The Alton Towers Hotel is to debut 14 "Moon Voyager" themed rooms in time for the 2013 season, as the resort invests millions in refurbishing the property.
Fan site Towers Times reports that the rooms will feature Jules Verne-style theming, similar to that seen in the retro-futuristic Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris. They are expected to open in March, with posters advertising their availability already appearing in the hotel. However, Alton Towers is yet to list the Moon Voyager rooms on its official website.
The resort hopes to implement an already-approved extension of the Alton Towers Hotel as part of its long-term development plan, adding either 36 suites plus two bedrooms or simply 74 bedrooms. If demand proves strong enough, it will also press ahead with a proposal to build an additional 150-bedroom hotel to the east of the Alton Towers Hotel - though this seems unlikely to occur before the second phase of the plan, which will run from 2015-2019.
The Alton Towers Resort’s first hotel opened in 1996 and features a total of 183 rooms. The overall theme of the hotel is based around the travels of inventor Sir Algenon Alton, while 8 of the rooms are themed specifically around attractions at the theme park.
Alton Towers is already pursuing plans to build a new set of on-site lodges, "holes" and "huts", some of which will resemble the Hobbit houses seen in Lord of the Rings. These are expected to open for bookings in spring 2014.