Spaceland: New hotel near Cape offers a view of the launches + Many commercial spaceports still waiting for liftoff

September 9, 2018
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September 9, 2018

As commercial activity on the Cape increases, the chances of visitors to the Space Coast seeing a launch increases as well. A new hotel plans to make watching launches from the Cape a selling point: A new hotel coming near Kennedy Space Center will have a rocket launch viewing lounge – Orlando Sentinel

Gaich said he expects business travelers will take advantage of the slightly higher-end hotel offering — and the first Hyatt in Brevard County — in a place where the most luxurious lodgings are a Hampton Inn, a Holiday Inn and a Fairfield Marriott.

But the major draw will likely be the launch-viewing lounge on the hotel’s fifth floor, which will have a view of the Indian River, Merritt Island and the launch pads beyond.

The lounge will have space for about 20 people, with large windows that can be opened for launches so guests can “hear it, see it and feel it,” said Carrie Hillenbrandt, senior vice president of BBL Hospitality, which is building the hotel.

The lounge also will be available for private parties, Hillenbrandt said.

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Other spaceports, however, are struggling to achieve even a few launches per year:

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