When we arrived I thought I'd made a terrible mistake as the first impressions were not good. This was due to the neighbours having a rubbish skip directly outside the door, the close proximity to the road at a busy junction and cars parked up on the pavement.
However, once inside it was nicely decorated, very clean and bright and the manager was extremely professional and welcoming.
We were staying in a family room and the access to this was to go back outside the front door and through a small wooden door in the wall into a passage through to the back garden of the building. There was another wooden door at the far end of the passage that was locked and this lead into a delightful small paved courtyard. This, like the rest of the hotel, was tidy and clean, and was full of hanging baskets of flowers and numerous well tended planters.
There were 3 family rooms that opened onto this courtyard. We were in no 8, which was the one in the middle. The room was large with a double bed and a single z bed. It also had a small kitchenette in one corner with a fridge, sink and tea making facilities. There was also an oven and a washing machine but we hadn't paid for self catering so couldn't use these.
The room itself was spotlessly clean and very nicely decorated. The bathroom was equipped with a shower, basin and loo, all of them newly fitted and very clean.
All in all the rooms were excellent, spotless and well maintained. They were also very quiet. We couldn't hear any noise from the other rooms or the road. My only criticism was that there weren't any spare blankets, so we put on the heating instead.
The hotel is very close to the town centre. We walked to Shakespeares birthplace in 5 minutes. We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel as it was not included in the price, but found an excellent patisserie in town.
I would also recommend the chinese restaurant that is 30 seconds walk (just around the corner). The food here was excellent and every night of the week they run a very popular all you can eat buffet for GBP 8.95 per person.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 100% Non-Smoking, Family Run & Family Friendly, 4-star Guest Accommodation Character Town Centre Property, Close To Railway Station, Close To Shakespeare's Birthplace, 12 Minutes Stroll To Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Beautiful Decor, Guest Lounge, All Rooms En-suite, Single, Twin, Double, Triple And Family Rooms, Two Ground Floor Rooms For 2-3 Guests, Self-Catering Possible, Freeview LCD Televisions, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Hair Dryers, Ironing Facilities, Mobile Phone Hire, Money Savers Free Guest Computer For Internet Access, Free Wi-Fi Hotspot, Generous Cancellation Policy. Property Website Booking Options: Parking Permit - Full 24 Hours From Arrival, All You Can Eat Continental Buffet Breakfast, Secure On-Line Booking, Freephone Booking Number, Multi-Nights Discount (£5 or £10 per night), LASTMINUTE 10% Discount (This Sunday-Friday) ROOM ONLY 15% Discount (Any Booking) Make An Offer Facility ... more less
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