Within the Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey, the Chessington Safari Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Chessington) is a super-family-friendly place to stay for those wanting to get the most out of the famous themepark, zoo and aquarium – indeed, it's featured among the top 25 UK family hotels in TripAdvisor's Traveller's Choice Awards.

Safari-themed, the hotel is full to the brim with facilities, including a Wii room, a children's movie corner, a swimming pool and a restaurant – shared with the newer Chessington Azteca Hotel to which it is linked, and which has another restaurant.

Some rooms look out onto one of the zoo's animal reserves; they include a few African Adventure family rooms with a canvas sleeping area for kids, Penguins of Madagascar rooms, and a few new-in-2017 Gruffalo-themed rooms with bathroom TVs, Gruffalo movies and kids' towelling ponchos, a hidden door with a Gruffalo gift and VIP parking.

Hotel guests benefit from early park entry, helping them avoid queues, after-hours access to the African 'village' and animal reserve, and the option of special events such as early-morning giraffe-feeding sessions.

See our feature on a family break at Chessington World of Adventures Resort including a stay at the Safari Hotel.


A 30-minute drive or train ride south of London.

Chessington Safari Hotel

What to expect

Kids club
Indoor pool
Indoor play
Family rooms


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Character breakfasts (meet famous characters during breakfast; selected days and dates).

Movie area for kids in lobby.

Computer games room.

Wildlife discoveries and animal encounters (selected days and dates; extra charge).

Indoor pool (whirlpool; sauna; steam room; spa).

Restaurant and room service.


Rangers Club (games; activities and entertainment programme; selected days and dates).


African Adventure family rooms sleep 2 adults and 2 children in a double bed and canvas tented sleeping area for kids.

Family rooms sleep up to 5, some with a separate children's area. Penguins of Madagascar and Gruffalo themed family rooms have a kids' sleeping area with a bunk-bed and a trundle. Some rooms have views over the animal reserve.