In and Around San Diego - Legoland Hotel California
Remember how I told you that the Paradise Pier hotel at Disney California absolutely lacked that certain magic found in Tokyo? We found it again, here at the Legoland hotel.
Magical from the minute you pull up, the hotel is a pastiche of Lego sculpture, oversized Lego and Lego like details. Who doesn't want to be greeted by Dragons, Knights, Pirates and Lego play pits?
When you check in you receive your cute Lego room swipe cards (although I do feel they missed a trick here and should maybe embed the access chip in a minifig), your "Hotel Hero" wrist band that allows you early access to the park, and a scavenger hunt list for your little one to find the code and unlock the treasure in your room.
The treasure, guarded by an obscenely happy frog prince, unlocked after our search later that evening included Pirate Gold (chocolate coins) and two packets of Lego Mixels.
The rooms, restaurants and every twist and turn were filled with Lego delights, from Chef's in a mess at Brick's restaurant, to motion activated guards at the hallway entrance leading to our Pirate themed suite.
The kids had a bunk bed (and trundle available), with their own TV including a Lego channel (of course); we had a tv I was too tired to be interested in and an extremely luxurious Californian King bed which I never ever wanted to leave after the past few nights wedged into those oddly squishy Hollywood hotel doubles.
The staff were unobtrusively pleasant, and while they didn't match up to the exuberhent service found in Disney Tokyo there was definitely nothing to complain about.
After exploring the detail, shooting off for dinner (Brick's restuarant was closed and the other in hotel choice Skyline seemed overpriced and underwhelming) , we settled in to our room for a soak in the tub, some excessive snapchatting of the rooms Lego details and incredibly desperately needed nights rest.
The nest morning we were recharged, ready and popped in to Brick's for our free buffet all you can eat breakfast before meandering over to the park to await its opening. I *may* have miscalculated how early we would need to be based on Disney crowds, but there was plenty to check out while we waited to explore the land of Lego.