Terms & Conditions

Our complete terms, conditions and Park regulations are outlined below.

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Terms and Conditions of Entry

Merlin places great importance on the safety of its guests and endeavours to ensure that its high standards are met by all persons visiting the Attraction. Please assist us in ensuring our Attraction and its facilities remain a safe place in which to enjoy fun and exciting experiences.

In these Entry Conditions, the following definitions shall apply:

Attraction Chessington World of Adventures Resort or any part of it;

Merlin/’Us’/’We’ Merlin Attractions Operations Limited (Company No. 6272935) whose registered office address is at 3 Market Close, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NQ;

You are admitted to this Attraction subject to the following Entry Conditions. If you do not comply with them you may be removed from the Attraction by Merlin personnel, security or police officers, without any right to a refund. This is without prejudice to any claim that we may have against you or arising out of your actions. Whilst inside the Attraction, you must comply with any reasonable instructions given to you by Merlin personnel or any third party instructed on behalf of Merlin. Merlin, acting reasonably, reserves the right to vary these Entry Conditions at any time without prior notice. By entering the Attraction, you accept that you have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure your own safety, taking into account any personal medical conditions. All persons in and around the Attraction should behave in a safe manner at all times.

General:

For health and safety reasons (due to the topographical features of the Attraction), wheelchairs are the only transport device permitted within the Attraction.

Our commitment to provide a service:

Merlin will endeavour to ensure that as many rides and attractions as possible are available for use by guests at the Attraction. However, Merlin reserves the right, without prior notice, to close and change the programme of rides and attractions and/or the Attraction's operating hours. Merlin in its absolute discretion reserves the right to close the whole or any part of the Attraction at any time or to restrict the number of persons having access to the Attraction. The reason for any closure or restriction provided by this condition may include technical or operational reasons, capacity, inclement weather, special events or to ensure the safety and security of guests or if Merlin reasonably considers the circumstances so require. If the whole Attraction is closed for any of the reasons set out above, Merlin reserves the right to offer substitute tickets for admission to the Attraction on an alternative date in substitution for any other form of redress.

Our right to remove you:

Merlin, acting reasonably at all times, reserves the right, to refuse admission to the Attraction, ban from entry to the Attraction, or remove from the Attraction without any right to a refund any person whose presence or behaviour may affect the enjoyment and/or safety of other guests or staff or who acts in an inappropriate and/or undesirable manner whilst travelling to the Attraction whether by bus, coach or other means, where such behaviour has been reported to Merlin by a reliable independent source; has been convicted of a criminal offence relating to Merlin, or civil unrest at Merlin property/attractions, which, in the opinion of Merlin, is likely to affect the safety and/or enjoyment of other guests or staff; uses violent, aggressive, threatening, abusive, discriminatory or insulting words or behaviour or in any way behaves in a manner which may provoke a breach of the peace; climbs or stands upon fences, barriers, walls, safety fences, rock arrangements, ride structures, exhibits or any other buildings at the Attraction. Merlin reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings or prosecute any person found damaging or defacing any part of the grounds, fences, barriers, walls, ride structures, exhibits, fabrics or buildings at the Attraction or has displayed any sign or visible representation of any kind which is, or could be reasonably judged to be, threatening, abusive or insulting or has previously acted in any manner which has caused any person to report that individual to Merlin; or is attempting to regain admission to the Attraction or has been found inside the Attraction without a valid ticket; or has purchased or obtained any tickets or discount vouchers from a ticket tout or Merlin reasonably believes that they have purchased a ticket from an unauthorised source. If any guest in breach of any of these Entry Conditions is a member of a group, then such group of individuals may also, at Merlin’s discretion, be denied entry or escorted from the Attraction without any right to a refund.

Tickets/admissions:

THE ATTRACTION IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. All persons entering the Attraction must pay for admission or hold a valid ticket. The sale of tickets/vouchers by anyone other than Merlin is strictly prohibited. Only persons authorised by Merlin are permitted to sell or offer for sale any items to guests within the Attraction grounds. All tickets are non-transferable, not for resale and will become automatically void on any transfer for value. Tickets purchased are only valid on the date printed on the ticket. Tickets may not be valid for special events or concerts which may attract a separate admission fee. Tickets will only be exchanged or refunded if Merlin, in its absolute discretion, chooses to do so. For the avoidance of any doubt, pre-booked tickets are non-refundable in the event that admission is refused or relinquished for any reason referred to in these Entry Conditions. Non-dated tickets booked in advance do not guarantee admission to the Attraction, especially during busy times or on specific days when there are special events. Tickets booked online will be delivered in accordance with Merlin’s delivery procedure. If tickets are bought on behalf of other guests, the buyer accepts these Entry Conditions on behalf of every guest and shall ensure that these Entry Conditions are complied with by each person in the group. If re-entry into the Attraction is required, an appropriate hand-stamp or ticket must be obtained, before exiting the Attraction which must be shown at the time of re-entry to regain access. Tickets must be retained at all times and submitted for inspection if required by Merlin. No child or children under the age of 12 will be admitted to the Attraction unless they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over and such child or children whilst on site must remain under the control or supervision of an adult at all times. Merlin reserves the right, in its absolute discretion to change the age restrictions referred to in this condition, if any particular circumstances so require in the interests of safety and security.

