Stratford-upon-Avon's 4-star Mercure Shakespeare Hotel stands in the centre of the bard's hometown. A 17th century inn, it has been a meeting place for writers for centuries. The hotel retains much of its period charm, including oak beams, creaky floorboards and antique fireplaces. The hotel has a restaurant, two bars and a lounge with an open fire. The hotel's bedrooms are all individually named and come with air conditioning, a telephone, television, radio, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.