They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky … not unlike their quasi-Goth mama! I’m talking, of course, about my very own gruesome twosome! Raffles and Sugarpuff are more excited than usual at the prospect of a weekend at one of our favourite Sydney “haunts”, the Novotel Sydney Central.
It’s not just because the staff treat us like family or because the rooms are spacious and comfortable.
It’s not even because the food at the in-house restaurant, at least according to Raffles, is devilishly delicious. Nope, it’s because, just like my creepy kids, Novotel hotels right across Australia are getting their ghoul on between July 1 and September 30 to celebrate the release of Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation.
My kooky cuties were lucky enough to be invited for a sneak peak, not only at the new movie, but at Novotel’s ghoulish vacay offerings. As part of their hauntingly good family packages, families can book a stay in a Hotel Transylvania 3 themed guest room with everything from the bed linen to the blankets and towels based around Drac’s pack.
But my freaky family were excited to find that the Transylvanian treats didn’t end there! While Drac and his monster mates worked on their moon tans on a cruise of the Bermuda Triangle, Raffles and Sugarpuff kicked back in Frankenfeet-novelty slippers and wrapped themselves tight like Murray the Mummy in the kids-sized bathrobes.
Their evil excitement only increased after they opened their welcome gift pack, full to the brim with Hotel Transylvania 3 goodies, including games, balls, activity sets, stickers, drink bottles and even tickets to the terror-iffic movie.
The slippers, the latest style in freakish footwear, prove such a hit they’re worn by Raffles when we head downstairs later that evening.
While Mr Eats World and I take advantage of happy hour and suck back some spirits of the alcoholic variety, the kids rush off, or stumble in my slippered boy’s case, to the kid’s corner of the lobby. Packed as it is with giant jenga, connect four, colouring and fun kids flicks, including the first Hotel Transylvania, on rotation, they’re in their happy place.
We’re all big fans of Field House, the Novotel Sydney Central’s awesome in-house restaurant, so it didn’t take too much arm twisting to convince the devilish duo to swap play time for dinner time.
Raffles and I couldn’t help revisit some of our favourite dishes from the Field House menu including the sublime Prawn and Chorizo Tortellini, Gnocchi Carbonara, and the aptly titled Three Little Pigs, a platter of porky deliciousness.
Sugarpuff, in a healthy mood, eagerly ordered from Novotel’s nutritious InBalance Kids menu, devouring her fish and vegies with all the enthusiasm of a baby werewolf.
As a special treat, the staff brought out a plate of grotesquely green jelly studded with sugary teeth and ghastly green frogs, conjuring up visions of one of the kids favourite Hotel Transylvania crew, Blobby!
That didn’t stop them ordering even more desserts, Sugarpuff opting for fruit skewers, Raffles devouring a raspberry and lychee tart and me, well I couldn’t go past the fiery chilli chocolate fondant.
We enjoyed a post meal bevvie by the fire to a soundtrack of live music but the kids are desperate to get back to our pimped up room to enjoy their spoils, so we head back and play, colour and cuddle the night away, monster style.
And for once, we’re happy for the kids to go a little nocturnal because, along with free accommodation and breakfast for children under 16, and 50% off a second room for families, Novotel hotels family packages include blissfully late check-out on Sundays… perfect for a family of wannabe vampires.
Disclosure: Our monstrous school holiday fun at Novotel Sydney Central was hosted by AccorHotels but all creepy, kooky and altogether ooky behaviour, along with opinions are our own.