If you're going LEGOLAND, chances are you have already resigned to the fact that it won't be a zen experience with spa appointments and yoga, and you are in for a hectic but fun-packed family experience. By staying at LEGOLAND hotel, you take that hands-on experience the theme park is known for a few steps further. The hotel is designed with kids in mind in every regard. Upon arrival, you see the Lego-built knight, pirates, dragon figures, and then you walk into the lobby, and see a decent sized Lego pit and wall, a perfect place for your children to waste time as you line up to pre-register for your room. I spent at least 25 minutes picking up my tickets and pre-registering for our room. The service upon arrival is poor-- not for lack of effort but they simply are not efficient and aren't staffed properly to handle the long lines. Also, my advice to you, skip the valet and self park while leaving your luggage in the car. The self park lot is very close to the hotel and you can save 30 minutes by not waiting for valet and baggage check-in. Your room won't be ready until 3-4pm anyways during peak time so hit the park once you pre-register and don't wait!
Behind the hotel lobby is a large castle and pirate ship Lego model with more Lego pieces for kids to build on and play area to explore. All the kids activities (i.e. Hero Training, contests) all congregate here. It is conveniently situated right across (within 6 feet) from a bar where parents can get a drink as they observe their children play from afar.
The elevators are awesome-- once the door shuts, it transforms into a disco ballroom with lights and the hottest disco jams! It is probably my favorite part of the hotel because it's so creative and original. We've captured some fun video clips of my son dancing to the music!
The rooms are cleverly designed. We had an Adventure Theme room and it was as expected-- a few Lego built animals throughout the room and "Indiana Jones" like Lego themed patterns on our bedding, bathroom decorations, walls and curtains. My son loved it! But the best part was the kids' room-- yes, the bunk bed (and trundle included) was in its own section of the room, and equipped with games and a TV just for kids. The parents' bed is on the other side of the room, closer to the windows, so you have some sense of peace and quiet if you need it.
The Bricks and Skyline restaurants were both designed for kids-- family friendly in every regard, including the menu. My son loved the food but my husband and I did not. I would compare it to cheap Reno buffet quality food but hey, we didn't come for the food right? Service was good and the experience was made easy for families-- both positives!
I read some complaints about the pool area but I was totally fine! Decent sized with foam Lego pieces floating in the water for kids to play with. The life guards were very very attentive and took their job seriously. If you are looking for water slides and fountains, just make sure you go to the LEGOLAND Water Park, which we loved as well. The hotel pool is low key and actually the most relaxing place within the hotel.
The biggest perk of being a hotel guest is the immediate access to the LEGOLAND park and proximity to SEA LIFE. We loved coming back in the afternoon to take a quick break, and then return to the park in the evenings where the lines are so much shorter!
Chances are my LEGO obsessed son will want to visit LEGOLAND again soon and we will absolutely return to the hotel! It is worth the extra money!! I only wish they had a small spa so I can sneak away for 90 minutes while my husband and son are splashing around in the pool. Oh well! :) Highlighly recommend.
- 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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