I generally don’t write about places I haven’t visited. How are you supposed to know a place and “feel” it if you’ve never set foot there? I’m making an exception this time to share news of the much-anticipated opening of the new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad, California on April 5, 2013. They say the hotel and the adjacent adventure park are designed for kids from 2 to 12, but I’m pretty darned excited about it myself. I mean, LEGOs, right?

LEGOLAND Hotel.

LEGOLAND Hotel. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

Every time I hear about the hotel and the adventure park (I’ve never been to the park, either, in the spirit of full disclosure), I hear my 6-year-old grandson’s voice, pierced with a heavy sigh (this is as his 5-year-old sister jumps up and down and tells me she wants to visit Paris): “I just want to go to LEGOLAND.” So, perhaps my excitement is wrapped up in the fact that I am determined to get him and his siblings to LEGOLAND this year. But, I really do think this sounds like the best family stay ever. Take a look at what waits at the new LEGOLAND Hotel.

The essentials

Adventure themed room

The 250-room, 3-story LEGO-themed hotel will have bright colors, a pool, lounge, interactive Castle Play area, and a family restaurant. Kids can choose from one of three themes when they have their parents book the rooms: Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure. Both rooms and larger suites are available. Every individual room has a separate sleeping area for up to three kids, with bunk beds and a pull-out trundle bed. There are two TVs in each room (three in the suites), so that kids can watch movies and play games in their rooms (it’s vacation, after all). Rooms also feature at least eight LEGO models, a treasure hunt with gifts in the room, and complimentary WiFi. Parents will love that the room also includes a mini-fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, and free toiletries. There are six pirate-themed rooms with terraces (every pirate needs a look out spot).

Public areas

Reception area

The hotel is a giant LEGO play land  with more about 3,422 LEGO models located throughout the property, created using more than three million LEGO blocks. There’s a smoke-breathing dragon at the hotel’s entrance and a bubble-blowing dragon on the patio – all made, naturally, of LEGO bricks. The Castle Play area features a moat, pirate ship, and interactive castle. Every child’s fantasy hotel. When you first check in, be sure to check out the 6,000 LEGO figures behind reception.

Food and drinks

Bricks Family Restaurant inside LEGOLAND Hotel serves breakfast and dinner buffet, complete with a special kids’-sized buffet for the little guests. Mini’s Lounge, for adults, is adjacent to the Castle Play area. The Skyline Café serves up food amid a fun LEGO setting.

Pool for all ages

The pool area is designed for guests of all ages to enjoy. You can sip an adult beverage while you watch the kids play in the gradual incline 5-foot-deep pool.

The extras

The hotel has plenty of bells and whistles (literally). Step into a disco elevator and enjoy lights pulsating in beat with the music. Work out in the fitness center on the first floor. You can even stage an event at the hotel. Of course, the best part is that the hotel is at the main entrance to LEGOLAND California and hotel guests will have exclusive early morning access to the park.

The hotel is booking now for dates beginning April 5, 2013.

LEGOLAND Hotel in California. Credit: LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND Hotel in California. Credit: LEGOLAND California

Dragons greet guests at LEGOLAND Hotel. Credit: LEGOLAND California

Dragons greet guests at LEGOLAND Hotel. Credit: LEGOLAND California

Splash Zoo at LEGOLAND California. Credit: LEGOLAND California

Splash Zoo at LEGOLAND California. Credit: LEGOLAND California

Miniland Las Vegas Excalibur at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

Miniland Las Vegas Excalibur at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

California in MiniLand at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

California in MiniLand at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

Star Wars at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

Star Wars at LEGOLAND. Credit: LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND Hotel
One LEGLOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760.918.5375
www.legolandhotel.com

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