On Friday we were invited to the launch of the brand spanking new Azteca Hotel at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
And oh my is it fantastic, after checking in we were greeted by a friendly giraffe in reception and we knew we were set for a pretty wild adventure over the next two days. In reception there is also a couple of iguanas and tortoises.
The new Azteca Hotel is adjoining the already popular Safari Hotel that has been open for some years, they are joined by a glass walkway on level 2, from which you can see the animals in the Zufari park.
We headed to our room for the night and were suitably impressed, the hotel is themed as an Aztec Temple with the rooms carrying on the theme with Monkeys, Tropical Birds, Butterflies and more all over the show.
The rooms can happily accommodate a family of upto 5, with a super comfy double bed, bunk beds and a trundle bed. All rooms have a well planned separate sleeping area for your Little Pickles, this area includes a TV plus a secret vault, we finally managed to crack the code and the Pickles lived their rewards.
The parents sleeping area has a second TV, dressing table/desk, chair, a storage trunk (remember to check this before you leave, as we nearly left a beloved teddy in there) plus lots of plugs to charge the families numerous phones, tablets and other gadgets.
The bathroom was pretty wild too with a lovely shower, yes I lost myself in there for a bit of peace while the pickles were arguing over which film to watch on the TV. The shower is lovely and powerful.
Plus there is all the essentials for usually found in hotel rooms including a kettle, cups, tea and coffee making supplies plus an iron and ironing board, no fear I didn’t change a habit of a life time and use this.
The Hotel Facilities
The Azteca Hotel has the Temple Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant overlooking the animals in the Zufari Park serves a huge selection of food from a healthy salad bar, to a kids range of food, to lots of hot, meat and vegetarian dishes cooked in the open kitchen. Then most importantly the yummiest selection of desserts, and yes I did sample one or two, so the diet went out the window yet again oops!
We were welcomed in the bar with some tasty cocktails (I only had one or two, ok ok I admit it 3) plus the kids had non alcoholic alternatives.
There is an outdoor bar area which played hits to our evenings entertainment, including stilt walkers, tribal dancing, meeting some of the animals including a snake, skunk and Parrot, a very magical illusionist and then a pretty impressive fire show to finish the evenings entertainment.
The hotels share two pools, one very child friendly one that carrys on the tropical theme. Hotel guest’s children have also have access to activities and entertainment in the Rangers Club.
Plus Azteca Hotel guests have access to the Safari Restaurant and Bar too.
The Added Extras
Being a guest in either of the hotels allows you early access the the park and some rides from 9am and hour before the gates open to the general public.
Character Breakfast on our stay Alex from Madagascar joined the guests for breakfast.
Evening Access to the Amazu Play Area plus Wanyama Village & Reserve, which allows your Little Pickles to run/climb off some energy before bed.
So what was our verdict, well can’t you guess we loved it and would highly recommend a weekend at Chessington for all the family.
Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets