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 Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon 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