Our review: CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort

Are you planning to head to the new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort with your family? Well, why not read our review so you know what to expect, as we booked ourselves in for an overnight experience and have shared about it in this post.  To be frank, this is the fourth year (in a row) which we as a family have headed to Alton Towers for a sleepover, we usually stay at Alton Tower Resort Hotel but on this particular weekend it was closed for a private event so we decided to stay at the CBeebies Hotel instead.

Our package included the following :

  • An overnight stay in a themed room
  • Exclusive entertainment
  • Free Breakfast in The Windmill Restaurant
  • Free car parking
  • Alton Tower Waterpark entry for the 4 of us for the next day

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We arrived earlier as we always like to have a walk around the surroundings and take photos (as we always do).  We even popped over to Alton Tower Resorts Hotel which is just 5 minutes walk away (but there was a private corporate event being held at the hotel) as we wanted to head to their games room (with our spare 2p coins which we saved over the year..even though we did not win anything..kids loved it).

Check-in time at CBeebies Land Hotel is 3pm, a lot of the guests arrived around this time while others came around 4pm …which is fine as you would not have miss out on anything.  We were told that we could enjoy the Free entertainment while we waited to check-in (this was not a live entertainment but its just a very large tv screen showing shows from the CBeebies channel).

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The inside of the hotel is very bright and colourful with music, so its very appealing and fun for children, older people who want something more sophisticated should avoid staying here. Do see the photo of the hotel reception area below.  Upon check-in we were given the programme sheet with all the timings, so we could plan which shows the kids wanted to watch.  We (adults) were also given a guest tag each to wear around our neck (this served as ID for staff as well as a place for us to insert our room keys). You would need the access card to access the lift and entry doors (which is a good security measure).

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Postman’s car was park outside the hotel, so kids were were excited to walk over to check it out

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The themed room at CBeebies Land Hotel includes Bugbies, Postman Pat, Something Special, In the Night Garden, Octonaughts or Swashbuckle.  We decided to book the Deluxe Swashbuckle Room. The room was large and very comfy, a double bed for the parents, a bunk bed for kids (there was also a pull out bed at the bottom of the kid’s bunk bed, so you could have easily fit in 3 kids) and there was plenty of space to fit in a  baby cot as well. The hotel room was clean and it still smelled new.  We were impressed that the rooms were totally toddler friendly with baby bath tubs, bottle warmers, stools for kids and with baby friendly shower gels all readily available.

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We had an hour to relax in the hotel room before we headed down for dinner.  The kids enjoyed watching TV which was next to their bed while we had the news on our TV.  We soon got ready to head for dinner to the Windmill Restaurant (our slot had been pre-booked so that we did not have to wait for a table).

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There was a salad bar available for everyone (this was free, and there were lots of vegetables to choose from) so plus point for that. My 7-year old daughter decided to order sausage and mash with beans, gravy and peas, this cost £5 (kid’s size). My son decided to order 8″ margarita pizza which was made with 60% wholemeal flour, this cost us £7, unfortunately he decided not to have any of it as he did not like the wholemeal taste. My husband ordered a grown up portion of the Classic Steak Burger (photo not included)…did not think it was worth £14 while I ordered the Grilled Salmon Fillet served with baked sweet potato, summer vegetables and creme fraiche. I am a small eater, so I ordered the kid’s size which was perfect portion for me (but it came in a kid’s plate), I thought the dish tasted nice (the same meal in adult size would have cost us £14).

For dessert, we ordered Ice cream and marshmallows (there seemed to be more marshmallow than ice-cream), priced at £3. This took about 20 minutes to arrive although the restaurant was only half full. So we ended up taking it outside so that the kids could have that and watch the live entertainment at the same time.

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There were lots of entertainment available at the hotel such as live show, meet Postman Pat and Octonaughts, dance the night away and game shows.  Our kids enjoyed ‘Stargazing’ just before bedtime the most!  There were kids already dressed in their jammies and felt at home just lying on the comfy cushion while listening to the presenter narating her captivating stories.

The next day, we had early breakfast before we checked out at 10am to head to the Water Park where we spent the whole day there.

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What we thought of CBeebies Land Hotel?

