We booked this hotel as a little treat for ourselves - we had to come to Stratford to visit a terminally ill friend.
When we arrived, nobody was on Reception, and we had to wait several minutes before a member of staff appeared. We were hit with the £5 parking charge, and the first room allocated to us we had to refuse - the window did not shut properly, it looked out onto a yard, and there was a high pitched humming from the fitness suite air-con. The second room was in the same 70s hall of residence style wing, at the end of a very long narrow corridor, but had a better view, and was fine, if bland. Bathroom was fine, bed was very comfortable. However, one had no feel of staying in a historic hotel, or of any sort of treat - a Premier Inn room would probably have been better.
Breakfast was fine, but served in a very dark room, away from the lovely sunny garden. This must be one of the few hotels these days not to have a breakfast buffet. Took a little time to order our cooked breakfast, but when it came, it was good.
We saw that the olde worlde public areas were being refurbished - we sensed that this was as a shop-window for tourists, while behind the scenes, most of the guest accommodation is a bit tired and dingy. This is now the second Stratford hotel I have had to review in this way, and, like before, we came away feeling we had not got value for money.
On the plus side, the hotel is very conveniently situated for the river, the theatre and the town.
- 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