Review of Drayton Manor Hotel

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.

Drayton Manor Hotel

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 –
Drayton Manor Hotel website –
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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41 thoughts on “Review of Drayton Manor Hotel

  1. Candace

    We are not far from Drayton Manor so this isn’t something I would ever consider but for those living further a way than us this looks like a lovely place to stay

    1. Lisa Post author

      As you say Candace, it is perfect for families who need to travel a distance to get the Drayton Manor as you wake up ready to hit the theme park and have a fun packed day:)

    1. Lisa Post author

      Oh you definitely should Zoe. The food is great and incredibly reasonable too. Take a look online before you dine to check for any offers;)

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes good customer service is absolutely key Zena. I truly feel that spending money on facilities, decor, amenities, etc is in vain if the management cannot get staff who deliver excellent levels of customer service. I also do not think you can necessarily train someone to empathise with parents of young children because unless you have experienced it yourself it is impossible to know the consequences of (in our situation) tired, grumpy kids who have spent hours in a car! We were most impressed with all the staff we encountered during our weekend especially the two mentioned in my article.

      Great to see that you also had a great day at Drayton Manor today Zena:)

  2. Sarah Ebner

    It’s so lovely how thoughtful the staff were – I can really imagine how much it must have helped to have the food ready for you. That’s brilliant and sounds like it helped to start off a lovely stay, as opposed to a super-stressful one!

    1. Lisa Post author

      It made a huge difference Sarah. It meant that we were able to quickly get our boys fed and into bed ready for the next full day of excitement at Thomas Land, prior to them having bedtime meltdowns! Thanks for stopping by

  3. Alana

    The Thomas themed room sounds amazing – my little boy would absolutely love that! Although, as you said it would probably be impossible to get little ones to sleep there they’d be so excited. Glad you had a lovely stay.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Alana. I think the key to staying in the themed rooms would be to arrive nice and early for your children to enjoy the themed room and become acquainted with it. As we arrived at the hotel after 8pm I was grateful for a regular room to get my boys both in bed and asleep as quick as possible ready for a full day on the Saturday;)

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes it was a real treat Cathy. We had a lovely leisurely breakfast and several coffees before a fun day at Thomas Land. I could have quite happily strolled back into the hotel for another overnight stay after leaving the park!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes it makes a huge difference Sarah. Many restaurants and hotels state that they are family friendly when in fact they are just tolerant of children and families. The Grill Inn and Drayton Manor Hotel staff all made us feel like they knew exactly what it was like to be travelling with young children and went out of their way to ensure we had a thoroughly memorable weekend.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks Elizabeth. Yes I do love a few short breaks to break up the routine. Especially in the colder months, gives the whole family an adventure to look forward to

    1. Lisa Post author

      It truly does, I wish every hotel/restaurant offered the same level of understanding for parents with young children. I often think that as the hospitality industry employs many young staff who do not yet have children they can not empathise with customers who do. It was in the restaurants best interest to serve us as quick as possible as two tired hungry boys are not much fun for fellow diners!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes the hotel caters for families very well. They have clearly spoken to parents to find out exactly what they need when staying overnight with young children;)

    1. Lisa Post author

      The Operations Manager has seen this review and passed on to his team Danny:) I often think as a nation we are quick to complain but not so great at complimenting staff who go above and beyond. I am rather cross at myself for not taking note of the waitresses name and also the bar man (who refused for us to pay for milk). Small gestures but very much appreciated by parents of young children.

  4. Thomas Burgess


    I am the manager at the Grill Inn and I just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely review of the restaurant and the hotel. I’m extremely happy that you had such a wonderful time and hope to welcome you back soon.

    Tom Burgess
    Grill Inn Manager

    1. Lisa Post author

      You are very welcome Tom. Please do pass on our thanks to your waitress, being able to order in advance truly did make a huge difference to our evening. Kind regards, Lisa

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