New Florida hotel targets space fans with unobstructed launch views | News
TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A new hotel with a rooftop bar bets it can attract tourists and local space junkies who want great views of Space Coast launches.
Located directly across from the Kennedy Space Center across the Indian River, the Marriott Courtyard Titusville at 6245 Riverfront Center Blvd. is positioning itself as both a premier accommodation destination for out-of-town space fans and a gathering place for Central Floridians to watch lift-offs.
“There are many differences between a typical Marriott Courtyard and the Courtyard Titusville,” said General Manager Wayne Soard. “We think it will be quite unique.”
Developed by Delaware North, which operates the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the hotel seeks to capitalize on Brevard County’s efforts to increase space-related tourism. The 152-room hotel will open on April 8.
The attractiveness of the location is visible through the entrance doors. The entire east side of the hotel faces the river through a bank lined with old-growth Florida vegetation.
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The back patio has seating around fire pits to take in the scenery. You can walk the ruins of old US Highway 1, which runs along the shore, to the Adirondack chair viewing areas.
From the pool, with its hot tub and bar, to the treadmills overlooking the fitness center window, every accessible space has been designed to maximize the view.
Located 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport, 10 minutes from KSC, and a short drive from Spaceport Commerce Park, its biggest attraction will be the view of the Space Center on launch day.
During a recent media preview, the Artemis I rocket was clearly visible on the launch pad awaiting testing.
The Kennedy Launch Pads and the massive Vehicle Assembly Building are slightly north of the hotel but still visible across the river. The clearest views come from the Space Bar, which is located on the rooftop and open to the public with its own express elevator in the lobby.
The bar, which will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 4:00 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, will serve signature dishes from Executive Chef Chris Chadwick. Guests can also order a variety of space-themed cocktails.
The bar and back patio can be rented, with tent events starting around $10,000. One can easily imagine weddings or other special occasions being planned with a rocket taking off in the background.
Each of the 152 rooms includes one of five space-themed murals. A limited number of extended suites include sleeper sofas. Downstairs, four bedrooms sport semi-private patios with their own fireplaces.
Space touches extend to the lobby, which includes KSC displays as well as memorabilia.
Rooms start around $189, with launches driving prices up. On marriott.com, a room with a patio costs $440 for a crewed launch scheduled for April 19. It’s $350 per night the weekend before.
Booking has started, but hotel managers have not provided details on how many rooms have been booked so far.
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