Stratford Manor Hotel
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Bourton-on-the-Water was so picturesque it didn't seem real. Apart from its outstanding beauty, the treasure of the little village was the Motoring Museum. Not only did it display nicely preserved cars, but each era was represented with ...
... through the parlour, hall, workshop, and bed chambers while listening to guides in period dress highlight what is known about Shakespeare's life. One guide showed our group a small nightdress such as one that would have been worn by Shakespeare in his early childhood. She noted that there was no differentiation between the clothing worn by girls and boys while children were very young.
After leaving the home, we entered the adjacent ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stratford Manor Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon
This hotel is the best in Stratford by far. I was very impressed with the room. The room we stayed in seemed almost brand new. The room is very spaceous including very comfortable beds and a lovely Sony flat screen television on the wall to watch in bed. The bathroom again seemed almost brand new. The staff are extremely helpful and pointed us in the right direction to go into stratford to get some good food. Pool facilities were excellent and breakfast in the morning was delightful. We will be going back to Statford Manor very soon. 10 out of 10!!!!
A great stay in a fantastic hotel
We had a short stay at the Stratford Manor and I can do nothing but praise the hotel and staff alike. The facilities were wonderful especially the equipment in the gym and the indoor swimming pool area. The grounds were vast and beautiful and made it feel like a real retreat (we had left our 4 children at home with parents and were taking the opportunity to 'chill' and this hotel was perfect for it).
Our hotel room was very modern, and decorated to a very high standard. I could see that some people could moan at the minimalistic style of decor but I suppose it can only depend on taste - we loved it. Our room had a 40in plasma tv - how impressed were we!!
It is exactly 3 miles from Stratford (taxi fare is £7 which we thought was also reasonable) and Stratford is amazing. Ideal for all the romantics out there.
Good Hotel, pity about the negatives!
4 star hotel, 3 miles from Stratford
The good points:
·Reception staff friendly and professional
·The newly refurbished rooms are top class. 32" LCD TV's on wall, room and bathroom well fitted
·Pool good size, 15m. (But only wide enough to allow 3 swimmers to do lengths, so go outside peak times)
The bad points:
·Poor sound proofing, we were woken by baby crying at 5am above our room
·Avoid room facing main road - very close and noisy!
·Breakfast sadly the poorest spread out of any four star hotel we have stayed at. Choices limited and fruit options are canned and not fresh. There is a hot buffet, but not self service and you have to ask for your food. It reminded me of boarding school. There was long queue due to a bus tour group eating at the same time. Not a four star breakfast you would expect, very disappointing
Much much better than expected - children loved it
We booked the Stratford Manor at the last minute - it was about the only hotel with a family room over Easter - and having read the reviews we weren't expecting too much. However, the children loved the pool, there's a small playground out the back and loads of land for them to run around with football goals.
It's in a great location - surounded by countryside but just a few miles from Stratford and it's a big bonus that you can park in the carpark of the sister hotel, the Stratford Victoria, which is a couple of minutes' walk from the town centre.
We stayed in a room which is still waiting to be refurbished. It wasn't as bad as we'd expected from reading the reviews - although there was a bit too much artexing for our taste. But it was perfectly adequate, and even with two double beds there was enough space. We had a look at one of the new rooms and they're great - very plain and modern with lcd tvs...but I think when they finish upgrading all the rooms, prices may rise.
Dining room and bar are nice, although there can be a bit of a draught from the front doors when people come and go. We paid £70 for an evening meal for the four of us, and considering the children both had a child's cheese and tomato pizza and we had the vegetarian option which was little more than a plate of veg, with no starters and three desserts, we thought it was a bit pricey. Might be better value for non-vegetarians.
We had tried to book the Stratford Victora but having seen it, I'm glad they didn't have any rooms. The decor is very old-fashioned and for the children it was so much better to have the fields and swimming pool at the Manor.
Race Night was a disappointment on 1st January 2006
New Year 2005 celebration, New Years eve, lead musician says and I quote "my watch says 10 seconds to midnight" then he starts the count down, what happened to BIG BEN CHIMES. January 1st Race Night, there should have been a disco after, what happened to it. The weekend was a disaster, only being with our friends made it good.
My husband and I, plus two friends visited this hotel for New Year. Our first impression was not bad. Our first night, 30th December was not a good one, we requested, at 11pm two liquer coffees, only to be told that we could not have them, as they could not get into the kitchen to get the cream, my husband requested a Vintage Port, only to be told they did not have a Vintage Port, our friend (male) requested a Brandy, we were told the only Brandy they had in the bar was one at £19.50 per shot. The next morning we had a word at reception about the events of the night before, we were informed that in the evening there would be Vintage Port bought up from the Cellar and put behind the bar, and that there would be cream for the coffee, Well I suppose 1 out of 2 was not bad, we got cream for the coffee but still no Port.
Breakfast on New Years Eve morning, I had to send my cooked breakfast back as the egg was nearly raw, when the breakfast came back, I went to push the plate further onto the table, and burnt my hand, what they had done, was put the plate on the stove, cooked another egg and then the waitress bought the plate back to me, omitting to tell me that the plate was hot and to be careful, if this had been a child they would have been in serious trouble.
The meal on New Years Eve, namely the Duck was undercooked, and had to be sent back, again for afte dinner drinks, there was no Vintage Port and again the only Brandy that they had was the £19,50 a shot, we would not visit this hotel again and would certainly not recommend it to any of our friends, we would not even recommend it to our worst enemies.
We stayed at Stratford Manor in October 2005 and our first impression on entering the corridors to the rooms was "depressing". There were polystyrene ceiling tiles throughout (fire hazard and very old fashioned). I've never seen so much artex on the walls! The room itself was also depressing - the walls were off-white, plain and shiny - again very old fashioned. The wall pictures were very cheap looking and the furniture was dark. The dining room and lounge/bar were in comparison much more up to date, but the fact that there was no natural light in the dining room and a very low ceiling made it very oppressive and claustrophobic, especially when busy. The leisure facilities were good, but the attendants were not very sharp at spotting children in the steam room generally making a nuisance of themselves. At check-in we were not made aware that you needed a security code to leave the car park, so were stuck at the barrier and then had to drive back to reception to find out what to do. We did actually manage to enjoy our stay... but it's definitely worth noting our review if you are thinking of booking this Hotel.
The bedroom that I had recently at Stratford Manor was lovely, very clean and fresh. Reception told me that they are refurbishing some rooms, we really took to this hotel and the facilities were excellent.
The bedrooms in this hotel are very disappointing. The colour scheme is garish, the furniture is outdated and shabby, the bathroom is basic, and the bedding had seen better days.
The swimming pool was good and the staff were lovely. The restaurant and bar areas were also clean and well maintained.
Housekeeping left a lot to be desired in some areas - dead bird in flower bed at entrance hall and obvious cobwebs in lampshade near reception were there for our entire three day stay.
Great Restaurant and Bar
Stratford Manor was a great place to stay for the weekend. We had a break that included dinner and it was a lovely restaurant, very modern and nice attentive staff.
The swimming pool is a good size and I enjoyed the sauna and steam room as well. Good location, near to Stratford and also Warwich Castle which we visited on recommendation of Reception.