As the birthplace of Shakespeare, home of the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds region, Stratford-Upon-Avon is one of England's most charming tourist destinations. Overnight visitors to Stratford have ample lodging options, but a selection of hotels in the heart of the city are particularly notable for their historic value or special provisions for theater-going guests.
The Arden Hotel
The Arden Hotel is located in the heart of Stratford-Upon-Avon, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres and overlooking the River Avon. The 45-room boutique hotel underwent a thorough renovation in 2010. Every guest room features a flat-screen television, DVD player, personal drinks fridge, marble bathroom and plush bathrobes. Guests have a choice of four room types and several feature suites, all with contemporary decor and bright jewel-color accents. The hotel's signature restaurant, the Waterside Brasserie, offers beautifully plated gourmet cuisine and its own champagne bar. The Club Bar, which is open only to hotel guests, takes inspiration from an old fashioned gentleman's club and offers fine wines and a private terrace.
The Courtland Hotel is a Georgian townhouse in the center of Stratford-Upon-Avon, a convenient location minutes from the train station, the Royal Shakespeare theatres and numerous shops, outdoor markets, restaurants and art galleries. With six guest rooms, the hotel is intimate and cozy, expressly welcoming children and pets as well as business travelers and theater enthusiasts. The rooms are decorated with rich, warm tones and traditional furnishings. All room rates include a daily breakfast with a choice of fresh fruit and cereals, a full English cooked breakfast or kippers (a type of smoked fish).
The Legacy Falcon Hotel
Housed in a 16th century inn, the 83-room Legacy Falcon Hotel offers historic charm alongside contemporary amenities, and has been awarded four stars by AA (the British equivalent of AAA). Some of the guest rooms feature a romantic four-poster bed. The hotel's Wills Place restaurant allows theater-goers to enjoy their appetizer and main course, attend an evening play, then return to the restaurant for dessert and coffee. There are two bars on-site, one of which has an open fireplace for a cozy atmosphere. Guests may also enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a covered walkway overlooking the hotel's garden. Other facilities include complimentary wireless Internet access and free on-site parking.
The Church Street Townhouse
The early-17th-century, Grade II listed Church Street Townhouse, is notable for its historic value and its location directly opposite William Shakespeare's former school. The oldest parts of the building retain exposed timber beams, while rooms added in 1768 feature high ceilings and a 200-year-old light fixture in the Red Dining Room. The center of Stratford is only a minute's walk away. The hotel offers 12 guest rooms with contemporary, high-end amenities such as iPod docks, "drench" showers and flat-screen televisions. Luxurious touches include a choice of hypo-allergenic or plush feather bedding.and claw-footed bathtubs in some rooms. The restaurant, where guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast, uses locally sourced ingredients and offers afternoon tea, pre-theatre dining menus and a monthly seafood night.
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