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Chessington Safari Hotel, Surrey

Gruffalo themed family rooms at Chessington Safari Hotel.Gruffalo themed family rooms at Chessington Safari Hotel.

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.

What to Expect:
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Indoor pool
  • Kids' club
  • Spa


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.


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.

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Special offers

Father Christmas Sleepover from just £99 per family

This Christmas, celebrate with The Gruffalo and Stick Man and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto! Plus, enjoy some family favourite rides and discover amazing animals at Chessington's Zoo and SEA LIFE centre.
Don't miss out on a roarsome winter adventure with Chessington Holidays.

  • An overnight stay at the Resort's wonderful hotel
  • A delicious breakfast in the morning
  • 2 days access to our Winter's Tail Park event
  • Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto
  • 2 days entry to Chessington Zoo and SEA LIFE centre
  • Animal Meet & Greets

Father Christmas Sleepovers are offered 6-8th December and 12th-23rd December (subject to avilability).

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

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