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THE ARDEN, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon

At-a-Glance Guide

45 bdrms inc 3 suites
2 bars, brasserie, private dining
gardens, terrace
car parking
B&B from £129 per dble rm
Check in / out: 2pm / 11am

THE ARDEN, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon


The main house of The Arden Hotel, Udimore House, dates from the mid- to late-17th Century. On this site earlier than that stood an Elizabethan building named Brooke House – the foundations of which were, at one time, owned by a John Shakespeare. He was the father of William Shakespeare, who is reputed to have written some of his works in the garden of Brooke House. The ‘Elizabethan Knot Garden’ created for The Arden Hotel was inspired by the original garden which would have been found on the site in Shakespeare’s time.


The Arden Hotel, once part of the Flowers Brewery estate, has been leased by the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1965. More recently, the RSC entered a partnership with the Eden Hotel Collection. The RSC has donated a number of original character sketches from its past productions to The Arden, and these can be seen on display in the main building, Udimore House.
A multi-million pound refurbishment has turned this property into a stylish, elegant boutique- style, luxury hotel. It is one of eight hotels in The Eden Hotel Collection - winners of the ‘AA Small Hotel Group of the Year’ 2014-2015. features all eight - use the search box above to see them listed.


If you are coming to Stratford-upon-Avon for an RSC production, you will not find a more conveniently located hotel than this one, which is immediately across the road from the theatres. Furthermore, the hotel’s exclusive Club Bar – for residents and members only – which oozes theatricality and serves drinks late into the night, is perfect for post-theatre debates and an after-dinner nightcap. You are also well-placed at The Arden for exploring Shakespeare country, historic Warwick and, a little further afield, the Cotswolds and the Vale of Evesham.
The Arden is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

These make an ideal gift for a birthday or anniversary, for Christmas or Valentine's Day, and a delightful way to say ‘thank you’ to a client, reward an employee, or simply give someone a treat.
The GIFT VOUCHERS are available for purchase at £25, £50, £100, £250 or £300, and can be used at any hotel in the Eden Hotel Collection* for a variety of experiences - a Champagne afternoon tea on the terrace, a luxury weekend away, an award-winning chef’s master class or a relaxing spa mini break.
*All eight hotels in the Collection are featured on - put Eden Hotel Collection in the search box above to see them listed.


You can sink into a comfy sofa in the lounge, or relax outdoors on the all-weather terrace.

At the chic Champagne Bar, you can choose from a range of outstanding champagnes, served by the flute or by the bottle, or enjoy a classic or contemporary cocktail.

The exclusive Club Bar is something very different: a modern take on the old-fashioned gentleman’s club, solely for residents and members. Sumptuously furnished, and adorned with photographs of famous performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company archives, and open until late, it’s the perfect place to come for post-performance drinks, and also serves wines, aperitifs, and coffee. Club Bar membership entitles you to exclusive benefits and offers, including 10% off food and drink, ‘Social Season’ events, and room rates at the Arden Hotel, as well as priority advance bookings. You will also receive two exclusive one-off vouchers for one night’s complimentary B&B stay for two guests, and one day-delegate free when booking a meeting for 12 or more people. Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to request Club Bar Membership details, terms and conditions..

The Waterside Brasserie offers mouth-watering modern British dishes, in relaxed, stylish surroundings. A selection of snack, cakes and infusions is served all day long in the Lounge area. When weather permits, food and drinks are also served on the all-weather terrace outdoors.

Each of the 45 luxurious bedrooms has its own unique character and décor, and those in the older parts of the hotels are styled to reflect the history and character of the buildings. All rooms feature elegant furnishings, supremely comfortable beds, flat-screen digital TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi Internet connection and fully tiled, marble bathrooms. Each also has a personal drinks fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a room-safe, direct-dial telephone, a hairdryer, bathrobes and luxury toiletries. The three suites have partner showers, roll-top baths and beautiful river views.

