Hotel du Vin is a luxury hotel brand with branches all over the UK. Known across the board for their ‘wine walls’, charm, and great quality of customer service, here’s a review of the Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon, the newest offering from the boutique chain.
A brief history of the Hotel du Vin
Synonymous with comfort and luxury, each of the Hotel du Vin branches is housed within historic buildings which have been curated, updated and carefully renovated to reflect modern times (and needs). The closest boutique Hotel du Vin to my house is that of Exeter, and the accommodation itself is housed in a former eye hospital!
As such, I’ve always been curious as to what it’s like to stay in one of these quirky places, and on my recent trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace, I was able to sample one of the Hotel du Vin’s offerings for myself. Housed within a building first constructed in 1798, the hotel is a structure which has seen plenty of functions over the years.
A WWII Doctor’s Surgery, the town registry office, and even a Gentleman’s Club: this set of Georgian-era buildings have seen almost as much history and variation over time as the town itself! Today, while the structure remains a Grade II listed building, the hotel has all the modern comforts you could expect from such an accommodation.
The Room at Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon
Comfortable and welcoming: we stayed in the new extension addition of the older building. The decor was modern in style, all aubergine, forest green, and mustard highlights. Amenities in the rooms included a coffee making machine, speedy WiFi, plug sockets by the bed, and a desk, as well as complimentary water.
In total, there are 46 rooms and suites in Stratford, each slightly unique in decoration. And when it came to comfort, I found that I ended up sleeping really well. And I don’t think it’s just because I’d only slept an hour the night before… Instead, the duvet was so soft and fluffy that I wish I’d been able to take it home with me!
Dining at Bistro du Vin
Of course, after the bedroom and the location of the accommodation, one of the most important features of any hotel is its food and drink offerings. And I’m pleased to say that the Hotel du Vin offered up some pretty tasting dining experiences in the form of French dining.
During our stay at the accommodation, we sampled both dinner and breakfast at the hotel (which also serves lunch). While breakfast was served buffet-style with a hot menu table service accompaniment, dinner was a three-course affair enjoyed over the course of several hours.
For breakfast, I enjoyed a full spread of toasts, fruits, several piping hot coffees and one of the best poached eggs on avocado toasts I’ve ever eaten. When it came to dinner, as a vegetarian, I enjoyed the mushroom starter but found the main (a stuffed tomato) to be a little on the soggy side of things. That being said, the wine offerings were delicious (and I couldn’t help but wish I had my very own wine wall back home!)
Communal areas at the Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon
There are several communal spaces dotted around the ground floor of the hotel; a cosy lounge area, a dining area which is used for various meals throughout the day, as well as a terrace area where you can sit outside and enjoy cocktails or coffees with friends.
Oe thing worth bearing in mind is that, unfortunately, car parking is not available on site and nearby car parks do tend to err on the more expensive side of things. If you’re looking to stay for more than 24 hours, then the next tariff up is £20 (for a 72 hour period in a nearby parking spot)!
Things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Birthplace of the Bard himself (AKA William Shakespeare), there are plenty of things to fill your time in Stratford-upon-Avon over the course of several days. Some of the best things to do in the area include indulging in all of the foodie experiences on offer, as well as soaking up the local history.
Follow the William Shakespeare trail: From the house where Shakespeare was born, to the church when the storyteller is now buried, there’s no shortage of Shakespeare locations in the town. Highlights include Nash’s House (home to Shakespeare’s granddaughter), and the Holy Trinity Church (where Shakespeare is now interred).
Mary Arden’s House & Palmer’s Farm: A short trip away from the city centre, Mary Arden’s house is where William’s mother grew up, and is undoubtedly where the Shakespeare family sought refuge from the Black Plague when it struck Stratford-upon-Avon.
I stayed at Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon Complimentary as part of a Shakespeare’s England foodie press trip. However, all opinions, photos, and words remain my own!