During the Easter holidays we went and visited Alton Towers and had a brilliant time. It’s a bit of a journey for us and we needed to have a 1 night stay to make it worthwhile going.
As Merlin Annual Pass holders you get access to the Merlin Holiday Club, where you get discounts off any of the Merlin hotels. A friend of mine who has had Merlin passes for a while, said that the discounts start at 40% off in January and then throughout the year, go down to 30%, 20% etc.
When looking at the different hotels at Alton Towers, you really are spoilt for choice, there is something for everyone. We loved the look of the Enchanted Village and the lodges looked so cute. Because of the discount they offered, it wasn’t that much more expensive than the Splash Landings hotel.
We decided the extra money was worth it, in the hope that the enchanted village might be quieter.
We arrived just after lunch and checked in, our lodge wasn’t ready yet which we expected and they kindly looked after our luggage for us. We then headed over to the waterpark in the splash landings hotel for a fun afternoon swimming.
After swimming we went back to the Enchanted Village collected our luggage and went to our home for the night. The village was so quiet and no cars are allowed to drive around it, making it nice and safe for the girls to walk around.
The roofs of the lodges look like hats which eagle eyed Alice spotted straight away. We had a lovely decking area at the front with a bench. It wasn’t a particularly nice day, so we sadly didn’t sit outside.
Inside you go straight into the main bedroom, like you would in a hotel room. There was a double bed, which had a book leant on the pillow which made perfect bedtime reading later on for the girls.
There was two chairs and a little table, a wardrobe and dressing table area, which also had tea and coffee facilities. The bathroom was also just off the bedroom, which had heated towel rails and plenty of towels.
The girls room was behind a curtain next to the bathroom. They squealed with delight when they saw the bunk beds. They each had a light next to their bed, which was perfect for nighttime.
There was also a third trundle bed that you could’ve pulled out if needed. Plus a travel cot was stood folded in the corner. Which means depending on the age of your children, you could have slept 4 children in the lodge. Three in the children’s section and then have the travel cot in the main bedroom.
There was a lot more room, than I was expecting and Holly sat down to do her favourite thing before dinner. Stickers! She would do them all day long if she could.
In between the bathroom and the girls area was a little fairy door and window which the girls loved. There was even a light switch to turn a light on behind the window, the girls were convinced a fairy lived there. So magical for children.
In the village there is a shop, which opens in the evenings from 6pm-9pm and there are a few games in there too.
There is also a children’s play area, but it was raining when we went to dinner which meant the girls didn’t get to have a play.
Next to reception is the Crooked Spoon restaurant where we ate dinner and breakfast the next day. It was recommended that you pre-book your dinner and breakfast slots before you arrive, which we had done.
The children’s menu had a great selection and an option of either 2 courses or 3 courses. Holly had pizza and chips and Alice had the chicken roast dinner. They both had an ice cream sundae for dessert.
The main menu had a good selection too. Andy had a lamb burger and I had a chicken burger, the portion sizes were big and neither of us could fit in a dessert. Which is very unlike us.
Breakfast the next morning was a buffet breakfast and we all filled up our bellies ahead of our day at Alton Towers.
After dinner we went back to our lodge, the girls got ready for bed and we read the book they had left on our bed. The girls were very excited to go to bed, as this was the first time they had slept in bunk beds. Thankfully it was lovely and quiet in the enchanted village and the girls were soon fast asleep. Which is a miracle for Alice as she is usually a little pickle when we sleep in unusual places.
We had a lovely stay at the Enchanted Village it really made a difference to our trip to Alton Towers. The lodges were lovely and perfect for a family to stay in for a short break. The village had everything we needed with a shop, play area and restaurant . Meaning we didn’t have to go far.
You can find information about the Enchanted Village and all the hotels at Alton Towers here.
Disclosure: We paid for our lodge at the Enchanted Village and all our meals. We did however receive our Merlin Annual Passes, which gave us a discount because we are Merlin Annual Pass ambassadors.