Old part of building that you see from the road is very pretty and apt for Stratford upon Avon. However, behind the old "manor house" which houses the Reception area is the rest of the hotel - and it is very ordinary indeed.
ROOMS: are that old institutional shade of cream that looks grubby - and although I can't honestly say the rooms were grubby - they were not in any way special. Very average amenities, small ordinary out of date bathroom. The corridors go on forEVER - it feels like you are on a cruise ship - miles of low ceilinged badly lit corridors (make sure you have a bag with wheels on!).
POOL: is good for swimming lengths and has a steam room and sauna at one end. But have no thought that you can loll around the poolside and relax - it is not that kind of place - children are allowed in it until 19.00 - so is more like a public baths and not AT ALL like a resort/spa pool (which was a big disappointment to us). You go, you swim, you leave .....
BAR/RESTAURANT: The old part of the hotel houses the Bar (which is in a lovely room - but again the furnishings are very standard "chain hotel") and the restaurant. Ah now here is a dichotomy .... the restaurant decor is a tad "Berni Inn" circa 1980.... BUT... the food is EXCEPTIONAL. The service was good (though could have been better eg the waiter opened my husbands napkin before mine and my sister in laws; didn't really know about the menu in the detail it deserved and took a bit too long to refill water etc BUT these are small gripes and I only mention them because the restaurant could be really special if they paid attention to ALL the details. The following morning, not being a breakfast person (and having eaten so well the night before) I was just going to have tea - UNTIL - I saw the breakfasts! And again - I think it was possibly the BEST cooked breakfast I have ever had. The bacon - let me wax lyrical about the bacon - not watery; not salty; not too thin or too thick and it tasted like - well like bacon should taste (totally yum). My husband (Scottish - therefore and expert) told me that the Black Pudding was possibly the best he had ever had too - crumbly and soft. Not a spot of grease or briney water on the plate either and piping hot. Toast was assorted and interesting. I would go back for the breakfast tomorrow!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel is one of the finest ---4-star hotels in Warwickshire, offering great luxury accommodation in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of England. Set in the very heart of Shakespeare Country, and in close proximity to beautiful Cotswold villages, the historic Alveston Manor Hotel is set in its own grounds just 5 minutes walk from all the cultural attractions of Stratford-upon-Avon. With luxurious bedrooms and a Vital Health Club & Spa this is the perfect destination for those looking for a relaxing or romantic break away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
- Alveston Manor