Taking your children to a theme park hotel out of season, when the park is closed for seasonal maintenance, may sound plain cruel but at the Legoland Hotel, Windsor it’s a massive holiday treat.
During February half term, the hotel hosts Junior Builders Week so although the main park is closed there is more than enough to keep your little ones entertained.
From the minute you arrive at the hotel, which seems to be built entirely of Lego bricks, you are welcomed into a world of fun. Practicalities like checking in your bags before your room is ready are dealt with quickly and efficiently so you can concentrate on the important things like getting to the fab themed pool or running wild in the indoor play area. My only minor complaint about the pool is the child to parent ratio which seems very restrictive – if you have a child under three the ratio is 1:1, and even if you have an older child, the ratio is determined by the age of your youngest. This means if you are a single parent (or holidaying without your partner) you have to miss out on swimming if you have a child under three. This seems much more stringent than most swimming pools and pretty unfair when the pool is such good fun!
This year the theme of Builders Week was pirates so the days were filled with themed Lego building workshops (with Lego to take home), pirate activities, photo opportunities with piratey Lego characters and a themed kiddy disco to round off the evening. The entertainers were amazing – full of energy, patience and fun! Some of the pirate accents were a bit dodgy but they all stayed in character (and smiling) until well past 9.30pm!I was able to sit in the bar, munching on Lego shaped chips and enjoying a drink whilst watching my two having the time of their lives.
The bedrooms have to be seen to be believed – the attention to detail is amazing and the kids loved having to follow the clues to find their Lego prize in the room’s safe. Lego obviously knows what makes for a happy family – with separate sleeping quarters for the kids and adults with separate TVs and lots of space for playing and relaxing.
I could go on and on about the hotel – the lifts are brilliant fun, the mirrors in the toilets tell you how gorgeous you look, there is a separate kids-only buffet in the restaurant and there are gaming stations and Lego films showing around the hotel. I don’t know what it would be like to stay here if you were visiting the theme park (is it possible to have too much of a good thing and OD on Lego?) but for a February half term break the hotel was fantastic and amazing value for money when I think of the wall-to-wall entertainment, gifts and sheer enjoyment we had. We will be back!