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TravelPod Member ReviewsMacdonald Alveston Manor Stratford-upon-Avon
Quiet, clean hotel. Nice view! Fruit and vinegar not my favorite for breakfast! Not a 4.5 start hotel, but it was adequate.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Macdonald Alveston Manor Stratford-upon-Avon
Better second time around!
Had been to the Alveston in June 2005, and had a middling experience for £190+. Got a good deal through a well-known cheap site for £96, which softened the blow. For that sort of money, the trip we've just had was excellent. I can only echo what previous reviews say about the windows - they will soon need replacing - but the good points about this trip were -
1. Excellent bed, very comfy.
2. Decent sized room, nice and quiet - air con worked OK.
3. Good breakfast - well cooked for my wife who hates underdone bacon. Don't choose the haddock and poached egg. My faced dropped when I saw it, and my wife fed me sneakily from her plate :(
4. Nice bar, good barstaff, excellent free nibbles which we cheekily got a second helping of.
So, not really in the £190+ bracket, but with a deal it beats the moat house (unless you can get that for £75 for a double room inc. breakfast, which we got last year!).
My wife and I had a voucher sent to us after our awful time we had at this hotel in Feb, this year ( see previous report) We didn't consider going back again ever, but as we were going to the area for some nights we decided to take up the offer for the one night, we didn't think that it could be that bad again.
HOW WE WISH WE HADN'T!
We had a room with the kitchen extractor fans out the bathroom window (not paying didn't bother complaining).
Restaurant: Staff arguing about why tables not cleared as main courses being brought out. My wife had the fillet steak (overcooked and returned) I had the pan fried Duck breast and Confit leg (this came without the confit and was returned with my wife's)
We waited for over 25 mins before the meal was brought out again, and we had almost given up, and were thinking of leaving.
Although nicely presented, there is a big problem with the kitchen in this hotel. During the meal all we talked about was how bad things were and not talking about what shall we do the next day or similar, so this is not relaxing as it should be.
This is a complete washout! Staff spilling full teapots on tables, and the amount of plates dropped seemed endless.
Just like it was in February, most of the items have to be cooked beforehand (even the poached & fried eggs, as we have not had a hot one yet.) and then place under the grill to rewarm, very hot and crispy on the top and warm at the base. My wife returned her breakfast as it was cold, she was offered another but declined, through frustration, she decided on croissants, these were stale and hard. We left this dusty and badly run hotel (there was no management to be seen anywhere in the hotel at all, even on the previous afternoon)
I shall, as you can gather, never return to this hotel again.
4* I really don't think so
Steve & Ann Jones
My husband and I recently stoped at the Alvestion Manor hotel for a short break, I can only describe the improvments that they are making as wonderful, the new leisure facility is just fantasic, everyone is very friendly, and the service wonderful, the resturant was a delight to eat in and certanly deservies the one rosette which I belive they have been awarded, I would recommend Stratford as a destination, and the Alveston as a place to stay to any.one who likes being looked after
Just come back from a few days away at the Alveston Manor Hotel and what a Fantastic time, The hotel has undergone some lovely refurbishments since my last trip and they are lovely and so in keeping with the property. And I believe the restaurant has been awarded 1 rosette which is well deserved.
Recommend the Alveston Manor
The Alveston Manor is ideally situated and set in beautiful grounds. The hotel is undergoing some refurbishment of public areas at the moment but this didn't affect us at all. We are a family of 3 and our 18 year old son had his own room - both rooms were clean and well furnished. I appreciated the Molton Brown toiletries! Dinner was included in our deal on one night and it was well presented but not huge portions, unfortunately my son's steak wasn't great but he of course didn't want us to complain! The cooked breakfast wasn't huge but there is an excellent selection of fresh fruits to make your own fruit salad and delicious pastries. Drinks are very expensive - over £4 for a bottle of water, and needless to say the mini-bar is a definite no go as in most hotels unless you really don't mind paying extortionate prices. There is however space in the mini bar for your own bottle or two if you come prepared! Staff were friendly and helpful and if you are looking for a hotel in a good location it couldn't be better. We did have a good deal which we through the national newspaper advertisments which makes all the difference and paid £159 per double room including breakfast and dinner on one night. A bargain! I can't comment on the leisure facilities as we didn't use them - the pool didn't look that appealing to us and seemed fairly busy.
We would recommend The Vintner wine bar in Stratford for dinner - excellent food and service - but book first!
One to recommend....
The Alveston Manor is in a lovely setting with just in minutes walk over the bridge to the town centre. We ate dinner on our first night & found it totally delicious, the best we have eaten in a while. The staff made as feel totally welcome & were only to happy to help when we asked for information on Stratford.
I would certainly book the Alveston should I return to Stratford.
Great location for Shakespeare vacation
Stayed two nights. We had the Bed, Breakfast and Dinner package. Dinner menu was varied each night and included incredible desserts. Breakfast each day was generous and cooked to our order. Best bathroom of our vacation. Great location, within walking distance of Butterfly Farm, Shakespeare houses, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and pedestrian shopping area.
A good choice
My family of five stayed at the Alveston Manor for three nights in July of 2004, taking two rooms in the more modern wing behind the Elizabethan timbered main building. The rooms were small, but comfortable and elegant. I'm surprised to see a review of this hotel which criticized breakfast, which we found to be a very ample buffet, with a hot breakfast served if you wished. The grounds are historic and beautiful, the hotel spacious, and the location perfect, right over the Avon from the public parks and the Theatre, an easy few blocks to the center of town and the many restaurants. The canal boat basin was close by, which is interesting and picturesque. I didn't see any other hotels directly in town which I liked better, and would stay here again if I returned.
Spoilt by breakfast
Loverly hotel, Beautiful room, excellent facilities,
but for £55 pppn the English breakfast would not feed a cat. One small mushroom, one small half tomato, one hard poached egg and one small slice of bacon.
A special occasion made memorable!
We booked the Alveston Manor for a large family celebration- a golden wedding anniversary. The rooms were great especially the ones in the "barn extension". The organisation by the staff from events organiser to restaurant manager were excellent. It was a lovely venue and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the staff were very helpful. It made a special occasion a very memorable one for the whole family! Leisure facilities are now being built which will make a great hotel even better. I would highly recommend it.