Carlsbad Travel Guide
Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. only opened their first hotel this past April (read all about it here but already they were dreaming of opening a second hotel next to the theme park, this time with an additional 50 hotel rooms, along with 40 themed cabins that would have been designed as either tree houses or "Hobbit lodges. Amazing!
Except the city of Carlsbad rejected Legoland's proposal and instead voted in favor of a bland Westin resort from Grand Pacific Hotels. Booo.The Westin will actually come about as an addition to the existing Sheraton resort near Legoland.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, there is a possibility that Legoland will still be able to build their second hotel property on land that they already own versus land owned by the city. We can only hope.
But still, if this one doesn't get built, more Legoland hotels will happen as Lego's parent company, Merlin Entertainment, is prepping an public stock offering to fund hotel development and theme parks around the world.
One of the perks of staying at the just-opened Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, Calif., (aside from the kid-friendlieness, the early access to the park and the Lego pit), is that there are Lego works of art at nearly every turn.
These sculptures were done by Lego's own Master Builders and each one requires THOUSANDS of Legos to build.
Seven of the hotel's large Lego models are animated and four of them are part of the Lego dragon family (there's one at the entrance, in the lobby, out back and another in the lobby playground.) The rest are just fun to look at. We especially loved the toy monkey in our room, the play concierge near the concierge desk and the giant Lego pasta maker in the Bricks restaurant.
These are just 15 of the sculptures we spotted or loved and/or had the time to take a picture of. There are actually a total of 3,500 Lego models throughout the property. In total, more than three million Lego bricks were used to create these masterpieces. Hmmm...We bet Legoland didn't have to pick up the stray pieces from their living room floor though.
So we made it easy for you to guess the hotel last week. Maybe it was the Lego parrot high up in the corner of the guestroom or maybe it was the hint about the place being next to the theme park. Yet for those of you who are still stumped, we spent a night inside the Adventure room of the just-opened Legoland Hotel, adjacent to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, Calif.
If your kids love Legos, they will love this place because there are Legos EVERYWHERE starting with the Lego pit in the hotel's lobby.
While the hotel itself is not constructed out of Legos (would't that be cool?), the hotel doesn't miss an opportunity to display their Lego works of art. Each guestroom features eight Lego sculptures, there's a giant dragon above the hotel entrance guarded by giant Lego characters and another dragon sculpture right when you walk in. The wall behind the check-in desk features hundreds and hundreds of Lego minis, along with a Lego character riding a bicycle (this piece actually moves back and forth and was our fave Lego display of them all.)
In both restaurants, the Skyline Cafe and the Bricks buffet restaurant, there are many cooking-themed Lego sculptures (like a chef working a pasta machine) and out back, there's an interactive dragon sculpture that squirts water and "talks" to its admirers, even commenting on their outfits. (We assume someone is watching on a camera somewhere.) In short, there are Lego sculptures pretty much everywhere you look.
But aside from being a Lego heaven for kids, the hotel is actually built for the kids.
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One hotel goes off the list and another one comes on!
Ahoy there, matey's! North America's first Legoland Hotel has just pegged its stateside opening for April 5 at the entrance to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California.
Newly released images snapped by Reuters show the lobby of the world's third Lego hotel (there's one in the UK and Denmark) will be staffed by life-sized, Lego-built employees including bell hops and a dragon.
We know many of you have finished up your family holidays for the season and sent the children back to their so-second homes called school. But for those parents with tiny tots at home and those advanced planners we all secretly aspire to be, you’ll want to know this: Legoland, Californiais now taking reservations for May 7-August31-2013.
These are for hotel packages at its new 250-room hotel near San Diego.
Now families will have a complete theme-park experience with days spent at on rides, , and nights at the resort-like themed hotel which has a dragon-guarded entrance, interactive features, themed play areas, pool and kid’s entertainment. You won’t have to travel far to reach the hotel either as it’s located right at the main entrance of the theme park.
Guests can choose from three types of themed rooms—Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure-with accommodations including two separate sleeping areas: queen-size bed for adults, and one for kids ( up to three) with bunk bed and pull-out trundle bed, plus their own television, so no fighting over the remote!
