How to Become a Hotel Animator

The hotel animator’s job is to create and organize an entertainment programme for hotel or resort guests. You will work as part of a team providing sports and social events as well as games, shows and workshops. You work closely with your team and the guests on a daily basis all day and in the evening, mostly during the summer.

What is the role of a hotel animator?

The main duties of a hotel animator are:

  • To create an animation/entertainment programme for the hotel
  • To be responsible to the hotel management and holiday company or agency
  • To communicate and perform duties and activities on their own and as part of a team
  • To encourage guest participation in activities
  • To maintain eye catching information boards at hotels
  • To  perform all production material
  • To maintain costumes or props
  • To provide good customer service
  • To be a great public relations representative
  • To interact with guests and have a friendly relationship with hotel staff

Some tasks that you may be required to do are:

  • Translate at events/activities
  • Perform in shows and dancing, acting and games
  • Communicate with head animator
  • Promote and sell merchandise
  • Complete sales reports or administration as appropriate

Basic requirements and qualifications

Hotel animators should be over 18 years old and have at least 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) including maths and English or a good high school education. Customer service experience is desirable and foreign languages such as German and Russian are in demand. Experience in sports and entertainment is an advantage.

Good qualities and skills that a hotel animator should have are:

  • Motivation
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Self Confidence
  • Sense of humour
  • Enthusiasm
  • Be organised
  • Cultural awareness
  • Be able to work on own and as part of the team

How to apply

Most hotel animator jobs are advertised on the holiday companies’ websites prior to the summer season, between January and March. Sometimes they are advertised by agencies or locally in the case of an independent hotel. You may have to attend an audition or casting event.

Training takes place prior to the season both in your own country and in the assigned country you will be working in.

Hours, salary and benefits

The work is seasonal with most jobs just being available between April and October depending on the destination. In the winter, opportunities may come up in other destinations or in ski resorts for example. You will work a 6 day week and up to 12 hours a day providing day and evening activities for a 6 or 7 month period.

Salary is on a basic monthly basis.


Minimum per month

Maximum per month

Hotel Animator

450 GBP

600 GBP

Head Hotel Animator

550 GBP

750 GBP

Other benefits may include uniform, flights to the assigned resort, shared hotel accommodation and food. The company may also have a reduced staff rate for travel/holidays.

Future opportunities

You can move up to Head Hotel Animator after a couple of years experience and train and supervise new Hotel Animators. You may be able to specialise in another area, such as looking after the children’s entertainment programme or focus on sports only. You can be assigned to different countries and will get more choice in your chosen destination the more experience that you have.