Your behaviour:

Unnecessary noise or any behaviour likely to cause annoyance to other guests or confusion of any kind is not permitted in any part of the Attraction. Smoking (including of e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited other than in the designated smoking areas identified on the park map. All rides, attractions, amusements, transport systems and any other facilities located at the Attraction must only be used in accordance with the relevant operator's instructions.

Your dress & appearance must be suitable for a family theme park:

You must wear appropriate clothing (including a top and shoes) at all times whilst at the Attraction. If you are wearing clothing that is indecent or likely to cause offence in any way, you will be refused entry or removed from the Attraction. Stilettos and loose clothing are not allowed on some rides due to health and safety reasons.

Parking:

Vehicles are parked at the owners’ risk. We take no responsibility for damage caused to any vehicle using the car park and no guarantee is given as to the security of guests’ vehicles in the car park or any contents. A parking fee applies. If you lose your car park ticket, you will have to buy a new ticket. Motor homes, camper vans, caravans or any other vehicle of a similar nature are not permitted anywhere within the Attraction. No vehicles are permitted to remain in the Attraction outside the Attraction’s normal operating hours.

Security:

To prevent offensive weapons or dangerous articles from being brought into the Attraction, you are admitted to the Attraction subject to the condition that, if requested to do so, you will allow yourself and/or your belongings to be searched. It is prohibited to bring into the Attraction any weapons, fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles or other articles which may cause injury. The throwing of any article which could cause injury or affect the enjoyment of other guests is strictly prohibited. Any person found to be in possession of an article deemed to be offensive or dangerous will be immediately escorted from the Attraction without any right to a refund and Merlin reserves the right to make reports to the relevant authorities which may lead to prosecution. The consumption of intoxicating liquor is permitted only in authorised places within the Attraction. Accordingly, intoxicating liquor may not be taken into the Attraction except with the express permission of Merlin and any persons found possessing alcohol, or who appear to be under the influence of alcohol may be refused admission to the Attraction or escorted from the Attraction without any right to a refund. The use of illegal substances is strictly prohibited and any persons found possessing, using or who appear to be under the influence of illegal substances will be refused admission or escorted from the Attraction without any right to a refund. CCTV cameras are used to assist in the proper running of the Attraction. However, we do not make any representation as to the extent of coverage provided by the cameras. All items, belongings and other property brought into the Attraction by you are at your own risk and we accept no liability for any loss or damage to such property. As such, we recommend that you do not bring valuables to the Attraction.

Animals:

Pets or animals of any nature are expressly prohibited in the Attraction (except for guide dogs, hearing dogs and registered assistance dogs) and, for the avoidance of doubt, should not be left in any vehicle parked at the Attraction. Merlin reserves the right to contact any relevant authority to make and be responsible for any decision in relation to any animals that are left unsupervised or that are found to be in distress.

Photography:

Unless it is expressly prohibited, you are permitted to take photographs and recordings within the Attraction provided that these are solely for private use and are not sold or used for any commercial or public purpose. By accepting these Entry Conditions, you acknowledge that Merlin may on demand have access to photographs taken and video footage captured by you and request that certain photographs and/or footage are deleted if they are deemed to be offensive to, or infringe the privacy of, other guests and/or staff. By accepting these Entry Conditions, you agree not to intentionally photograph and/or capture video footage of any individual without that person’s permission and you must adhere to all photography/filming restrictions in place from time to time whilst within the Attraction. From time to time Merlin or other authorised parties carry out photography and/or video recording in the Attraction, which may feature guests. Entry to the Attraction is deemed acceptance of these Entry Conditions, and you therefore agree that Merlin or any authorised party may use such images in perpetuity in any promotional, advertising or publicity material in any format whatsoever. You further agree that copyright in these materials rests with Merlin or such authorised party (as the case may be).

Our Liability

Merlin accepts no responsibility for any loss and/or damage suffered by you as a result of any event outside our control (including any distress, inconvenience, anxiety or loss of enjoyment arising from the evacuation of the Attraction). This does not affect your statutory rights.

Azteca Hotel

Merlin places great importance on the safety of its guests and endeavours to ensure that its high standards are met by all persons visiting the Attraction. Please assist us in ensuring our Attraction and its facilities remain a safe place in which to enjoy fun and exciting experiences.

In these Entry Conditions, the following definitions shall apply:

Hotel Chessington Azteca Hotel

Merlin/’Us’/’We’ Merlin Attractions Operations Limited (Company No. 6272935) whose registered office address is at 3 Market Close, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NQ;

All booking reservations at the Hotel are subject to the following Entry Conditions. If you do not comply with them you may be removed from the Hotel by Merlin personnel, security or police officers, without any right to a refund. This is without prejudice to any claim that we may have against you or arising out of your actions. Whilst inside the Hotel, you must comply with any reasonable instructions given to you by Merlin personnel or any third party instructed on behalf of Merlin. Merlin, acting reasonably, reserves the right to vary these Entry Conditions at any time without prior notice. Please note that entry to Chessington World of Adventures Resort theme park is subject to the theme park terms and conditions of entry.

