We’ve simply returned from a household keep at Alton Towers Splash Landings Hotel so I’m right here immediately to share my evaluation and let you know all about it.
I’ve needed to remain at an Alton Towers resort for years however we don’t stay removed from Alton Towers so it felt like an enormous and pointless expense. It is dear! But is it value it…?
I believe so!
Staying over within the resort made our weekend at Alton Towers much more magical and it actually did make it so particular.
Alton Towers has six lodging choices:
- Alton Towers Hotel
- CBeebies Land Hotel
- Splash Landings Hotel
- Stargazing pods
- Woodland Lodges
- Luxury Treehouses
I selected the Splash Landings Hotel, just because it was the most affordable for our household of 5. It’s a Caribbean themed resort and it’s dwelling to the Splash Landings Waterpark. Most of the home windows across the resort look out to the waterpark so you actually really feel immersed within the waterpark, even whenever you’re simply having a drink! This actually added to the vacation really feel and felt like we had been overseas.
Splash Landings Hotel turned out to be a superb alternative; it was easy, snug and a straightforward place to relaxation inbetween an thrilling day at Alton Towers after which a second day on the waterpark.
We often love glamping however I’d save this for the summer time months. It was darkish the entire time we had been on the resort so we might have missed among the magic as a consequence of it being darkish. I additionally suppose you’ve gotten a lot enjoyable on the theme park and water park, I’m unsure you want thrilling lodging too.
I’ll admit that my expectations had been fairly low for the Splash Landings Hotel nevertheless it was nice.
The resort was busy, chaotic, noisy and full of youngsters…however that’s precisely what we had been right here for!
I’d not advocate you keep right here if you wish to calm down. This is a really household pleasant resort with noisy little youngsters in every single place!
If you’ve gotten noisy little youngsters then you definitely’re going to like it. We felt so welcome and we didn’t want to fret about our youngsters touching all the things, working about, getting too excited or making plenty of noise.
I’ll admit that my husband and I did really feel like we wanted to go and sit in a darkish, quiet room after our weekend away! But all of us beloved it and I’d return once more in a heartbeat.
Just for reference, we visited in mid-October 2022 with our three youngsters, George (7), Joseph (6) and Alba (2). We really went for Joseph’s birthday as his primary birthday current!
Watch this video beneath to see a room tour and extra clips from contained in the resort…
What we did throughout our two days at Alton Towers
We arrived on Saturday, not realising it was the primary Saturday of the English October half time period (we stay in Wales!) But fortunately it wasn’t too busy and it was wonderful, sunny autumnal climate so we couldn’t have had a greater day.
We spent the primary day in Alton Towers theme park. We arrived at 9.30am, parked within the resort automotive park (free of charge) and took the monorail into the park.
At 4pm we left the park and went to check-in to the resort (check-in is accessible from 3pm). I then stayed within the resort room for 2 hours with our youthful two youngsters whereas that they had a nap (and tbh I had a much-needed relaxation and a cuppa!) whereas my husband and our older son ran again into the park to go on a ‘big kid ride’.
At 6pm we then went again into the park as a result of it was the Halloween Scarefest and the rides had been open late and there have been plenty of performances happening.
At 9pm we went again to the resort and had a drink within the bar the place there have been dancers and entertainers for the children.
At 10pm all of us piled into mattress, completely exhausted!
The following morning we had breakfast at 7.45am – which was really manner too early in hindsight however I’d had so many emails encouraging me to e-book it early!
We checked out of the room at 9.45am and packed up the automotive.
We then went to the Splash Landings Waterpark from 10am-2pm earlier than driving dwelling.
Splash Landings Hotel Beachcomber Room
I booked the Splash Landings Hotel in a Beachcomber Room purely as a result of it was the most affordable for my household of 5.
I wasn’t too bothered about reserving a themed room – principally as a result of my three youngsters would every select a unique theme so not having a theme stopped any arguments. The themed rooms are clearly costlier too.
As there are 5 of us we had a double mattress, a double couch mattress and bunk beds. Our room was undoubtedly larger than the rooms surrounding us and we actually appreciated that further house. When you’ve gotten a 3rd little one, resorts typically simply squish them right into a nook on a camp mattress however this room would simply accommodate 6 folks.
The room was spacious and welcoming and the beds had been actually snug. The couch mattress was cozy too and it was folded away with all of the bedding in place so all we needed to do was flip it out at bedtime.
We didn’t really feel cramped in any respect and there was even loads of house for our huge pushchair, which we tucked into the nook with out folding away.
We’ve stayed in plenty of resort rooms for households of 5 and this was certainly one of our favourites. The bunk beds undoubtedly stopped it feeling too cramped and our children like to play on them.
There was a small hanging rail for coats, however aside from that there was no cabinet or cupboard space. I’m assuming most individuals solely keep for 1-2 nights so this wasn’t an issue for us.
The rest room was pretty small nevertheless it was completely nice and had a shower and a bathe and loads of house across the washbasin.
There was a small TV and our children beloved the seashore themed carpets which had been coated in sandy footprints and buckets and spades.
There was WiFi however I didn’t really log into it as a result of it was The Cloud and required a billion particulars to login, so I simply advised my youngsters there was no WiFi. It’s value noting that 4 or 5G is VERY sluggish across the resort.
Downsides to the Splash Landings Hotel Beachcomber Room
The solely actual unfavorable factor in regards to the Splash Landings Hotel is that it’s extremely popular and humid in there! You can open your bed room window an inch or two however the entire place could be very heat. There can also be a fan within the room. The resort is dwelling to the waterpark so I’m guessing for this reason it’s so sizzling!
As it was October, I fairly loved the heat however I observed different visitors complaining they had been too sizzling. If you noticed anybody strolling down the hall with their coat on then they’d be sweltering!
We did stroll into the Alton Towers Hotel (which is linked) and it felt significantly cooler in there.
Another draw back is that the decor is all fairly dated. But I’ve really stayed in plenty of Caribbean resorts and it’s fairly spot on at replicating that type!
Check-in and check-out on the Splash Landings Hotel
I used to be actually impressed by check-in and check-out on the Splash Landings Hotel. There had been no queues, regardless of us checking in and testing at the preferred instances.
You’re despatched a code through textual content and electronic mail so you’ll be able to self check-in on the machines. You’re additionally despatched an electronic mail 3 days previous to check-in on-line so you’ll be able to add all of your particulars your self. Once you’re checked in on the machine, the machine tells you your room quantity however you’re additionally textual content your quantity instantly too – which is nice for anybody like me who immediately forgets it!
At check-out, a really loud man was accumulating keycards, checking if anybody had any issues and thanking everybody for his or her keep. It was all very loud and quick nevertheless it labored!
Breakfast on the Splash Landings Hotel
We had breakfast included with our package deal.
Breakfast was really nice. It was an enormous buffet with cereals, pancakes and all the same old sizzling meals like sausages, bacon, beans, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. It was all self-serve so it was fast and environment friendly.
The solely actual draw back to breakfast was that it was very busy, chaotic and noisy. I do know I mentioned we fairly like this bustling ambiance nevertheless it was only a bit an excessive amount of at 7.45am whenever you’re attempting to eat your breakfast!
I’d booked our breakfast early as a result of I’d had a number of emails through Alton Towers encouraging me to do that as a result of it will get busier in a while. And it did! The queues snaked across the resort and it was manic in there.
It was good to be early nevertheless it was really only a bit too early for us after having a late evening. The youngsters had been all sleepy and didn’t eat rather a lot so I actually don’t suppose we bought our cash’s value from breakfast!
Travel Hack Tip: If you’re on a funds then I’d advocate skipping breakfast and simply take some pastries and fruit and cereal bars or one thing. If you’re actually organised, take a cooler field with ice packs. We did this for our snacks and the cool field was nonetheless icy chilly the following day.
Splash Landings Hotel birthday package deal
It was my son’s sixth birthday the day earlier than we arrived so I’d booked the birthday package deal as an add-on to our reserving.
The birthday package deal included a cake, balloons and an Alton Towers teddy bear and value £40.
On the one hand, this was completely extortionately overpriced. The cake wasn’t significantly particular or good, the lone balloon would have price £2 for the store and we may have picked up a bear on the present store.
But then again, my son was overjoyed to have a birthday shock within the room and he loves his new teddy! It made him really feel actually particular that the resort had ‘remembered his birthday’ and he actually beloved this little shock.
It meant that I didn’t want to recollect to organise any type of birthday shock for the room too, so I did recognize that this was all taken care of.
Splash Landings Hotel Games Room
My eldest son was actually impressed by the Splash Landings Hotel Games Room. It was big and stuffed with arcade video games. While he did like it, all of the video games required cash to make use of them so it may probably find yourself costing you a small fortune.
We gave every little one a few kilos nevertheless it didn’t final lengthy and resulted in some sulking!
Evening leisure at Splash Landings Hotel
We really missed many of the leisure on the resort as a result of we’d gone again into the park for the late evening Scarefest. We caught the tip of it and it was a superb, noisy, family-friendly vibe with two ladies singing and dancing and inspiring all the children to rise up and be part of them. It was all held in Ma Garrita’s bar the place there are many cozy chairs. It’s a superb menu on the bar and the employees had been actually fast!
We missed some video games which we heard had been nice.
Going to the Splash Landings Waterpark
The waterpark was good! Our youngsters really had extra enjoyable on the waterpark than they did at Alton Towers!
Access to Splash Landings isn’t included in your keep on the resort so that you do have to e-book this on as further. It really isn’t too costly compared to the remainder of the journey (about £17pp) so it’s effectively value including it on!
We discovered the waterpark to be nice for all three of our youngsters, with thrilling rides for the older boys and much for our youngest to do too.
We stayed in there from 10am-2pm. I’d have beloved to remain longer however by this level we had been all getting very drained. We will certainly return to Splash Landings, even when it’s simply to go to for the day with out an in a single day keep!
Taking a toddler to Alton Towers
I even have a bit of video on Instagram displaying that it’s wonderful to take younger youngsters to Alton Towers!