See our picks for the most charming boutique hotels in the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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The White Swan Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

Although fully renovated in 2012, The White Swan -- one of the most charming boutique hotels in central Stratford-upon-Avon -- retains much of its 15th-century character. The 41 rooms are all stylish and homey; Character Rooms are housed in the oldest part of the building and have original exposed wooden beams and other unique features, such as brick fireplaces, carved wood headboards and desks, and elegant leather touches. The historic pub -- with its original 16th-century frescoes, cozy all-wood decor, and working fireplaces -- is the hotel's centerpiece, and is popular among locals and guests alike.


The Arden Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

Centrally located in Stratford-upon-Avon's historic center, this upscale 45-room hotel is surrounded by buildings associated with Shakespeare. Most of the stylish rooms have views of the theaters (the hotel is opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre), and all have quality duvet-topped king beds, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, Nespresso machines, a wide array of Espa toiletries, and mini-fridges stocked with water and milk. The hotel has a popular brasserie, two bars, and a lounge with classic afternoon tea service. 


The Townhouse

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The 12-room Church Street Townhouse is a charming upper-mid-range boutique hotel with a hopping bar and chic interiors. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and mini-fridges. The on-site restaurant serves an international menu with many gluten-free options (including beers), and the small bar is popular among locals for its lively piano evenings and weekly Champagne happy hours. Its location right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon makes it an ideal pick for those interested in exploring the historic center. Light sleepers may want to request a room on a higher floor, as the bar can get loud in the evenings. 


Billesley Manor Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The 72-room Billesley Manor is a historic upper-mid-range hotel set a short drive from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Traditional English interiors with oak panelling, tapestries, and open fires lend the property an elegant yet homey feel. Most rooms are stately, with canopy or four-poster beds, rich fabrics, and modern amenities, but Standard Rooms are a little plain, and some are showing some wear and tear. The restaurants are known for their seasonal menus and intimate vibe, and the fitness center has group classes and an indoor pool, a rarity in historic properties in the region.


Stratford Limes Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The 30-room Stratford Limes Hotel is a cute family-run property located a five-minute drive from Stratford-upon-Avon’s historic center. Although decor is a little generic for a boutique hotel, rooms are warm and comfortable, with nice beds, flat-screen TVs, and electric kettles. A small bar and a cozy breakfast room are the only amenities, but freebies such as on-site parking, Wi-Fi, and continental or full English breakfast add value.