The Mondrian is one of my favourite hotels to stay at when I need a sneaky treat or two. So I jumped at the chance to take advantage of their dinner, bed, breakfast and tickets to see The Lorax offer!
Anybody knows me that I’m not happy unless I’m spinning as many as (too full) plates as possible, so of course I decided to turn it into an ‘adventure weekend’ and follow the evening with a day out at Alton Towers (hahaha – post to follow).
The contact between myself and the hotel was superb as always, they offered me different dinner service times. Living less than 15mins away from the hotel via public transport, I opted for a 5pm reservation, giving us a 2 hour window to do school pick up, check in and have a quick shower/change before dinner. So imagine my ‘surprise’ when at 4.30pm, W was still in his school uniform, B was screaming his head off, I was sweaty and sore (thanks to the car accident the day before) and we were just starting our 15min journey to the hotel.
Thankfully, check in was a breeze as always and the receptionist welcomed me back (although this time I was accompanied with two small beings so by the time our visit was over, I wasn’t entirely sure if we would be welcome back again!). The hotel decor doesn’t exactly scream ‘family friendly’ but the boys were full of awe in the lift lobby, let alone stepping through our suite door. A quick exploration and toilet trip later, we made our way down to the Terrace Restaurant, with its low level lighting and suitably atmospheric music, the staff were very welcoming to the boys, asked them questions directly, patient for the answers which quite frankly is rare, anywhere. W chose the braised beef and B the chicken breast from the children’s menu. I chose from the 2 course set menu but got extras such as a cocktail (for me) and dessert for all of us, after W brazenly asked the waiter for a dessert menu!
The Old Vic was a short walk from the hotel, and we were treated to an amazing and thoroughly engaging performance with outstanding use of puppetry to portray The Lorax, it’s a pity it was only showing for a limited time as I would highly recommend the show to anybody I know, adults and children alike.
Breakfast was a lovely buffet in the same restaurant we had dined in the evening prior, however now I had to endure with two extremely well rested children, shouting out orders for pancakes and waffles. A speedy check out later (after nabbing some of the toiletries from the bathroom), and we were on a train heading to Alton Towers.