Stratford Victoria Hotel, Stratford upon Avon
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Stratford Victoria Hotel
Quality rooms and locationfrom unspecified
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 averagefrom Taplow
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
When I arrived at the hotel, we found the decor and furnishings very outdated. I am a fan of old buildings and antiques - but they had tried to create this 'fake' aged style and it is about 20 years out of date.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.
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Lovely relaxing breakfrom Thira
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 roomsfrom Lucy
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 valuefrom HilGray
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 accomodationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great location in a lovely townfrom leedotnet
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 foodfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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.
Other names for Stratford Victoria Hotel
- the stratford a qhotel
- stratford victoria hotel
- stratford victoria
- stratford a qhotel upon avon
- Address: Arden Street - Stratford upon Avon - England - CV37 6QQ - United Kingdom
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