Stratford Victoria Hotel

, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
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Stratford Victoria Hotel

, Stratford upon Avon

Rooms: 102

Arden Street - Stratford upon Avon - England - CV37 6QQ - United Kingdom | 44 01789271000
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Quality rooms and location

from unspecified
This hotel is in an excellent location, very close to the railway station, centre of town, and many of the key tourist sights.

The room was excellent, very comfortably and tastefully decorated. Some of the 'old' decor (for what is actually a rather new hotel) is over-the-top and I couldn't help laughing at it - but that's for the tourist market, I guess.

Breakfasts, and food in general, was excellent. A good hotel for business or pleasure.

Oh so average

from Taplow
Before we went a friend told me ruefully "There are no really good hotels in Stratford". I think she may be right. Maybe you have to choose between tolerable accommodation in town and a really good hotel outside it.

We had a "superior room" and to be honest it wasn't really my idea of "superior", compared to other UK hotels we've stayed in. It was certainly reasonable in size, but we had no need of the extra single bed. The space would have been much attractively utilised by siting the TV there and adding a comfy sofa plus a table to work at. It all seemed rather tired and utilitarian. The bathroom smelt a little bit stale at times. And we were glad of the portable fan, even though the weather wasn't hot.

The whole hotel has a curious, heavy decor which is best described as "Victorian Elizabethan". My main disappointment was the lighting though. Our room was dark, with one small dormer window plus low level lighting in general. Rather depressing. The hotel lounge was similar - seating was comfortable and it was quite spacious. But the lighting was dingy. I don't mind "subtle" as long as I can find "bright" when I want it. I had some work to do at one point and I couldn't find anywhere to do it properly.

I began to wonder whether the dimness actually hid things they would rather we didn't notice.

On the plus side the staff were all charming and helpful.The location is very convenient and it's easy to drive to (the hotel's instructions for driving there were perfect). And being able to park your car is no mean advantage in Stratford. We didn't eat dinner at the hotel (go to "Lamb's" restaurant in Sheep Street and "The West End" pub in Bull Lane for fantastic food). But breakfast was fine and they did good porridge.

Utterly Disappointing - Overpriced for substandard hotel.

from Melanie-Jane
I booked 2 nights at the Stratford Vicoria as a 30th Birthday treat for my partner and I. Rated as a 4 star hotel and paying £110 per night for B&B, I expected a nice hotel for a treat in Stratford.

When I arrived at the hotel, we found the decor and furnishings very outdated. I am a fan of old buildings and antiques - but they had tried to create this 'fake' aged style and it is about 20 years out of date. The bedroom was dark, dreary and so, so hot like a sauna. The bathroom was about 15 years old (grey plastic) and the bedroom was frumpy and old and was in desperate need of some TLC, a spot of paint and updating. the bed was incredibly small for a double too - a very unpleasant room. At this, I went to request a change of room, but they were very unhelpful and would not accommodate, saying that all the rooms were the same and the nicer rooms were booked. None of their rooms have air conditioning and I was told to open a window and put a fan on - very ineffective.

The menu was certainly not of 4* standard and consisted of 2/3* basic outdated dishes such as 'prawn cocktail', certainly not of 4* calibre.

On the day of checkout, I requested whether they could apply discretion and allow a slightly later check out (by 1 hour). This was flatly refused saying that they needed to clean the room. When I asked whether they could just give us an hour grace as they had 200 rooms to make up and 5 hours before the next guests arrived, I was reluctantly given 10 minutes, but flatly told no - rudely and with no discretion or customer service.

It has a small gym and a spa bath (Jacuzzi) - the spa had grit, sand and dirt in it (at 10am and 200 miles from the sea - where did the sand come from?!) so had obviously not been cleaned as it also had a green algae along the spa grates - very disgusting. The clorine was also so strong in the spa, it made us cough and be wheezy.

In summary, a very substandard hotel which is certainly not of 4* calibre - at more of a low quality 3*. I would have much preferred to have stayed in a cheap travellodge - though cheap, basic and boring, would have outrated the Stratford Victoria. I would certainly not recommend them to anyone - a very poor hotel that had obviously had poor service accepted in the past, so makes no apologies or improvements. Such a shame and a very disapointing birthday weekend based on a poor hotel.

fantastic hotel

from jack.u
As a special treat for my birthday, my husband and i went to stratford for 3 days, staying at the stratford victoria hotel, the hotel was easy to find with the directions we were given, secure parking and the hotel was in a great central location. The staff were friendly and helpfull, the hotel room was clean and spacious and the hotel was beautiful. Breakfast is buffet style and the food is lovely (as much as you want) We went in the free spa a couple of times during our stay, it was great, very relaxing (lovely clean fluffy towels provided) We had a wonderful time in stratford and we will go again and stay at the Stratford Victoria, highly recommended..

Lovely relaxing break

from Thira
We stayed here for one hot night in July , having managed to get a good deal on the price (£85 for B&B). Like the previous reviewer we too checked in before the 3pm earliest check-in time and left the car and bags quite safely. The car park is secure and camera monitored with a £10 charge for non-residents. First impressions externally were a neat tidy modern building with a beautifully manicured front lawned area with outdoor seating, in the evening the lawn was populated by a couple of hedgehogs cruising for food!! and pretty hanging baskets and flowerbeds. Reception was quiet and well ordered - our check-in was dealt with in a timely efficient manner by the friendly welcoming reception staff, and the general lobby and bar / restaurant area of the hotel appeared neat and tidy with plenty of comfortable armchiars and chesterfield sofas. The room itself - on the ground floor was spacious and well decorated with a large bed, sofa, easy chair as well as a dressing table chair, TV and coffee table. The bathroom was spotlessly clean - good working shower, bath mat, and useful clothes line across the bath, initially I feared that there was only one set of towels however we soon located the second set in the wardrobe, along with spare pillows , blankets and most usefully a desk fan ! The room temperature is controlled by a thermostat and we were able to open the windows wider - locks were also available - since we were ground floor very useful additions for security.
The bed itself was very comfortable giving an excellent nights sleep. The room was very peaceful and relaxing and there was no hotel or car park noise into the night.
Breakfast is buffet style - there was an excellent choice of fruit juices, fruit (figs/prunes/grapefruit/orange/kiwi and apricots) in addition to a fruit basket of apples , bananas etc., cereals - the muesli is to be commended as there is a huge variety of nuts and dried fruits to add to it! Breads and cheese and ham , and in addition to this a full cooked breakfast was available - my only two criticisms are: the restaurant area was quite hot but since external temperatures were high 20's I was not surprised and sadly there was little vegetarian choice in the cooked area apart from mushrooms and tomatoes and eggs, vegetarian sausage or grills would have been nice!
Sadly we did not have time or appropriate swim wear to experience the spa and whirlpool bath - this would have been nice owing to the heat !
Check out was as efficient as check-in and we were able to leave the car for a second days sightseeing for no charge. I would certainly recommend this hotel and would happily stay there again.

Convenient location, clean, comfortable rooms

from Lucy
We arrived on Friday for a 2 night visit. We arrived early, but were able to use our room immediately. We had room 318, which overlooks the car park and the local hospital. Not much of a view, but it was a lovely quiet room, as we had requested. The hotel on two sides has busy roads going into town, don't know if this affects the noise levels in the rooms, but there is a lovely view of the gardens to compensate.

Our room was a standard double (5ft), which was comfortable, with lots of tea and coffee(the coffee/hot chocolate and sugar being Fair Trade), slightly dated furniture showing slight signs of wear and tear (didn't bother me!), but of an adequate size to move around the room. The rooms are exactly like the ones on the website, so it met our expectations. The bathroom had a grey suite, the tub filled quickly and there was adequate water pressure in the shower. It was hot outside (30 degrees), but there was an adequate fan in the wardrobe, (which you need an additional room key card if you are to leave it on and go somewhere), and the windows opened wide. We didn't eat evening meals in the restaurant so cannot comment on the food.

Breakfast is buffet stye. Asking for poached eggs and a jug of hot milk posed no problems for the waitress - and was delivered with a smile. Breakfast was more leisurely on the Saturday morning (0930) than the Sunday (10am), as the hotel was much busier and we had to wait. We asked if we could go to our room to wait, and the waitor call us, which he did without any problems (whilst we could pack).