Classic rooms have double beds and a shower in the en-suite bathroom.
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Superior are available with a king-size bed or twin beds, on request. The bathroom has a shower over the bathtub.
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The spacious Deluxe rooms are available with a king-size bed or twin beds, on request. Bathrooms have a separate bathtub and walk-in shower.
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Master bedrooms offer spacious accommodation with a comfortable sitting area, and king-size beds. Bathrooms feature a separate, walk-in rainfall shower as well as a bathtub.
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Feature Suites are the largest and most luxurious rooms, with a king-size bed and a seating area. Bathrooms have a roll-top tub and a separate, ‘partner’ shower.
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SUMMER WITH EDEN STAY - from £209 for 2
Where better for a relaxing summer break? Offer includes strawberries & cream with a glass of fizz, an award-winning three-course dinner, an overnight stay in a Superior room and full English breakfast. Offer price is £209 per room (Sundays to Thursdays); £229 per room (Fridays and Saturdays). Offer is subject to availability. Offer valid from June 1 until September 17 2017.

Stay at our special Sunday night rate, inclusive of full English breakfast and a lazy 1pm checkout, when you take two courses from our lunch or dinner menu (two courses from £15pp). Offer price is from £95 per room. Offer subject to availability with certain dates unavailable.

Enjoy flowers, choclates and a bottle of champagne on arrival, a three-course dinner in the Waterside Brassierie, overnight accommodation and full English breakfast the following morning. Offer price is from £305 per couple. Offer subject to availability.

On this super break, you will spend your first evening at The Arden Hotel, and your second at at Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa. Package includes overnight accommodation in a Superior room at The Arden, and in a Superior Deluxe room in Orchard House, Mallory Court's brand new Spa building; full English breakfast each following morning; pre-theatre starter and main course plus post-theatre dessert in The Arden's Waterside Brasserie; two theatre tickets and a programme on the first evening; dinner (to the value of £30pp) in Mallory Court's Brasserie on the second evening; plus a £15pp spa voucher* to use towards any full-priced spa treatment at Elan Spa (*1 spa voucher only per treatment) during your stay. following morning. Offer is subject to availability and unavailable on certain dates. Offer price is £595 based on two people sharing. Offer valid April 18 until December 23 2017. Theatre tickets may be non-refundable.

The Arden’s landscaped gardens include an Elizabethan Knot Garden, created in the style that would have been found on the site in William Shakespeare’s day. His father owned the foundations of an earlier house which once stood here, and it is reputed that the Shakespeare wrote some of his works in the garden.

The Arden is licensed for civil weddings, which can be held in a number of locations, from the intimate Lounge, or the Club Bar with private terrace - each of which can take up to 15 guests - to the larger Brooke Suite, which has French windows opening onto a terrace – and can take up to 40 guests. For larger weddings at the Arden Hotel, a marquee in the hotel grounds can be arranged, for a maximum of 80-100 guests. To hold a marquee wedding, exclusive use must be taken of the hotel.
When booking a civil ceremony you will need to liaise with both the Stratford Registry Office and The Arden Hotel to ensure the required dates and times are available to you. Please note a separate fee is payable to the registrar.
Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to request further information on wedding prices, packages and possibilities.

The Arden Hotel has a town-centre location with a large private residents’ car park, and is suitable for mini-conferences, board meetings, training seminars and away-days. The air-conditioned, ground-floor Brooke Suite benefits from natural daylight, and has an integrated, 55-inch, HD television and presentation screen. It can hold up to 40 delegates theatre-style, or 25 in boardroom-style, and 35 for a private dinner. For larger events, there is space for a marquee in the hotel’s landscaped grounds.
Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to request further information from the Events team.

The Arden is easily reached by road, and has a large car park. Whether travelling from the North or the South, leave the M40 at Junction 15, and take the A46 then the A3400. (Sat Nav CV37 6BE)

Stratford train station is 1 mile from the hotel. Coventry airport is 19 miles away, Birmingham airport is 26 miles away.

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