I knew before we had even reached Drayton Manor that we were going to have an enjoyable stay. A small but very appreciated gesture by a waitress before we arrived prevented my two young sons from having complete meltdowns…. This is our review of Drayton Manor Hotel and Grill Inn.We had unrealistic hopes of setting off for our weekend away straight from the school pick up but due to having a busy week and being completely unprepared we set off at 5pm and hit rush hour. I called ahead and put back our table reservation at the Grill Inn (the main Drayton Manor restaurant) from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. At 6.30pm we were still half an hour away. With two hungry and tired boys in the back of the car (and a rather grumpy husband) I called the restaurant again and asked if they would take our order over the phone and have it ready for when we arrived. The waitress did not hesitate and without even requesting a credit card to cover the payment she quickly took our order, I was so grateful.
I could have hugged her when we arrived at the restaurant and our food was quickly served. I have learnt as a parent that it is the small things that make all the difference when you are travelling with young kids! We ordered a sharing platter and burger sliders which were all cooked to perfection. Charlie also enjoyed his kid’s meal of burger and chips.
Tip – Taste card holders can get 50% off the cost of their food bill at the Grill Inn. During our visit there was also a 40% discount voucher available on the Grill Inn website, so it is worth checking before you dine.
With full tummies and happy but weary children we walked across the car park to the Drayton Manor hotel. The four star large contemporary hotel is located in 280 acres of lakes and parklands in the theme park grounds. I had not appreciated in advance of our visit how big Drayton Manor hotel is – It has 150 rooms including some family suites and presidential suites, two bars, two restaurants, conference and wedding facilities. As we walked through the entrance Harry and Charlie were transfixed with the train engine carousel in the foyer and the Thomas and friends engines decorating the walls.
Our hotel confirmation had stated that we were staying in a double room with sofa bed so we were delighted to walk into our spacious room and find two queen size beds and a baby travel cot set up for Harry. Our room was very clean and had all the amenities we required. The hotel caters for families very well with a bath mat provided to prevent youngsters from slipping in the bath, a fully stocked refreshment tray, free nightly kids club in the bar from 6.30-8.30pm and a fully stocked Thomas and Friends shop. The bar man also kindly refused to allow us to pay for the kids bedtime milks too which we thought was a pleasant gesture.
After a comfortable sleep Charlie and Harry were very excited to go and visit Thomas Land. We all enjoyed the full English breakfast buffet and my boys made the most of being on ‘holiday’ and being allowed to eat what they wanted including coco pops and nutella on toast (a rare sugary treat!) After breakfast they were delighted to have their photo taken with the Fat Controller.
If we were to visit the hotel again I would love to upgrade to a Thomas and friends themed bedroom for this would be an extra special treat for my little train fans. (Although I’m not sure how we would calm them down enough to actually get any sleep!) The themed rooms have a Thomas themed bunk bed, bedding and wall decor plus television and Thomas & Friends DVD. The hotel also offers character breakfasts for an extra cost of £7.95 adult and £5.95 per child.
As we were staying just a short walk from the theme park we could have taken advantage by getting into the attraction early however we were too busy eating a three course breakfast! The entrance to Drayton Manor is just across the car park (next door to the Grill Inn) and so is very convenient for families staying at the hotel as you do not need to use your car throughout your stay.
Tip – Stay and play packages are available until the 31st December saving guests who wish to stay a night at the hotel and enjoy a day in Drayton Manor Theme Park 20% off normal prices
Need to know
Grill Inn website – www.thegrillinn.co.uk
Drayton Manor Hotel website – draytonmanorhotel.co.uk
For more information about Thomas Land at Drayton Manor, read our review – Family Fun at Thomas Land.
Disclosure – We were kindly invited to stay overnight at Drayton Manor Hotel over the February half term holidays. All opinions and words are as always our own
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