General:

For health and safety reasons wheelchairs and mobility scooters are the only transport device permitted within the Hotel. You are not permitted to bring any food and/or drink into the Hotel and only food and/or drink purchased at the Hotel can be consumed whilst in the Hotel. Deliveries of any nature are not permitted at the Hotel.

Our commitment to provide a service:

Merlin will endeavour to ensure that as many facilities as possible are available for use by guests at the Hotel. Merlin reserves the right, without prior notice, to change the operating hours of such facilities. Any special requests with regard to rooms need to be made at the time of making your booking. Merlin shall use its reasonable endeavours to accommodate such requests, although these cannot be guaranteed. Some requests may incur extra charges which will be notified to you by Merlin. Merlin in its absolute discretion reserves the right to close the whole or any part of the Hotel and/or any facilities within the Hotel at any time or to restrict the number of persons staying at the Hotel. The reason for any closure or restriction provided by this condition may include technical or operational reasons, capacity, special events or to ensure the safety and security of guests or if Merlin reasonably considers the circumstances so require. If the whole Hotel is closed for any of the reasons set out above Merlin shall use reasonable endeavours to notify you as soon as is reasonably practicable of such closure. Merlin reserves the right to offer a substitute booking on an alternative date in substitution for any other form of redress. Merlin reserves the right to amend a booking reservation but not to a lesser value or quality. You will be notified in writing as soon as reasonably practicable of any such amendment. If you feel dissatisfied with any aspect of your stay, please speak to the Guest Services Manager within the Hotel. In most cases, we will be able to help you immediately so that you can enjoy the rest of your stay. Where this is not the case, you must ensure that you record the details with the Guest Services Manager and then you should write, no later than 21 days after your departure from the Hotel, to the Guest Services Manager. All letters must be sent by the lead booking name on the reservation, as replies will only be addressed to this person.

Our right to remove you:

Merlin, acting reasonably at all times, reserves the right to refuse admission to the Hotel, ban from entry to the Hotel, or remove from the Hotel without any right to a refund any person whose presence or behaviour may affect the enjoyment and/or safety of other guests or staff or who acts in an inappropriate and/or undesirable manner whilst travelling to the Hotel whether by bus, coach or other means, where such behaviour has been reported to Merlin by a reliable independent source; has been convicted of a criminal offence relating to Merlin, or civil unrest at Merlin property/attractions, which, in the opinion of Merlin, is likely to affect the safety and/or enjoyment of other guests or staff; uses violent, aggressive, threatening, abusive, discriminatory or insulting words or behaviour or in any way behaves in a manner which may provoke a breach of the peace. Merlin reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings or prosecute any person found damaging or defacing any part of the grounds, fences, barriers, walls, exhibits, fabrics or buildings at the Hotel or has displayed any sign or visible representation of any kind which is, or could be reasonably judged to be, threatening, abusive or insulting or has previously acted in any manner which has caused any person to report that individual to Merlin; or is attempting to regain admission to the Hotel or has been found inside the Hotel without a valid booking reference. If any guest in breach of any of these Entry Conditions is a member of a group, then such group of individuals may also, at Merlin’s discretion, be denied entry or escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund.

Booking Reservation:

THE HOTEL IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. All persons staying at the Hotel must have a valid booking reservation. Only persons authorised by Merlin are permitted to sell or offer for sale any items to guests within the Hotel grounds. All booking reservations are non-transferable, not for resale and will become automatically void on any transfer for value except as provided in the cancellation policy set out below. Bookings are only valid on the date printed on the booking reservation. Bookings will only be exchanged or refunded if Merlin, in its absolute discretion, chooses to do so. For the avoidance of any doubt, the total cost of a booking is non-refundable in the event that admission is refused or relinquished for any reason referred to in these Entry Conditions. Bookings made online will be delivered in accordance with Merlin’s delivery procedure. If booking a stay on behalf of other guests, the person that books the stay accepts these Entry Conditions on behalf of every guest and shall ensure that these Entry Conditions are complied with by each person in the group. Should you make a booking with us on behalf of a third party you will be held jointly and severally responsible to us for the total cost of the services/products booked. No child or children under the age of 16 will be admitted to the Hotel unless they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over and such child or children whilst on site must remain under the control or supervision of an adult at all times. Persons aged 16 and 17 years shall be admitted to the Hotel without being accompanied by an adult if they can produce a valid letter of consent from a parent or legal guardian. Merlin reserves the right, in its absolute discretion to change the age restrictions referred to in this condition, if any particular circumstances so require in the interests of safety and security.

Merlin requires large groups of 15 guests or more, school/college parties to apply in writing, addressed for the attention of Contact Centre Manager before a booking can be made. We require school parties or organised groups/societies bringing a party of children to have at least 1 member of staff to every 10 children in order to stay at the Hotel. We also require a letter from the relevant head teacher or chair of governors confirming that members of staff supervising the children have undertaken valid disclosure checks undertaken through the Disclosure and Barring Service. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse any booking, including a group booking.

