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LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel

Florida, USA

by Sally Parker | September 2015

"LEGOLAND targets families with children aged two to 12 and the hotel is perfect for this audience because everything is specifically geared to keeping them entertained, so the parents can relax. They really do think about all the details – lower level peep holes in the doors and child-sized toilet seats for example. The space in the room is used amazingly well, keeping the adults and children’s areas very separate."

THE BACKGROUND: The hotel opened in May and is a destination in itself. The 152 guest rooms are all themed – Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure or LEGO® Friends.

THE LOCATION: Just 130 steps from the entrance to LEGOLAND Florida Resort Theme Park.

THE ROOM: The pirate theme starts before you even reach your room. As I exited to my floor I was greeted by a pirate cackling ‘look who's back’. The theme instantly hits you with a 'wooden' carpet floor covered in daggers and pieces of eight and LEGO pirate murals along all the hallway walls. The carpet continues into the room and immediately there's a bay off to one side, which is the children’s area with bunk beds and a TV, emblazoned with the sign 'adults keep out’. There's an extra pull-out bed meaning the room sleeps five. A postcard certifies 'yer room is monster free checked by Captain Brickbeard' and that it's a ‘five-gazillion star’ hotel. Between the adult and children’s areas there is a large storage space with hanging rails, shelves on both sides, a safe, full-length mirror, coffee maker and fridge. The main bed is a king with pirate-themed covers and cushions. There are decorative LEGO models on the walls and a DUPLO set to play with. The bathroom includes toiletries by The Honest Company.

KEY FACILITIES: This hotel is all about fun, fun fun! The interactive elevator has pulsating lights, music (‘YMCA’ and ‘We are family’ seem to be the favourites), ‘lava’ tiles, and a rotating mirror ball. Behind the reception desk the wall is a collection of over 5,000 Minifigures (every staff member has one attached to their badge and if children spot one they fancy they can make them swap). On arrival you are greeted by a LEGO dragon and in the play areas there’s a pirate ship and castle with a LEGO-filled moat and several more LEGO pits. The outdoor swimming pool has soft bricks for building beautiful views over Lake Eloise. Children's entertainment takes place every night along with LEGO® building competitions and exclusive Master Model Builder Workshop sessions. Your stay includes early morning entry access to the park and free wifi.

THE RESTAURANTS/BARS: There's a Skyline Lounge featuring a LEGO skyline and Bricks Family Restaurant which offers complimentary all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. In the evening an all-you-can-eat buffet is available for $19.99 for 13-years-plus, $12.99 for 7-12 years olds and $7.99 for 3-6 years olds.

THE RATES: Rates from $205 per night per room (sleeps two adults and three children.

THE DETAILS: T: 001 877 534 6526; W: legolandhotel.com

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