When we were looking at places to go for our son’s birthday, we had a long list of ideas. However, Big K loves trains and theme park rides which meant Drayton Manor Hotel ticked all the boxes. We booked roughly 3 weeks before we travelled down via their website. The Drayton Manor Hotel website was easy to use and we booked the Stay and Play package in one of their family rooms.
Drayton Manor Hotel Rooms
The hotel has a number of rooms that you can book from their family rooms (1 x double bed and a sofa bed) to their presidential suite. I expect one of the common rooms to get booked are the themed Thomas rooms. We however, opted for their family room to try keep the costs down. The Thomas rooms however look a lot of fun and I think Big K would have loved to stay in one if we had booked it.
Stay and Play Package
In the stay and play package we booked, we had the following included
- Full English Breakfast
- Theme Park tickets for each nights stay
- Free car parking
- Pay in advance and save 20% (this was the offer we took to save some pennies)
For what we paid, I think it was well worth the money, the breakfast was decent, free car parking was great. We however didn’t use the WiFi as we had bought along our own dongle.
Upon arrival, check in went smoothly. We had to ask a few questions to clarify a number of things (booking a table for dinner, where the restaurants were etc) Upon check in you receive your theme park tickets for your stay and if you had ordered a Thomas pack then you receive your bag (we only ordered 1 but got 2! Bonus!) After receiving our key cards we headed up to our room to settle in and unpack.
The room was spacious with the sofa bed and travel cot all set up – it is the first time we have been to a hotel and the travel cot has been set up. Usually we have to go back down to reception and ask where it is. The room was clean and modern looking, just what you need after a 6 hour drive!
Our first night we had dinner at The Grill Inn which is near to the hotel (across the car park). I will write about our experience separately. Our second night we had dinner at the Parklands restaurant which is in the hotel. I will also write a review for this separately.
One thing we didn’t realise was that the hotel offers kids entertainment every night. The first night it was outside in the garden area and involved lots of outdoor games. Both Big K and Little K got involved and were loving the whole experience. However it lacked direction and organisation as the team didn’t seem to get involved, it was the parents having fun and playing with the kids. That said though it is great to have to keep your kids entertained before bed. On our second night we decided to skip the entertainment so we could give the boys a bath.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Drayton Manor Hotel. We were very impressed with the security at the hotel (you need a key card to get up the stairs and the lifts!) and we were also impressed how little noise we heard late at night and during the night. Normally you hear loud guests all night long when we have stayed in hotels previously. The beds were comfy, however my husband says the sofa bed isnt the best for comfort rating – He got chucked out of bed half way through the night while Little K joined me in the bed!
If we decide to go to Drayton Manor again in the future (which I am sure we will) then we would definitely go back to the hotel as it is very nice and in a convenient location.