The package includes:
*Four 2-Day Resort Hopper tickets, including 2-day admission to Legoland California, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park (water park open weekends only until May 25th, then open daily for the Summer)
*Exclusive early admission to the park on both days
*Breakfast for up to 4 people daily
In happier Hilton hotel news today, a new resort opened over the weekend about thirty minutes north of San Diego. The property is called the Carlsbad Hilton Oceanfront Resort & Spa, and if that name sounds a little familiar, you're not entirely off.
Further up the beach, the 161-room Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach has been open since 2000—also offering free WiFi, as well as plenty of meeting space, multiple restaurants and gorgeous ocean-facing rooms.
But the price difference between the two properties is not as wide as we would have thought, so we had to wonder: which of these beachfront Hiltons is worth our dollars?
We didn't think that happy hour could be improved upon, but then the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa proved us wrong by adding spa treatments to the alcohol-fueled merriment.
The Carlsbad resort, about 35 miles north of San Diego, will kick off its third annual spa happy hour on the official drinking holiday, St. Patrick's Day. As part of the popular monthly promotion, the Ocean Pearl Spa will offer two cocktails, some nibbles and a mini spa treatment for $35.
Will the suites be as pimped out as this presidential suite at the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview?
Ground was just broke for the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. What makes the news especially notable is that the luxury hotel will be the first full-service resort and spa to be built in the Western United States since 2008.
It's an odd move, since Carlsbad, which is 35 miles north of San Diego, already is home to luxury hotels like La Costa Resort & Spa and the Park Hyatt Aviara, the latter of which has had some cash-flow problems.
When we reported that the hotel formerly known as the Four Seasons Aviara was set to become the Park Hyatt Aviara, a couple of readers were hoping that the new Hyatt bosses wouldn't change too much about one of their favorite hotels. The chi-chi property officially became a Park Hyatt on Monday—so what's new?
As far as we can tell, not much. At least not yet. But the good news is that as a "new" hotel, the Park Hyatt Aviara is offering an Introductory Offer, giving guests three nights for the price of two, even over the July 4th holiday weekend. So whether you're new to Aviara or a regular, perhaps it's time to get (re)acquainted and then come back here and let us know what you thought.
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Last year at this time the Four Seasons Aviara was embroiled in a nasty fight with its owners, with the Four Seasons vowing not to leave the property even as the owners were attempting to force them out.
Things eventually quieted down but it looks like the owners finally got their way as Travel Weekly reports that the Four Seasons will be leaving the property on June 21. In its place will be a Park Hyatt. This will mark the return of a Park Hyatt to California (the one in Los Angeles left a few years ago) but as you know, the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt are two very different hotel brands with the former attracting a ton of loyal guests.
So far, there's no word on if room rates will be affected but it will be interesting to see what Park Hyatt does with this property.
Are you Team Four Seasons or Team Park Hyatt? Let us know in comments below!
Our favorite Easter candy is Cadbury Mini Eggs—no, not the nasty fake yolk-filled eggs, but the little chocolate nuggets of bliss. But this year, the Four Seasons Aviara, North San Diego came up with a way bigger and better Cadbury egg replacement.
The hotel has cooked up some ginormous chocolate Easter eggs, all of which are carefully decorated to look like objets d'art. Forget lame dyed eggs; we want one of these in our Easter baskets.
Leaves turning red and gold then falling from the trees. A distinct chill creeping into the air. Shorter days, longer nights. The return of pale, dry skin. There’s nothing like fall to remind you of the passage of time, and your own aging. Cheerful, no? Well, now you can at least maintain your healthy glow well into winter with the Spa at the Four Seasons Aviara’s Fall Ex "Foliation" treatment.
The new treatment started on September 22, to coincide with the first day of autumn. Spa-goers can now get a special 50-minute treatment that includes an exfoliating scrub, a mud mask, and a massage. When guests arrive at the spa, they are greeted with a meditation and hands-on preparation ritual, then given “reflection cards” with thoughts designed to make them think about the meaning of autumn (maybe they’re not as morbid as we are).