Accommodation:

Bedroom accommodation at the Hotel is available from 3.00pm on the day of your arrival and must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure unless otherwise stated on the booking confirmation. The person making the booking shall ensure that all occupants of bedrooms shall be made aware of the emergency fire procedures in place at the Hotel. If using the bunk beds, the manufacturer’s recommendation states that no children under the age of six years should use the upper bunk. Where more than one room is booked, guest rooming lists must be received at least seven days prior to your scheduled arrival date. Merlin reserves the right and you hereby authorise us to charge your credit or debit card for any damage incurred to your room or the Hotel during your stay or for any items that are missing when you leave.

Your behaviour:

Unnecessary noise or any behaviour likely to cause annoyance to other guests or confusion of any kind is not permitted in any part of the Hotel. Smoking (including of e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited inside the Hotel and any guest seen smoking inside the Hotel shall receive a fine. Please conduct yourself appropriately at all times and comply with Merlin’s procedures and/or requests with regard to conduct and respect for Merlin’s property, its employees and guests and their health and safety. You shall not disrupt the comfort and enjoyment of other guests, the efficient running of the Hotel or cause offence to other guests. Merlin reserves the right to refuse accommodation or services or remove you and members of your party from the Hotel if, in Merlin’s reasonable opinion, this condition has been breached. Where this is the case, you shall have no right to a refund.

Your dress & appearance must be suitable for a family hotel:

You must wear appropriate clothing (including a top and shoes) at all times whilst inside the Hotel. If you are wearing clothing that is indecent or likely to cause offence in any way, you will be refused entry or removed from the Hotel.

Parking:

Vehicles are parked at the owners’ risk. We take no responsibility for damage caused to any vehicle using the car park and no guarantee is given as to the security of guests’ vehicles in the car park or any contents. Motor homes, camper vans, caravans or any other vehicle of a similar nature are permitted at the Hotel for the duration of your stay. No vehicles, including motor homes and caravans, are permitted to remain at the Hotel beyond the duration of your stay.

Security:

To prevent offensive weapons or dangerous articles from being brought into the Hotel, you are admitted to the Hotel subject to the condition that, if requested to do so, you will allow yourself and/or your belongings to be searched. It is prohibited to bring into the Hotel any weapons, fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles or other articles which may cause injury. The throwing of any article which could cause injury or affect the enjoyment of other guests is strictly prohibited. Any person found to be in possession of an article deemed to be offensive or dangerous will be immediately escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund and Merlin reserves the right to make reports to the relevant authorities which may lead to prosecution. The consumption of intoxicating liquor is permitted only in authorised places within the Hotel. Accordingly, intoxicating liquor may not be taken into the Hotel and any persons found possessing alcohol, or who appear to be under the influence of alcohol may be refused admission to the Hotel or escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund. The use of illegal substances is strictly prohibited and any persons found possessing, using or who appear to be under the influence of illegal substances will be refused admission or escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund. CCTV cameras are used to assist in the proper running of the Hotel. However, we do not make any representation as to the extent of coverage provided by the cameras. All items, belongings and other property brought into the Hotel by you are at your own risk and we accept no liability for any loss or damage to such property. As such, we recommend that you do not bring valuables to the Hotel.

Animals:

Pets or animals of any nature are expressly prohibited in the Hotel (except for guide dogs, hearing dogs and registered assistance dogs) and, for the avoidance of doubt, should not be left in any vehicle parked at the Hotel. Merlin reserves the right to contact any relevant authority to make and be responsible for any decision in relation to any animals that are left unsupervised or that are found to be in distress.

Photography:

Unless it is expressly prohibited, you are permitted to take photographs and recordings within the Hotel provided that these are solely for private use and are not sold or used for any commercial or public purpose. By accepting these Entry Conditions, you acknowledge that Merlin may on demand have access to photographs taken and video footage captured by you and request that certain photographs and/or footage are deleted if they are deemed to invade the privacy of or be offensive to other guests and/or staff. By accepting these Entry Conditions, you agree not to intentionally photograph and/or capture video footage of any individual (other than family and friends) without that person’s permission and you must adhere to all photography/filming restrictions in place whilst within the Hotel. From time to time Merlin or other authorised parties carry out photography and/or video recording in the Hotel, which may feature guests. Entry to the Hotel is deemed acceptance of these Entry Conditions, and you therefore agree that Merlin or any authorised party may use such images in perpetuity in any promotional, advertising or publicity material in any format whatsoever. You further agree that copyright in these materials rests with Merlin or such authorised party (as the case may be).

Payment:

When a booking reservation is made more than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date:
- Payment for online bookings must be made immediately in full by credit or debit card; and
- Payment for telephone bookings require either a 50% deposit of the total cost of your stay together with full payment of any extras pre-booked or a single payment of the full cost. Should you decide to do the former, the remaining balance must be paid at least 30 days prior to the date of your scheduled arrival. You may authorise us to charge the balance to the same credit or debit card as used to pay the initial sum by either advising the Hotel at the time of making the booking or by telephoning 0333 321 2001. If you do not give us authorisation to take payment, we may cancel the booking.

