After returning from living in Belgium we had found our perfect house and were excited to move in. We needed one nights accommodation for the night before “moving day”, so we headed for the comparison websites and on this occasion it just so happened that the Alton Towers Hotel was the cheapest!
This was because the park was closed the next day. Splash Landings, Alton Towers famous water park was open although this was not included in the room rate.
We knew that the hotel was themed and whilst we wouldn’t be visiting the theme park or water park we knew L would love it! On arrival the parking was very straight forward and close to the hotel. There are VIP parking spots that I believe are reserved for those that booked the themed rooms.
The front of the hotel is very impressive, with a large rather curious water feature in the centre of a courtyard. First impressions where good. I’d say the style of the hotel is very Victorian with a hint of steam punk and lots of curiousity.
On entering you will not be disappointed! The hotel is themed around a central character, Lord Algenon. An explorer who visited all the corners of the world before crash landing in the hotel . His flying ship is the centrepiece of the hotel.
Check in (from 2pm) was very straight forward and we were asked if we wanted to make reservations at any of the resort restaurants. We made a reservation at the Secret Garden Restaurant for that evening. This is also where breakfast is served.
Our room was on the first floor (accessible by stairs or lift). Right at the end of a long corridor. On entering I have to say we were not disappointed! We chose the standard room (which actually turned out to be the Explorers Room) simply because it was the most cost effective and we didn’t expect any sort of theming at all. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the room was in keeping with the same theme as the hotel.
There were pictures of the explorer Lord Algenon and his trusty ship, bedding adorned with compasses and hot air balloons and the coolest thing of all was the light fixtures that looked like they were from a submarine! Even the carpet was covered in compasses, maps and ships.
The room itself was very functional. There was a large queen sized bed and a set of bunk beds alongside. The room was easily big enough for two adults and two children.
A large dressing table was equipped with a television, tea and coffee making facilities and the funkiest lamp I’ve ever seen in a hotel room.
There was also an open cupboard for hanging clothes AND an iron and ironing board (the holy grail when it comes to hotel rooms). The bathroom was as expected with a shower over a nice sized bath. Big fluffy towels were provided as well as really cool toiletries (shower gel, bubble bath, shampoo and soap). L was very excited about the fish shaped bubble bath pouches.
After we’d settled into our room we decided to explore the hotel. I have to say that the hotel alone is like a theme park! So many quirky decorations in keeping with the overall theme. From giant elephants in the entrance to over sized books and chairs. We ventured outside to explore the little lake area at the rear of the hotel. You get a very beautiful view of the hotel, unfortunately it was raining so we didn’t spend too long outside.
Another very exciting part of staying at the Alton Towers Hotel is the character meet and greets! Available to all hotel guests regardless off whether you are visiting the park. During our stay we managed to meet Mike the Knight, Postman Pat and Tree Fu Tom. Much to L’s delight!
The hotel provides evening entertainment in the lounge and bar area as well. On the night we staying there was disco for the children on the explorer ship! Prices at the bar are fairly reasonable for a hotel. We had such a great time watching L dance around whilst we chilled out with a Gin and Tonic.
We all had a very comfortable nights sleep. I think that L was completely woren out from busting moves on the dance floor. Check out is at 10am and is as straight forward as check in.
Secret Garden Restaurant
Located in the lounge area of the hotel. We ate dinner and breakfast at the Secret Garden restaurant. The theming is quite enchanting, again in keeping with an explorer theme the Secret Garden is a hidden wonder.
Whilst the dinner menu is not huge there is a good selection (there is a separate children’s menu) prices are as you would expect for a hotel restaurant. Our entire meal was around £45. I have to give Alton Towers alot of credit for their knowledge of dietary requirements. I have Coeliac Disease and they were able to tell me exactly what was safe to eat, I was thoroughly impressed. Our mains were delicious.
Breakfast was buffet style meal. Again as soon as mentioned that I have CD I was offered gluten free sausages and toast. There was a good selection of cereals, yoghurts and fruit. The hot buffet was sausages, bacon, eggs, hash browns and beans. It was certainly a great start to our day.
Overall we had a great experience at the Alton Towers Hotel. It is worth mentioning that the room rate we paid was particularly good given the hotels location. We have priced up the Explorer Room during peak season and for one night we were quoted £279 which does include breakfast and two days park entry (prices correct 2017).
We do not have any hesitations recommending the Alton Towers Hotel. We will definitely be returning soon.
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*Disclosure – we were not paid for this review. We paid for our own accommodation and our opinions are our own