|European Extravaganza 2019|
After a great 4 days in Oxford and in the Cotswolds (which I really recommend renting a car and visiting), I found myself in the vicinity of Stratford Upon Avon, where we were to spend 2 days exploring this town famed for being Shakespeares’ birthplace.
Having stayed in a lovely Airbnb cottage the past few days, I picked out the Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon, which is to be my family’s first experience on being a Hilton Diamond member.
The Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon is located off the M40, and is a short 10-15 minute drive to Stratford-upon-Avon. There is actually a Doubletree by Hilton in Stratford-upon-Avon itself, but I decided against it because it was priced at more than 3 times for the rate I got at Hilton Warwick, and at that time, my family was deciding if we were going to visit Warwick Castle as well, closer to Hilton Warwick. I have heard good things about the Doubletree in Stratford-upon-Avon, and will look to review it in the future.
My family received a warm welcome into Hilton Warwick slightly before evening. My first impression was that the compound was huge, and this was more of a business rather than family hotel. You could tell with the number of exhibition halls and business centers. At the lobby, you could find a restaurant/bar, along with a separate breakfast area. A gym was also located on the ground floor.
The staff on duty, Martha, noted my Hilton Diamond Status and informed me they have acceded to my request of having connecting rooms along with a sofa so that we could have a seating area as a family. Martha also informed me that I would have complimentary parking and complimentary drink vouchers in the absence of an executive lounge. She offered to have someone assist me with our luggage, I gleefully agreed.
We were assigned Clubrooms 342 and 343, which was a surprising long walk deep into the hotel. From the exterior and furniture, you could tell the age of the establishment. It was one of the older hotels I have visited in the Hilton portfolio. Having said that, it was cosy and the spaces were larger than usual.
The clubrooms were spacious and a working desk was present in each room. A thoughtful table for grooming was also present. There is also a welcome snack basket that was specially prepared, which is always an appreciated gesture. The snack basket had British chips, yogurt peanuts, energy bars, and was replenished daily.
As usual, you could customise your pillows according to your preference. Standard amenities from Crabtree & Evelyn were provided, a brand I have really grown a liking for.
My family then went down for a drink. You had the usual options of spirits, wine, beer, juice. I settled for a good old Guinness stout.
Since we stayed over the weekend, breakfast was available from 7am-11am. On both days, we found the seating area to be rather empty, my guess is that occupancy rate was only around 30%.
Breakfast options were widespread, with 3 separate sections; one for hot food, including waffles and pancakes, one for fresh fruits, yogurts and drinks, one for salads. The wild mushrooms and fresh yogurt mixed with honey and fruits were easily my favourites.
The Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon was a convenient base to explore Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, with the slightly further Birmingham an option as well. A special mention to Martha who made my stay pleasant with the additional amenities provided! Although not glitzy and glamorous compared to the other hotels, it is a practical and cosy hotel. It is also a convenient 1 hour drive to Oxford, which we took as our train back to London was departing from Oxford. All in all, a good stay, my family loved it, a pleasant start to the plethora of Hilton properties we were going to explore together.