The Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Alveston Manor Hotel
Not a recommended alternativefrom Steve from Bristol
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
Above average for mefrom Jings999
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.
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 Averagefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Suited our every need.from dragehi
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 herefrom bbk109
Too many contrastsfrom Rally_Traveller
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 Stratfordfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Manorfrom rhawley
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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