The Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

April 14, 2004

Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, can be reached by bus, train or car. From the bus or train station, it is a short taxi ride to the Shakespeare Hotel. Private car parking is available at the hotel, and street parking (paying) can be found nearby.

The Shakespeare Hotel is next to the Town Hall of Stratford, within walking distance of the theatres and historic places associated with Shakespeare. The 4* hotel offers clients comfortable and atmospheric accommodation, enriching a visit to this cultural town.

The frontage of the hotel immediately draws the visitor in to the Elizabethan era in which Shakespeare lived. The dark beams contrast with the white walls, setting the scene for the 16th century, when the playwright and poet wrote and staged his work.

Accommodation at the Shakespeare Hotel

There are 74 bedrooms in the hotel, reached along a rabbit warren of corridors. Each room has its own individual name of one of Shakespeare’s works or characters, for example ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’. The bedrooms vary in shape, size and character, offering different amenities. Each one has its own modern en-suite bathroom, contrasting with the atmosphere of the bedrooms, some of which have leaded windows. Satellite TV, mini-bar and internet access points are provided.

Meeting rooms of varying sizes are available for groups. Many people visit Stratford as members of a group, which gives the opportunity to run seminars to discuss the plays that are being produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company during the season. Such discussions enhance the experience of watching the play live on stage.

Dining at the Shakespeare Hotel

Othello’s Bar/Brasserie has been recently refurbished, and pre-dinner drinks can be taken there or in the Quill Bar/Lounge. In good weather, drinks are also served on the garden terrace.

The hotel provides early dinners for theatre-goers (plays usually begin at 7.15pm). A three course meal with coffee is served to groups and to individual guests. Later meals are available for clients who do not plan to attend a performance in the evening.

The set menu for groups is varied, offering fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Staff are friendly and well-trained in serving hot food to groups in an efficient but relaxing way.

Things to do in Stratford

Most people visit Stratford in order to attend performances of Shakespeare’s plays in the theatres in the town. In order to learn more about the playwright, visitors can also explore houses associated with him. Through the hotels, group leaders may obtain for their members a free pass to three houses within walking distance of the Shakespeare Hotel.

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Hall’s Croft (Home of Susanna, Shakespeare’s daughter, who married physician Dr John Hall)
  • Nash’s House/New Place (House owned by Thomas Nash, Shakespeare’s granddaughter’s first husband. Adjacent are the foundations of New Place, the house where the playwright died.)

Stratford-upon-Avon is justifiably proud of its gardens, which can be admired when visiting the houses or other significant sites in the town.

The Shakespeare Hotel provides not only central, comfortable accommodation, but also an atmospheric background from with to enjoy the whole Shakespeare experience.