New LEGOLAND hotel opens its doors


by Tami Hoey

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 2:52 PM

PHOENIX -- If you're trying to figure out where to take the kids on vacation this summer, look no further than Carlsbad, California. LEGOLAND has finally opened its own hotel!

After years of anticipation, LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California Resort is open for business. The hotel is designed to extend the LEGOLAND experience by bringing children's imaginations to life, even when they're not at the park.

"Families are coming here, they're spending more days than they did before," LEGOLAND ambassador Julie Estrada told Good Morning Arizona's Scott Pasmore."They wanted to extend the experience. So a LEGOLAND hotel just seemed natural."

The three-story, 250 room hotel immerses guests in a creative world  of LEGOS. Every room is themed after one of three popular LEGO toy lines in the Park: pirate, adventure or kingdom.

Children have their own sleeping area in every room complete with bunk beds, a trundle bed and their own TV. "It's their own individual space separated from other adults in the room," Estrada says.

The hotel's entrance is guarded by a LEGO dragon created out of 400,000 bricks. There are more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the hotel using more than three million LEGO bricks. Interactive features include a Castle Play area, a talking and spraying dragon on the patio, LEGO play pits in the reception area and a treasure hunt inside the rooms.

Guests staying at LEGOLAND Hotel also have exclusive early access to LEGOLAND California.

The LEGO theme also extends to things not made out of the toy blocks, from brightly colored wicker chairs to disco-style elevators with LEGO character murals, lively music and flashing mirrored balls. Guests can also dine at the Skyline Café, and Bricks Family Restaurant.

And when you enter the hotel, you'll be greeted by a reception wall featuring more than 5,000 Mini-figures. Kids of all ages will be sure to find something to catch their eye.

You can visit the LEGOLAND website for more information.