Hotel of the week: The Arden, Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire
The star of Stratford’s hotel scene, The Arden’s sophisticated and contemporary take on a boutique hotel has won her admirers from across the globe. With the RSC for a neighbour what theatre goer could ask for more?
Located in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, The Arden Hotel is an elegant and sophisticated 45 bedroom boutique hotel in the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Once the concierge has shown you to your beautifully furnished room, most with views over the magnificent Royal Shakespeare Theatres, you can begin to relax! The chic Waterside Brasserie, stylish Champagne Bar and comfortable lounges offer a range of options for indulging, whilst the exclusive Club Bar, adorned with famous faces from the theatre’s archives, is the perfect place to settle down for an evening of star spotting. If you want to sit al fresco, the sun drenched, all weather terrace overlook both the theatre and River Avon, making your dining experience, to quote the Bard himself, ‘such stuff as dreams are made on’.
The Arden Hotel’s 45 stunning luxury bedrooms combine contemporary design with timeless luxury. The wide range of room options, including classic, superior, deluxe, master and feature rooms, ensures that every need is catered for.
Setting the bar for dining in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Arden Hotel offers an exceptional culinary experience in stylish surroundings. The Champagne Bar creates a stylish and sophisticated venue in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Although part of the Waterside Brasserie, it is a stand-alone attraction in its own right serving a range of outstanding Champagnes by the flute or bottle, or for those who prefer, a tempting array of classic and innovative cocktails.
There’s no better way to enjoy a drink or meal than while watching the world go by. The all-weather terrace is the place to be in the heart of Waterside. With plenty to talk about, whether it’s been a hard day sightseeing or a long day at work, chat over coffee or something stronger, then enjoy full service dining al fresco style.
Behind the scenes the hand-picked kitchen team work hard to ensure each and every customer enjoys exceptional food showcasing the best local seasonal ingredients available and the hotel’s commitment to sustainability, traceability and the environment champions food excellence, introducing our customers to some of the finest artisan producers in Stratford and the bountiful countryside beyond. The menus change frequently to work with nature to create flavoursome dishes brimming with imagination and innovation.
Serving a selection of delicious simple snacks, tempting treats, afternoon teas, freshly brewed coffee and drinks, The Lounge is a great place to start or end your day. Sink into the comfy sofas next to the feature fireplace in vintage surroundings and relax.
The Arden Hotel also offers the Brooke Suite as a private dining option for special celebrations. This tastefully decorated space seats up to 40 guests and has a light airy feel, with doors opening up to a terrace area for sunny summer drinks. The Waterside Brasserie, the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant is also available for exclusive use, as is the sophisticated Club Bar and private terrace overlooking the River Avon.
The Arden Club Bar is an elite chill-out zone in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, offering the ideal space for you to meet, entertain clients or simply unwind in relaxed and exclusive surroundings. A modern take on the old fashioned gentleman’s club, the Club Bar is open from morning coffee right through to late night drinks. Adorned with evocative shots of famous performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company archives, and fitted with an ornate carved and gilded bar, The Club Bar oozes theatricality, invoking the time-honoured pedigree of the world-famous theatre company. The private terrace offers an ideal perch for people watching with excellent views over Waterside and the River Avon.
An absolute bonus for The Arden Hotel is the large carpark right in the heart of Stratford, a complimentary extra for hotel residents which means that the hotel, town and theatre are all within a few minutes’ walk from the minute you park.
The Arden Hotel is part of the Eden Hotel Collection, recent winners of the AA Small Hotel Group of the Year, and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World so you can be assured that your welcome will be warm and standards extremely high.
Address: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BA / 01789 298682