Review: Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

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Stratford-upon-Avon is the town of Shakespeare – and of Elizabethan architecture. So where better to stay than in a street full of Tudor buildings, the street where Shakespeare was educated, and where he later bought a house. This is where you will find the Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon, a quirky hotel that combines historic features with 21st century comforts.

Disclosure: The Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon provided a complimentary stay for myself and my husband in return for coverage on this site.

An Imaginative Renovation

The Tudor wing of the Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon was built as a town house around 1500, and became the Falcon Inn in 1661. It was a prestigious building and important meeting place (we know that by the 19th century the Royal Shakespeare Club was holding its annual dinner here).

The Falcon closed in 2014 and, following a long period of renovation, it re-opened as the Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon in 2019. The new hotel is an imaginative juxtaposition of buildings, arranged around a central courtyard and garden area. It incorporates the original Tudor building, a neighbouring Georgian house, and a 1960s extension that was purpose-built for the Falcon Hotel.

The central courtyard of the Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon
The hotel is arranged around a central courtyard

Individually Designed Rooms

In keeping with the Indigo brand, the hotel has been renovated in a manner that is sympathetic to its origins. I stayed in the Tudor section, approaching via stairs and corridors that have been in use for centuries. The room had lattice windows, old beams – and a splendid view across the road to the Guildhall, where Shakespeare went to school.

Wall with wallpaper with classical scenes and four round mirrors covered with images including one that says Will woz here
The rooms have slightly quirky décor!

All rooms in the hotel are individually designed, blending original features with modern comfort and slightly quirky décor. My room was spacious and comfortable, and I appreciated small details like a plate of chocolates and fresh milk in the fridge. And, despite dating from Tudor times, it had super fast wifi!

The Georgian house has high ceilings and, like the Tudor part, the floors are slightly uneven. Whereas the 1960s section of the hotel has lifts, and might be preferable for anyone with mobility issues. The modern rooms are decorated in a contemporary (but still elegant and individualistic) style.

Hotel room with blue walls and chair, a fireplace and small chair and table in the corner. A half timbered building can be seen through the window
A room in the Georgian house (photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon)

Public Spaces And Facilities

Apart from the courtyard garden (which is ideal for an al fresco drink), there is a restaurant, a bar, and lots of small rooms where you can find a quiet spot, even at busy times. We bought drinks and sat in the Snug, where we had the place to ourselves. This was a very comfortable area with easy chairs and shelves of books.

Room with wooden beams on the walls and ceiling. There are antlers on the wall and a round wooden table
One of the public areas in the Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon

Look out for original features in the public areas. The cobbled floor at the front of the Woodsman Restaurant was originally an alleyway, and beside it is a small room with panelling salvaged from Shakespeare’s house.

The hotel has a well-equipped gym, and a limited amount of car parking.

Eating At The Indigo Hotel Stratford Upon Avon

Although independently run, the Woodsman Restaurant is part of the hotel. The menu is game-themed, with mostly meat and fish dishes (vegetarians and vegans should note that their options are limited, with just one vegan option on both starter and main menus). The food was good, and beautifully presented. I particularly enjoyed my rhubarb dessert!

Two dishes from the hotel restaurant, one with fish and creamy sauce and one of rhubarb with ice cream
The food in the Woodsman is beautifully presented

The hotel breakfast was excellent. It had the sort of buffet where I was in serious danger of over-eating, with a range of cold options, including what looked like homemade granola bars and carrot muffins. The hot menu had several choices. There were vegetarian and vegan cooked breakfasts, and plant-based milks were available.

What To See And Do In Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Indigo Hotel Stratford upon Avon is perfectly situated for discovering Shakespeare’s Stratford. The Schoolroom and Shakespeare’s New Place are in the immediate vicinity, and the Birthplace and Royal Shakespeare Theatre are in easy walking distance. Elsewhere in Stratford you can enjoy the Tudor architecture, historic pubs, green spaces and boat trips along the River Avon.

Street with mostly Elizabethan buildings on both sides. There are strings of bunting across the road
The Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon (on the left) is in a street full of Elizabethan buildings

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