Fodor's Expert Review Mercure Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

Chapel St., Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6ER, England

Built in the 1400s, this Elizabethan town house in the heart of Stratford is a vision right out of The Merry Wives of Windsor, with its nine gables and long, stunning, black-and-white half-timber facade. Its restaurant, bar, and lounge have blackened beams and a pleasantly aged look, and the intelligently modernized interiors provide a touch of luxury. Take heed the warning notice, though: "numerous stairs, sloping corridors, and low ceilings!" Hewn timbers carved with rose-and-thistle patterns decorate some of the rooms, which are furnished in greens, burgundies, and golds. The hotel’s restaurant is run by celebrity-chef Marco Pierre White with an emphasis on New York–inspired Italian food. Off-season deals are worth asking about.

PROS

  • historic building
  • relaxing lounge
  • great food

CONS

  • some very small bedrooms
  • fee for parking
  • a bit dated in places

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Casual
Central
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01789-294997

HOTEL DETAILS

78 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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