The hotel is so convenient for town, (5 mins walk) and the theatres (15 mins walk), and there is a bus stop across the road which is a stop for the tourist bus ride of the 5 houses of Shakespeare (which was really enjoyable, you can get on and off where you want and the ticket is valid for 24 hours).

If you are thinking of going to the RSC Theatre and it is hot - take a fan and liquid refreshment with you, it is unbearably hot in there, and can spoil your enjoyment.

The train station is also minutes away.

The gardens are very pleasant, and well used by the residents, plenty of chairs/tables to sit and watch the world go by.

All in all a lovely hotel, in a great location, I wouldn't hesitate to use it as a base for Stratford sight seeing again.

Good location, good value

from HilGray
We stayed just for a Saturday night in July. We arrived early at 11.30am not expecting to be able to check in, but we did and were able to leave our bag and then venture out to explore the lovely town of Stratford.

The room (number 209) was very clean - evidence of a little mould on the bathroom ceiling but other than that the room was fine. We got a very good deal. The usual rate is £85 per room per night B&B but we had a £20 Last Minute voucher so only paid £65.

Good comfortable bed. We managed to open the windows quite wide so the room wasn't too hot although we felt that it could be quite stuffy on a hotter night. No mini bar/fridge so nowhere to keep drinks cool if it was hot.

Breakfast was the usual buffet fayre with lots of choice of hot and cold dishes. The food from the hot buffet was plentiful and hot (not always the case with buffet breakfasts), the service was friendly and the restaurant was attractively decorated.

The hotel is about 15 minutes walk from the River Avon so is perfectly situated to see all that Stratford had to offer. The only down side was that there was a fair amount of traffic noise outside the hotel. Our room was above reception and faced the road. Perhaps the rooms that overlooked the rear car park may have been quieter.

All in all a good hotel and if we decided to stay overnight in Stratford again (which we might because there are quite a few good eateries we would like to try) we would use the Victoria again.

Excellent accomodation

from A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent Hotel, excellent breakfast, excellent location. Would definately return.

Great location in a lovely town

from leedotnet
We stayed at Stratford victoria from Sat 11th Feb for 3 nights. First impressions were good, nice modern hotel a few mins walk from all the shops, restuarants etc. Room was good although i've stayed in better 4 star rooms. My only real moan was the bed which wasn't the best.
Breakfast was excellent and staff were very efficient. We didn't have dinner in the hotel because we prefer eating out. Two restuarants to check out, Lambs on Sheep St which was superb & its neighbour who I cannot remember its name, but nearly as good. There's an excellent wine bar called Vinters further along which is also spot on.
Obviously there's all the history which goes with the trip which is really interesting. I do recommend visiting all five houses related to the Shakespeare name, two are a short drive away but the better of the five.

A good choice if your looking for that great location and quality of hotel.

Great location and food

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed one night in October 2005 and generally agree with the other reviews here. The restaurant food was surprisingly good and the location is handy to the railway station, the town and the sightseeing bus. Ask for a non-smoking room if you are a non-smoker, as the first room we were shown smelt strongly of cigarette smoke. The porter agreed with us and cheerfully arranged a non-smoking room. The hotel is set in nice gardens and is quiet.

The town is larger than the tourist blurb and traffic is heavy. Driving to and from Stratford is not as easy as it sounds.

International travellers should be aware that the train station has no lifts or trolleys and you will be required to carry your luggage up and down stairs. Not exactly tourist friendly. Travel light.

Top Local Tips for Stratford upon Avon

Last train I attempted to take the last train back to London, however, the station was already closed even before the departure. I and other passenger tried to go in the station but there was no way to break in(!) and stood there seeing the last train leaving. So, if you wish to see a RSC play, you may want to take a bus or drive to avoid this...

Stratford Eateries There are many nice and economic places to eat in Stratford Upon Avon with Ely and Chapel street being the main streets for bars and restaurants - I would avoid these as they are crowded and rushed, though there are still one or two nice places. The Cafe Rouge has a nice, unexpected terrace garden at the back and the food here is above the standard of normal inner city cafe rouge's and still well priced.

Hire a rowing boat! If the weather is permitting, I definately recommend hiring a rowing boat to go up and down the Avon.


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  • Address: Arden Street - Stratford upon Avon - England - CV37 6QQ - United Kingdom
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