When a booking reservation is made less than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date, payment for both online bookings and telephone bookings must be made immediately in full by credit or debit card.

We will send to you a reservation confirmation within 7 days of your booking.

Please note that theme park tickets booked as part of your stay together with an arrival pack will not be issued until full payment has been received.

Any extras incurred during your stay, including dinner, will need to be settled by you on departure from the Hotel. If a credit or debit card has been provided on check in then any such amounts will be debited on departure.

VAT at the rate at the time of your visit is included in the price, although we reserve the right to amend prices if there is a change in VAT rates.

Credit and Debit Card Payments:

Credit and debit card payments will normally be authorised and charged to your account the same day as the booking or the next working day. No receipts will be sent. We require your credit or debit card details so that we can collect payment for your booking. We may retain these details in the event that we need to process any refunds or payment for any additional expenses incurred during your stay, including but not limited to restaurant visits, spa treatments, use of mini bar and any damages.

Other Payment Methods:

All cheques and postal orders must be sent by recorded delivery and shall be made payable to Chessington Hotel Ltd. All cheques and postal orders shall have the reservation written on the reverse and be accompanied by the signed payment form if relevant.

Amendments, Cancellations and Refunds:

If, for any reason, you would like to amend your booking after it has been confirmed, we will use all reasonable endeavours to assist you. The rate of an existing booking will not be reduced in the event that rates have changed. If you wish to amend your booking and you provide us with more than 7 days written notice prior to the scheduled arrival date, then no charge will be made. If you provide us with less than 7 days prior written notice, then the cancellation charges set out below will apply. If, for any reason, you have to cancel your stay you should contact the Hotel immediately on 0333 321 2001. You will be given a cancellation number which you should record. We will consider any reasons for cancellation sympathetically and, if requested by you, we will attempt to offer you a stay on an alternative date. Please note that any change of date may involve a change in the price of your stay and you will be required to pay any additional amounts immediately. Any refund due to you will be paid in accordance with the refunds policy set out below. You may transfer your booking into someone else’s name provided that we are advised of, and are in agreement with, the changes, for which there is no administration fee payable. Please be aware that a number of security questions will need to be answered in order to confirm the booking transfer.

If you choose not to accept a stay on an alternative date and wish to cancel your booking, or if you amend your booking with less than 7 days’ written notice prior to the scheduled arrival date, the following charges will apply:

- Between 7 days and 1 day before the scheduled arrival date: 50% of the total cost of your stay as stated on the reservation confirmation.
- Arrival date or no show: 100% of the total cost of your stay as stated on the reservation confirmation.

Where a refund is to be made by the Hotel, all payments made by credit or debit cards will be refunded via the same card number less an administration fee of £25. All other payments will be refunded by cheque made payable to the person named on the reservation confirmation.

Safari Hotel

Merlin places great importance on the safety of its guests and endeavours to ensure that its high standards are met by all persons visiting the Attraction. Please assist us in ensuring our Attraction and its facilities remain a safe place in which to enjoy fun and exciting experiences.

In these Entry Conditions, the following definitions shall apply:

Hotel Chessington Safari Hotel

Merlin/’Us’/’We’ Merlin Attractions Operations Limited (Company No. 6272935) whose registered office address is at 3 Market Close, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NQ;

All booking reservations at the Hotel are subject to the following Entry Conditions. If you do not comply with them you may be removed from the Hotel by Merlin personnel, security or police officers, without any right to a refund. This is without prejudice to any claim that we may have against you or arising out of your actions. Whilst inside the Hotel, you must comply with any reasonable instructions given to you by Merlin personnel or any third party instructed on behalf of Merlin. Merlin, acting reasonably, reserves the right to vary these Entry Conditions at any time without prior notice. Please note that entry to Chessington World of Adventures Resort theme park is subject to the theme park terms and conditions of entry.

General:

For health and safety reasons wheelchairs and mobility scooters are the only transport device permitted within the Hotel. You are not permitted to bring any food and/or drink into the Hotel and only food and/or drink purchased at the Hotel can be consumed whilst in the Hotel. Deliveries of any nature are not permitted at the Hotel.

Our commitment to provide a service:

Merlin will endeavour to ensure that as many facilities as possible are available for use by guests at the Hotel. Merlin reserves the right, without prior notice, to change the operating hours of such facilities. Any special requests with regard to rooms need to be made at the time of making your booking. Merlin shall use its reasonable endeavours to accommodate such requests, although these cannot be guaranteed. Some requests may incur extra charges which will be notified to you by Merlin. Merlin in its absolute discretion reserves the right to close the whole or any part of the Hotel and/or any facilities within the Hotel at any time or to restrict the number of persons staying at the Hotel. The reason for any closure or restriction provided by this condition may include technical or operational reasons, capacity, special events or to ensure the safety and security of guests or if Merlin reasonably considers the circumstances so require. If the whole Hotel is closed for any of the reasons set out above Merlin shall use reasonable endeavours to notify you as soon as is reasonably practicable of such closure. Merlin reserves the right to offer a substitute booking on an alternative date in substitution for any other form of redress. Merlin reserves the right to amend a booking reservation but not to a lesser value or quality. You will be notified in writing as soon as reasonably practicable of any such amendment. If you feel dissatisfied with any aspect of your stay, please speak to the Guest Services Manager within the Hotel. In most cases, we will be able to help you immediately so that you can enjoy the rest of your stay. Where this is not the case, you must ensure that you record the details with the Guest Services Manager and then you should write, no later than 21 days after your departure from the Hotel, to the Guest Services Manager. All letters must be sent by the lead booking name on the reservation, as replies will only be addressed to this person.

