Updated for 2019 with more useful information about the CBeebies Land Hotel and Bugbies Room!
CBeebies Land Hotel
When we decided that our next big trip would be a visit to CBeebies Land in Alton Towers it seemed to naturally follow that we would also stay at the CBeebies Land Hotel in the Alton Towers Resort. We knew that the stay would be more costly than we normally like but we felt it would be worth it. It turned out we were absolutely right. The hotel was one of the best bits of our stay and our only regret is that we didn’t spend enough time there.
(The cover picture is not actually the CBeebies Land Hotel. It’s the view from our room across to the main Alton Towers Resort Hotel.)
Choosing a Room at the CBeebies Land Hotel
The choice of rooms was a standard CBeebies Land Hotel Bugbies room or a themed room. The theme options are Swashbuckle, Octonauts, Postman Pat, Something Special or In the Night Garden. Ted has only a passing interest in those programmes so we plumped for the standard room which was £50 cheaper. Had there been a Hey Duggee room we may have been sorely tempted to go for the more expensive option!
CBeebies Land Hotel – Bugbies Room
I’ll admit, the Bugbies rooms look like a psychedelic nightmare in the pictures online. We all thought the rooms were awesome and despite my fears, the bright colours weren’t too overstimulating. Ted loved the room so much that he kept asking to go back every time we left. Even now he keeps packing our suitcase and asking to go to our CBeebies room.
All the rooms sleep five plus a baby. There’s one double, one bunk bed and a third single which rolls out from under the bunk. A travel cot is provided for the baby.
The room is laid out for families. Space is limited but well used. The main part of the room has a large window, making nice and light. The double bed is a decent size and comfortable. There is also a TV, desk and tea and coffee facilities for the adults.
The middle part of the room is occupied by the bathroom and the area closest to the door is the kids’ area. The bunk beds are in their own alcove which is painted to make it as dark as possible to aid sleep. There is a fake window light which can be switched off at night or used as a night light. The room doesn’t have a door but is as separate as possible from the adult’s room. There are also a couple of toys in the bedroom.
Family Friendly Features in the Bugbies Room
The website promises all rooms are 100% family friendly and they deliver. I wish all hotel rooms were as thoughtful. Here are the best family-friendly features of the Bugbies Room:
- Bottle warmer
- Fridge for milk
- Baby bath
- Nappy bin
- Children’s toilet seat
- Steps for the sink
- Short cord on the kettle (so it cannot be placed within easy reach of children)
- CBeebies was also on tap (not 24/7 obviously but from 6 am to 7 pm)
- Temperature controlled taps on the bath
Entertainment at the CBeebies Land Hotel
When you check in you are presented with a leaflet for the evening entertainment. All CBeebies Land Hotel entertainment takes place in the Musical Meadows (AKA the bar). It includes various shows and character meets (we met the Octonauts and Ubercorn), discos and the night ends with some stargazing. We would have loved to have taken better advantage of the entertainments but we were only there one night and the children were both exhausted.
Aside from the theme park, there are lots of other family-friendly activities in the resort. These include the waterpark (which we loved) and Extraordinary golf. Even though it was included in our stay we never did find out what was so extraordinary about the golf. There were just too many other things to do.
The food at the CBeebies Land Hotel
First things first, breakfast is included and what a breakfast it is! Every breakfast item you could think of was available. We had breakfast in the Windmill Restaurant which is the one within the CBeebies Land Hotel. It was set up for toddlers with plastic cutlery, high chairs with attached tables and strong coffee for all the tired looking parents.
All the early dinner reservation slots were gone for the Windmill restaurant when we checked in. So we headed over to the Secret Garden just around the corner in the main hotel. The main hotel is also heavily themed, this time with a Victorian explorer vibe. It reminds me of a childhood book called Puzzle Island which I happen to have been reading to Ted recently.
The food at the restaurant was nice. Too nice. The setting was lovely. Too lovely. We couldn’t enjoy it with two restless and increasingly hangry children in tow. We were assured all the restaurants on site were family friendly and there was a kids menu and crayons provided. However, every parent knows there is a big difference between the restaurant that provides crayons and the restaurant with the plastic cutlery. Fortunately, we were not the only family with restless children in the restaurant at 6 pm that evening.
My advice is to book the restaurants online before you go. That way you’ll definitely get the one you want at the time you want. I can’t comment on the food from the others but there are a few dining experiences to choose from. The Crooked Spoon is near to the Cbeebies Hotel as well and the menu is online to check out beforehand.
So Would We Do It Again?
(Spoiler: We did go back again. This post contains updated information from that visit. To read about all the mistakes we made on our first trip and how we solved them on our second you should check out this post. It’s packed full of useful information.)
The CBeebies Land Hotel is certainly more expensive than most places we choose when looking for accommodation. However, when you book a hotel like this or any of the others at the Alton Towers Resort you are booking more than just a bed for the night. You are booking the whole experience.
There are few places I feel like I need to return to soon. Unexpectedly, this is one of the few. I didn’t feel like we got enough out of our stay. We were only there one night and the kids (and grown-ups) were very tired. There was much much more for families with young children to do than we were expecting.