There are kid-friendly hotels, the kind that have a slide at the pool, night-lights in the rooms, and their clientele do not scoff at seeing little ones moving through the lobby. And then, there are hotels that are just made for kids. The new Legoland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida, just East of Tampa and Southwest of Orlando, is the latter. From treasure hunts in the room to a playground in the lobby, the NEW LEGOLAND Hotel in Florida is MADE for Kids.
1. The Proximity to LEGOLAND – There are no buses required to get to LEGOLAND Resort from the LEGOLAND Hotel. You just need to walk about 100 feet from the front lobby and you are at the entrance to the theme park. There are even theme park views from many of the hotel rooms.
Kids loved running and climbing through the Lego Castle in the Lobby of the Legoland Hotel.
2. The Lobby – LEGOLAND Hotel lobby is so entertaining, you might be hard pressed to even get to the park. As soon you arrive you are in LEGO Central. The front-desk, the wall art, and every sign is made out of LEGOs. The LEGO-mania continues on with a Giant LEGO Castle to run around in, as well as several LEGO building pits. Just take a seat and start building!
3. Bricks Family Restaurant – Breakfast at Bricks Family Restaurant is included with your hotel stay. Just hop on the elevator down to the lobby and let your kids enjoy the child-sized buffet station full of french toast sticks, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and pancakes. Kids can serve themselves and enjoy eating amongst the models of Scoops of Ice Cream and Spaghetti and Meatballs made from Legos.
A pile of Lego dirty dishes at Bricks Family Restaurant.
4. The Pool – Did you know that LEGOs float? Okay, the real LEGOs probably do not, but at the LEGOLAND Hotel, you can build with LEGO in the pool. How cool! The LEGOLAND Hotel pool is heated for year round swimming. There is also a splash-pad for little ones.
Playing with Legos in the heated pool at the Legoland Hotel.
5. Master Builder Classes – 5 times a day the LEGOLAND Hotel offers Master Builder Classes. Twelve people get the chance to work with a LEGO Master Builder and take home your very own LEGO Masterpiece. These classes are first come, first serve. Sign-up at check-in.
6. The Rooms – All the rooms at LEGOLAND are Family Style and accommodate three children and two adults. There are also four VIP Suites that house up to six guests. Top to bottom, the rooms are decorated with the given LEGO theme. There is a set of LEGO Duplos in each room for guests to play with during their stay. Each room has a "No Grownups Allowed" area that has a set of bunk beds with a trundle bed that pulls out for a third child. There are also TVs in the kid section and in front of the King-sized bed in the "parent" area.
7. The Bathrooms – Okay, maybe the kids won't appreciate these features as much as the parents, but you rarely see these kind of amenities targeted to young children at a hotel. Parents will love the free samples from the Honest Company. While kids can be more self-sufficient with the use of step stools to help reach the sink, tubs to bathe in, and toilets equipped with integrated kid-friendly potty seats.
8. The Treasure Hunt – When you first enter your LEGOLAND Hotel room you are immediately greeted by a safe and instructions on how to break the code and redeem your treasure. With the help of adults, your kids will follow a set of clues that take you through the room to obtain numbers for the code. Break the code and redeem your treasure to enjoy and take home!
Pirates, Kingdom, Adventure, and Lego® Friends rooms.
9. The Themed Rooms – One of the many things that LEGOLAND Hotel has done right, is to carry the LEGO theme throughout the entirety of the hotel. There are over 2 million individual LEGOs used at the hotel, 2000 models, and minimum of 8 models in each room! Choose from one of the four different themed room – Adventure, Pirate, Kingdom, and Lego® Friends – and you will certainly get inspiration for future lego building creations. Warning: If you or your child have a fear of bugs or reptiles, you may want to let the front desk know before check-in.
Dashing for the elevator at the Legoland Hotel. It's that fun!
10. The Elevator – There is no awkward silence in this elevator, just awkward disco dancing! Don't forget to stomp on the floor whoopee cushion while your fellow guest and family members wait for the elevator. "Was That You?" Now, that's awkward.
*LEGOLAND Hotel hosted the writer and her family to attend the Grand Opening of the hotel. They did not require that a specific opinion be expressed and all opinions are those of the author.*