I don’t know if you have ever Hotel hopped before but it is pretty full on, however saying that it is also very exciting and like the great Forrest Gump says, “life is a box of chocolates you just never know what you are going to get next.”
We arrived at the Stratford Manor to be met by Adam the operations manager, who trust me is a man on a mission. He and the team had arranged an action packed 24 hours for us to ensure we got to see the best of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Between the Stratford Manor and The Stratford they really had covered all bases.
Everything in the hotel is on a large-scale. It was so geared up for families and has lots of open space inside and out.The Stratford Manor in is acres of land and is a vast hotel, huge in fact.
The rooms are little plainer than some of the other hotels, yet still clean and very comfortable. The boys were thrilled as they were treated with treats and hot chocolate and marshmallows for bedtime. What really touched me was that Adam had left Jack a few bottles of lucozade with a note on.
It’s lovely that Q Hotels really try to get to know their guests and cater for their needs. Lucozade in case you don’t know is perfect for hypos. Fortunately this has only happened a couple of times in 4 years. But we always have to be prepared just in case. Adam thank you so much for the lovely thought.
Once we had unpacked we headed of to our activities, Chris and the boys to archery lessons (The Stratford Archery Centre is situated within the grounds of the hotel) and myself to the spa for a full body massage which I can honestly say was bliss, thank you so much Lottie.
I floated out of the spa to meet up with Chris and the boys, who were still discussing who was the best at Archery. It seems Joe is at Robin Hood standard whereas Jack disagreed. They had really enjoyed themselves but could not agree on who was the overall winner.
From here we spent some time in the games room, the games room was great and set out with a Wii, giant connect 4 and jenga along with colouring tables, board games and water should you need a drink. I must say when I first saw the room I didn’t think it would be the boy’s cup of tea at all. How wrong could I be?
They spend some time over a game of connect 4, then progressed onto a very serious game of jenga, which seemed to take ages but they were totally engaged and even resorted to distraction tactics to knock each other off-balance.
I will be honest after the spa I was too relaxed to get changed for dinner so we retreated to the bar where Chris and I enjoyed a glass of wine whilst we played top trumps and talked about our last couple of days. We got so comfy in our little corner of the bar that we ended up ordering a bar snack. I ordered the steak burger, which I must say, was delicious.
Breakfast the next morning was a busy yet very well organised and the staff were so attentive, totally committed to ensuring everyone in the restaurant was happy, and ensured there was a contest flow of much-needed coffee.
So what does the Stratford Manor have to offer families? Space and lots of it, kids love space don’t they and this is a place those walky talkies really came in handy. Like in all the Q Hotels we have visited so far children are welcomed with open arms, there is even a giant bowl of sweets on receptions, to be honest they had Joe from that point on ha ha.
The games room is a great addition as it the pool which the Joe loved. And the archery was a huge winner with the Christie boys. Thank you all at the StratfordManor for an action packed 24 yours we really enjoyed our stay with you.