Welcome to a new series on Walk in the Parks that we’re calling the Thursday Three. Although we love to ramble, we realised most of our posts top 1,000 words. So we decided to create something every week that’s quick, easy to digest and takes you little to no time to read. So without further ado, here is the first in the series – three reasons why we love the Alton Towers hotels.
1. Proximity to the park
We mentioned in our Alton Towers trip report that we live about two hours from Alton Towers, so every time we’ve visited together we’ve made it an overnight stay. The first time we stayed at a Hilton in Derby, the second time at the Splash Landings Hotel at Alton Towers and the third time at St George’s Park in Burton.
Although we enjoyed each of our trips, you can’t beat how close the Alton Towers hotels are to the parks. With both the other locations we had to drive for around 30 minutes to get there, whereas the onsite abodes – especially Splash landings – are just a few minutes’ walk away from the monorail. This means you can be one of the first through the doors in the morning, and you haven’t got far to walk to rest your feet at the end of the day.
When you want to make the most of every second of your trip, you can’t beat the location of the Alton Towers hotels.
2. Awesome atmosphere
Each of the Alton Towers hotels offers something different. From the caribbean vibes at Splash Landings and the decadence of The Alton Towers Hotel, to the kid-friendly theming at the CBeebies Land Hotel and the unique rooms at The Enchanted Village. As I said, we’ve only stayed at Splash Landings but we visited the others and felt the same vibe and fun atmosphere in all of them.
Certainly with the Splash Landings Hotel, we were immersed in the theming from the get go. The decor is laid back, the smell of the water park takes you right to the tropics and the rooms really do feel like a caribbean haven. It feels like a Disney experience, but here in the UK.
3. Evening Experiences
Once the park closes and the night is yours, there is plenty to keep you entertained. First is the dining, we ate at both Flambo’s in Splash Landings – which admittedly wasn’t very good – and the Crooked Spoon at the Enchanted Village, which was delicious. Between all the hotels there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and after dinner, the bars are great with a fantastic atmosphere. You can venture between each one, so we had a great time enjoying some drinks and the entertainment in the Alton Towers Hotel.
During the day, you can buy tickets to the waterpark which is pretty fun and there’s a bloody fantastic arcade that I’m not ashamed to admit took at least £20 of our hard earned cash – and all we won was a fish pen.
All in all, we love staying onsite at Alton Towers, and think it really makes our stay feel special.
Have you ever stayed here? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!