Situated just off Clopton bridge in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel is a beautiful historic hotel in Warwickshire.
We were lucky enough to get to stay in the hotel this past weekend during our visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, and we weren’t disappointed. As a major draw for tourists, Stratford-upon-Avon has its fair share of places to stay, but none we came across were as unique as the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel. Because it is set off on its own grounds, you feel as though you are really escaping the outside world and getting your own Shakespearean oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle.
In fact, you can’t really turn a corner in Stratford-upon-Avon without stumbling into something Shakespeare saw, touched, or looked at. Check out this guide to all-things Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon for the full rundown.
With 113 rooms inside, there is plenty of space to find a spot that’s perfect for you or to host a large event on its grounds. The rooms range from their “classic” option to their “feature” rooms with views of the gardens out back. There was a wedding happening the day I checked out and the hotel easily absorbed the hoards of people coming through the front doors ready to party.
Our room itself, number 216 in the more modern wing, was spotlessly clean and I had been left a small box of chocolates and a nice greeting card. There is no picture of the chocolates because of how fast they were eaten, but you’ll have to take my word that they were tasty. The bed was comfortable (as evidenced by me making lumps in the comforter after rolling around on it in the below picture), and a complimentary newspaper and large bottle of still water were left in the room for guests.
The real joy in the hotel is its courtyard. There are tables and chairs set up for you to enjoy the sunshine and have a bite to eat, but you can also opt for a bench more immediately overlooking the gardens. The colors pop against the blue sky background, and it’s suddenly easy to see why it’s a popular choice for weekend travelers.
When you need a break from walking around town, you have included access to the hotel swimming pool, sauna, and gym. There is also a spa with treatments you can book, as well as other classes and activities through the leisure centre.
We went swimming the morning of our check-out and found the pool plenty big with nice bright windows. The changing rooms were also clean and MASSIVE, which I love as it allows for maximum privacy.
The gym overlooks the swimming pool and has everything you would realistically want in a hotel gym. I have to be honest and say we skipped the gym in favor of stuffing our faces at breakfast, but if you’re a more disciplined person than I am, you’re all set.
Breakfast is included in many of the bookings, which is another bonus for those of us who like to gorge ourselves before starting the day. They serve a ‘help yourself’ hot and cold breakfast, with options like fried eggs, beans, tomatoes, “Scottish pancakes,” oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, toast, croissants, and sausage. The only thing I’d have loved to see are some hashbrowns.
The interior of the restaurant is lovely and the presentation of the food was also well thought-out. This is not a ‘grab and go’ stale-bread breakfast. It’s a substantial and full, fresh meal. Win!
The hotel also serves lunch and dinner, which are most popular at the weekends. The staff will also help recommend local places to eat out if you’re in the mood to explore.
From the check-in desk to the breakfast servers, the staff at the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel were incredibly nice and helpful. When I arrived, the computer system was down at the check-in desk which could have been a recipe for mass chaos, but the staff remained pleasant and tried to help the best they could despite the number of people trying to get their attention.
While I was waiting, I took a spot in their lounge and witnessed the very attentive waiters who were helping a table behind me with their afternoon tea.
On check out, the woman who checked me in recognized me and said hello, while another staff member provided me with a map and showed me how to get to my next destination.
How to Get There
If you’re driving, the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel has parking for 5 pounds per night, but it may be easiest to come via train. The hotel is about a 20 minute walk from the train station, so pack light. That being said, the walk takes you right through the heart of the town and passes by in no time. I walked it carrying a backpack and suitcase on my shoulder, and I did have to stop a few times because I overpacked like the tourist I am, but there was always something neat to look at while I readjusted so don’t let the walk deter you. You can also easily book yourself a taxi from the train station.
Pricing and How to Book
You can book your room directly through the hotel’s website, or through a booking aggregate. The benefit of booking directly through their website is a nifty calendar that shows you what the prices look like depending on your time of visit. If your timing is flexible, this could save you a lot.
The prices will vary based on what type of room you prefer and the time of year you stay (peak season for many UK hotels will be the summer months when everyone emerges to soak up the sunshine for a split second!)
You can also check out their Short Break Packages page, which combines a few offerings into a bundle for you to experience a stress-free weekend getaway.
Thanks to the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel for providing our stay!