See, I’ve been casually planning a trip to LEGOLAND California for the past two years.I like to thoroughly research our family vacations and make sure we’re spending our time in the best possible way.
After hours and hours of reading blogs, hotel reviews, and asking everyone I knew about where to stay at LEGOLAND California, the answer was overwhelmingly the LEGOLAND Hotel!
We just got back from two nights at the LEGOLAND Hotel and I wholeheartedly agree!
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When you’re traveling with toddlers and preschoolers, sometimes just getting to your destination is a struggle.
I knew the LEGOLAND Hotel had an entrance to the Park, but I had no idea it was literally AT the entrance!
Not only was it helpful getting to/from the Park, but it also meant my husband could take our toddler back to the hotel for afternoon naps.
And it was nice to know we could swing by our room to grab more baby wipes, change shoes, or reapply sunscreen.
Coolest Hotel Lobby
As soon as you walk through the doors to check in, you will feel like you are on vacation.
Behind the front desk, you’ll see a large minifigure riding a bicycle with magnifying glasses for wheels that enlarge a wall of minifigures! It’s really impressive!
There’s a structure in the lobby where kids can sit and build with a vat of LEGO bricks. The best part (for parents) is the sign saying that they are frequently cleaned and the multiple hand sanitizer areas!
Plus, there’s a mini LEGO store that sells sets, minifigures, LEGO souvenirs, etc. And they even have over-the-counter medications.
And while it’s not technically in the lobby, the restrooms on the main floor have a kid-size sink! My boys thought that was cool!
Insider Tip: Make sure to let them know if it’s your first time to LEGOLAND and you’ll get a cool badge!
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The Adventure Theme Room is Super Kid-Friendly
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Of course it should be kid-friendly. I mean, it’s LEGOLAND.
But, the LEGOLAND Hotel really goes above and beyond when thinking about its guests. There’s even a kid-size peep hole in the door!
I’m going to start with the bathroom. They are the first hotel we’ve ever stayed at that has a seat reducer on the toilet! It’s perfect for potty training toddlers!
They also have a portable step stool to make it easier for kids to wash their hands. My toddler toted that step stool all over our room so he could climb up and reach things!
KIDS SLEEPING NOOK
The Adventure theme room at the LEGOLAND Hotel feels like a suite because of this semi-private area for kids to sleep in.
It’s a set of single-size bunk beds with wall-mounted night lights for each bed. And families of 5 will love the trundle bed that can accommodate 3 kids!
There’s also a wall-mounted TV and a cool spinning game on the wall.
I’ve learned to not expect much in the way of amenities when we travel.
So, I was completely impressed to find complimentary Honest Kids juice pouches when we arrived!
And they had hot chocolate K cups, in addition to coffee K cups and bottled water. What a fun treat for families!
My kids also were stoked to find a bin of LEGO bricks available for them to play with in the room!
It was nice to suggest they play LEGOs in their room while we got ready for the day!
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And the LEGO Theme is Well-Done
I admit, when I first saw photos for the rooms at the LEGOLAND Hotel, I was worried it would be difficult for the kids to wind down because the rooms look so fun.
In fact, that’s the reason one of my friends decided not to stay there.
So, I was thrilled to enter our room and see that it’s not as “busy” as the photos on their website show.
It makes sense that they would want to show off all the cool LEGO decor. And trust me, they did an amazing job decorating!
But, I’m here to let parents know that not every inch of the room has a LEGO theme.
When you are laying in bed in the Adventure Theme Room, the only LEGO stuff you’ll really see is some Egyptian-style art (with little LEGO minifigures in it) and a couple of small LEGO builds mounted high on the wall.
The kids area isn’t super crazy, either. My kids fell right asleep, even with all the lights on!
And if you open the shower curtain in the bathroom, you don’t see any LEGO stuff.
So, if you are worried that the theme will be distracting for your family, trust me when I say it’s not.
The Infamous Treasure Chest
One of my friends always stays at the LEGOLAND Hotel and she said a big reason is their treasure chest.
See, each room has a locked treasure chest with a special LEGO surprise inside.
When you check in, the staff member will give you a scavenger hunt checklist featuring objects found at the hotel.
This is a fun thing to do in the morning when waiting for the Park to open. Or a fun thing to do before bedtime.
It asks kids to answer questions about cute LEGO things in the lobby area.
We didn’t have a chance to do it the first night and so we found double the items when we opened it the second night.
Our kids were stoked to get 2 LEGO minifigures and 3 LEGO masks!
Insider tip: If the code doesn’t work or you totally forget to do it and your kids are begging to open the treasure chest, you can call the front desk for the code 🙂
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As a mom of little kids, my family is always forgetting to pack something when we travel.
So, I got a little too excited when I saw that I could talk to guest services to get a razor or toothbrush set!
And had my toddler not been able to handle sleeping in a “big kid” bed, we could have gotten a Pack n Play sent up to our room.
