Minions and Cinderella – the world’s best hotel rooms for kids

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Ditching the mini bar for stashes of chocolates and sweets, these wacky and wonderful hotel rooms have been specially designed for children.

For wannabe princesses, the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida would be the ultimate place to kip – although reservations cannot be made and one-night stays are given away throughout the year.  

Meanwhile, aspiring ninjas might want to check out the new Ninjago rooms at the Legoland Windsor Resort, with a number of Lego weapons to practice their moves with. Scroll down to see the hotel spots that cater to tiny tots…

Gruffalo rooms, Chessington Safari Hotel, UK 


Wood you believe it! Chessington Safari Hotel's Gruffalo bedrooms make for a fun family break

Wood you believe it! Chessington Safari Hotel's Gruffalo bedrooms make for a fun family break

Wood you believe it! Chessington Safari Hotel’s Gruffalo bedrooms make for a fun family break

Venture into the deep dark wood at the Chessington Safari Hotel’s Gruffalo bedrooms.

Guests can watch Gruffalo animated films while they’re immersed in their magical room.

The room, which starts at £511 per night, sleeps five people with a double bed and bunk beds. There is also an ensuite bathroom with a shower and tub.

The Chocolate Room, Alton Towers Hotel, UK

At Alton Towers Hotel's Chocolate Room children are invited to step inside a sugary-themed railway cabin and explore the compartments to find hidden sweet treats

At Alton Towers Hotel's Chocolate Room children are invited to step inside a sugary-themed railway cabin and explore the compartments to find hidden sweet treats

At Alton Towers Hotel’s Chocolate Room children are invited to step inside a sugary-themed railway cabin and explore the compartments to find hidden sweet treats

Alton Towers Hotel’s Chocolate Room invites children to step inside a sugary-themed railway cabin and explore the compartments to find hidden sweet treats.


The room, which sleeps up to six people and starts from around £200, features a hidden supply of Cadbury’s chocolate that can be replenished. Other room themes at the resort include Coca Cola, Peter Rabbit and Postman Pat.

Stays come with a free round of crazy golf and guests benefit from early access to the Alton Towers theme park.

The Eloise Suite, The Plaza, New York

The Plaza in New York boasts an Eloise suite, which features outrageous and fun décor in shades of pink and black by celebrated designer Betsey Johnson

The Plaza in New York boasts an Eloise suite, which features outrageous and fun décor in shades of pink and black by celebrated designer Betsey Johnson

The Plaza in New York boasts an Eloise suite, which features outrageous and fun décor in shades of pink and black by celebrated designer Betsey Johnson

Kay Thompson’s Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups and its mischievous young heroine has been delighting readers since its publication in 1955.

In 2010, The Plaza in New York had the novel idea of opening an eye-catching Eloise suite, which was fitting, because in the book, the character lives on the top floor of the hotel.

It features outrageous and fun décor in shades of pink and black by celebrated designer Betsey Johnson and costs from £1,653 ($2,193) a night. The rate includes an Eloise-themed afternoon tea, a $100 gift card to the Eloise shop and an Eloise Book.

Family Style, The London Edition

The Family Style-themed stay at The London Edition hotel includes overnight accommodation in a spacious loft or suite with a complimentary connecting room

The Family Style-themed stay at The London Edition hotel includes overnight accommodation in a spacious loft or suite with a complimentary connecting room

The Family Style-themed stay at The London Edition hotel includes overnight accommodation in a spacious loft or suite with a complimentary connecting room

The Family Style-themed stay at The London Edition hotel includes overnight accommodation in a spacious loft or suite with a complimentary connecting room.

Room rates include English breakfast in the sumptuous Berners Tavern restaurant.

Meanwhile, the children a greeted by a plethora of treats, a specially-curated city guide and a London-inspired in-room tent. Rates start at £695.

Swizzels Suite, Gulliver’s Hotel, Cheshire  

In the Swizzels suite at Gulliver's Hotel in Cheshire, kids get to sleep in a sweet factory-themed bunk bed area while parents can relax on a comfortable king size bed

In the Swizzels suite at Gulliver's Hotel in Cheshire, kids get to sleep in a sweet factory-themed bunk bed area while parents can relax on a comfortable king size bed

In the Swizzels suite at Gulliver’s Hotel in Cheshire, kids get to sleep in a sweet factory-themed bunk bed area while parents can relax on a comfortable king size bed

Children can enter a world full of their favourite sweets, such as rainbow drops, drumsticks and refreshers, in the Swizzels suite at Gulliver’s Hotel in Cheshire.