Yes – It is a baby and toddler friendly hotel hence you will be there with other parents with very young kids so you won’t feel uncomfortable if you child decided to throw a tantrum halfway through the meal. The hotel is new and clean and great place for parents to relax while the kids have a good time.  We went with our 4 and 7 year-old kids. Our 4-year-old really enjoyed himself while we could see that the 7-year-old was slightly outgrowing some of the entertainment and felt out of place at times.

Yes – The Front Desk Staff were very helpful… we mentioned that we were told about the Free entry into Sea Life on the phone but they said that Sea Life was closed (as we went in December). But instead of forgetting about it, they decided to trace the call and confirm that it was an error on their part and immediately presented both the kids with a lovely Bing cuddly toy that evening.  This was a really nice surprise as we were not expecting it at all.

Yes – There was free wifi with great reception throughout the hotel.

Yes – The deluxe rooms were large, and parents had a separate sleeping area (would have been nice if this was separated by a door, but nevertheless, we could easily watch late night tv without disturbing the kids when they slept.

No – We were a little dissapointed with the live entertainment at the Cbeebies Hotel. Looking at their programme sheet, it looked like a full day of entertainment but not all were live shows, a lot of it were just TV shows on a big screen (this is not clearly indicated on the programme sheet).

No – There is no library  at the hotel, just a room called CBeebies Land Hotel Library where calming music and restful activities take place (this was closed when we were there). We thought we’d mention this as we (being avid readers) went looking for the ‘library’ but were dissapointed when we did not find any books there to read.

Yes –  We could pre-book our dinner and breakfast slot which meant we could plan our day. We also found that the staff asked us if we had any food allergies before seating us at the table which would have helpful for families with food intolerance and allergies.

 

How much does it cost to stay at CBeebies Land Hotel?

Please check the hotel website for their latest rates as they will be offering different packages / offers throughout the year. Our package cost us around £180 which included a night’s stay for the 4 of us, breakfast and water park tickets.

 

Where is the CBeebies Land Hotel?

Farley Lane

Alton

Staffordshire

ST10 4DB

 

How do I book my stay at CBeebies Land Hotel?

You can do it via their website or by calling them at 0871 097 1233.

Read more: The Ice-Cream Farm Review

56 Comments

  1. Maud
    January 8, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Looks like a great place to visit with kids! 🙂 Lovely pictures. You are such a beautiful family!

  2. January 8, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    This looks so fun, I wish they had something like this when I was a kid! Lovely review, and sad to hear there was no real library!

  3. January 8, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Seems like a fantastic place for children, and I love your photos!

  4. January 8, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    What a great review. Looks like a great place to stay but also good for parents to know about the not always live shows. My kiddos would love a trip there!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Hope you will get the chance to bring your kids there in the near future Erin

  5. January 8, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    I love hotels that are toddler friendly. I never used to think much about family and kid-friendly hotels until we had our little one.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Yes, it just makes sense when you have kids. A place to unwind and relax and have all the facilities available

  6. January 8, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    Seems like a great place for children. I wish there was something similar when I was little, I would love to visit such kind of hotel! Great review

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Yes we wish there were places like this when we were small. For kids its like a wonderland!

  7. January 8, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    IT sounds like a fun trip! I would be disappointed about the not so library like library too but it seems you had more good and bad. Sounds like a great place to go with little ones!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Yes totally great place, especially for the kids

  8. January 8, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Do you know I still have not had a chance to go to Alton Towers yet which is insane considering how much I love theme parks! Still though how cool that they have a new hotel, but I appreciate your very honest feedback. Shame about the library but it is great that there was a lot of entertainment available at the hotel!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Oh, you must go then, it will be a total waste if you dont. The rides open in spring, so worth going there then. Only the water park is open in winter.

  9. hannah wood
    January 8, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    This place looks so much fun, seen it on a tv advert too my two kids would love to stay over in a place like this, but not sure they would want to come out of the rooms when they look so cool and fun 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      There is so much to do in the rooms as well, especially since they have their own tv.

  10. January 8, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Seems like a fun place to stay with a family :)! It’s good that some places are totally kids friendly while others are just adult friendly.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Yes so parents can feel comfortable with kids, and adults can have their peace and quiet

  11. January 8, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    What a fun looking hotel for kids, I went to the Splash Landings hotel many years ago with the other half for his birthday and it actually was a really nice stay and the water park is such fun as well.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      We do the same Sarah, as the kids enjoy the water park, unfortunately Splash Landings was not open the weekend we were there.

