Stratford-upon-Avon Hotels for Theatre Breaks
There are some really, lovely hotels in and around Stratford-Upon-Avon, offering a great choice for your Stratford-Upon-Avon Theatre Break!
Stratford Manor Hotel
Stratford Manor Hotel sits in its own 21 acres of grounds and combines the best of town and country. A multi-million pound refurbishment gives you the benefits of a modern hotel, backed with years of experience.
The Stratford Hotel
The Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the wealth of history and culture both in and around the town, including all the Shakespeare properties and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Hotels for Breaks in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Central Stratford-Upon-Avon is a small place all told: the railway station is on one side and the theatre, 800 yards away past a couple of likely looking hotels, is on the other. William Shakespeare managed to be born right in the middle of it all!
So the perfect destination for a short break. There are a couple of sites that will take you out of town: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a mile out and Mary Arden’s farm a couple of miles further, but otherwise a day strolling around, a play or two and a Guide Friday coach tour (throuroughly recommended for the content and the value) and that’s Stratford done and dusted.
If you have come by train then I would suggest a one night stay with two full days either side or if you have come by car and you can explore a little further afield – Warwick is just 12 miles away with its brilliant castle and a nice little race track if you fancy a flutter on the nags – then do stay 2 nights the wider area is delightful.
So where to stay for your one or two nights. Actually there is a good selection of accommodation: from bed and breakfasts to 4 star country lodge hotels.
The first place I ever stayed in was the then Stratford Victoria Hotel which is now just The Stratford, so perfect for a Stratford-Upon-Avon Break! It is run by QHotels and they have spent some time and money on it changing this old hospital into a hospitable place to stay!
It’s got a big carpark so is a good choice if you drive but is also 100 yards in town from the train station so is perfect if that is how you plan to get here.
I’ve actually stayed at the Youth Hostel which is a mile and a bit out the other side – but we don’t offer it so I will only mention it for interest sake – although the walk isn’t to bad distance wise, coming back from the theatre after an evening show it isn’t great in the dark. So if I am on a budget I would suggest a central B&B – tonnes to chose from, just drop into the Tourist Information Centre or give them a call.
If you are on a budget but need more amenities (well, a Bar Cafe and a lift) then the Travelodge is only a mile from the theatre – OK it’s basic but it is clean and good value and let’s face it, how long are you going to be there? Of course if you really like bars and lifts you may want to spend more time there but this is middle England and there are some great pubs here – if a little expensive!
Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Historical Hotels
If tudor is more your style then there are three hotels that spring to mind: The Legacy Falcon, the Mercure Shakespeare and the Macdonald Alveston Manor. They are all four star and all central and all jolly nice really. The Falcon is the cheaper of the three and VERY central, The Shakespeare is just as central and of course really goes for the theme: the hotel features the 1AA Rosette Garrick Restaurant, Othello’s Bar Brasserie and Quill Bar. The Alveston Manor Hotel has a bit more space to it, with landscaped grounds, pool and gym. For me it has the space that the country lodge hotels have but within walking distance of the centre.
The Swan’s Nest is another great choice – on the banks of the river Avon it has pool and gym and bar and restaurant… I suppose it might be raining!
I’ve only ever been in the reception area of the Best Western Grosvenor. It looks nice but it was full! What can you do when you don’t book ahead? So for that reason alone I would go for the Stratford or the Swan’s Nest first.
Lastly I’ve just got to mention the 157 acres of beautiful parkland and stunning Jacobean style house that is Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Course because let’s face it, sometimes life isn’t about drama and great acting but about beauty treatments and 2AA Rosette Awarded restaurants!
So Stratford-Upon-Avon is very well served by its range of accommodation and I really don’t think anyone should leave disappointed. If you have any questions, do ask but I hope that all the information you need can be picked up as you book your Stratford-Upon-Avon Break.