This Hotel Will Host The First Virgin Galactic Space Passengers
Sir Richard Branson's recreational space travel company Virgin Galactic is real—and it's really happening—with flights expected to start next year. (They were supposed to take off in 2010, and then in 2013, but this is space travel so we expect some delays.)
While we wait for the first guests to pay $200,000 to blast off into space, here is a piece of hotel news we can get excited about now: Virgin Galactic has selected The Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, a Heritage Hotel, to be the "official preferred Virgin Galactic hotel and resort." Previously, Virgin Galactic had hoped to partner with a luxury brand to build a new resort, but this is much easier.
The Encanto is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 60 miles from Spaceport America, where the Virgin Galactic flights will take off. Already, the hotel has begun to undergo renovations to accommodate the high-flying guests. Several rooms are being remodeled as Executive Suite VIP Wings with VIP everything—including concierge service, customized room service menus, and artisan-built furniture designed by Adriana Long, who has something "timeless and luxurious" in mind.
Renovations will continue through early 2015, with additional poolside terrace rooms and new outdoor spaces planned. No word on how much a VIP Wing will cost, but c'mon, if you can afford a $200,000 flight into space just for fun, does it matter how much a hotel room costs? Meanwhile, for those not space-bound, regular rooms start at around $90 a night.