Our right to remove you:

Merlin, acting reasonably at all times, reserves the right to refuse admission to the Hotel, ban from entry to the Hotel, or remove from the Hotel without any right to a refund any person whose presence or behaviour may affect the enjoyment and/or safety of other guests or staff or who acts in an inappropriate and/or undesirable manner whilst travelling to the Hotel whether by bus, coach or other means, where such behaviour has been reported to Merlin by a reliable independent source; has been convicted of a criminal offence relating to Merlin, or civil unrest at Merlin property/attractions, which, in the opinion of Merlin, is likely to affect the safety and/or enjoyment of other guests or staff; uses violent, aggressive, threatening, abusive, discriminatory or insulting words or behaviour or in any way behaves in a manner which may provoke a breach of the peace. Merlin reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings or prosecute any person found damaging or defacing any part of the grounds, fences, barriers, walls, exhibits, fabrics or buildings at the Hotel or has displayed any sign or visible representation of any kind which is, or could be reasonably judged to be, threatening, abusive or insulting or has previously acted in any manner which has caused any person to report that individual to Merlin; or is attempting to regain admission to the Hotel or has been found inside the Hotel without a valid booking reference. If any guest in breach of any of these Entry Conditions is a member of a group, then such group of individuals may also, at Merlin’s discretion, be denied entry or escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund.

Booking Reservation:

THE HOTEL IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. All persons staying at the Hotel must have a valid booking reservation. Only persons authorised by Merlin are permitted to sell or offer for sale any items to guests within the Hotel grounds. All booking reservations are non-transferable, not for resale and will become automatically void on any transfer for value except as provided in the cancellation policy set out below. Bookings are only valid on the date printed on the booking reservation. Bookings will only be exchanged or refunded if Merlin, in its absolute discretion, chooses to do so. For the avoidance of any doubt, the total cost of a booking is non-refundable in the event that admission is refused or relinquished for any reason referred to in these Entry Conditions. Bookings made online will be delivered in accordance with Merlin’s delivery procedure. If booking a stay on behalf of other guests, the person that books the stay accepts these Entry Conditions on behalf of every guest and shall ensure that these Entry Conditions are complied with by each person in the group. Should you make a booking with us on behalf of a third party you will be held jointly and severally responsible to us for the total cost of the services/products booked. No child or children under the age of 16 will be admitted to the Hotel unless they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over and such child or children whilst on site must remain under the control or supervision of an adult at all times. Persons aged 16 and 17 years shall be admitted to the Hotel without being accompanied by an adult if they can produce a valid letter of consent from a parent or legal guardian. Merlin reserves the right, in its absolute discretion to change the age restrictions referred to in this condition, if any particular circumstances so require in the interests of safety and security.

Merlin requires large groups of 15 guests or more, school/college parties to apply in writing, addressed for the attention of Contact Centre Manager before a booking can be made. We require school parties or organised groups/societies bringing a party of children to have at least 1 member of staff to every 10 children in order to stay at the Hotel. We also require a letter from the relevant head teacher or chair of governors confirming that members of staff supervising the children have undertaken valid disclosure checks undertaken through the Disclosure and Barring Service. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse any booking, including a group booking.

Accommodation:

Bedroom accommodation at the Hotel is available from 3.00pm on the day of your arrival and must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure unless otherwise stated on the booking confirmation. The person making the booking shall ensure that all occupants of bedrooms shall be made aware of the emergency fire procedures in place at the Hotel. If using the bunk beds, the manufacturer’s recommendation states that no children under the age of six years should use the upper bunk. Where more than one room is booked, guest rooming lists must be received at least seven days prior to your scheduled arrival date. Merlin reserves the right and you hereby authorise us to charge your credit or debit card for any damage incurred to your room or the Hotel during your stay or for any items that are missing when you leave.

Your behaviour:

Unnecessary noise or any behaviour likely to cause annoyance to other guests or confusion of any kind is not permitted in any part of the Hotel. Smoking (including of e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited inside the Hotel and any guest seen smoking inside the Hotel shall receive a fine. Please conduct yourself appropriately at all times and comply with Merlin’s procedures and/or requests with regard to conduct and respect for Merlin’s property, its employees and guests and their health and safety. You shall not disrupt the comfort and enjoyment of other guests, the efficient running of the Hotel or cause offence to other guests. Merlin reserves the right to refuse accommodation or services or remove you and members of your party from the Hotel if, in Merlin’s reasonable opinion, this condition has been breached. Where this is the case, you shall have no right to a refund.

