The Vibe: Historic and contemporary, with the cosiest of wood-paneled Tudor rooms aligned with vibrant glass-paneled atriums.
The Area: On Chapel Street, dominated by historic half-timbered buildings, in the centre of town. The hotel sits opposite New Place; the house owned and lived in by William Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Theatres are within a two-minute walk while the railway station is a 10-minute walk.
The DNA: Formerly known as The Falcon Hotel, the Grade II listed property which dates back to the early 16th century property has upgraded its internal facilities whilst preserving the heritage of its historic exterior during a comprehensive £13.2 million restoration. There are rural touches in the restaurants and public spaces – the softly lit, wood-panelled Falcon Tearoom and cosy snug with library of books, elegant ‘velvet’ floral-print bucket seats and open fireplaces give the feel of a country house more than a town hotel. A long vestibule links the contemporary reception area at one end of the hotel to the Tudor building but is far from a dull corridor. This is the hub of the hotel; it’s a winter garden-style atrium where relaxed seating overlooks the pretty brick-walled courtyard garden, perfect for summer drinks.
Suite-Me-Up: Rooms come in three different styles. The Tudor and Georgian rooms are based upon the historic nature of the listed building, working with its existing quirks – the rooms are different shapes and sizes, with period features and additional architectural touches not seen in the contemporary rooms, which feature pale grey walls complemented by a deep teal blue Shaker-style wood panel behind a grey- or yellow-checked headboard with colour-coordinated cushions and a velvet-soft quilted bedspread.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 93 rooms (19-23m2) (205-248 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture: Hitchman Stone • interior design: Darling Associates North • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible