Featuring 100 buttons, 35,000 LED lights and hundreds more interactive features, the CBeebies Land Hotel that’s now arrived at Alton Towers Resort is certainly an eye-catching new addition for anybody lucky enough to walk through the entrance’s huge sliding doors. Designed through the eyes of a five-year-old, the hotel is certainly one that goes all out in capturing the imaginations of the kids who enter it, with over 250 colours making up the mind-bending interior and series of bedrooms and suites.
This weekend (Friday July 7 – Saturday July 8), we were lucky enough to spend a night in one of the 42 available Bugbies rooms, which you can see in more detail in the picture selection below:
As you’ll be able to tell from the pictures, the rooms are soaked in rainbows as your family’s transported to the sunshine meadow alongside the loveable little Bugbies characters. Sleeping up to five guests, the rooms consist of a double bed and bunk beds, with a pull-out trunkle bed attached to the bunks. There were even interactive wall features including a chalk board for the smaller ones to play with, along with a television in both the kids’ and adults’ bedrooms.
As comfy as ever, the beds were the perfect place to lay our heads after a night of entertainment! The bathroom was the perfect size, with a great shower and bath space, with the hotel providing shower gel for the little ones, shower cream for the adults and fun, Love Hearts-smelling handwash for the family! You could tell that every little feature of the bedroom had been intricately thought out and, if history is anything to go by, the hotel staff will ensure that the quality keeps up no matter how old the hotel may age.
The Bugbies Rooms are priced from £197 per night, for a family of 4. For information and pictures regarding the various themed premium rooms and suites, please scroll down to the bottom of the review.
It’s not just the hotel’s various rooms that families can enjoy during their CBeebies Land Hotel stay however. Included with all packages is breakfast at The Windmill Restaurant located in the heart of the hotel, with light lunch and dinner also available. The breakfast selection is a brilliant one, and has something for even the fussiest of eaters. There’s both hot and cold foods available, including pastries, yoghurts, fruits, cereals and everything you need to make up a full English. A range of milks are also accessible alongside tea, coffee and even warm milk for the little ones, delivered straight to your table so there’s no nasty accidents!
If you’re not at the park and still in the hotel between 11:30am, you can enjoy a range of sandwiches, paninis and salad boxes, with smoothies also available, and for those who want to eat in the hotel at night, dinner is served between 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Healthy nibbles are first made available, buffet-style from The Grazing Windmill, before an a la carte menu is available.
Each dish on the menu is available in three sizes: Little Guest, Grown Ups and Family Share. Prices may seem a little steep here for those who haven’t stayed at the resort in the past, but they do seem to fall in line with the various other places you can stay around Alton Towers.
Our starters of a Grown Up Garlic & Mozzarella Flatbread (£5) and a Family Share Grilled Chicken Strips (£13) were delicious and delivered within 10 minutes of ordering. The flatbread was served with a yummy chive yoghurt dip, and the chicken strips also came with the yoghurt, as well as a cool salsa, cucumber sticks and wholemeal wraps to wrap it all in. It felt like a proper, sit-down meal at this point, which is hard to emulate in a hotel, so we were all mightily impressed.
Unfortunately, our mains did take around 50 minutes longer to get to the table. We had two Grown Up Rump Steaks (£18 each), a Grown Up Chicken Break ‘Sunday Roast’ (£13.50), Grown Up Classic Steak Burger (£14) and a brilliant 8-inch pizza (£7) from the pizza factory, where guests can design their own pizza using stickers before sending it off to the kitchen. When the food did arrive, it was again fantastic. The steaks came with peas and baked potato wedges, whilst the Sunday roast included roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. The burger had tomato, lettuce and ketchup, as well as baked potato wedges, and the pizza’s base was made of 60% wholemeal and 40% white flour, topped with a specially-designed tomato sauce. It also came with the baked potato wedges and dips.
In the hotel’s lobby, there’s a fantastic place for the kids called The Musical Meadow, where entertainment is provided across seven days a week, all throughout the day. Whilst the children enjoy the entertainment, the adults can sit back and have a drink from the café and bar in the room, safe in the knowledge their little ones are just a glimpse away.
Whether your children want to go on a prehistoric quest with Andy, take a sleepover with Bing and Flop or go stargazing as the night goes on, there again should be something to please everybody here. Right before bed, there’s a story time event that takes place in the hotel library, where calming music, restful activities and a fantastic tale is told to the children after a day packed full of fun and action.
It’s clear that all of the staff working with the children in the hotel have been trained incredibly well. They were all engaging and ensured a smile was on their face when they caught the eye of a little one. It takes a special sort of person to really be able and fully equipped to entertain kids of all different personalities, but they do that here with ease.
Upon your arrival at the CBeebies Land Hotel, parking shouldn’t be a problem, as there are 96 spaces for the vehicles staying overnight. For the adults who need to get some work done while they’re enjoying their stay, Wi-Fi is constantly available via The Cloud in the hotel. CBeebies merchandise and toys are also available at a gift shop in the reception area, with essentials such as nappies also on offer.
Premium Themed Rooms
Priced from £272 per night for a family of four, premium rooms sleep up to five guests, with a double bed and bunk beds, as well as a pull-out trunkle bed. Each room is themed to a popular CBeebies show, with five Postman Pat rooms, five Something Special rooms (including one accessible room), six Octonauts rooms, five Swashbuckle rooms and five In The Night Garden rooms available.
For those really looking for something special, suites are priced from £347 per night for a family of four. Sleeping up to seven guests, they include a double bed, sofa bed and bunk beds with a pull-out trunkle bed. Each suite is themed to a popular CBeebies show, with two Postman Pat suites, two accessible Something Special sites, two Swashbuckle suites and two In The Night Garden suites.
For any more information or to book, please check out www.altontowers.com/short-breaks/cbeebies-land-hotel/.
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