  12. January 8, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I had no idea that there was a CBeebies Land – where have I been?! lol. This looks so fun – my children would really enjoy it 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Yes I am sure your kids would, its a fab place

  13. January 8, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    I really want to stay at this hotel. I love that they gave your kids toys after making the mistake with the Sea Life entry – although a shame it’s a bit misleading with the entertainment. My kids would love it here I think.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Yes it is Nichola, luckily there was so much to do anyway so we kept busy and yes we are impressed with their service.

  14. January 9, 2018 / 2:53 am

    THERE’S A CBEEBIES HOTEL!!!!!! Whaaaat! Why didn’t they have this when I was younger? What a great place for kids to go to! I hope to have kids in future in the UK and take them here :)!!!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

  15. January 9, 2018 / 2:54 am

    This looks like a kids DREAM hotel!!I know if I was a kid, I would’ve LOVED this place!
    Stephanie

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Yes our kids loved it

  16. January 9, 2018 / 5:36 am

    This is cool. I live really close to Alton Towers!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Hope you’ve gone to see the new hotel Julia since you are so close.

  17. January 9, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Wow this place must be incredible for the kids, such a bright and colourful hotel. I bet you guys all loved it x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      Yes we totally loved it Rhian x

  18. January 9, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Not been alton towers for years now. Looks like you had an amazing times at the cbbs land. your pics are fab btw x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks Melanie, glad I rekindled some of your memory of the place

  19. January 9, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Oh my little brother would absolutely love it here! I have only been to Alton Towers once quite a few years ago but would love to visit again.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 10, 2018 / 8:02 am

      Hope you do Amy, there’s so many new stuff there now, hotels, park rides etc

  20. January 9, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    This hotel looks perfect for kids! Too bad that wasn’t a library and you were disappointed, though. Your pictures look great! It was really sweet to give you guys a fluffy toy for the kids when you couldn’t get into sea world. But the hotel looks so colourful! I bet my nephews and nieces would love it there!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 10, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Yes it totally is very bright and cheerful indeed and yes they would love it!

  21. January 9, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    For the price I think the package is certainly worth while. I love the hotel and the fact the room was big enough to relax. It’s such a shame about the entertainment though and the fact there were no live shows for the children. I think the waterpark would be great to explore as I’ve never done that at Alton Towers.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 10, 2018 / 8:02 am

      Oh you should Kirsty, that’s the best part of it, if you have kids as there’s lots to do there. And we feel its a worthwhile price for the enjoyment they get.

  22. January 9, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a mostly positive experience – however I would also be slightly disappointed with the fact that not all entertainment was ‘live’

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 10, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Thank you… but the kids enjoyed it anyway and that’s the most important bit

  23. Katrina
    January 10, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I’m pleased it was majority good but yes I would of been annoyed at the entertainment being on a tv screen! They can do that at home

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 10, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Haha..yes, that’s what we thought too

  24. January 10, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I am not too sure if this hotel is a good fit for me but it looks super cute and sounds like fun!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 10, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Thanks Charlotte, its great for families

  25. January 10, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    We’ve yet to visit Alton Towers Resort as my mummy was waiting for me to be old enough to enjoy more of the rides, however CBeebies land looks awesome! I’m going to try to make it there this year x

  26. January 10, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful place to visit with children. I bet the CBeebies Land Hotel would be a bit with our family!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 9:18 am

      We hope you do go visit it with your kids

  27. Sarah Ann
    January 10, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Awww I wish I had kids, this looks amazing! Love colourful, vibrant hotels and the food looks pretty good too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Yes it is so child friendly

  28. Michelle
    January 11, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    We love Alton Towers and have stayed in the hotel many times. We have plans to stay here this year…cant wait.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Enjoy your stay ther Michelle x

  29. January 12, 2018 / 12:15 am

    I need to consult with my 6-year-olds who are going on 13 to see if they still deem it to be age appropriate as I’d love to go!!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Yes, I am sure they will love it there…although not too sure about the entertainment part…they might be a little too old for it though.

  30. Dannii
    January 12, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Oh wow – that looks amazing. My daughter is obsessed with CBeebies, so I will have to look in to taking here.

  31. January 13, 2018 / 10:52 am

    This place looks like a dream for all children!! I’m 20 and it appeals to me ahahaha. I love the pictures you have used xx

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 15, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks Ja’d, we loved it as well, so its great for both adults and kids

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