Hotel du Vin is a great anchor point to celebrate William Shakespeare’s cultural contribution and admire Tudor architecture in Stratford-upon-Avon town. It is stylish and chic and fitted with all the modern conveniences. Rooms are good-sized. This conveniently located hotel is also children and dog-friendly.
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This hotel is the result of a £5m extension and conversion of two Grade-II listed Georgian townhouses in 2018 by award-winning interior design firm Dexter Moren Associates (dextermoren.com).
Hotel du Vin is part of the Fraser Hospitality Group, the company behind the stylish Malmaison Hotels.
Where is it?
Conveniently located. Right in the heart of Shakespeare’s town, Stratford-upon-Avon, but yet quiet as it is just outside main thoroughfare.
Hotel du Vin is a short walk to many of the key attractions: Shakespeare’s Birthplace (5 mins), Royal Shakespeare Theatre (7 mins), Shakespeare’s New Place (5 mins), Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall (5 mins), Tudor World (5 mins), The MAD Museum (5 mins) and Stratford Butterfly Farm (13 mins).
Stratford-upon-Avon also boasts a number of high-quality restaurants and bars, including the Michelin starred Salt by Paul Foster (salt-restaurant.co.uk) – all within walking distance from the hotel.
100 miles northwest, or 2 hour drive from Central London. Perfect for a weekend getaway.
What are the rooms like?
There are 46 good-sized rooms and suites at Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon. No two rooms are the same, each have been individually designed, decorated and named instead of numbered.
All rooms carry a modern chic design with a relaxed pensive mood. The walls are painted in a moody colour palette of dark navy, maroon, burgundy and green palette and matched with dark oak furniture and Shakespeare-inspired modern art pieces. The mood is completed with low lighting. Though, we did wish the lights were dimmable for more practical moments.
All suites and bedrooms are adorned with super soft Sealy mattress, luxurious feather & down pillows and duvet and equipped with modern necessities like air-conditioning, Bluetooth music device from Ruark, Lavazza espresso machine, 40″ Samsung HD TV, powerful hairdryer, vanity mirror, luxury bathrobes and lovely L’Occitane toiletries.
The bathrooms are spacious with powerful walk-in rainfall showers and beautiful white metro tiles.
The rooms and suites are tiered: “Classic Double”, “Deluxe Balcony Double”, “Junior Suite”, “Suite” and “Signature Suite”.
Are there family-friendly rooms?
The Signature Suite named Belle Epoque has a chaise lounge which can be converted into a sofa bed.
Cots are available for free but rollaway or extra beds for older children are not available. Must be booked in advance of arrival.
Most rooms will accommodate 3 people including up to 2 children.
How are the dining options?
The smart in-house restaurant, Bistro du Vin, on the ground floor of the hotel is a well-rated dining establishment. It serves up classic French and modern British favourites like onion soup, chicken liver parfait, cheese fondue, steak & fries, mussels & fries, haddock & king prawn gratin as well as crème brûlée to finish. The dishes may not be innovative, but they are well made. The glitzy Art Deco gold tin ceiling adds a touch of flair.
In addition to that, there are a number of high-quality restaurants and bars, including the Michelin starred Salt by Paul Foster (salt-restaurant.co.uk) within walking distance from the hotel. No need to think about who is driving home after dinner.
What is there to do in the hotel?
Enjoy a glass of Kir Royal in the cosy bar or bask with a Coconut Rum Punch in the large courtyard during the warm summer days. Apart from extensive liquor and cocktail menu (£9.50 to £12.50 per cocktail), as with the restaurant, there is a comprehensive selection of good value wine from old and new world producers (£21.95 to £56 per bottle).
This hotel doesn’t have a gym. Why not head down to River Avon for a riverside run?
Is there a spa?
Who are the patrons?
As one of the more expensive, but still good value hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, it is popular with well heeled Londoners on a weekend getaway. It’s contemporary design and vibrant bar attracts trendy young couples. The larger than normal rooms are a godsend for families with young children.
Apart from hotel guests, its gorgeous alfresco bar and restaurant also attracts a fair number of non-resident guests.
Are they pet friendly?
Fairly. Well behaved dogs over 1 year old are allowed in rooms and outdoor sitting area of the bistro and bar. A surcharge of £20 per night is payable for this privilege. Do note that not all rooms are suitable for dogs, hence please do check with the hotel before booking.