I don't suppose it harmed the experience to have been given a free upgrade by The Shakespeare, but this hotel does offer a little more in the way of attention to detail than the norm.
Our wedding anniversary was the reason for this break and the hotel kindly upgraded us to a four-poster suite (rooms 101/102). Very spacious, well presented and with bags of individual character too. I think the last point is what really sets this hotel apart from the competition - at no point do you feel as though you're in anything remotely like a chain.
Located quite centrally within the town centre, but just off the busiest roads, there's a great mix of ideal location and quiet evenings.
If I had to pick fault then it would be nit-picking really, but the TVs were old and sounded quite 'tinny' with the volume raised and there's no mod-con Sky channels etc, but I didn't travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to look at the television so it wasn't an issue for me.
We only ate breakfast at the Shakespeare and it was of a good standard, but I have been more impressed by other offerings in this price bracket. There's a good choice of cereals, fruit and juices etc and although there's an equally good selection of hot food, I'm not a big fan of the 'you choose it, we serve it' style they offer - I would much prefer the buffet style breakfasts of other chains. I had to wonder if the price of baked beans was known, since they appear to have been rationed..!
The waiting staff were very attentive and exceptionally polite. Likewise the reception team.
We returned later in the evening to have a final drink in the bar, but I'm quite glad it was only one. The cost was extortionately high (I know hotel prices are generally higher than the norm, but if they want to attract me to stay, 3 x that norm is just akin to taking advantage in my opinion). One of the bar staff didn't even know what kind of drink 'Southern Comfort' was.
A tiny point and one that certainly didn't have any impact on our stay, but if you're going to charge the earth...
The stay overall was great though and I would happily recommend this hotel (even WITHOUT an upgrade) and if this is typical of the Mercure chain then they must have some fine hotels on their books.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star Tudor hotel with 74 ensuite rooms located in the centre of Shakespeare's Stratford. Ideal for exploring local villages, the Cotswolds, shops and theatres of Stratford. 19 miles from Birmingham International Airport, 1 mile from Stratford upon Avonstation, 10 miles from Warwick Parkway station. Easily accessible via the M40. David Garrick Restaurant, Othello's Bar Brassiere, Quill Bar and Lounge, 6 conference rooms with natural light for up to 100 delegates. Limited parking at GBP10.00 per day. ... more less
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