Shakespeare’s England has always had an impressive selection of hotels. But this year it’s set to get even better with several of the region’s hotels undertaking – or recently completing – major refurbishment programmes.

The former Holiday Inn in Stratford-upon-Avon has undergone a total makeover to transform it into a Crowne Plaza hotel. Set amid landscaped gardens beside the River Avon, the hotel has had all 259 bedrooms upgraded and enhanced, along with the public areas.

1st November 2016 saw The Eden Hotel Collection open the doors to its latest venture: Arden House. This intimate 10-bedroom boutique hotel is a sister property to the well-established The Arden Hotel next door – offering a relaxed home-from-home atmosphere with dedicated ‘house hosts’ who provide a 24-hour service.

Mallory Court will extend its offering by opening an Élan Spa in March. Boasting the latest energy efficiency and a state-of-the-art design in keeping with the main listed building, the luxury spa will have a separate entrance from the hotel to enhance the secluded setting.

Hotel du Vin has announced plans to open a new 48-bedroom hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, which will be the chain’s second property in the Midlands. Facilities will include a Bistro du Vin, meeting and private dining rooms, plus a banqueting room with capacity to seat 80.

Meanwhile, Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel will reveal its brand new suite. It will also be undertaking a full refurbishment of the 11 bedrooms in the Manor House – recreating their original Tudor style features – and the 94 rooms in the modern extension.

So with all these exciting developments, there’s never been a better time to plan a short break or longer holiday in Shakespeare’s England. Even if you don’t fancy staying in a hotel, we have lots of different types of places to stay, including family-run guesthouses, B&Bs and self-catering options.

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