Last weekend, we spent a rare, childfree night at the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel. Our first impressions were great – the building is just beautifully grand from the front, the reception staff were friendly and helpful and traditional interior was adorned with stained glass windows and wooden beams.
However, while on our way to our room, the hotel did begin to look a bit tired as we moved away from reception. The room was also a little underwhelming. From the website pictures, we expected something a bit grander as lots of the rooms had 4 poster beds and majestic decor. Having said that, it was well equipped with a fridge, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, tv and toiletries. And the bed was enormous – and SO comfy! Our room was quite a walk away from reception but there was a wedding on at the hotel so this actually served us well as we didn’t hear a thing from the celebrations!
We couldn’t fault location of the hotel, just a five minute walk to Stratford centre with tons to do: lovely gift shops, boat rides, theatres, river etc. There’s also a Little Waitrose just across the road which is well stocked and handy for any forgotten essentials.
During our stay at Alveston Manor, we made use of the hotel restaurant. Our meal was absolutely delicious and came to about £64 for two course. The menu was quite small but some great options, although you might be a bit stuck if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. I massively recommend the creme brûlée though!!
But the piece de resistance was definitely the breakfast…. the hotel really came into its own. Included in the room price were the mouth-watering pastries (the pain au chocolate were to die for!), cereals, fruits, juice. As soon as we go to our table we ordered tea, coffee and toast. The main menu then gave some great options for a cooked breakfast. Charlie had the Macdonald Breakfast, which looked incredible and I opted for eggs Benedict. It was amazing. I’d even go so far as to say it was the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever had. Scrap that, the best breakfast I’ve ever had.
Overall, although I had initial doubts upon first arrival at our room at the Alveston Manor, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were especially won over by the comfy bed and delicious restaurant food. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the air-conditioned rooms were an absolute God-send during the heatwave!
Fancy a seaside stay instead? Check out our review of Palmeira Court in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.