dadzclub were invited along to take a look at the LEGOLAND Hotel before its grand opening in March 2012. We have to say that the theming is absolutely incredible, with the attention being focussed on the child. It really is quite a magical place already (and that's even with all the scaffolding still there!). Only one or two of the 150 rooms were complete (see below) but these gave us a great insight as to the high quality of the decor that the hotel will have.
The entire hotel has children's entertainmet at the heart of everything on offer - from interactive challenges in the kids bedrooms to numerous play spaces (just where us parents need them too - enjoy a coffee or a small aperitif before dinner and there is always a LEGO play space within sight!)
Lots of really great features you would expect at a top family hotel, including a lovely splash pool (we had to use our imagination on that as it was a concrete basin at the time of our visit!), a spacious restaturant where we are told 'healthy' and 'treat' options will be available, and the main theme park is literally outside your bedroom window!
Here's what LEGOLAND have to say about the hotel:
Dedicated to interactive family fun the unique hotel will bring LEGO to life with imaginative theming and a host of child friendly features - from secret whoopee cushions to exploding toy boxes and LEGO treasure trails. There will be three types of themed bedroom – pirate, kingdom or adventure – all with interactive challenges to keep children mesmerised for hours on end. For the first time ever, children will be nagging their parents to go to bed!
Beyond the bedrooms, the colour, fun and interactivity of LEGO is stamped throughout the hotel, from the spectacular entrance right through to the restaurant and bar and a breath-taking outdoor lakeside seating area. Stunning play spaces, including a brightly LEGO Pirates themed splash pool, will inspire little imaginations and LEGO fans of all ages will delight in spotting their favourite iconic LEGO figures. There will also be a full programme of children’s entertainment, movies available on demand and the buffet style restaurant will serve up a menu of quality fresh produce designed firmly with kids in mind.
The hotel will be situated in a tranquil but convenient location, right on the edge of the LEGOLAND Windsor theme park, set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Guests will have easy access to the park’s 55+ interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions. Priced from £247 low season or £385 high season for a themed family room (2 adults / 2 children), including breakfast and park tickets for two days, guests will also enjoy special LEGOLAND benefits including early bird access to the park. Premium themed rooms and suites are also available. Annual Pass Holders will be eligible for special rates.
Find out more at www.legoland.co.uk or call 0845 373 2640 to make your booking.
And some interesting facts we picked up along the way:
- It will take a team of 45 skilled LEGO model makers from across Europe hours to create the Hotel’s 1,600 thousand LEGO models
- Over 80 million individual LEGO bricks worth more than £375,000 will be used in their creation
- Each model will be individually made by hand and every one of the 150 themed bedrooms will feature a range – from life sized parrots and monkeys to spiders and scorpions
- The rooms will be created around three themes – Pirates, Kingdom and Adventure – and the design will immerse guests in their selected LEGO world
- Each bedroom has a separate sleeping area for children packed full of fun stuff to keep them amused – including LEGO to fuel their imaginations
- The reception area will feature a wall made from 5,000 5cm tall mini figures and the LEGOLAND team is so confident each one is different any child who manages to spot two the same will win a prize
- The restaurant area is populated by 29 mini figure characters and a 2 metre “exploding” spaghetti machine
- Guests will be greeted in the entrance lobby by a spectacular, 4 metre high exploding toy box mobile comprising 26 separate models representing different areas of the LEGOLAND park
- The biggest individual model is a 100 kilo, 6 metre fire breathing dragon with a 6 metre wing span, perched in a tower outside the entrance. His tail alone contains 1,250 individual bricks
- The smallest individual model is a tiny 7 centimetre ladybird
- Red is the most frequently used LEGO brick and grey the least
- The central play area features a giant princess tower, 6 metre high LEGO city crane and massive castle drawbridge complete with guardian dragon
- Giant Jolly Roger flag attached to a ship sized mast in the centre of the colourful Pirates themed splash pool