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10 Hotel Rooms at the Alton Towers Hotel
AstroDan
post Nov 11 2006, 11:49 PM
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It's cheaper than your halls of residence, less than the price of a CD, it's 5 pints of lager - That's right, folks. Alton Towers and Lastminute.com appear to have teamed up to offer what may be the cheapest hotel rooms in the British Isles!

Between now and December 13th, nearly everynight except a couple of Saturdays, rooms sleeping up to 4 people are available in the Alton Towers Hotel for the amazing price of just 9.99 on a room only basis (some Saturdays are 19.99), meaning 2 can stay over for just 5 each or 4 works out at an incredible 2.50 each.

Go to the hotels section of www.lastminute.com to book and find out more.

I have already booked 3 nights in total - even my parents are going to go and do the Spa then stay over!

The Waterpark and Spa will be open every day and the park will also be open at weekends for tours of the Towers and strolls in the Gardens.

Bargains indeed!

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John
post Nov 12 2006, 12:48 AM
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Good offer, and should position Alton Towers 'Resort' at the top of the list of theme park resorts popular for big money drug deals, wife swapping and pornographic production during the off season. smile.gif
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post Nov 12 2006, 9:39 AM
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Only ones I can find on lastminute.com are more expensive sad.gif

Edit: Just found it!

At prices like these maybe we should have a pre christmas almanac drink session? What do ya think?

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post Nov 12 2006, 11:01 AM
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QUOTE (Graeme @ Nov 12 2006, 09:39 AM) *
Only ones I can find on lastminute.com are more expensive sad.gif

Edit: Just found it!

At prices like these maybe we should have a pre christmas almanac drink session? What do ya think?


Well I know TTF are going from the 1st-2nd December, in total we've ended up booking 4 or 5 rooms. I'd say it is definitely worth it, as at that price it's hard to refuse.

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post Nov 12 2006, 12:55 PM
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Great price - their winter weekends must be pretty dead without the draw of a selection of rides.

I've booked for one night - not stayed this year so this corrects that.

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post Nov 12 2006, 1:08 PM
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Going up next weekend and will do the tour of the gardens/towers.

When I was up last weekend, I walked through Splash and it was absolutely dead, no guests there at all. I think maybe the hotels are having a rough time, their reviews on tripadvisor certainally are nothing to be proud about.
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post Nov 12 2006, 1:26 PM
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In all honesty here are my plus points and minus points about the park hotels:

Negatives
  • For 2/3 of the time, the hotels are vastly over-priced.
  • The bathrooms in the Alton Towers Hotel are dated and need refurbishing badly, there is mildew and often mould!
  • The maintainence is not always as good as it should be - take the ATH lifts and the Splash lifts not always working with sound etc.
  • Service is often not as it should be, TTF were in Flam; i mean Shambo's the other weekend and it was far from satisfactory for the price. The receptionists are usually great though!
Positives
  • Both hotels are generally very nice.
  • The rooms, particularly in the ATH, are very big.
  • The freebies, such as Towers Trumps, are a nice touch.
  • The Water Park is truly superb.
  • The Spa is a good alternative if you don't want to go into Cariba Creek.
  • The Hotels take special events more seriously than Towers.
  • Good offers can,from time to time,make the hotels excellent value.
  • The carpets are excellent quality happy.gif
  • The hotel gardens are pleasant
Definitely good for 10, probably good for 60, but not so sure if good for 100.


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post Nov 12 2006, 4:39 PM
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Yeah to be honest 99 is usually the most I am prepared to pay for a night in AT hotel. I prefer AT hotel to Splash though, I find the rooms more comfortable and the hotel has a nicer feel about it.

I doubt we will eat in the hotel during the night, i'm not prepared to pay 20 for a meal when I can go 5 mins down the road and get one for half the price and better quality.
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post Nov 12 2006, 5:11 PM
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What's the Secret Garden like these days? I noticed they have a new menu, and it looks very nice (i looked at the pdf file on the Alton Towers website). The starters and desserts are about average price (4-5) and the mains 9+, so it would probably work out 17-18 ish for 3 courses, which I don't find too bad really for a resort, but then again, not sure whether it's very nice? I went to a country pub lastnight and spent 15 there on 3 courses, so to be honest the ATH menu doesn't appear too much more.

Anyone care to assist.

(and if anyone wants a good pub, 5 minutes drive from Uttoxeter on the way to Marchington, The Blacksmiths Arms - one of the best pubs for food I have ever been to)


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post Nov 12 2006, 5:17 PM
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I will be honest - i've never had a "bad" meal in the secret garden, then again i've never had an outstanding one. The food gets brought to the table in a matter of a few minutes so I can only assume its ready made and kept warm. I suppose if its 17-18 for 3 courses then it may be cheaper staying in there rather than using petrol to get to another pub.

However I wouldnt eat in Splash, I find the food in there awful.
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post Nov 12 2006, 5:25 PM
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QUOTE (garyholc @ Nov 12 2006, 05:17 PM) *
However I wouldnt eat in Splash, I find the food in there awful.

I ate in Flambo's for the first time on the Gaydar weekend and found the food to be distinctly average at best, lumpy gravy and rock solid garlic bread, eww.
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post Nov 12 2006, 5:32 PM
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Problem is that its just kept warm under those lights for god knows how long
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post Nov 12 2006, 5:40 PM
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Just thought I'd better add something that's been mentioned in the cheap rooms topic on MoneySavingExpert.

British Naturism are running an event 17th - 19th November in the Splash Landings Hotel, 6pm Friday until 12pm Sunday nudity will be allowed around the Splash hotel (and Cariba Creek too?).

Details on the BN site: http://www.british-naturism.org.uk/pages/p...asp?page_ID=105

Not sure how this will affect access to the waterpark and facilities in Splash Landings so you may want to check with Alton Towers Hotels direct if you're thinking of booking a cheap ATH room on those dates!
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post Nov 12 2006, 5:42 PM
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Oh cool. I'm there that weekend!!!!! Better charge up the camera! lol Hey just a thought, but do the AT staff have to comply as well? Just some of the lifeguards were quite nice last time I was there.

On a more serious not, i've emailed AT to ask if we can use the waterpark. I'll be a bit annoyed if we cannot as there is nothing on the offical website to warn people of this...

Thinking about it - I wonder if they WILL let people use the waterpark, but only if they go in wearing nothing as well...... ummmmm... gonna have to think about this one!
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post Nov 12 2006, 8:04 PM
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Hi there,
Me and a few friends are hoping to take advantage of this allmighty offer but we need to know something.
Does anyone know what age ATH classes you as an adult? We are four 15 year olds who desperatley want a room!


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Consider yourself adults!
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Really?
What is the adult age then?


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post Nov 12 2006, 9:44 PM
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QUOTE (oddjob777 @ Nov 12 2006, 08:04 PM) *
Hi there,
Me and a few friends are hoping to take advantage of this allmighty offer but we need to know something.
Does anyone know what age ATH classes you as an adult? We are four 15 year olds who desperatley want a room!

You're best to call the hotel and check their policy. I enquired about this a few years back but can't remember for sure what the answer was. It might have been that they required permission from a parent (and also their agreement to be responsible for any damage) or I could be making that up, or it may have changed.

It's best to check with the hotel so you know the info is correct to avoid any disappointment.
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Dont worry, i will be calling the hotel to make tripley sure tomorrow smile.gif


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post Nov 13 2006, 3:06 PM
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Just a heads up that the prices have changed a bit.

Sun - Thu is now 10/room
Fri nights are now 20/room
Sat nights are now 40/room

There's a few extra dates available as well now including Saturdays this month.
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