A new hotel under development in Titusville, Florida near the Kennedy Space Center, Courtyard by Marriott Titusville, has announced a target opening in March 2022.
The Courtyard by Marriott Titusville – Kennedy Space Center hotel has been under construction since summer 2019 on Riverfront Center Boulevard off State Route 405 on part of the former US Astronaut Hall of Fame site. The hotel is just 7.1 miles from the Space Center and 10.4 miles from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Construction was halted for a year due to the pandemic but resumed earlier this summer.
Of its 152 rooms, the five-story hotel will include 14 expanded guest suites and one bedroom and eight walkout rooms on the ground floor, four of which will have fireplaces. The hotel will also include a large resort-style outdoor swimming pool with a children’s section, cabanas and a bar; a downstairs bistro with a bar and outdoor seating that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as Starbucks; a 700 square foot meeting room; and charging stations for electric cars.
The main feature will be a rooftop terrace with a bar and restaurant called The Space Bar, which will provide an ‘elevated’ evening experience overlooking the Indian River, which is part of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway, and Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center. The hotel will be the closest to the Space Center launch complexes, 39A and 39B, with the rooftop bar offering stunning views.
“The Space Bar will provide a unique experience for local residents, visitors who work in the aerospace industry as well as space enthusiasts of all ages,” said Wayne Soard, hotel general manager for Delaware North, the company that develops the hotel. “It will offer unique views of rocket launches and also be a fun night out in a cool setting for corporate and association retreats, government meetings, weddings and other group events.”
Delaware North will serve an expansive menu of casual but chef-led fare at the Space Bar, including salads, bowls, flatbreads, specialty desserts, and space-inspired cocktails.
The hotel will be the first in Florida for Delaware North, which operates accommodation properties in the United States and Australia. The project will create around 50 construction jobs and 50 permanent part-time and full-time jobs.