Stratford upon Avon

Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

Amy Lindsay
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Why We Love This Hotel

  • An early 17th-century, Tudor-style hotel with bags of character 
  • Excellent location -- within walking distance of all the sights
  • Has an AA Rosette-Awarded restaurant 
  • Upgraded Privilege Rooms have free soft drinks in the mini bar


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 fa?ade -- 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.

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  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 11am

Know Before You Go

  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • 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 13.5 for adults and GBP 9.50 for children (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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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