LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad is the first of its kind in the nation. It features over 250 guest rooms with different LEGO themes. With over 3,500 LEGO models displayed throughout the three-story hotel, children will find this place one of the best California vacation ideas for families. For the ultimate LEGO experience, families can spend their day at LEGOLAND California and the night at LEGOLAND Hotel.

1. LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND California Resort  

LEGOLAND California Resort is a combination of fun, LEGO themed places to be. This includes LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and LEGOLAND Hotel.

LEGOLAND California’s theme park features over 60 rides, attractions, and shows such as LEGO Star Wars, Pirate Reef, and Legends of Chima Water. Aside from the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star Model Display, one of the latest attractions is the LEGO Heartlake City where visitors can build a LEGO horse, ride Mia’s Carousel, and even meet five LEGO friends in person.

Those who visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium will find more than 5,000 living creatures there. The aquarium incorporates LEGO models, play zones, and quiz trails as part of the child’s learning experience through the ocean depths. Aside from having sandy beaches, LEGOLAND Water Park is home to seven slides and the popular Build-A-Raft River.

2. Themed Guest Rooms at LEGOLAND Hotel

Themed Guest Rooms at LEGOLAND Hotel  

Located just at the main entrance of LEGOLAND California, the hotel is the first thing guests should go to when they arrive from the airport. The guest rooms and the hotel premises are filled with interactive LEGO features, making it a child’s dream place.

Guests get to choose from four different LEGO themes:

Pirate Theme – sporting a red and white color scheme and pirate skulls, the linen and curtains in these rooms look like LEGO pirate sails. All the furniture looks like the ones seen in a typical pirate ship, with barrels for side tables and old fashioned lamps for lighting. There’s a large center rug that looks like a giant treasure map, and the floors and walls look like the inside of a pirate ship.

Kingdom Theme – designed to give a feel of royalty about it, the Kingdom themed rooms have everything a bedroom inside a fairytale castle would. Colored in elegant drapes of royal green, yellow, and red, the bedroom is designed to be fit for a prince or princess. Even the floor and walls resemble the bricks of castle walls.

Adventure Theme – this is the room for explorers. They get to stay in a room surrounded by earth colors while being surrounded in classic images of a cave exploration such as snakes, artefacts, and scarabs. The floor and walls look like the inside of a pyramid – something a fan of LEGO Indiana Jones would love to see.

LEGO Friends – designed for the ultimate sleepover experience, this room is full of colors and characters. The bright but comfortable feel of the room helps make staying in the same room with friends a fun experience while still making sleeping completely comfortable.

Every room can sleep up to five guests, with a maximum of two adults. There are two sleeping areas, one for the adults and another for the kids. The adult sleeping area has a king bed while the kid’s sleeping area has a bunk bed with pull-out trundle bed and an entertainment unit. The suites, also with the four themes, can sleep a max of seven, with four adults maximum.

Guests are welcomed with a treasure hunt with LEGO prizes at stake, and will have LEGO bricks to play with throughout their stay. Fully themed rooms come with additional LEGO decorations and models for a full experience. There’s high-speed Internet access as well as two HD Flat screen TVs with complimentary on-demand content.

The rooms are air-conditioned and come with a mini-fridge and coffee maker. There are cribs and ADA accessible facilities available upon request.

3. Hotel Benefits and Activities

Hotel Benefits and Activities  

Being connected to the theme park, there are a lot of perks for staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel. The first thing they’ll get is a welcome treasure hunt, where those who find clues throughout the hotel and find the combination will get special LEGO prizes found in the treasure chest in their room.

Guests are literally just steps away from LEGOLAND California, where there are more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions. But what makes the access even more unique is that guests will be able to enter the theme park earlier than other visitors. The exclusive early access will give them the chance to get on selected rides and attractions even before the park opens to the public. While the entry time vary, guests will always have a one-hour head start.

Guests will also have the opportunity to engage in Minifigure Trading. They just have to bring a minifigure that’s in complete and good condition or buy one at the hotel and they get to trade with any Model Citizen for as much as they like. They also get to experience tons of interactive LEGO features all over the hotel, such as the giant pit of LEGO bricks found in the main lobby, or the castle play area. There are also LEGO models and many more surprises inside every room and in every corner of the hotel.

There’s also a resort-style pool within the vicinity of the hotel. This is a zero-entry, heated pool riddled with LEGO soft bricks to play with. Meanwhile, beverages and food can be served poolside, and swim-in movies are shown occasionally. There are also cabanas for rent.

At night, there’s LEGOLAND style entertainment in the form of character Meet and Greets, Kids Improv Hour, Hero Training, and the seasonal Swim-in movies. There’s also a disco elevator where people can have their own dance party. Finally, prizes are up for grabs in the hotel’s regular LEGO Building competition.

4. Dining


All that fun and excitement at LEGOLAND could work up an entire family’s appetite. Thankfully, LEGOLAND California Resort has a lot of dining options to go to.

The Bricks Family Restaurant offers buffet-style meals made especially for kids. They’ll get kid-friendly menu choices served in the right portions. Bricks Family Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day, with a wide selection of tasty items to choose from. All hotel guests get complimentary breakfast buffets where they can get bacon, sausages, omelets, cereals, fresh fruit, and smoothies. For dinner, the menu varies to cater to all tastes – from Mexican, pasta, soups, to a salad bar.

The Skyline Café offers a variety of made-to-order appetizers as well as lunch and dinner options. They also offer a wide selection of wines, spirits, and tab beer. Guests will love dining at this café as they get a view of the LEGO skyline composed of scenes created by the Master Model Builders of the Resort.

Finally, Mini’s Lounge is a nice place to start and end the day. Here there’s coffee, pastry, and fresh fruit in the morning and a couple of snacks and beverages for those on the go. Those who had an entire day at the Park can then come back at night so they can sit back and relax in front of evening entertainment while having a glass of beer or wine.

5. VIP Experiences

VIP Experiences  

Finally, LEGOLAND Hotel offers special VIP packages for even more fun, perks, and excitement.

The Ultimate VIP package provides admission and priority access to LEGOLAND California rides and attractions, photograph privileges, lunch and refreshments, and many other add-ons and goodies for an even better time at the Park.

The Ultimate Overnight VIP gives everything the Ultimate VIP package does plus an overnight stay in a suite, dinner at Bricks Family Restaurant, full valet and luggage servicing, and even a character escort to breakfast.

6. Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

One hour south of Anaheim and 30 minutes north from San Diego, LEGOLAND California Resort is just east of the I-5 Freeway. LEGOLAND hotel guests from the Palomar Airport Road exit will have an exclusive entrance to the resort.

Those traveling from San Diego North County can take the Interstate 5 towards Palomar Airport Road, turning east, and then left upon reaching The Crossings Drive, and then left at the entrance of LEGOLAND Hotel.

For those coming from the North County Inland of San Diego, take 15 to 78 West towards Interstate 5 South. Take the Palomar Airport exit and go east, turning left at Crossings Drive until reaching the LEGOLAND Hotel entrance.

From the East County, take 8 West going to 5 North to the Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east and turn left at The Crossings Drive and left at the Hotel entrance.

From Los Angeles and the Orange County, take the Interstate 5 South or 405 towards Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east and turn left at The Crossings Drive towards the hotel entrance.

The offer parking and valet services, which come with free when you book a night at the resort. Electric car ports are also available. Those coming from the airport can call SuperShuttle or Cloud 9 SuperShuttle.

Room rates start at $109 per night.

5885 The Crossings Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, Phone: 877-534-6526, (website link)

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