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LEGOLAND California Hotel
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

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

Room Tip: Select a room with a balcony
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Loved the hotel service was great but when we left my son left his legos in a bag on top of the desk . Next day in the morning we went back from Disneyland to get the toys we bought. we found the cleaning lady that clean the room she told me she found it and showed me and the housekeeper manager where she put them but they disappeared I called again to see if they found them and never got a call back left messages in the reception to call me back . Be aware when you leave the room because if you leaves something you will no get it back specially if they are nice things my son had his super heroes legs collection that brought from home and new legos that we got there. So we paid a very high price for it.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed in a pirate themed room 2 nights and everyone loved it! Decor was very well done, room was immaculate, good space for the 4 of us, we had a bit of a pool view. The kids thought the bunk beds were super cool but used the trundle bed instead of top bunk... The kids area is just around the corner of the queen bed, this seemed backwards though (kids bed beside the door?) The disco elevator got everyone dancing. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The hotel was well thought out for kids enjoyment and adults will have a great time too. there are windows and door peep holes at the kids level, the pool is shallow with a gentle slope. The room art was kid friendly and true lego style. It is also one of the few hotels that out of the box accommodates 3 kids. Its nice not to need the roll away bed or squeeze together. Also nice that the kids had their own room around the corner from us. Who knew an elevator can be made fun? Worth the visit just to try it.

The only big miss was the pool - bring your own or use your room towel as the pool towels are poor quality and will leave you with blue lint all over.

Room Tip: Having 3 boys, we chose the adventure room and had a great time. these rooms are also on the top fl...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Stayed this past week for three nights with our 4 kids ( 10,10,8 & 5). Easy check in and huge smiles on the kids from the first step in the door. Big negative fruit flies in the soy sauce at Bricks Restaurant. Minor complaint is if I have 6 people in my room why am I only given 4 towels and 3 washcloths. But my kids loved it and we would stay again even with the high nightly price.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

My family stayed in the Kingdom themed room by the poolside and it was great! The kids love the bunk beds and the little details that they add-on to the room! The kids got a welcome gift and a Lego bucket to play in the room which is really nice. I love how the bathroom has the extra little toilet seat and step stool for my little one. Everything about the hotel is a kids' Lego dream playground-from the lobby, rooms, bathrooms, restaurants, and swimming pool! The lobby has a spacious kids' play area with lots of Legos! We ate at the cafe by the pool and Bricks buffet for breakfast, their food selection is pretty good and taste really good as well. Bricks even had a kids' station where the kids can get their own food by themselves. You can't beat the location as well as it's right in front of Legoland, it's very convenient to be able to go back and forth when the kids are getting tired. The VIP access to Legoland that they give to guests is a bit mediocre since it only gives you early access to a few selected rides.
One major letdown for us is the bell desk service, definitely needs a lot of improvement! After we have checked in and called bell desk for our luggage to be delivered to our room, after waiting for almost an hour for our luggage to come, my husband finally decided to go to the lobby and find out what's the hold-up. They couldn't locate our luggages since they had it mixed with other people's luggages! Since they were pretty busy and didn't let us have our room until 4pm, the delay was quite annoying since we wanted to head back to the park to be able to go to the waterpark which closes at 7pm. My husband had to haul our luggages himself back to our room so we can still have time to go to the waterpark. It was such as inconvenience! The bell desk and the valet are the same staff so expect delays especially if they're pretty busy. They definitely need more staff during their busy times and just to be more organized overall. One night when we were getting our car from the valet, my husband overheard that the valet couldn't find the car keys of one of the guests! We needed help with our luggages upon check-out and it's was still almost a half-hour wait. We started hauling our luggages ourselves and saw the bell desk person in the hallway and he helped us from there, he was really apologetic about the delay so no big deal.
Overall, it was still a great stay. We love the creativity they put in with each detail of the hotel! They surely had the kids in mind when they were planning the hotel. Even if you're staying on the first floor, definitely try a ride in the elevator and see how each floor is designed with different themes.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This week we spent 1 night at the hotel with our grandkids. They loved everything about the hotel especially their private sleeping area. Everything about the hotel is geared toward children. Noisy - yes in the common areas but the room was very quiet. Try the restaurant in the SeaLife Aquarium. Good food & not crowded. The boys loved to look at all the murals and Lego models that covered the common areas, halls & rooms. Only 1 negative that concerned me. Young children were serving themselves at the open breakfast buffet with fingers going into the food. Does anyone monitor this area?

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Additional Information about LEGOLAND California Hotel

Address: 5885 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Location: United States > California > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
Price Range: $172 - $450 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — LEGOLAND California Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 250
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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