Thorpe Park has officially opened its on-site The Crash Pad hotel, as the theme park dips its toe into the accommodation market.
The Crash Pad is a temporary hotel built by UK-based portable accommodation specialist Snoozebox. It features a total of 58 rooms, each sleeping up to 4 guests and boasting an en-suite wetroom. Unusually, each bedroom is housed inside a recycled ISO shipping container. Bookings can be made now via the official Thorpe Breaks website.
The temporary hotel is similar to those provided at last year's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor, as well as the Isle of Man TT races and the British Grand Prix. It features two "motherships" (plant rooms) and a container that acts as the hotel's reception. Along with the rooms, these are all painted grey. A temporary boardwalk links the site to the park's entrance bridge.
Each of the Snoozebox rooms hosts a double bed and two bunk beds, along with a flat-screen television and a safe. Guests can access the site and the rooms using a key card, and are also able to visit Bar 360 and a late-night "chill zone". Thorpe Park promises that evening entertainment will be laid on during the season.
In June 2011, Thorpe Park received planning consent to install a much larger, 250-room permanent hotel on the site of a plant run by building materials firm CEMEX that was in place during the park's previous life as a quarry. The park submitted an adjusted plan in November 2011, and it cited delays in the approval of this as one reason for the move to install the temporary accommodation.