Marriott has released artistic renderings of their new Nickelodeon Resort that will open at Liberty Station along San Diego Bay in 2010.
It will feature:
The only reason I'm mentioning this is because, well... it's hideous. These renderings even make the Disney World Pop Century hotels look classy! Is this really something we want on the shore of San Diego Bay for the next 30 to 40 years?
- 650 family-focused rooms
- 100,000-square-foot water park
- Live entertainment featuring costumed Nickelodeon characters
- Game rooms and Nickelodeon-themed retail stores
- Cost $200 million to $300 million to build
The Corky McCriminal Company is supposed to be developing the former Navy boot camp into a viable source of income for the city, but is San Diego a strong enough destination for families that the Nickelodeon Resort can achieve a high enough occupancy rate throughout the year to make it profitable? There's the beaches, the bays, the zoos, LegoLand, and the Anheuser-Bush Cruelty to Sea Life Experience (amongst a plethora of other things), but do families pull their kids out of school to visit San Diego like they do to visit Disneyland and Disney World? Will this single resort lure people away from Anaheim like San Diego tourism officials think it will?
I'm interested in whether any of you with children would ever stay at an isolated resort like this. God knows business travelers and singles aren't going to want to camp out here. Is this doomed to fail and leave San Diego with an ugly and unoccupied building in the future?
Article here: San Diego to get SpongeBob and first Nickelodeon resort
High resolution photos here: Nickelodeon Resorts by Marriott