The thought of a weekend with 4 excited little boys at Legoland Windsor filled me with dread. My husband, on the other hand, was full of anticipation. He’s a fan of both Lego as well as theme parks. For our son’s birthday, we stayed at the Legoland Hotel Windsor just to make it a perfect weekend for his friends and him The Legoland hotel offers easy and early access to the Legoland Windsor theme park which gives you even more time to enjoy the park itself.
There are other hotels near the Legoland Windsor Resort which are cheaper options but not as convenient. We followed advice to buy early and to buy during a sale in order to save money. These other tips on visiting the Legoland Windsor theme park itself are also very useful. My son said it was the birthday party/sleepover combination ever!
The Legoland Windsor Hotel
The common areas and the bedroom suites at the hotel are decorated with Lego (surprise!).
The Legoland Windsor Lobby Floor
The lobby is small but has a Lego pit to keep the young ‘uns entertained while you check in. Our boys loved the wall of mini figures which adorned the area behind the reception desk.
The hotel has a pool and a water play area. You need to book in advance for the water play area which are reserved in one hour slots. Our boys loved the water play area.
Nearby there is a lounge open in the evening with several rooms off it. The lounge itself has a bar for the adults (yay!) and televisions. The rooms are separated into another Lego bricks room, a room showing Lego movies and a room with Playstation monitors (in case your children are Lego’d out).
The Legoland Dining Areas
Upstairs in the colorful bosom of the hotel, there is an area dedicated to kiddie culinary delights.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You need to reserve for meals because this restaurant is busy!! We though the food was edible but the boys loved it.
Gourmet it is not, but it has the usual kiddie favourites. At dinner, our boys were all over the popcorn and cakes after they had eaten their pizza, chicken nuggets and pasta.
Next door to the main restaurant, there is a giant soft play area. The theatre area in front of the soft play is where the hotel puts on entertainment in the evening, such as magicians. There is a lounge area with a bar in this casual area as well.
The Legoland Hotel Windsor Rooms
To get up to the Legoland Hotel Windsor rooms, you need a room key to access the staircase or the elevator which made us feel secure. The four boys shared a suite next door to ours so we could hear them through the walls.
Each of our rooms had a double bed and a separate bunk bed area which also had a trundle bed. There was a shared bathroom in the middle. So each room could comfortably sleep 5 people. There are two televisions – one in each sleeping area.
Each room has a Lego safe which you can open using clues found in the room. Inside the safe is a Lego toy present. Our presents were Duplo Lego which were too babyish for our boys.
Each floor has a theme such as pirate, adventure or for girls (Lego Friends). We had the Adventure floor which referenced an old-time explorer theme.
Other Hotels Near Legoland Windsor
You pay dearly for the full-immersive Legoland experience at the Legoland Hotel Windsor. There are other hotels near Legoland Windsor that you may want to consider to save either money or your sanity.
The Holiday Inn Express Windsor is a couple of miles from Legoland Windsor closer to the main centre of Windsor itself. The Travelodge Windsor Central Hotel is much closer to Windsor Castle than Legoland Windsor. Both of these hotels are good value options if somewhat basic accommodation.
My favourite Windsor hotel is the 4-star Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa. This hotel is located along the Thames River along the pedestrianised path that connects Eton and Windsor. It is walkable to Windsor station. The 17th century house is named after Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Pauls Cathedral in London, who grew up in Windsor.
Details for the Legoland Windsor Hotel
The Legoland Windsor Resort is located at the edge of the Legoland theme park. It has its own entrance into Legoland with gates near the Atlantis ride on one side and the Adventure Land on the other side. The Resort has stay overnight and get two days entry into the theme park.
You get slightly earlier access to the theme park itself which is amplified by the fact that regular theme park entrants have to go through the gates and make their way down to the rides. Our boys were thrilled to get on the Dragon Roller Coaster 3x in a row before the entry lines got too long. This popular ride has really long lines and usually you only have the patience to get on the ride once a day.
The Legoland Windsor Resort and theme park is located a couple of miles outside of the main historic area of Windsor, including Windsor Castle.
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