This was bought by my ex for our daughter in happier days! One Christmas when she was 5. (She is now 7 1/2) . Probably one of the better ideas he's had. She wanted a dolls house but this, in her eyes was better. She doesn't use it as a Grand Hotel, she uses it as a massive manor house! The light in her eyes was enough to make me cry. Its large, and the back of it opens out to make it look even bigger! Lots of rooms to play with, doors and windows. There are different bits and pieces it comes with, don't be fooled when it says "comes with over 150 pieces". The pieces are mostly the bacony for the roof and veranda, window boxes (there are lots of those) and lots of tiny little pieces like itsy bitsy cups, saucers, cardboard books, keys, flowers etc. When the things you really want to make it as you would like is furniture. Of course this is where they make their money but a few bits of furniture would make this toy so much more appealing, not just for kids, but for parents incentive to buy! Probably the best accessories that came with the hotel, was the maid and butler, and a working light, they are the things that get played with most. The balcony and window pieces in my opinion are quite dubious. They fit in little holes on top but they don't click into place or anything so sturdy and the window boxes are worse in my opinion. They fit on the ledge of the windows but they easily fall off if you move the house quickly or knock it, like most children do. Another thing i'm not too chuffed about is, being 5 as she was when she got it, my daughter could be quite heavy handed. Two things have broken, the door on the balcony of the grand hotel and a fridge door. I did contact Flair the makers and they told me that basically they don't do spare parts. So thats another annoyance.
My daughter has a large collection of the Sylvanian Families,and this is one of the larger, more expensive item. This was bought from Argos at a cost of £99.99, and comes with a small selection of furniture. ( Table and chairs, childs bedroom set and some cleaning things. It is a large Hotel which opens up to reveal nine rooms with a roof terrace on the top. The middle three rooms are the largest, with the six rooms on the outside being smaller, and I suppose these can be used as the Hotel bedroms and kitchen and bathroom etc. The downstairs middle room we use as the reception area, with the next floor as a ballroom and the next floor as a large bedroom and nursery, but of course you can set it out just as you please. I believe there were 2 characters that came with the Hotel, the maid and a butler. This toy is well made with good quality materials, but as with all Sylvanian toys, it is quite expensive, and you will have to buy extra furniture in order to fully furnish the house, and these vary from between £10 - £20 a set. It does also contain some small pieces - ie knives, forks and cups and saucers, and these really are tiny, so can be easily lost and make the toy not suitable for very small children. The recommended age is 4 years plus. This toy has given my daughter alot of hours of fun, and I can highly recommend it, but it may be wise to buy one of the cheaper houses in the range first to make sure your child likes it before spending this amount of money on it.
A stay at the Sylvanian Grand Hotel is an experience all Sylvanians will love. The perfect setting for weddings, celebrations and receptions and ideal for visiting friends and family. Guests can dine in the luxury dining room, dance the night away in the ballroom and relax in one of the beautiful rooms. The hotel rooms benefit from balconies that overlook the beautiful Sylvanian scenery. The hotel is a three storey grand building with stain glass windows and a beautiful chandelier, this hotel opens to reveal nine rooms with an added roof terrace. Includes chandelier, suitcases, hotel reception, room keys, topiary and a suitcase trolley.