Kids get to sleep in a sweet factory-themed bunk bed area while parents can relax on a comfortable king size bed.

Rates start from £199 with perks including an en-suite bathroom and TV with more than 70 channels. 

Cinderella Castle Suite, Walt Disney World, Florida 


What makes the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida so special is that park-goers can't make reservations and one-night stays are awarded as prizes in sweepstake competitions throughout the year

What makes the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida so special is that park-goers can't make reservations and one-night stays are awarded as prizes in sweepstake competitions throughout the year

What makes the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida so special is that park-goers can’t make reservations and one-night stays are awarded as prizes in sweepstake competitions throughout the year

The Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida was originally intended to be an apartment for Walt Disney and his family when they stayed in Florida. Sadly Walt died in 1966 prior to the park opening and it was left unfinished for almost 30 years.

In 2005 the suite was finally completed and upholstered as a ‘royal bedchamber’, which can sleep up to six people.

What makes the suite so special is that park-goers can’t make reservations and one-night stays are awarded as prizes in sweepstakes competitions throughout the year.

Carousel Suite, Efteling Hotel, Netherlands 

The Carousel Suite at the Efteling Hotel in the Netherlands features two double beds under a carousel-style ceiling

The Carousel Suite at the Efteling Hotel in the Netherlands features two double beds under a carousel-style ceiling

The Carousel Suite at the Efteling Hotel in the Netherlands features two double beds under a carousel-style ceiling

Children can experience all the fun of the fair in the Carousel Suite at the Efteling Hotel in the Netherlands.

The spacious room, which sleeps four, features two double beds under a carousel-style ceiling and a lounge area.  

There is also a rocking horse and distorting mirrors to keep guests entertained. Rates start from £482 a night.

Ninjago Rooms, Legoland Resort Hotel, Windsor

The brand new Lego Ninjago rooms at the Legoland Windsor Resort feature bunk beds and special ninja-themed Lego creations

The brand new Lego Ninjago rooms at the Legoland Windsor Resort feature bunk beds and special ninja-themed Lego creations

The brand new Lego Ninjago rooms at the Legoland Windsor Resort feature bunk beds and special ninja-themed Lego creations

Children can experience the ultimate ninja sleepover in the brand new Lego Ninjago rooms at the Legoland Windsor Resort.

Each room features ten Lego weapons, including a dragon egg and even a magical hatching dragon, made up of 2,852 Lego bricks.

There is a large double bed with a bunk bed and trundle bed for children on which they can relax and enjoy Lego shows on their own TVs. Rates start from £139 a night.

Despicable Me Kids’ Suites, The Loews, Universal Orlando

The Despicable Me Kids’ Suites inside the Loews Hotel at Universal Orlando invite children to experience life as a Minion

The Despicable Me Kids’ Suites inside the Loews Hotel at Universal Orlando invite children to experience life as a Minion

The Despicable Me Kids’ Suites inside the Loews Hotel at Universal Orlando invite children to experience life as a Minion

The Despicable Me Kids’ Suites inside the Loews Hotel at Universal Orlando welcome children in to experience life as a Minion.

The rooms feature themed wallpaper and beds, with a separate sleeping space for adults.   

Apparently the interiors were designed to ‘capture the excitement and playfulness’ of Felonious Gru’s Laboratory.  Rates start from £532 ($704) a night with guests receiving a free pass to skip the regular theme park lines at Universal.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 

The five-star Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has five rooms that have been decorated in different themes for their pint-sized guests. Pictured is the 'castle' room

The five-star Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has five rooms that have been decorated in different themes for their pint-sized guests. Pictured is the 'castle' room

The five-star Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has five rooms that have been decorated in different themes for their pint-sized guests. Pictured is the ‘castle’ room

The five-star Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has five rooms that have been decorated in different themes for their pint-sized guests, with inspiration including ‘safari’, ‘space’, ‘castle’, ‘treetop’ and ‘underwater’.

The rooms, which average £815 (1,500 Singapore dollar) a night, include a range of child-friendly perks such as kids TV, stuffed toys, specialised bath products and miniature bathrobes.

The suites also offer a child’s menu via room service, with options ranging from beef burgers to scoops of ice cream. 


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