HOTEL Indigo in Stratford-upon-Avon, formerly The Falcon Hotel, will open its doors on 25th February after a multi-million pound major restoration project.
The Grade 2 listed historic building, which dates back to the 16th century, has been painstakingly restored over an 20-month period and is the biggest refurbishment in the hotel’s long history.
Initially it was hoped the hotel could remain open whilst the extensive works were carried out, but due to the sheer scale of the project, the hotel closed its doors in December 2017.
Stepnell, the Warwickshire-based construction contractors, have stripped back every part of the building to its barest form for the restoration. As a listed building, like had to be replaced with like, and every feature that could be retained has been, including many of the original oak beams which date back to 1622.
Stepnell also carried out the major works to the Globe Theatre in London.
The original property was a private dwelling for 150 years after it was built before it became a hostelry. Over the years it took on many forms, including several as private properties. Its latest chapter forms the individual and fascinating Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon.
Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike. Each is designed to uniquely reflect the local culture, character and history of the surrounding area.
The unique boutique hotel (no two hotels in the group are alike) features 93 guest rooms designed on three themes, each inspired by the history and locality of the town – the Georgian Townhouse, the Tudor Rooms and the Contemporary Rooms, which are built in the newer wing. Of the 93 rooms, 76 are standard rooms, two are accessible, 12 are superior and three are suites. All rooms are equipped with Hypnos beds with luxury Egyptian cotton linen, spa-inspired bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, high-speed Wi-Fi and a variety of channels on a 40” flat screen TV.
Also within the hotel is The Woodsman restaurant.
Mike Robinson, who owns London’s only Michelin starred pub, The Harwood Arms, is excited about bringing the best of British seasonal ingredients to Stratford.
The Restaurant, with its own entrance off Church Street, will ‘celebrate honest British food with theatre.’ The best wild and farmed ingredients are being sourced from the local area and Mike even harvests the wild deer and game from the Cotswolds for the Woodsman kitchen. All of the meat will be used nose to tail and hung in the ageing room.
Head Chef Jon Coates will serve delicious flame grilled and roasted meat, fish and local vegetables from his open kitchen.
Simon Hall, General Manager, said “Through significant investment, St James Hotels have played a vital role in restoring this magnificent Tudor building for residents and visitors to enjoy for centuries to come.
“Stratford-upon-Avon is such a great historical town with a first-class range of attractions and Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon is the ideal base to explore everything this literary town has to offer.
“We believe in providing more than just a comfy bed but a unique experience and that restaurants and bars are the heart and soul of any good neighbourhood.”