Warning – there was nothing remotely romantic about our weekend. For a romantic getaway take a look at THIS post! However, we did just had the best weekend at Drayton Manor! I apologise, we took the worst photos. We were completely shattered after our day at Thomas Land!
Usually we go to Center Parcs for the Winter Wonderland but Longleat are doing some refurbishment at the mo and we thought we’d save our pennies for next year when they’ve finished. Instead, I treated b to a trip to Thomas Land and a night at the Drayton Manor hotel, in a Thomas themed bedroom! The complete package wasn’t cheap and came in at £260 for the three of us. This included Thomas Land tickets, a visit to see Santa and one night in the themed room, including breakfast.
I’d seen this packaged advertised last Christmas when my mum showed me an article in one of the daily newspapers. Ever since seeing that, I’ve wanted to take b. The day I booked it, I told b we were going to Thomas Land – his reply was “I don’t like Thomas any more”. Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.
Anyways after a FAB day at Thomas Land, we were ready to crash out in our bunk beds. The evening didn’t start out so well… We checked in, all fine and trotted off to our room – 222. And as these things only happen to me, the key cards wouldn’t work. Both of them! Typical ey. So I sent mr d back downstairs while I loitered with b outside 222. Five minutes later mr d arrives – he told me the receptionist had coded the wrong room in – 122. Ah ok, simple mistake, no problem. So there we are, trying to get into this bloody room again! And the cards still wouldn’t work! At this point mr d is getting severely p8ssed off! I send him back downstairs and it turns out he’d misunderstood the receptionist. OUR room was 122. She’d written 222 on the card by mistake. Doh.
Anyways, faff over and we finally get into our Thomas room – yay! Apologies to whoever was inside room 222!
The themed rooms are at the end of the corridor and have track carpet leading up to them. When you enter, the track carries on into the room. In our room, we had the Thomas area to the right and our bed and TV to the left. The little man loved it and promptly messed up his neatly made bed. The bunk beds come complete with their own dvd players and Thomas fleece blankets. You can’t take the fleece blankets with you but you can buy them from reception. There was even Thomas bubble bath in the bathroom too. I thought this was a cute addition. Of course we used it…not. B was adamant he wasn’t having a bath and mr d and I were too knackered to care.
As soon as we got in our room, b decided it would be fun to empty the whole suitcase. Yay.
Once unpacked and freshened up, we headed downstairs to grab a bite to eat. There is a restaurant and bar onsite or you can walk across the carpark to the bar and grill. We stayed at the hotel and shared a club sarnie. We weren’t overly hungry as we’d only just had pizza at 3pm! B still managed to polish off a good amount of chicken and bacon though. We typically don’t enjoy eating out but this eve we weren’t overly worried. The majority of people eating in the restaurant had a toddler in tow.
They have a little wooden train track and you can hire trains from reception. Tip – just bring some of your own! it was a bit frustrating explaining to b that the trains other kids had were their trains. We didn’t realise you could hire trains until we went to bed. Oops. probably a blessing in disguise though to be honest. imagine trying to explain to your toddler than you now have to give the trains back!
Mr d was a little apprehensive about sharing a room with b but on the whole it was fine. B didn’t really settle until we went to bed too at 10pm. But by that time we were all shattered and b nodded off without any problems. He slept really well, right through till gone 8am! We did wake in the night but that was only because we heard another kid crying.
Next morning we were down for breakfast by half 9. It wasn’t too busy and the majority of people there had kids. There was a good selection of hot and cold breaky items. I went for the cooked breakfast and it was yummy. B had fruit and toast and he was happy with that. By ten we were back on the road again, heading home to check on the cats and unpack. If the weather had been nice we might have made a bit more of a day out but it was tipping it down. A DVD duvet day was called for ; -)
Have you stayed at Drayton Manor hotel? Did you stay in a themed room? What did you think? Overall it was lovely but probably not worth the cost. I think b would have still have a nice time in a regular hotel room. The novelty of just being in a room with mummy and daddy and being up late would have been enough I think. The whole experience has made us consider going away in the new year for a weekend hotel break with b…we shall see!
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Disclaimer: There is none. I booked a night in the hotel as part of a package with the theme park. This review is write-up of our stay.