The first thing that struck me about the Mercure Shakespeare hotel was the "Othello" lounge; named, of course, for one of Shakespeare's tragedies. The soft red couches and the very...earthy feel of this lounge was a great first experience.
Also, when you get to the reception counter, you might notice that the staff is participating in a bike ride for charity...a nice touch! The reception staff is also very friendly and helpful. Hopefully you'l run into Jessica or Liz, they are great!
Internet: Technically, 24 hours of internet will cost extra, but it was given to us for free on the first day. Also, for subsequent days we stayed, they gave us one hour free per day, which for some reason, showed 10 hours, which was just fine by us. The speed was decent enough for our purposes.
Corridors: A bit dated; the carpeting appears old and there are some creeky floorboards along the way, but otherwise fine.
Rooms: I really love the way they name the rooms after different characters, plays, or locations for Shakespeare's works. However, I guess I was expecting a theme room that might cater to that name, or at least a painting in the room which reflected it. It would be a nice touch, but it wasn't there. The only other detractor is that their flat-screen TV's only offered television channels...there was no in-room entertainment system for viewing movies. However, those just quibbles in an otherwise great room!
Originally, we had a double room booked but we were upgraded for free for two days of our stay by a manager after we found a problem with our shower that couldn't immediately be fixed. The junior suite we were upgraded to (Known as Agincourt) contained a four-post bed which was very comfortable, with no shortage of warm coverings and plush pillows. It also had a second room, like a living room, that also had a TV, which was a nice touch! The shower was also great, although I wonder why they have a glass curtain that only covers half the side and doesn't have a regular curtain. It also had a street view, which was awesome.
Their restaurant is great; the restaurant manager, Vincent, is from Spain and he definitely made a dinner in the Othello Lounge more enjoyable. The dinner and drinks were served in a timely manner and were delicious:)
All in all, a great stay, although the price was a bit steeper than expected. Would probably stay here again if I'm in Stratford.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star Tudor hotel with 74 ensuite rooms located in the centre of Shakespeare's Stratford. Ideal for exploring local villages, the Cotswolds, shops and theatres of Stratford. 19 miles from Birmingham International Airport, 1 mile from Stratford upon Avonstation, 10 miles from Warwick Parkway station. Easily accessible via the M40. David Garrick Restaurant, Othello's Bar Brassiere, Quill Bar and Lounge, 6 conference rooms with natural light for up to 100 delegates. Limited parking at GBP10.00 per day. ... more less
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