This Hotel Is Getting Ready to Host the 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 happen next year. (They were supposed to take off in 2010 and then in 2013 but this is space travel so we expect some delays.)
Yet 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 right 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 hotel is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 60 miles from Spaceport America, where the Virgin Galactic flights will take off. And already, the hotel has begun to undergo some renovations to accommodate the high-flying guests.
Several rooms are being remodeled into Executive Suite VIP Wings with VIP everything from concierge service to customized room service menus, amenities and artisan built furniture designed by Adriana Long, who is planning something "timeless and luxurious."
The hotel will undergo more renovations through early 2015, including adding more poolside terrace rooms and creating new outdoor spaces. 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, then it won't matter how much the rooms cost. Meanwhile, for those not space-bound, regular rooms start at around $90 a night.
[Photo courtesy of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces]