The birthplace of Shakespeare is not short on history, but the Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel -- one of the oldest hotels in town, with a striking Tudor façade -- dates back to the early 17th century. The property has won praise from The Daily Telegraph, which highlights its "old-world charm".
The location is excellent, an 11-minute walk from the train station and close to Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Guild Chapel, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the RSC Tower (the climb is worth it for the views). The River Avon is also a very short walk away. Further out – though still walkable in 23 minutes – is Anne Hathaway's cottage (Shakespeare's future wife), which should not be missed. The 16th-century house is extremely well preserved and very picturesque.
Downstairs, the AA-Rosette-Awarded Marco's New York Italian Restaurant (part of the Marco Pierre White empire) serves its trademark mix of pasta, steak, ribs and handmade pizzas. The hotel also has two bars for a pre- or post-dinner aperitif.
The hotel has plenty of original features, including Tudor-style leaded windows, beams and antique furniture. The bedrooms all have a modern finish, and some have recently been renovated, although the floorboards can be creaky in places. The rooms at the back of the hotel include pretty views over the garden, and all are quiet.
Upgrade to a Privilege Room for free soft drinks in the mini bar and a Nespresso Machine. There are stories about some rooms being haunted, so make a note of this at booking if you are concerned. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
From the press:
Top-of-the-range Mercure with plenty of old-world charm" -- The Daily Telegraph
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Parking (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Fee for buffet breakfast: GBP 15.5 per person (approximately)
Self parking fee: GBP 10.00 per night
Pet fee: GBP 10.00 per pet, per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Stratford-upon-Avon train station is less than a mile from the hotel and is easily walkable.
For those driving, leave the M40 at Junction 15 for Warwickshire and follow the signs for Stratford-Upon-Avon, then take the A46 to Chapel Street. There is a small on-site car park, with spaces allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (extra charge applies). If the hotel car park is full, the hotel can provide discounted parking at the nearby NCP car park; a discount voucher is available from reception.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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