A new hotel being developed in Titusville, Fla. near Kennedy Space Center, Courtyard by Marriott Titusville, has announced a target March 2022 opening.
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 site of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. The hotel is just 7.1 miles from the space center and 6.4 miles from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Construction was paused for a year due to the pandemic but resumed earlier this summer.
Among its 152 rooms, the five-floor hotel will feature 14 extended and one-bedroom guest suites and eight ground floor walkout rooms, four of which will have fire pits. The hotel will also feature a large outdoor resort-style pool with a children’s section, cabanas and a bar; a ground-floor 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 signature feature will be a rooftop deck with a bar and restaurant called The Space Bar, which will offer an “elevated” evening experience with views of 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’s launch complexes, 39A and 39B, with the rooftop bar offering unobstructed views.
“The Space Bar will offer a unique experience for local residents, visitors who work in the aerospace industry along with space enthusiasts of all ages,” said Wayne Soard, general manager of the hotel for Delaware North, the company developing the hotel. “It’s going to offer once-in-a-lifetime 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 a broad menu of casual yet chef-driven 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 lodging properties across the U.S. and Australia. The project will create about 50 construction jobs and 50 permanent part- and full-time jobs.