Another cool feature is guests can just text housekeeping 24/7 to get extra towels, pillows, blankets, etc. As someone who hates talking on the phone, this made my day!
The LEGOLAND Hotel has a microwave available on the first floor. But, you can also request one for your room!
This is perfect if you want to heat up baby food or your kid will only eat specific foods.
While the LEGOLAND Hotel has room service (score!) they also have a To Go menu.
Amazing Breakfast Buffet
When you stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel, you also get complimentary breakfast.
Don’t worry, it’s not your standard hotel continental breakfast. Those are always underwhelming.
Here at the LEGOLAND Hotel, they have lots of hot food items (like cornbeef hash, scrambled eggs, an omelet station, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, etc) plus fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, bagels, etc.
They even have a whole buffet dedicated just for kids. My kids liked the french toast sticks, tater tots and waffles!
Oh, and they have a section with all kinds of yogurt and JELLO parfaits! Both boys devoured the yogurt!
But, the best part is that they have already portioned, dairy-free fruit smoothies! This was a huge hit with my kids both mornings!
And I loved that they had a milk-dispensing machine so my kids could drink as much as they wanted (which is a LOT!)
FYI: For our first morning, I sent my husband down to breakfast with the kids so I could get ready in peace. He tried to bring me back something, but they wouldn’t let him bring a bowl or utensils. Totally makes sense for a buffet, but just wanted to let you know!
You Can Drink Wine While the Kids Play
Speaking of drinking, the LEGOLAND Hotel lobby is the place to be for Happy Hour!
In the afternoon/evenings, the Mini’s Lounge serves wine and beer and parents can relax in the comfy chairs while watching their kids play on the giant LEGO Castle!
This is also where staff members come to do their Adventure Storytime. So, your kids are fully engaged and entertained and you can sit back and enjoy!
Brick’s Character Dinner Buffet
While we didn’t experience this character dining this trip, it’s on my list for the next one.
Located at the same place as the continental breakfast, Bricks Character Dinner Buffet is a fun option for dinner without leaving the hotel.
The menu sounds pretty good with an array of soups, salads, carved meats, etc. And they have a “Just for Kids Buffet” to satisfy the pickiest eaters.
And parents of toddlers will love that kids ages 2 and under eat free!
Not only is it a convenient place to eat, but there’s also several LEGOLAND characters (like Adventurers, Pirates, Royalty, Jesters and Knights) who appear as part of the entertainment.
Kids will love being able to sing and dance with their favorite characters!
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Free Hotel Entertainment
Since the Park closes fairly early, it’s great to continue the fun back at the hotel for their nightly entertainment.
Make sure to grab an entertainment schedule when you check in so you don’t miss out on character meet and greets, model building, Hero training, kids improv and more.
Here’s what we saw in October:
Adventure Storytime featured mini-dance parties, lots of audience participation and was fabulous!
Yes, that’s the official name! This is a new addition to the LEGOLAND Hotel and it’s open from 8am to 10pm.
If your kids like dancing as much as mine, head to the LEGO Room for nightly dance parties!
Our room overlooked the pool area and it was really cute! Had we stayed one more day, I think we would have done a whole pool day!
It’s a zero-entry, heated pool that’s great for kids of all ages. They even have LEGO floating bricks so you can build in the pool!
You can rent a cabana and take advantage of their pool-side food and drinks for an awesome SoCal vacation.
They also offer Swim-In Movies sometimes, so check when you go!
Yes, I’m including the elevator in my list of free entertainment. As soon as the doors close, disco lights come on and the music gets everyone grooving!
WHOOPIE CUSHION CARPET
My son has been trying to explain this to all his friends, but no one seems to understand. So, I will attempt to describe it.
There’s an area on the carpet in front of the elevator on the main floor where people can jump on a picture of a whoopie cushion and it will make a “tooting” sound.
My boys (and husband) thought this was hysterical!
Early Access to LEGOLAND Park
Another reason our family wanted to stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel is that they offer early access into LEGOLAND Park. I know early park access has been a huge perk when we’ve stayed at Disney hotels.
When we went in October, early access started at 9:30am and LEGOLAND opened at 10am.
The first day, we used this time to exchange a few tickets and figure out where to rent a double stroller before meeting up with friends at the other end of the Park.
The second day, we quickly rented the stroller and went on several rides before the Park opened!
Insider Tip: After entering the park, head LEFT and show your wristbands to go on a few rides before the park opens.
We specifically went in October to take advantage of the Kids Free San Diego program. While that didn’t help us with the hotel cost, it did save us some money on Park tickets.
I’ve also seen deals pop up on Travelzoo and Groupon.
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Take a Peek at Our Room
Since we arrived at 11pm with sleeping kids, I didn’t have a chance to video our room when we got there for the first time.
However, when our toddler fell asleep at LEGOLAND, it gave my husband the perfect opportunity to go back to our freshly cleaned room and grab some shots.
Don’t mind the napping toddler on the bed!
The LEGOLAND Hotel provided me with a media rate in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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