Your dress & appearance must be suitable for a family hotel:

You must wear appropriate clothing (including a top and shoes) at all times whilst inside the Hotel. If you are wearing clothing that is indecent or likely to cause offence in any way, you will be refused entry or removed from the Hotel.

Parking:

Vehicles are parked at the owners’ risk. We take no responsibility for damage caused to any vehicle using the car park and no guarantee is given as to the security of guests’ vehicles in the car park or any contents. Motor homes, camper vans, caravans or any other vehicle of a similar nature are permitted at the Hotel for the duration of your stay. No vehicles, including motor homes and caravans, are permitted to remain at the Hotel beyond the duration of your stay.

Security:

To prevent offensive weapons or dangerous articles from being brought into the Hotel, you are admitted to the Hotel subject to the condition that, if requested to do so, you will allow yourself and/or your belongings to be searched. It is prohibited to bring into the Hotel any weapons, fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles or other articles which may cause injury. The throwing of any article which could cause injury or affect the enjoyment of other guests is strictly prohibited. Any person found to be in possession of an article deemed to be offensive or dangerous will be immediately escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund and Merlin reserves the right to make reports to the relevant authorities which may lead to prosecution. The consumption of intoxicating liquor is permitted only in authorised places within the Hotel. Accordingly, intoxicating liquor may not be taken into the Hotel and any persons found possessing alcohol, or who appear to be under the influence of alcohol may be refused admission to the Hotel or escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund. The use of illegal substances is strictly prohibited and any persons found possessing, using or who appear to be under the influence of illegal substances will be refused admission or escorted from the Hotel without any right to a refund. CCTV cameras are used to assist in the proper running of the Hotel. However, we do not make any representation as to the extent of coverage provided by the cameras. All items, belongings and other property brought into the Hotel by you are at your own risk and we accept no liability for any loss or damage to such property. As such, we recommend that you do not bring valuables to the Hotel.

Animals:

Pets or animals of any nature are expressly prohibited in the Hotel (except for guide dogs, hearing dogs and registered assistance dogs) and, for the avoidance of doubt, should not be left in any vehicle parked at the Hotel. Merlin reserves the right to contact any relevant authority to make and be responsible for any decision in relation to any animals that are left unsupervised or that are found to be in distress.

Photography:

Unless it is expressly prohibited, you are permitted to take photographs and recordings within the Hotel provided that these are solely for private use and are not sold or used for any commercial or public purpose. By accepting these Entry Conditions, you acknowledge that Merlin may on demand have access to photographs taken and video footage captured by you and request that certain photographs and/or footage are deleted if they are deemed to invade the privacy of or be offensive to other guests and/or staff. By accepting these Entry Conditions, you agree not to intentionally photograph and/or capture video footage of any individual (other than family and friends) without that person’s permission and you must adhere to all photography/filming restrictions in place whilst within the Hotel. From time to time Merlin or other authorised parties carry out photography and/or video recording in the Hotel, which may feature guests. Entry to the Hotel is deemed acceptance of these Entry Conditions, and you therefore agree that Merlin or any authorised party may use such images in perpetuity in any promotional, advertising or publicity material in any format whatsoever. You further agree that copyright in these materials rests with Merlin or such authorised party (as the case may be).

Payment:

When a booking reservation is made more than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date:
- Payment for online bookings must be made immediately in full by credit or debit card; and
- Payment for telephone bookings require either a 50% deposit of the total cost of your stay together with full payment of any extras pre-booked or a single payment of the full cost. Should you decide to do the former, the remaining balance must be paid at least 30 days prior to the date of your scheduled arrival. You may authorise us to charge the balance to the same credit or debit card as used to pay the initial sum by either advising the Hotel at the time of making the booking or by telephoning 0333 321 2001. If you do not give us authorisation to take payment, we may cancel the booking.

When a booking reservation is made less than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date, payment for both online bookings and telephone bookings must be made immediately in full by credit or debit card.

We will send to you a reservation confirmation within 7 days of your booking.

Please note that theme park tickets booked as part of your stay together with an arrival pack will not be issued until full payment has been received.

Any extras incurred during your stay, including dinner, will need to be settled by you on departure from the Hotel. If a credit or debit card has been provided on check in then any such amounts will be debited on departure.

VAT at the rate at the time of your visit is included in the price, although we reserve the right to amend prices if there is a change in VAT rates.

Credit and Debit Card Payments:

Credit and debit card payments will normally be authorised and charged to your account the same day as the booking or the next working day. No receipts will be sent. We require your credit or debit card details so that we can collect payment for your booking. We may retain these details in the event that we need to process any refunds or payment for any additional expenses incurred during your stay, including but not limited to restaurant visits, spa treatments, use of mini bar and any damages.

Other Payment Methods:

All cheques and postal orders must be sent by recorded delivery and shall be made payable to Chessington Hotel Ltd. All cheques and postal orders shall have the reservation written on the reverse and be accompanied by the signed payment form if relevant.

