The Shark Hotel at Thorpe Park is situated inside the resort itself and sits on the banks of an unexpectedly serene lake and is the perfect crash pad for thrill seekers who want two days of fun at the theme park.
A large model shark greets guests at reception and rooms are accessed via its mouth. Checking in took more time than it needed to in my opinion however we were given all the information that we needed about access to the park and wristbands that would give us fast track access to the rides between 9am and 11am the next morning.
The hotel itself is made from two floors of blue shipping containers that have been neatly stacked together and decorated in a nautical theme with decked walkways all the way around.
The rooms themselves are small but perfectly formed and are perfect for thrill seekers to crash and get some rest before the park re-opens the following morning. Each room is the same; designed to sleep four, with a double bed, bunk bed and a shower wet room.
The rooms are small but there is a space to store your suitcase and room under the bunk beds where you can put additional bags plus they provide you with tea, coffee and water.
The rooms are clean and comfortable and all are equipped with air conditioning and a plasma screen television which has digital TV. You can also purchase movies for an additional charge but the movie Jaws is free. There are no windows in the room with the exception of a porthole in the front door which you can cover with a picture which either says “dreaming” for do not disturb and “screaming” if you are out enjoying the park.
The wet room contains a toilet, sink and shower and is probably the best shower I have ever seen in a hotel with a large, powerful shower head set on the ceiling.
I have to say the beds were very comfortable with large fluffy pillows and good quality bedding. Each bed had its own light which is great for the kids who don’t like sleeping without a light on, but its dim enough not to disturb those sharing with you.
There are a couple of outdoor seating areas for smokers but no room service. Breakfast and evening meals are served at Fins Bar and Grill which is a short two minute walk from the Hotel into the resort.
The restaurant has a good range of meals to suit every taste and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food – not your usual theme park menu.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is buffet style with a choice of danish pastries, cereal, fruit and yoghurt or a full english breakfast.
We were really impressed with our stay at the Shark Hotel and getting into the park when it opened and having the fast track wristbands made all the difference as we completed all the big rollercoasters, Swarm, Saw, Colossus and Nemesis Inferno by 11am! (Sadly Stealth was closed).
A stay in the Shark Hotel includes entry into the theme park for 2 days, breakfast, free parking and unlimited fast track on all the rides, excluding Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, until 11am. They were giving out allocated times for the Ghost Train though which beat the queues and meant we could ride later in the day.
The cost of the rooms vary depending on Thorpe Park events and the time of year of your stay but prices start £52.50 per person (discount applies for Merlin Annual Pass holders). I would say these rooms are perfect for small families or a group of friends after a thrillseeking break!