Perfect location, obviously, and the room (basic one) was nice - good facilities, nice bathroom etc.. A bit too warm and no aircon, although there was a free-standing fan. Too noisy to leave on overnight, though. Windows do open, which was a godsend.
Dinner in the evening was OK - only 1 restaurant was open, which they didn't tell us until we asked where it was. We didn't have a reservation and were told we'd have to wait until 8.45. Not a problem really, but the place was only half full. The main one is a bit like a canteen and we were initially placed in the area with the tweeting tree. I said no immediately - it would have driven me mad. A great waitress took us over to the window area and we had a really nice dinner.
The evening entertainment was funny, but not intentionally. :-) The bloke singing did "old fashioned" stuff - swing / blues etc.. really well, but was less successful on current chart hits. Drinks were London prices, so beware if you're not expecting this - about £4 a pint and more for a glass of wine. I didn't see any 125ml or 175ml glasses on the menu, but I expect they will serve you these if you ask. The "cocktails" all only had 1 alcoholic item in them, which to me is a spirit and mixer..... (or a couple of sweet mixers). Very expensive for what they were, so we didn't try them.
Good night's sleep in a comfy bed and showers the next morning were great - good pressure and temp. Breakfast was horrible. There was nothing to like, really. A real disappointment. My bf is ex army and will eat pretty much anything and he agreed it was bad. The cooked items all seemed like the very cheapest quality, and there were no mushrooms (which are typically "expensive" on a b'fast menu). The baked goods seemed "wet" and heavy and *all* of the fruit was out of a tin. The peaches were in sugar syrup, not even juice! Dreadful. Again, we were sat in the tweeting tree area, and I was right - it did annoy me greatly! :-)
Checkout was fast and efficient, so a good end to the trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This unique hotel is themed around the incredible explorer Sir Algenon, who has made the Alton Towers Hotel his home. There are plenty of fun and quirky features to discover, including his amazing flying ship which has crash landed right in the middle of the Hotel. Wake up in our explorer-themed bedrooms, ready for your next adventure! Our Secret Garden restaurant offers a delicious brasserie style menu, and the evening entertainment is perfect for all ages.Whichever hotel you are staying in at the Alton Towers Resort, you can choose to eat in any of the restaurants and drink at any of the bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alton Hotel Tower