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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The hotel has lots of relatively modern and spacious rooms, plus a half-dozen or so in the really old (c1450) part of the building. The latter are smaller, with lower ceilings and old-fashioned furniture, creaking floorboards, etc. They are also more expensive. But, if you're only staying a night or two, the older rooms are the ones to go for - will really enhance your 'Stratford experience'.

For the rest, the selection of beers and wines is very good, the staff were friendly, breakfasts were OK and dinner was surprisingly good - I had a dish of monkfish, with a crab-cake and poached duck's egg on seasonal vegetables and microherbs that a Michelin starred restaurant would not have been ashamed of.

We took a Polish friend (who works in the hotel trade) to stay there - and she was wowed by it!

Room Tip: The old rooms are the best! Don't worry too much about facing onto the street, because Stratford is pretty quiet at night!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

There is documentary evidence that he could well have, and it takes little imagination to see shades of Will at every turn in this atmospheric hotel. Yes, it's old but beautifully conserved without looking 'done over'.
It has of course: good size rooms, comfy beds and pillows, fine bed linen, tea/coffee maker, free wifi, fridge with complimentary spring water (still and sparkling), beautiful walk in shower and chic decor. The food was superb too! AND the staff.
A small terrace at the front of the hotel allows you to take in the bustle of this busy town and the bus stops are nearby. However, everything is within walking distance including an easy stroll to Ann Hathaway's Cottage - highly recommended.
The car park for this hotel is confusing first off but we soon got the hang of it. We stayed for 2 nights in mid April, having booked weeks in advance for Henry IV (1) at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It was an unmissable experience.

About 4 miles east of Stratford is Charlecote Park where Will got nabbed for killing a deer. The house and park are well worth visiting and there is a Flying Club en route for coffee or lunch - you don't need to be a member...just sit on the terrace and see some wonderful biplanes.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 2twigas
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Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night and will definitely stay here again when in Stratford. Our room (105) was quite small but well equipped with a lovely bathroom and good quality towels and bed linen. The pub/ bar downstairs was cosy yet spacious and tastefully furnished. Breakfast choices were plentiful, nicely cooked and service was very attentive....lots of friendly, helpful staff available throughout.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Stayed for 2 nights. Excellent location close to the centre and the Shakespeare properties that we explored. We stayed in a grand room with a fantastic shower and very large roll top bath. The room itself was big enough for us. The fridge was a nice addition as the wife and I had brought along some beverages. The food was very good although we felt slightly disappointed that Saturday and Sunday evenings menu, which was included in our deal, we're the same, but as said the food and service were first class. Breakfast was good with a variety of choice. All the staff were extremely helpful and we would highly recommend this hotel, and we will be returning in the future. The bar was priced reasonably, and only slightly more expensive than a nearby waterfront bar, and is very quaint.

Room Tip: Highly recommend a grand room as after a full day walking around the beautiful area it was nice to enjoy a long soak in the huge bath.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Very charming old hotel dating from medeltiden.Rum with varying class, ours was large with a large bathroom with a large bahtub. The restaurant was very cozy and the food good. A friendly pub. Friendly staff. Central location and close to the pedestrian zone. Can be recommended.

Room Tip: A little hard to find with steelit navigation
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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