon-Avon. With luxurious bedrooms and a Vital Health Club & Spa this is the perfect destination for those looking for a relaxing or romantic break away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Alveston Manor