Thorpe Park - Snoozebox Hotel
Thorpe Park has applied for planning permission to install temporary on-site accommodation in time for the 2013 season, ahead of the construction of a permanent hotel.
In documents submitted to Runnymedge Borough Council, the park outlines a proposal to install container-style bedrooms provided by UK-based portable accommodation specialist Snoozebox.
If the plan is approved, then Snoozebox will install a total of 117 bedrooms on a site close to the park’s entrance bridge, which will be highly visible to guests at the park. Each bedroom will be housed inside a recycled ISO shipping container, and will feature an en-suite wetroom. The containers will be arranged in two rows, with a central walkway between them, with each row featuring a maximum height of two containers (which are designed to be stacked on top of each other).
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 cites delays in the approval of this as one reason for the move to install the temporary accommodation.
Thorpe Park also claims that installing the Snoozebox rooms will allow it to test demand for an on-site hotel before it begins full construction of the permanent hotel in late 2013 or early 2014. Sister parks Alton Towers, LEGOLAND Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures have all successfully opened hotels in recent years. If its revised plans are approved, the park hopes to open the hotel in 2015 or 2016, and to keep the Snoozebox rooms in place until then.
The site of the Snoozebox rooms is one of two identified as potential locations for a new roller coaster for the 2015 season. Thorpe Park’s assertion that the temporary hotel will remain in place until 2016 suggests that the other site, on an island close to the recently-opened The Swarm coaster, is the park’s preferred option for the coaster.
My honest opinion of this addition….shockingly awful. I am not sure why Merlin think it appropriate to encourage guests to stay in containers? This is a world class theme park NOT a festival. I think that if anything this will put people off staying at Thorpe Park, there has never been any sort of demand for a hotel at Thorpe Park but this is certainly not the answer. Merlin just need to wait for the new “official” hotel to be built, I am almost positive that it will bring in the “buck” without testing phases of small boxes dumped outside the park….not impressed Merlin, not impressed!!
My other issues with this accommodation:
- How is this family friendly in any way shape or form?
- What will guests do when the park is closed, there is hardly room to move let alone play board games or drinking games.
- The snooze box is a MASSIVE eyesore.
- What will happen when the park is closed for 5 months?
This may seem like a good move by Merlin but I will NOT be calling Thorpe Park a resort any time soon with the installation of these crates….