Do you often look at theme park hotels and want to cry at how expensive they are? I know I do. I understand the cost as it is all part of the experience with themed rooms and activities. In reality, when we have done a day at a theme park, we just want somewhere nice to lay down our heads and get a good night’s sleep. That is exactly what you get at the Shark Hotel in Thorpe Park.
Situated just outside the entrance to the park, it is really quick and easy to access the rooms. A large model shark greets you as you walk in and you immediately realise that this is accommodation but Thorpe Park style. In keeping with the theme of the park, an island like no other, this is a hotel like no other.
The rooms are made from cargo boxes and when you first seem them, it is quite a surprise. But when you open the door, you quickly realise that this is the perfect place to spend the night. The rooms are all exactly the same and they are compact but really do have everything you need. Each room can sleep four with a double bed and bunk beds. There is a shower wet room and a small amount of space to store any luggage (I would pack light if you are staying).
Above the double bed is a cartoon image of Thorpe Park which is colourfully lit with mood lighting. There is also a plasma screen TV which my kids loved as you can play games on there as well as watch TV. The room also has tea and coffee making facilities and a bottle of water for each guest and air conditioning.
Outside the rooms, you walk out to see the lake which is a serene and picturesque contrast to the theme park not far away. If you are lucky enough to have a room on the lakeside, you can just open your door and take in the view.
Breakfast is included as part of the cost of the hotel room and it is served in Finn’s Bar inside the Dome (just inside the entrance). It is a buffet-style breakfast where you can help yourself to a good selection from a choice of hot and cold options. We all thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast and it gave us a good start to the day. Finn’s Bar is also open for dinner after the park closes but I would recommend booking as it is really busy. The menu is family-friendly and quite reasonable and we all enjoyed dinner and a play of some games put out in the Dome before we headed back to our room.
As well as breakfast, parking is also included in the price and there is free wi-fi in the rooms and throughout the park. Another bonus is that Shark Hotel guests get one hour of unlimited Fasttrack and so before it gets really busy, you can quickly walk straight onto your favourite rides.
There may not be the biggest amount of space in the room but we love it. This summer was our second stay at the Shark Hotel and we will definitely return. It is a clean and well-looked after hotel with friendly and helpful staff. The beds are super comfortable and we all had a really good night’s sleep. The location is ideal as it is so close to the theme park itself and the facilities. Prices for a night are really good value considering the fact that breakfast, parking and fast pass access for the first hour and a half are all included in the price. Prices start from £195 for a family of four. It really is the perfect base for a two-day thrill-fest at Thorpe Park.
The theme park season may soon be over but there are lots of thrills and spills to be had with the approach of Halloween, a night which lends itself so well to many of the rides at Thorpe Park. Fright Night at Thorpe Park is a Halloween extravaganza which will thrill horror fans throughout October. Can you survive the two brand new-live action mazes and journey through iconic scenes in this post-apocalyptic world from The Walking Dead? Maybe you would prefer to experience Containment which makes a return and you will be contained (with up to 10 people) in a haunt room? These horrors and more await, so what are you waiting for…?
Find out more about the Shark Hotel, Thorpe Park and the infamous Fright Night on the Thorpe Park website.
I am a Thorpe Park blogger and we were given one night’s free accommodation at the Shark Hotel. These are my honest opinions and all images are my own.