Amendments, Cancellations and Refunds:

If, for any reason, you would like to amend your booking after it has been confirmed, we will use all reasonable endeavours to assist you. The rate of an existing booking will not be reduced in the event that rates have changed. If you wish to amend your booking and you provide us with more than 7 days written notice prior to the scheduled arrival date, then no charge will be made. If you provide us with less than 7 days prior written notice, then the cancellation charges set out below will apply. If, for any reason, you have to cancel your stay you should contact the Hotel immediately on 0333 321 2001. You will be given a cancellation number which you should record. We will consider any reasons for cancellation sympathetically and, if requested by you, we will attempt to offer you a stay on an alternative date. Please note that any change of date may involve a change in the price of your stay and you will be required to pay any additional amounts immediately. Any refund due to you will be paid in accordance with the refunds policy set out below. You may transfer your booking into someone else’s name provided that we are advised of, and are in agreement with, the changes, for which there is no administration fee payable. Please be aware that a number of security questions will need to be answered in order to confirm the booking transfer.

If you choose not to accept a stay on an alternative date and wish to cancel your booking, or if you amend your booking with less than 7 days’ written notice prior to the scheduled arrival date, the following charges will apply:

- Between 7 days and 1 day before the scheduled arrival date: 50% of the total cost of your stay as stated on the reservation confirmation.
- Arrival date or no show: 100% of the total cost of your stay as stated on the reservation confirmation.

Where a refund is to be made by the Hotel, all payments made by credit or debit cards will be refunded via the same card number less an administration fee of £25. All other payments will be refunded by cheque made payable to the person named on the reservation confirmation.

Groups & Schools Tickets

  1. Group rates are available to all organised groups who pay in advance with a minimum of 10 paying guests. No minimum group size is required for school rates or individual rates.
  2. Pre-payment rates are available for bookings that are received with full payment at least 10 working days prior to the proposed visit by cheque or 2 working days in advance by credit card. Tickets must be booked for a specific date at least 5 days in advance for you to receive them by post. If your visit is within the 5 days, then your tickets will be held for you to collect at the Advance Ticket Collection Office at the entrance.
  3. Once payment has been received any additional prepaid group tickets will be charged at the original rate.
  4. In view of the discount given on advance purchased tickets, we regret that cash refunds cannot be offered in the event of cancellations or no shows.
  5. Approved account customers should refer to the terms and conditions that apply to their account facility.
  6. To qualify for the school rates proof of school status must be given, school headed paper must be shown and payment should be paid by school cheque.

Annual Passes - Terms & Conditions of Use

For Annual Pass terms and conditions of use please see the appropriate Pass pages and click the Terms and Conditions links:

Blue Peter Badge

  1. Free entry for Blue Peter badge winners aged 6-15 is subject to presentation of a valid Blue Peter badge and a completed, valid Blue Peter Card.
  2. One free entry per Blue Peter badge winner.
  3. Blue Peter badge winners under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a full paying adult aged 18 and over.
  4. Present your valid Blue Peter badge and completed, valid Blue Peter Card at the turnstiles to gain entry to the Park.
  5. Photocopies will not be accepted, only an original Blue Peter badge and completed, valid Blue Peter Card will be accepted.
  6. Free entry is offered to the named Blue Peter badge and card holder only. Blue Peter badge and completed, valid card holder cannot be used by anyone else.

Newsletter Sign-up

  1. This is an on-going free prize draw to new subscribers of the Chessington World of Adventures Resort online newsletter.
  2. Entry is open to all UK residents excluding employees of Chessington World of Adventures Resort or anyone professionally connected with the administration of the draw.
  3. If you are under 16, please check with your parent or guardian before signing up to receive more information.
  4. The prize is four individual tickets to be redeemed at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
  5. The closing date for entries is the last day of every month. The winner will be notified within 28 days and will be contacted by email to the address supplied at the time of registration.
  6. Chessington World of Adventures Resort will select a monthly prize winner from all valid entries received after the closing date. Prizes must be taken by the end of March the following year.
  7. Prize winners drawn after the park has closed in October will be entitled to choose between Chessington Zoo Days tickets valid throughout the winter season or full-park tickets to be used by the end of March the following year. Tickets not used by the end of March the following year will not be extended.
  8. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.
  9. The prize must be accepted as a whole and no alternative full-cash or other prize is available, in whole or in part, except that in the event of circumstances outside of its control the promoter reserves the right to substitute a similar alternative of equal or greater value.
  10. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the promoter, the prize will only be available to the winner and cannot be sold.
  11. The promoter reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw the promotion as necessary due to exceptional circumstances outside its reasonable control.
  12. Participants are required to supply complete and accurate details. In the case of incomplete or incorrect details being provided, or the Promoter being unable to contact the winner within 28 days, the promoter reserves the right to award the prize to a reserve selected at the same time as the original.
  13. By entering this competition you agree to your name and entry details being used in any required publicity material. Winning names will be displayed on the website after notification; a paper copy of winning names is available. Please send a SAE to: Marketing department, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE.
  14. By entering the prize draw, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions. By entering this prize draw your contact details will be added to Chessington World of Adventures Resort mailing list for marketing purposes. If you are under 16, please check with your parent or guardian before signing up to receive more information. To unsubscribe, please use the links in the email newsletters.

 

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