Just got an email from Merlin advertising the holiday sale now on, with Stargazing Pods from £156 per night. So at first glance that doesn't seem to be a sale. At second glance it's even more comical.
Prices based on 1 night with 2-days park tickets, 2 adults sharing, check-in 12th April, checkout 13th. If I've got it correct, this will be roughly in the school holidays.
Alton Towers Hotel: £229
Splash Landings: £187
Stargazing Pods: £189
If you drop it down to one person, it gets even worse.
Alton Towers Hotel: £186
Splash Landings: £144
Stargazing Pods: £156
So, at least we know the pods aren't pushing the other hotel prices up artificially.
Edit: Incase the booking system should mysteriously go down
, here are some screenshots.