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Stratford-upon-Avon Best Western Grosvenor Hotel

Mixed feelings about Best Western Grosvenor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. In its favor, it's an old building well restored, with several very attractive public sitting room-library areas to get in out of the tourist hubbub. Not so good, our room was at the end of many long corridors with multiple twists & turns. The room itself was very, very nice, though.

Stratford-upon-Avon is expensive, granted. You'll pay a lot for a decent place to stay. And the prevailing attitude among everyone we encountered was kind of like, "We know tourists all come here because we have Shakespeare and no other town does, so we don't have to go out of our way to be friendly." Not that they were unfriendly; you could just feel a sort of tourism fatigue (and this was in the springtime, before the main tourist season). It was a whole different experience from the small-town Cotswolds charm I remember from being there 50 years ago with my parents.

All right, back to Best Western Grosvenor Hotel: It has its own car park (free for hotel guests) and is located on the Warwick road which leads straight out of town to the main motorway. It's an easy walk to the tourist info office where the hop-on, hop-off bus tours originate.

We had confusion over breakfast. We were told breakfast didn't start until 8 AM, and we needed to leave early (6:30 AM) so we weren't going to book for breakfast. Then the young woman at the desk said they could give us a breakfast box and asked what time. We said 6 AM. Great, right?

Well, next morning there we were all packed up, sitting with our luggage, looking at the clock and down the corridor to see when it was going to come. Finally at 6:30 we called the front desk and were told we were supposed to pick it up ourselves. Not wanting to eat in the car, we went and got it from the desk and set up to eat in our room. It consisted of an apple, a ham & cheese sandwich with mayonnaise, and a muffin per person. It didn't come with any coffee or tea so we had to use the kettle in our room to make our own beverages. Didn't ruin our day, but it was a bit annoying.

If visiting Stratford-upon-Avon again, I might avoid staying there and look instead for a hotel in a neighboring town, perhaps Warwick.

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I stayed in Warwick a few years ago. I arrived by train and stayed in a b&b. There is regular bus service around that area. I visited Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon, and a couple of Cotswold villages from Warwick. Of course, Warwick has its famous castle.

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@Swan, your visit based in Warwick sounds lovely.

I can imagine using the buses to get around the area would be more relaxing than driving, even if you had a rental car.