The Alveston Manor Hotel

, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
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The Alveston Manor Hotel

, Stratford upon Avon

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Clopton Bridge - Stratford upon Avon - England - CV37 7HP - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 08704008181
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Not a recommended alternative

from Steve from Bristol
We didn’t actually want to stay at the Alveston Manor, based on a previous experience and TripAdvisor ratings. We did book The Shakespeare hotel, it was confirmed on email and so we booked theatre tickets. Then with 2 days to go we were phoned to advise a computer glitch double booked the Shakespeare so would we accept the Alveston. No other hotels were available and we said OK.

So we started with doubts. These were soon realised on arrival at 2.30 when the room was not ready (check-in from 2pm). The room itself was OK for one night, warm and cosy (small) with a large comfortable bed, a tiny 12” TV and coffee making facilities (nice biscuits!). It compares OK with a £60 a night Travel Lodge not a £120 to £190 a night hotel.

The hotel is also poorly equipped for transporting luggage with stairs everywhere. In part due to the age of the building facia but mainly poor planning in the newer block. Fortunately we are able-bodied but transporting the wheelie suitcase up and down stairs gave an impression of the problems anyone with disabilities might have.

The front desk must have picked up on our annoyance with the late check-in and delivered a bottle of wine. Unfortunately they messed up a bit as when we checked if it was intended for us the waiter mumbled something along the lines “I think it’s complimentary”. Sorry to be ungrateful but it was not a great way to say sorry!

Our room was supposed to be refurbished but featured the very worst shower I can ever recall in any Hotel. Please bear in mind we are not Americans, expecting Niagara Falls in the bathroom. We are British and expect a shower that pushes water out and gets you a bit wet. Our version produced a downward useless trickle.

Food in the breakfast room was quite nice (small portions), spoiled by slow service and the queues mentioned in other reviews.

Overall the staff were well turned out and friendly, the hotel generally tidy if a bit tired

The real problem is that Alveston Manor suffers from poor management (they must know when they are full so be able to plan housekeeping and catering) and this must reflect badly on their other hotels. Would we have found similar problems at the Shakespeare?

Not good at ALL!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was expecting an olde worlde hotel and what we got was just old! The place is very run down and in desperate need of a re-furb - I found the cleaniness left a lot to be desired.

Above average for me

from Jings999
I stopped here one night with some work colleagues. Didn't eat in the restaurant, there are loads of good restaurants in Stratford, just a short walk over the bridge. I stopped here on a Tuesday so no wedding parties, Christmas party was going on but it really had no effect on my stay at all.
Read with interest the review regarding it's architecture. To me (and I'm no expert) it looks like it has original timber frames that have been recovered from somewhere and assembled into this modern (70's maybe) building - the frame pieces are all numbered! also the bricks within the timber frame are just too large for the era, definately modern. Bar and 'snug' both have nice fires.
Anyway, staff were all pleasant, rooms clean with large comfortable beds. Breakfast was very good - none of the problems other reviewers experienced.
It is rather a shock to walk through the pseudo-medieval facade into the 70's corridors and rooms though.
All in all a decent stay in a modern hotel made to look medieval - and it looks like it fools plenty of people not just the American tourists it is aiming for.


from Knobbynuts
To be onest a bit of a mixed review here, there were some great parts to our stay and some low points. We stayed for 2 nights here and its a a great hotel for looking round Stratford-upon-avon. Although the pictures of the hotel show it as if it has a long drive to the front of the hotel, when infact its right next door to a busy roundabout and Shell garage. It took us 5 minutes to get across the road!

We stayed in the old part of the hotel, which is far better to the rooms in the modern annexe. The Gym was really good and had some of the best gym equipment i have seen. The pool was lovely and warm and quiet. The only problem with the leisure centre is that it is at the opposite end of the hotel and is quite a walk through the hotel to get to it. shame no jacuzi though.
The afternoon teas were definatly one of the best in the area, the scones were freshly baked and delicious.
The meals in the main resturant were very good although i felt the portion sizes were a bit small.
We did have some problems with room service which took over 40 minutes to arrive and cold.
Overall i think i can recommend this hotel as when it was right it was top notch.

Distinctly Average

from A TripAdvisor Member
I read all the reviews before booking a weekend at Alveston Manor with my partner and our baby girl for his birthday. I ignored the negative ones but should have taken notice. We received the romantic package upon arrival, which included champagne (chilled, lovely), flowers (lovely) and chocolates (old, off colour and tasteless). We were there 2 nights. Before we went we were told our daughter wouldn't be allowed in the restaurant so arranged dining elsewhere but when we arrived we were told she was allowed in. There was a wedding the weekend we were there (we hadn't be informed when booking) and the hotel was so busy we couldn't even get in for breakfast the first morning and had to wait. We had an evening meal there (booked a babysitter to come to hotel as thought our daughter wouldn't get in) and it was lovely food but the service was very fast and we were in and out in 40 minutes. We felt very rushed. We ordered room servie twice and weren't happy either time as they didn't bring us what we ordered and the first meal was cold. All in all it was perhaps below average but we didn't let it spoil our weekend. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody and wished we had booked the Shakepeare. The only reason we chose Alveston Manor over this was the pool but to be honest this is open to the public anyway and isn't really part of the hotel so we didn't even use it in the end. I wouldn't go back there.

Suited our every need.

from dragehi
My husband and I escaped the kids for a long weekend away in Stratford-upon-Avon. We booked late so did not have a great deal of choice but plumped for the Alveston Manor.
We stayed in a standard double room, the cheapest type of room there is, I think. The room had everything we could need and was tastefully decorated.
From this hotel it is only a short walk over the river into the heart of Stratford and all it's many attractions.
Breakfast, although slightly shambolic was of a high quality.
Just one word of warning, there were weddings in both nights we stayed and they weren't the most tasteful of affairs. The next morning the bride was heard slagging off her husband for not coming back to the room until 5 a.m. and then throwing up all over her! Classy!

Had an awful time here

from bbk109
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in May 2004 and the experience was terrible from the start and seemed to get worse by the day. We had booked a double room but this was in fact 2 single beds pushed together with a double sheet fitted over which was very uncomfortable to sleep on as one of us always ended up in the "gap" in the middle. The staff had no customer service skills and the service was very slack and slow from the minute we got there including lengthy waits to be served at the bar and for food and drinks to be served, also staff arguing and acting totally unprofessional. There was a wedding reception being held on the first night and the wedding spilled out into the hotel's only bar which was quite off putting for us as we had just wanted a few quiet drinks before going to bed but had to put up with loud noisy disco music and drunk wedding guests. Breakfast the next morning was a farce as they had obviously underestimated the number of guests including the wedding party guests and we turned up for breakfast to be told there was no room in the dining area and were shoved into the bar area which they had made into a makeshift breakfast room - totally unsuitable as about 20 of us were crammed into this tiny room and made to sit on bar stools at tiny tables and try to eat our breakfast. When we complained to the hotel manager upon checking out, he seemed to think that by offering us a voucher to return there, would make up for the fact we'd had such a horrible time - he just did not get it that we never wanted to visit there again. It's just not what you expect from a hotel of this star rating.

Too many contrasts

from Rally_Traveller
The Alveston looks superb from the outside and if you never strayed from one of the more expensive rooms in the old building or the bar area that feeling would remain. The contrast when you pass into the extremely long corridors that serve the majority of the hotel's rooms in the new wing is immense. The feel there is very much like any other chain hotel.

The rooms are clean and the beds comfortable but I did get one with the kitchen fans outside the bathroom window as mentioned previously.

I have eaten a la carte and found it good; the same experience with a group was awful. Breakfast is the standard uninspired buffet; no chance of waiters spilling tea or coffee anymore as even that is self service.

There are currently some very pleasant staff but others are downright rude.

Finally, the bar prices are totally unreasonable; around £6 for a glass of plonk is ridiculous in a hotel of this class.

I won't be back.

Glorious architecture on the outskirts of Stratford

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed for a week here in late August and had a wonderful time. The hotel is superbly located for a short walk into the centre of the town and has plenty of car parking, even in the midst of a conference at the hotel.

Breakfasts were superb with a good mix of cold buffet and hot food always available. Our room had the largest bed we have ever slept in, with a room size to match and good bathroom facilities. Nice to have air-conditioning in an English hotel, and definitely appreciated during August.

The cocktail bar was a very pleasant oasis and I was delighted to be able to have a drink and link to the internet on my PDA using the hotel wi-fi network.

We both recommend this hotel as a base from which to explore Stratford and the surrounding area.

Wonderful break at the Alveston Manor

from rhawley
Booked directly witht the hotel for a short break and got an excellent deal of £102 for myself and my wife for DBB. The room in the old part of the hotel was excellent. Very clean, comfortable and well equipped. Hotel staf were friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The food in the restaurant was very good both at dinner and breakfast although service at breakfast was rather slow. THe hotel is ideally situated in Stratford, only two minutes walk from the centre, yet set in beautiful, peaceful gardens. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel

Top Local Tips for Stratford upon Avon

Great day out Visit Warwick Castle, about 15 mins drive away. Lots to do for every age. They do a wide range of activities particularly at weekends in the season. The museum is very good.

Expect lots of generic brands in terms of shops and restaurants Although not open when we were there, the restaurant Malbec looked very good.

Shakespeare's birthplace Gets very busy - visit early morning


Other names for The Alveston Manor Hotel

  • macdonald alveston manor hotel
  • alveston manor
  • Address: Clopton Bridge - Stratford upon Avon - England - CV37 7HP - United Kingdom
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