Took two of my grandsons for their annual treat to Thorpe Park but this year decided to do a two day treat with an overnight stay in the on-site hotel. We combined it with one of the Park's Summer Nights extras when you can stay on the rides until 10pm. This would usually have cost £15 each if tagged onto a day ticket but as we were staying in the hotel it was included.
On arrival at the park I showed my hotel booking confirmation to the guys in the car park and drove straight to the dedicated hotel/disabled parking area, right next to the park entrance.
Check in is any time between 3pm and 11pm and so I left it until around 5pm and left the boys to do their own thing in the park while I sorted everything out.
Check in was quick and easy and I was given a wrist band to prove that we were staying in the hotel (the boys had to collect theirs in person later) and proceeded to the room. The rooms are on two levels accessed by metal walkways and give the appearance of being converted shipping containers, and we were at the far end on the first floor so nice and quiet.
I had expected it to be quite small and I wasn't wrong! Most of the room is taken up by the double bed and the bunk beds with the double bed along one wall and the width of the room being the length of the bed. The bunk beds are at right angles to the double bed (opposite the door) and the length of the room is the width of the bed plus the length of the bunks (hope you are getting the picture). Opposite the bunks, next to the door is a waist height shelf with drawers and a very small hanging space underneath. All very compact!!! At the opposite end to the bed is the wet room with shower, wash basin and loo. Like I said it is VERY small, but spotlessly clean.
Word of warning, if you are claustrophobic I would not recommend this for you at all as there are no opening windows, only a "porthole" in the door that is about a foot in diameter. I tend to get like this sometimes, but I had guessed it would be small and had prepared myself mentally for it.
The air conditioning is very effective though and is controlled by a remote handset in the room although it is very noisy. My eldest grandson snores and talks in his sleep for England so I had armed myself with a pair of earplugs anyway so this helped with the aircon noise too.
The room has a flat screen TV set on the wall at the front of the double bed and when it was angled correctly, the boys could see it from the bunk beds.
The only amenities provided in the room was a couple of small bottles of water (only two for three guests???) and one pouch of shampoo and one of shower gel. Not very good for three people, but I had taken my own.
Dinner is not included in the package but is taken in the 360 Grill and Bar and as it was a "Summer Nights" extra most of the eateries in the park were also open, but we chose to eat in the Grill. Note - book a table for the evening during the day, as it can be busy.
The menu choice is small but the food was good and very welcome after a long day in the park.
Breakfast is included in the package and is again served in the 360 grill and is a self service buffet with fruit juice, tea and coffee, cereals, pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt as well as the usual English breakfast must haves - bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and hash browns. All well cooked and very tasty.
Check out is at 10am so we had cleared the room and taken our gear back to the car before breakfast, ready to hit the park as soon as it opened for hotel guests, 45 minutes before the main opening. Out hotel wrist bands also gave us fast track passes to any rides until 10:30.
The only problem we did have is that the "plug" in the basin is of the swivel type often used in hotels and I had rinsed out a pair of laces from one of the boys' trainers as he wanted to put them in his other pair and they were sandy. The result was that the sand grains got between the plug and the plug hole and the plug wouldn't swivel so we couldn't let the water out of the sink. As it was during the evening there was no one on site who could sort it out for us, but I told the Receptionist that we would manage and she gave us two extra fast track passes to make up for our inconvenience.
All in all it was a good experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend staying in the Thorpe Shark hotel. However, I personally wouldn't do it again as we all felt, even the boys, that two days (and an evening) was far too long in the park and if it hadn't been for the fact that the boys had had two hours on the Flow Rider surfing experience on the first evening and again on the second morning then I think we would have been ready to leave by lunch time on the second day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THORPE PARK Resort has a new addition to the thrilling line up this year as the Park opens the brand new THORPE SHARK Hotel, adding even more bite to a fun packed visit to the UKs most thrilling theme park. The new look hotel situated on the THORPE PARK Resort Island features 90 shark-tastic rooms in a stunning waterfront location, only a fin away from iconic world class rollercoasters. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- THORPE SHARK Hotel Chertsey, Surrey