2003 has seen Alton Towers invest over £30 million into a new water themed hotel to accompany the existing popular hotel which opened in 1996. The new hotel includes around 200 bedrooms, a conference centre and water park.

Use the buttons on the right to navigate around this extensive construction archive, also covering the hotel’s first few weeks of opening.

Crash Landings!

The New Cariba creek water park and Splash Landings Hotel, opened its doors to the public on the 1st June 2003, unfortunately things are behind schedule which has caused upset to most of the resort guests. Alton Towers has warned guests, the water park isn’t finished. Which when looking around is an understatement. Alton Towers have now temporarily closed the attraction, admitting it wasn’t ready for visitors.

Well it may have been in the pipeline for several years, hundreds of hours may have been spent planning the opening of what is dubbed as ‘Europe’s first water park hotel’, but the planners still can’t get it open on time! Alton Towers Splash Landings, with adjoining Cariba Creek water park opened on June 1st, but not everything has gone to plan, Alton Towers blames bad weather for the project failing to be complete for the opening day.

Hundreds of guests who have pre-booked a stay in the new hotel turned up on opening day to find the place looking more like a building site than a multi-million pound hotel. Piles of mud, incomplete water slides, un-tiled swimming pools and the presence of workmen were among the many complaints from the guests who forked out over £200 a night.

Alton Towers has offered all Splash Landings guests compensation and apologise for the incomplete state of the hotel. Workmen are now working to complete the hotel ready for the re-opening sometime this month. It’s not the first time Alton Towers have slipped up on not meeting deadlines, Air the new £12 million flying roller coaster was not completely ready for its opening last season, experiencing technical problems throughout the season.

Despite the incomplete state of the water park, it was said that visitors had liked the attractions which were complete, after a disappointing opening it is hoped that Alton Towers will complete the attraction as soon as possible and the hotel will boost the park’s image as a holiday resort.

Over 700,000 people have stayed at the original £20 million hotel since it opened in 1996 and the hotel is at full capacity during the season – although this is a fraction of the 12 million people who have been to the park over the same period, so will the new hotel be as successful? Alton Towers’ head of projects Philip Baker explained: “We always wanted to build a second hotel; we know there’s a market for it, so we’ve come up with something to create that wow factor!

Lets hope this small hiccup wont create too much of a problem, and guests can start enjoying the new hotel experience.