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Make a big splash!
Splash Landings Hotel (Alton Towers)
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Splash Landings Hotel (Alton Towers)
Advantages: Waterpark is amazing. Great food, good facilities.
For our tenth anniversary two years ago, we wanted do do something a bit special, but we didn't want to exclude the kids. We came up with the idea of spending the night at Splash Landings Hotel, which is part of the Alton Towers Resort, followed by a day at the theme park itself.
Splash landings was relatively new when we went, and we had heard good things about it. Friends of ours had been to spend the day at the Waterpark complex within the hotel, and they had been very impressed with the facilities.
Booking online is relatively simple. You need to decide whether you want a room only deal, or room and theme park entry. Remember, if you use the water park, there is an additional charge for that too. We booked a room for the five of us, with theme park entry. The only gripe I had, was that online, you weren't clear what day the theme park entry was for.I had to phone and ask, and they said I could use it any day. When I actually got to the hotel, they had a different story. According to them I should have been told that it was a two day park pass. I wish they had clarified things when I booked, because it meant we lost one day in the park, although the staff were really nice about it and said we could take our extra day on the Sunday, although we never took them up on this, as it would have meant an extra night in the hotel.
Check in at the Hotel is nice and easy, and the staff are really cheerful and friendly, giving you all the information you need. When you walk to your room, you have a great view of the water park, as the corridors have large glass windows.
Our room was really nice, with everything we could have wanted. It was quite spacious and well furnished. A really nice touch was the amount of free toiletries that were supplied in the bathroom. Usually you get little travel sized shampoos and soaps, but at this hotel, you got full sized bottles of Mint Source Shampoo and Imperial Leather Foamburst Gel, amongst other goodies. Everything was fresh and clean and well maintained.
The Hotel has a restaurant called Flambos Feast. They serve a good range of breakfast items in the morning, where you can help yourself to as much as you want, though it isn't really adviseable if you want to ride the coasters later! In the evening they have an all you can eat buffet, with a fantastic variety of food, to suit everyone, and free refills on drinks. The highlight for me was the lovely chocolate fountain, and the lovely choice of mouthwatering ice creams!
In the evenings at the hotel, there is some entertainment for the kids, with music and competitions. There is a bar area called Ma Garritas, where you can relax with a Carribbean themed cocktail as you watch the shows. The entertainment staff were excellent, involving the audience as much as possible in the show.
The hotel is situated right next to the monorail, so access to the park is easy. We arranged to meet our friends in the park, and stayed until closing time.
As the park closed at 5:30 p.m. We headed back to the hotel to use the pool facilities. We were lucky, as the prices were reduced at that time of day. Normally, you would expect, to pay £55 for a family of five, which is quite steep, but we were able to go in for a fraction of that, as the pool closed at 7:00. It was really refreshing to get in the pool after a long day in the sunshine at the park. Everything was a really high standard with lots of slides and tubes for the kids, and splashy areas. There was also an outdoor area, similar to Center Parcs. There were lots of staff on hand, and the whole place felt safe and family friendly. The changing area was spacious and user friendly. My only slight downside was that my youngest son was 2 at the time, and there weren't any quiet areas to take him where he wouldn't be splashed, so he found it a little intimidating.
Another good thing about the hotel is that it is connected to the Alton Towers Hotel. If you navigate your way through the corridors, you see the pattern on the carpet gradually change and suddenly you are in a different hotel! You are allowed to use the restaurants and facilities in both hotels, and the Alton Towers Hotel has a lovely garden where you can sit and relax, as well as spa facilities.
I loved my stay at Splash Landings, but it was VERY expensive. One night in the hotel with park tickets for five of us cost over £200, and that didn't include our dinner or entry to the pool. I can't afford to do it every year, although I would like to, so the hotel loses a star for that reason. The good news is, I only have to wait another 3 years for my 15th anniversary......better start saving!
Summary: A special treat for the family if you are feeling flush!
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