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OVERVIEW

Staying here is the next best thing to being on safari. Extravagantly designed tiger, penguin, zebra and giraffe-themed rooms with a loo flush that tweets or roars, meet and greet character breakfasts, children's games, family discos and priority access to reserves and selected theme park rides will keep all the family amused.


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Kathryn Liston
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A travel writer for more than 40 years, Kathryn has visited more than 100 countries - and has loved every minute of it. Whether she’s cycling down a volcano in Maui (Hawaii), dog sledding in Sweden or cycling along the Rhine, it’s been a fun ride! You’ll find her articles and hotel reviews in national newspapers, such as The Telegraph and Observer, national magazines, online (Silver Travel Advisor) and in the travel trade press.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel is just outside the gates to Chessington World of Adventures and overlooking the Wanyama Reserve with its roaming giraffe and zebra. It is two miles to the A3, M25 and Chessington South station where trains to London take 35 minutes. It's a five-minute walk to Chessington World of Adventure's exhilarating rides, sea life centre and wildlife shows.

By car: around 1 hour from London, 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and 3 hours 30 minutes from Sheffield. There is free parking available on-site.

By train: there is a direct line to Chessington South Station from London Waterloo, the train takes around 30 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Chessington.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The family safari theme hits you the moment you enter the lobby with pulsating African music in reception and steps at the counter so that little ones can check-in. Themed rooms are amazing, with their giant soft toy, furry throws and life-like wild animal wallpaper. With so many families, the hotel is busy and noisy.

THE FACILITIES

Service in the restaurant is haphazard and young staff, though willing and friendly, appear to be largely unsupervised so plates are not cleared. There's a 15-metre indoor swimming pool and splash pool, gym, sauna, steam room, children's area showing back-to-back films and Rangers kids club at weekends and school holidays.

  • Kids' club
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
  • Fitness centre
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

All rooms sleep four or five people, some have separate children's sleeping areas and views of the Wanyama Reserve. Themed rooms are impressively furbished with paw prints, pictures, fun games and soft toys.

Room types: Discovery Standard, Penguin, Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Giraffe, Tiger, African Adventure, Standard, Accessible, Zebra, Monkey Temple

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with free toiletries, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Classic bistro fare in the Zafari Bar & Grill is amazingly tasty. Mushroom soup has a rich depth of flavour and the sticky toffee pudding was moreish. Buffet breakfast offers a wide choice of fresh fruit, cereals and hot full English items. Disappointingly, juice and coffee are from a machine.

Zafari Bar & Grill: fun, bistro-style, family favourites. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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