The Best Hotels to Book Near Chessington World of Adventures, UK

Woodlands Park Hotel dates back to the late 19th century
Woodlands Park Hotel dates back to the late 19th century | Courtesy of Woodlands Park Hotel /
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23 September 2021

Half zoo and half theme park, Chessington World of Adventures, UK, is made for family breaks. More than 1,000 animals inhabit the safari park and aquarium, including tigers and capybaras. Animal-themed carousels, rollercoasters and water rides fill the theme park. With so much to see and do, a stay at a nearby hotel can ensure you make the most of the park. Here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.

Chessington Azteca and Safari Resort

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Choose between the Azteca Hotel, with its toucan, monkey and Aztec temple theme, or the adjacent Safari Hotel, where rooms might be zebra or perhaps penguin themed. The Safari has a view of the African animals in the park, while both serve themed breakfasts and include theme park access with overnight stays. Entertainment on offer, shared between both hotels, includes live shows and a kids’ club. This one is perfect for families with younger children.

José Pizarro the Swan Inn

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In the leafy town of Esher, a 15-minute drive from Chessington World of Adventures, the Swan Inn is a country-style pub with boutique rooms. The pub may be traditionally British in feel, but the menu showcases chef José Pizarro’s Spanish-style tapas and paella dishes. There’s also a particularly good selection of Spanish wines (though you can sip a pint of British ale if you fancy). Rooms are in the converted barn next door, and the mosaic tiles in the rainfall showers are a nod to Pizarro’s Spanish roots.

The Mitre, Hampton Court

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On the banks of the Thames, next to Hampton Court Palace, the Mitre combines British tradition with elegance. Classic rooms for couples, lavish suites with free-standing tubs and family rooms with curtained bunk beds make up the collection. There are even dog-friendly rooms with dog beds. At dinner time, watch the swans drift by on the river as you enjoy fresh oysters at the 1665 Riverside Brasserie. The boat shack bar, Whispering Angel, is the perfect spot for a sundowner on the banks of the Thames.

Woodlands Park Hotel

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Built for industrialist William Bryant in 1885, this Tudor-style mansion was one of the first houses in the UK to get electric lighting. The oak-panelled lobby looks like an ancient monastic library, and the traditional luxury continues in the oil painting-adorned Oak Room Restaurant, which serves English delights such as slow-cooked old spot pork belly and Snowdonia leg of lamb. The hotel is surrounded by the Surrey countryside, just 6mi (10km) from the Surrey Hills. Also, if you want to have a family day out, Chessington World of Adventures is just a 15-minute drive away.

Hotel Bosco

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In the centre of Surbiton, a 15-minute drive from Chessington World of Adventures, Hotel Bosco is a stylish property. Choosing a room is easy with just two options – the double executive room or the double executive with a balcony. Either way, you’ll be in a chic room with a plush king-size bed. Breakfast is served in the sleek bar and is continental style, and in the evening, the bar offers a global menu catering to all tastes.

Warren House

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This Victorian hotel, next to Richmond Park, is set in 5 acres (2ha) of stunning, landscaped gardens. Each room is individually designed with original features, such as corniced ceilings and ornately carved headboards, serving as a reminder of the building’s history. All kinds of travellers are catered for with rooms ranging from standard singles and doubles to two-bedroom apartments perfect for families. Chessington World of Adventures is a 20-minute drive away, and if you fancy a little downtime after all the excitement, the hotel’s indoor heated pool and sauna await you.

Oatlands Park Hotel

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This luxurious hotel sits on the site of a grand royal palace built by Henry VIII. Its 10 acres (4ha) of grounds and sumptuous rooms have been carefully restored, so the hotel feels like it’s once again fit for royalty. The Mulberry Restaurant overlooks the beautiful landscape and serves a selection of modern British cuisine – think herb-crusted lamb, rose-pink duck breast with a jus of umami-rich lemongrass and honey, and classic rib-eye steak. Afternoon teas are a lavish affair and attract non-guests from far and wide.

Hand and Spear

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With beautifully bespoke bedrooms and an award-winning pub menu, the Hand and Spear models itself on the coaching inns of old. Local ingredients are the focus of the pub menu, where the staff can tell you the name of the boat that landed the catch of the day, and the strawberries for the Eton mess are grown within 10mi (16km). Rooms are themed with butterflies and botanicals, and every stay comes with a complimentary glass of port and handmade rocky road on arrival.

Chessington is only an hour’s drive from central London, so expand your holiday with a stay in the UK capital. Through Culture Trip, you can book more great hotels close to family-friendly attractions, such as the best hotels near London Zoo or the best near the Natural History Museum. If you have some time to fill, check out some unmissable London food and drink experiences as well as the best outdoor venues and restaurants.

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