This was our second stay here and we thoroughly enjoyed (almost) everything about this hotel. It scores top marks (and more) for location, atmosphere and character. Service and facilities are also great, as is the food served in the excellent Othello brasserie.
The building, ambience and overall experience are really not things that can be readily purchased - special, special, special!
The only downsides are: (1) having to pay for the car park; (2) the possiblity of being placed in the outer (Garrick) wing - i.e. not in the main hotel building - without being informed of this at the time of booking (the Garrick wing is lovely but it does come as something of a surprise if you do not know of this until you check in); and (3) the early closing time of the bar and the seeming lack of enthusiasm of staff to serve guests after the bar has officially shut.
In the scheme of things, however, these points are very minor. This is a wonderful hotel and one that I hope to return to many, many times in the future. If you're after a true 'Stratford' experience, with easy access to theatres and inns, there really is nowhere better, in my opinion, than this beautiful historic building in the very centre of the town.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Stratford Upon Avon
- Accor Stratford Upon Avon
- Shakespeare Hotel Stratford