The White Swan
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Today was the discussion of the Merchant of Venice and then an introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream. The group almost universally loved the Merchant. There were a lot of really interesting observations about things I hadn't noticed—which is, of course, why it’s so great to come.
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Drove on to Stratford Upon Avon
We drove past the hotel and into the old town section to take the tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace. There was a film presentation that I and a handful watched. Then we toured the 5-6 rooms and gardens. The rooms were very small and I even had to bend to get through some of the archways …
... fence. There is a train that meanders through the gardens and around some of the exhibits. There are strange animals here like emus and wallabies... not sure where they found such strange creatures!!! :) Perhaps the two cutest animals there were miniature donkeys and a baby rhino. He was wandering around his mum who stood quietly and munched on her feed while the baby slept in the middle of it all. There were lions, wolves and wolverines. Perhaps the thing I ...
Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The White Swan Stratford-upon-Avon
I had a wonderful stay at the White Swan last week! I had booked a room for three nights through the South Warwickshire Tourism Association, but when we arrived, exhausted from our flight across the Atlantic and a 2.5 hour train ride from London, we discovered that the hotel hadn't received our reservation! I was almost in tears, but Lynn came to our rescue. She was working at the reception desk, and she took us into the lounge and gave us coffee while she tried to figure out the problem. We never really knew what had happened to our booking, but The White Swan resolved the matter beautifully.
Hired an 'executive room' for one night in an AA 3 Star 500 year old hotel. Room 44 - three stairflights and four corridors from reception. Directly opposite the window is the aircon plant for the local cinema, great view and more fans than Oasis, "Don't worry sir it shuts down at 11.30pm". The room was grubby and the whole hotel is tatty and tired. We tried to change rooms, but they were full - so we accepted £20.00 off the room rate. Public areas are 'characterful', but not much of this is close to 500 years old. If you get a space in the carpark look out for the rat poison dispensers by the hotel walls! We started at a room rate of £90.00 for one night inc breakfast. It's probably worth about £40.00. Stratford is a great place - it has better hotels than this - do yourself a favour find one! Don't stay here.
The location of The White Swan is okay, considering that just about any place in the city center of Stratford is close to everything else. With that said, the hotel only has historical significance on its side. Other than that, it definitely needs new paint, new furniture and new tile at the least and a full-scale remodel more aptly. The shower stands out most in my head, as wood rot and mildew were everywhere. It looked like it had been cleaned, but just that the wood and tile needed to be replaced. The heating unit was right outside our bathroom, which made a hum that hurt our ears, and therefore required that we didn't spend much time there. The bed was very uncomfortable, more so than the other uncomfortable beds we encountered along our travels. And we had to call late at night to get new pillow cases sent to our room, as the ones on the bed looked dusty or dirty, like the housekeeper put them on a dusty counter or dragged them by a dirty wall. The long walk to the room, up many stairs and down many dirty hallways, was not pleasant either, especially with luggage or after a long day. The included breakfast was just average; like many other English breakfasts, there were not many things to choose from besides eggs and their accompaniments. All in all, the hotel was definitely not up to our standards but the charm of Shakespeare's city seemed to overshadow it in our minds.
Great experience friendly little hotel
try this one out what an experience built in something like 1400s this hotel has real character and is great value for money. Rooms clean well appointed. Bars great. When having breakfast be very specific about what you want. If you ask for bacon and eggs you will get 1 rash bacon 1 egg. Food quantities are served if you are very specific.
Nice looking from outside. Hotel has not got own parking spaces so you have to use public car parks. Hotel is self is shabby, in need of a good lick of paint which it self would bring the hotel up to standard. Service was extremely poor and the food was terrible. At no time were management available to speak to and the receptionist was most unhelpful. The attitude of bar staff for requesting a drink after 11pm was appauling. When you are paying £100 per night you expect great service and a quality hotel. The rooms them selves were small, beds were uncomfortable and might as well not had any pillows as they were completely flat. There was mold engrained into tiles in bathroom, windowsills paint was peeling off.
Unique historic property
First of all the building itself can not be matched for atmosphere by modern chains. This hotel in central Stratford that backs to a pedestrian mall is probably quieter than many of the B&Bs that line the busy highways leading into town (the opposite of what you might think). The rooms are perhaps average with narrow twisting hallways. Overall a good value for Stratford priced somewhere between many of the lowend B&Bs but less than most hotels. The direct reservation process that relies on FAX is a bit clumsy. Have an Old Speckled Hen on tap in the lounge that adjoins the pub (the oldest part of the hotel)!
Stayed at the white swan last year and enjoyed our stay very much .Staff where very nice and helpful and the restaurant was good. Food was very good also enjoyed the piano music while eating.Booked over the net and was allocated a room when we arrived which we were very pleased with over looking the central garden only thing was the room got very hot and even after turning the rads off was still hot can't really change rooms in the middle of the night can you?Overall hotel is very nice and well located within easy walking distance from stratford centre. Would stay again without doubt
I booked 2 adjoining rooms by FAX for my family, and found everything was as agreed. We were charmed by the Inn, which retains it historic flavor and maze of corridors--a pleasant change from the sterile right angles of newer construction. Our rooms were lovely, and comfortable, with all the conveniences of a modern facility. The meals were hearty. We highly recommend dining in at dinner for at least one or two meals. Shakespeare is but a block or two away, so there is little need for a car except for excursions away from Stratford proper. The car park is small, but the staff will make arrangements for parking a block or two away if necessary, after allowing you to unload in front. We can't imagine wanting to stay anywhere else, and hope to return again next summer.
Con Merchants !!
Be very careful when phoning up to book at this hotel as they quote one price for one night, then quote a higher price for staying two nights, leading you to believe that this is for both nights when infact it is a higher price per night.
We were quoted 105 pounds for a saturday night stay and 120 pounds for a two night stay. Leading us to believe that it was 120 pounds for 2 nights ... WRONG !! it was 120 pounds per night ! They did not tell us this on check in (after we only gave them 120 pounds) or when checking out, but they removed the money from the bookers bank account after we had all left.
"Read the small print" was all that was said afterwards. I would not wish this place on my worst enemy.