Arriving later than expected at The White Swan we gave our room, 111, a cursory glance before heading out for what turned out to be a delicious meal at the RSC Rooftop Restaurant and an incredible production of The Roaring Girl at The Swan Theatre.
On returning to the room we realised that one of the windows overlooked Reception, giving an impressive view of the painting above the desk and the rather beautiful chandelier. On turning out the bedroom lights, my partner realised that this was more of a cursed view than a beautiful one - the bedroom, in her view, was 'lit up like Blackpool illuminations'. And, yes, we had the blind and the curtains fully closed. We also discovered that the bed clanked every time I moved. Needless to say we did not have sweet dreams; my partner finally fell asleep about 4am, I know this as she kept waking me up to complain about the light.
The following day was a busy one as we had tickets for Henry IV parts 1 and 2. My partner decided she'd rather risk another sleepless night as she had fallen in love with the bathroom; she was also worried that another room might have similar problems.
That night in bed we switched sides. The bed clanked less, presumably as my partner is much lighter than me. Before going to bed we tackled the lighting problem by strategically placing cushions, etc around the gaps between the door and curtains, the chandelier still illuminated the room as I found to my cost, it was my turn to sleep next to the window.
Moving off the subject of the lighting, we have to say that the hotel was lovely with friendly helpful staff. Breakfast is good and the hotel is in a great location.
We would love to stay again - it is certainly one of the nicer hotels in Stratford - but would definitely not stay in room 111.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel offers luxury accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon, while crucially maintaining the charm, character and period features of the original building.The White Swan dates back to 1450, making it one of the oldest pubs in Stratford – and the front of the hotel is a cosy, traditional pub, continuing to serve outstanding cask ales and the best pub food in town.Our 41 four star guestrooms, marry traditional, original features with modern conveniences like iPod docks, flatscreen TVs and ensuite bathrooms.One thing not to miss on your visit to this historic Straford-upon-Avon pub is the antique wall painting in one of our front rooms. Commissioned by William Perrott, who owned the building in 1560, the special painting depicts the story of Tobias and the Angel - a subject doubly appropriate for a tavern of that time. ... more less
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- The White Swan Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon
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