Our twin 4 yr old boys loved the hotel, from the dragon Lego structure at the front, to the Lego pit/waterfall in reception, and the giant Pirate Ship in the foyer, to the Pirate themed room decor in our room.
We loved the fact that it was a mere 2 minute walk from the entrance to the park and that they let you in an hour ahead of the rest of the crowds. Combine that with a meal plan that we purchased for the family of four for a full breakfast for $40/day (and you can choose the day(s)) which allowed used to see all the sights withouth any lines. We would get tot he park and ride as many rides near the entrance as possible and make our way to the back at the time the crowds entered the park, this was worth every penny spent at the the hotel. We stayed three nights and visited the park 2 of the 3 days we had in Carlsbad and we bought our tickets (2 day park hopper) at the hotel at what seemed a good deal $240 total ($60/pp).
Things we did not like:
1. Our king bed was not comfortable to sleep in, it was too hard AND the pillows were like bricks. Seriously, tall and hard making you feel like you slept with your head way up. In fact we called the front desk and asked for feather pillows or lighter pillows and they said they did not have them but had heard the complaint before that when they travel they take own pillow.
2. The kids area in our room did not have a door or a curtain for privacy, we had the standard pirate room, the boys had their own area near the front door with the cool double bunk beds and pirate theme. However, there was no privacy wall when they took a nap or slept, this could have been better thought out so that we as parents could enjoy a movie or some other downtime without worrying about waking the kids.
3. It was noisy... But then again, our kids felt right at home. My hubby said it felt like a fraternity house for families with kids.
4. We wish we would have opted for a room with a balcony, San Diego is humid and none of our wet clothes or towels seemed to ever dry out, perhaps a clothesline over the tub ( but then again not sure how safe)
Things we liked:
1. Dancing to tunes in the elevator when the doors closed and the disco lights came on
2. Themed rooms and hotel, seriously, it was fun. We brought extra goodies (pirate bandannas, treasure chests with doubloons, telescopes, etc. from Party City, Oriental Trading Company.
3. Quick eat and go breakfast for the day at legoland..
4. Proximity to Legoland: Returning after lunch for a quick nap then staying until legoland closed
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You've always wanted to spend the night at LEGOLAND. Now you can. Treat your family to the ultimate LEGO(R) experience - a day at LEGOLAND(R) California Resort and a night at the LEGOLAND Hotel! From the moment you arrive at the spectacular dragon-guarded entrance, you'll be delighted by interactive LEGO features, themed play areas, family pool and kid's entertainment! Located right at the main entrance of LEGOLAND California, a stay at our LEGO themed hotel will turn a day you'll always remember into a night you'll never forget! All guest rooms are LEGO themed in Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure,LEGO Friends or LEGO NINJAGO. Rooms include two separate sleeping areas, with a king-size bed for grown-ups, and a separate area for up to three little ones, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed and their very own TV! As a special privilege, LEGOLAND Hotel guests will get entry to select LEGOLAND rides and attractions before the Park officially opens. ... more less
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