Lonely Planet Writer

Legoland’s new hotel is an incredible medieval castle - take a look inside

If you’re heading to Legoland California Resort and want an added experience for the family, the resort has just debuted its second onsite hotel, which comes in the form of a medieval castle. The 250-room Legoland Castle Hotel is heavily themed, and is inhabited by over 2100 Lego-crafted characters created out of more than three million bricks.

The grand opening of the Castle Hotel in Legoland. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California

The hotel capitalises on the broad appeal of all things Lego, from licensed films and video games to the brand’s toy sets and its familiar swivel-armed brick characters. A royal Lego statue marks the entrance, and as guests enter the Grand Hall, they are greeted by a towering Lego wizard conjuring up spells to protect the castle from the bad knights and dragons.

The bedrooms are also highly themed, and have names like the Royal Princess rooms, the Knights and Dragons rooms and the Magic Wizard rooms. Each one has a children’s sleeping area, which includes bunk beds, a trundle bed, a television, Lego building station and shooting stars illuminating on the ceiling. Every adult sleeping area has an ornate headboard with LED lights that resemble a stained glass window, a canopy with twinkling lights or shelves filled with potions and a bubbling illuminated cauldron.

There are over 2100 Lego models created out of more than three million bricks. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California

There’s a full-service restaurant called Dragon’s Den, where guests can watch chefs preparing their food, and enjoy Lego models and entertainers. The Royal Courtyard immerses children in a fairytale of their own creation, with multiple play areas for different age groups, a giant movie screen, resort-style pool with interactive water features and hot tub and a tented stage for live plays and shows.

Children playing at the grand opening of the Castle Hotel in Legoland. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California

Interactive elements throughout the hotel include a knock-knock door, a royal throne that makes silly noises, Lego caricatures to build upon, a self-playing piano and a slide from the first floor to the lobby. “Our guests have asked for an even more immersive experience and that’s exactly what we’re giving them with Legoland Castle Hotel,” says general manager, Frank Idris. “Not only does every room tell a story, every wall, floor and Lego model is designed to make guests feel like they’re in an actual castle.”

There are lots of play areas at the Castle Hotel in Legoland. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California

For more information on Legoland Castle Hotel, visit here.