As my post on Cbeebiesland mentioned here, we went for 2 days and as a result, we stayed over and made it a mini-holiday. There are a couple of hotels on site – Alton Towers Hotel and the Splash Landings Hotel. From July 2017, there is a Cbeebies Hotel which I would love for us to stay in (and use our free tickets!)
We stayed at the Alton Towers Hotel, for the only reason that it came up first in the search results! Both hotels are interconnected and the entertainment/restaurants in both hotels are available to residents of both hotels (It looks like Cbeebies hotel is going to be more standalone). Both hotels are a very short walk to the monorail which takes you to the park.
Rather than describe the hotel room, I think this video would probably do more justice…!!
The Alton Towers Hotel seemed more “business like” with the restaurants and entertainment, with the excellent Michelle singing in an evening. It was really good to see the majority of the children listening very politely and in a grown-up way, even with a little bit of dancing as well…!! There were many cuddles when the 7pm set was finished and many of the little ones knew it was bedtime.
The children’s entertainment in the Alton Towers Hotel was limited to Meet and Greets with various characters at half hour intervals in late afternoon/early evening – so think about your dinner reservation timings! However, in the Splash Landings hotel, it was more child focused with story time and a mini disco in an evening – but the beauty is that you can see/do both.
In terms of food, the breakfast is in the Secret Garden restaurant and is help-yourself to warm/cold breakfast and is what you come to expect in such hotels. For dinner, we also went to the Secret Garden as it was the most appropriate child menu for us, but I would have liked to try the all-you-can-eat buffet in the Splash Landing hotel as the variety of choice looked really good.
Because of the location of Alton Towers, you are best to keep on site as you’re in the middle of nowhere, but that isn’t a bad thing as it feels as though you’re on holiday more than if you went to a “standard” place for tea etc. There is also a small shop in both hotels so you don’t need to leave the hotel.
One tip is to make use of the Porters Lodge if you’re arriving early/leaving late after check-out. This makes it easier when getting to the park and they will try to put your bags in your room if you’re an early arriver. The only downside is that there wasn’t an ice bucket facility which meant that I had to improvise to have a cool drink after bedtime!!
Next time, I’m sure Cbeebies Hotel awaits us (sneak preview of the bedroom below!!!)
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