Thorpe Park has renamed its new on-site hotel as the Thorpe Shark Hotel, ahead of its debut in April 2014.
The new accommodation had previously been known as the Waterfront Hotel, but will now include additional theming to match its new name. It replaces the Crash Pad, which was installed by specialist firm Snoozebox for the 2013 season, and will boast a total of 90 rooms. Each bedroom is housed inside a recycled ISO shopping container, can sleep up to 4 people and features an en-suite wet room.
Snoozebox will not be involved with the Thorpe Shark Hotel, with Thorpe Park replacing the firm's shopping containers with its own, custom-designed versions. It has added 40 new rooms to the site, and hopes to eventually bring the total up to 184. The new containers will be coloured Wedgewood Blue.
The rooms will boast a TV Entertainment package, including an on-demand movie service that will offer classic shark-themed movies. To tie in with the park's new Angry Birds Land, an Angry Birds app will also be included.
Guests will enter the hotel via a giant metal shark, which appears to be emerging from the lake and is glowing inside. Evening entertainment will be offered in Fins Bar, based around a warming fire pit. The park's lake will be dotted with giant shark fins.
Thorpe Park has previously applied for planning permission to install a 250-bedroom themed hotel with an associated health spa and conference centre, at a cost of £31-£33 million. It has recently made some minor amendments to this application, but the move to retain the shipping container accommodation indicates that the hotel is not likely to open for some years.
If and when construction does go ahead, Thorpe Park no longer plans to build all 250 rooms of the hotel in the first phase. Instead, it will initially install just 150 bedrooms and associated facilities, with the remainder being added subject to demand and economic viability.
The cost of installing the upgraded and expanded Thorpe Shark Hotel is expected to be up to £9 million. Thorpe Park plans to keep the hotel in place for at least 10 years.