Heide Park, Soltau with over 1.5 million visitors annually, is the second largest Theme and Leisure Park in Germany. Its attractions and amusements are continually developed and supplemented. Consequently, guests wishing to lengthen their stay, or those coming increasingly from further afield made it necessary to offer visitors an option for an overnight stay.
The four star “Port Royal” hotel was the first theme hotel in Germany. The aim to transport visitors into a world of pirates, was carried out in an unique fashion. Conventionally built of reinforced concrete, it takes on the character of a seventeenth century pirate stronghold from the exterior and within.
Place: Heide Park 1, 29614 Soltau Builder: Heide-Park Soltau GmbH, Heide Park 1, 29614 Soltau Planning: 2005 – 2006 Construction time: 2006 – 2007 Costs: 21.000.000 € Total Area: 14.640 m2 Photograph: rimpf Architektur
Position in Theme Park
A new, L-shaped, solid construction between the visitors’ parking area and the so-called Holland Village forms a backdrop in the form of a row of typically old, Dutch-style houses. Due to this position, the visitor to the park can check into the hotel and receive a room. Additionally, because of this situation there was no interference to the park during construction.
Visitors traverse the moat via a wooden drawbridge, thus arriving in the hotel’s central tower. Two six-storey towers lead off from the central axis. The north tower is joined to a building wing at the side. As with the main wing, this also consists of five complete storeys. Battlements complete the outlook on the upper storeys, housing 170 hotel rooms and generous suites. A market hall, accommodating a restaurant, stage and bar, is on the inside of the L.
Entertainment – even after the Park has closed!
More emphasis than in conventional hotels is placed on the quality of entertainment in Port Royal. This, in combination with the theme park, offers an attractive stay. The rooms and living areas are all furnished with a high standard of comfort.
Furthermore, the main theme down to the smallest detail, is the identifying feature of this hotel. Not only do the rooms take on a “Pirates of the Caribbean look”, but the gastronomy, lobby and corridors are decorated in a Caribbean, medieval style. The whole of the interior gives one the feeling of being present on a film set. Shows, presented on stages outside and in, enhance the stay. Not only intended form families, guests staying on a daily basis have discovered this unique location!