The Splash Landings Hotel is the base for the Alton Towers water park and is themed for children, making it the hotel of choice for most families with couples tending to stay in the Alton Towers Hotel instead.
On arriving in the area, the hotels are well signposted and there is plenty of free car parking by the entrances. In fact the theme park has a capacity of 28,000 guests and the car parks are huge so guests who intend to visit the theme park next day would be best to leave their cars and catch the monorail to the park, since that makes it very easy to find their car again at the end of the day! We did not find it easy to locate our car and have now learned that lesson!
The hotel is busy and guests intending to visit the water park on the day of their arrival should note that it closes at 6.00 during October, with the outside attractions (slides, pool and Jacuzzi) closing at 4.00. An added bonus though is that guests may visit the water park twice during their stay but any readmission to the water park would be treated as a second use of the facilities – it’s best to plan ahead and make sure that you have all of the paraphernalia you might need.
A further benefit to hotel guests is that they are granted early access to the theme park from 9.00 with certain rides (not all) being opened for them to use. Breakfast opens at 7.30 - giving ample time to eat and check out – with a good selection of food from cereals, croissants, hot breakfast, juices and tea/coffee.
As an additional bonus, hotel guests are able to leave their car when visiting the theme park and then exit the car park free of charge at the end of the day; theme park visitors not staying in the hotel are charged £6 per day for parking.
We stayed in a family room with a double bed and a bunk bed. The bunk beds are full size rather than being sized for small children, so would suit teenagers. Rooms are compact but have a widescreen tv and a modern bathroom.
The hotel has a positive approach to customer service and contacted us before arrival to offer assistance; we wanted to book at table for an evening meal, and based on their recommendation opted for Flambo’s restaurant across in Alton Towers Hotel (accessible from Splash Landings via a closed walkway) where the menu was extensive, the food very good indeed and the service excellent. A pleasant added touch was a singing duo providing an hour’s entertainment.
Both hotels have a shop so guests may wish to buy souvenirs there rather than doing so in the theme park and then having to carry them around or rent a locker.
Our one regret was that we did not have time to try Extraordinary Golf. Next year definitely!
In summary, Splash Landings is an excellent choice for families wishing to visit the water park or the theme park. Although pricey, it is ultra convenient for both since Alton is not the easiest place to reach and there are few hotels in the immediate area. Couples may wish to look at the Alton Towers Hotel instead.
There are lots of different room types available so do your homework via the Alton Towers website.
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