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For the folks who can't make it across the pond for the just-opened Legoland Hotel in the UK comes news that the Legoland Hotel San Diego, on property at the Legoland theme park, is indeed under construction and set to open in Summer 2013.
Cameras installed last December after grading on the site began will remain on, tracking construction from sunrise to sundown, until the hotel opens in the summer of 2013. The website shows two different angles of the 250-room hotel and gives viewers the ability to watch time-lapse footage and zoom in and out of the site. The walls are currently going up, reports Legoland spokeswoman Julie Estrada.
Keen to stay here? Better get on the list. Advance room sales will open this August. Also, we're keeping our fingers crossed that "junior concierges" will be hired at this hotel too.
[Photo via Legoland Webcam]
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While adults will be partying the Memorial Weekend away at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, families with children will be waiting until May 31st to take their vacation at the new Disney Art of Animation Resort, full of family suites and standard rooms done up in Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Cars and Lion King themes.
The resort is still on track for the May 31st opening and rates are going for $395 which is also the going rate for the 2012 Summer Season from June 1-August 4 for a weekend stay. (Disney Resorts have about 11 different "seasonal" rates.) Later in the summer, aka when it's too hot in Orlando, the price drops to $249 a night.
A reader from France recently asked us for family-friendly Chicago hotel recommendations for their upcoming summer visit. Here’s what they wrote:
“What would be your recommendation for a family of 4 (with 2 tweens) for a long weekend in Chicago this summer? Would Public be a good choice?”
While Public is incredible in its own right, it’s definitely adult-posh and not necessarily what comes to mind when we call up our favorite family-friendly Chicago hotels. That said, here’s our top picks for the cool fams, especially those adding tweens and a taste for design to the mix:
Caribbean Hotels / HotelChatter Guides / Family-Friendly Hotels / Luxury Hotels / Winter Getaway Hotels / Hotel News / → All Tags
Looks like winter has finally settled in and made itself comfy in many areas of the country, just in time for those who shun the snow to start planning an escape. When the weather gets too tough to bear, the pinnacle of hot weather destinations is the Caribbean islands for its silky sands, see-your-toes clear water and relaxed vibe.
Whether your goal is to just sip rum on a hammock or take a trek through a mysterious rainforest, there’s an island and resort to fit your personality. So now without further adieu, we present HotelChatter's 2012 Caribbean Hotel Guide*
Great news for parents of LEGO lovers--When the The LEGOLAND UK Theme Park opens again for the season on March 16, there will be a brand-new 150-room LEGO-themed hotel opening along side it called The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel. Even though a new Legoland recently opened in Orlando, this is actually the first official LEGOLAND hotel to open outside of Denmark (where the original LEGOLAND is.)
The UK LEGOLAND hotel will be very similar to the Denmark hotel in that the place will be wall-to-wall LEGOS from the entrance which will feature a fire-breathing dragon perched in a tower, to the restaurant, LEGO Skyline bar, and a LEGO pirates-themed pool. And of course, there will be LEGO-themed hotel rooms.
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In the era of complimentary iPads and electronic check-ins, it is the job of certain people to ensure that kids—as well as adults—benefit from all the newfangled gadgetry adorning hotels. And over in the Pocono Mountains, PA, Great Wolf Lodge has unveiled a new interactive video game called Great Wolf Story Explorers, in which the kids themselves become the main characters of the story.
Here's how it works: the little tykes are first paired off with an RFID-tagged stuffed animal. Interestingly, this was the same technology used by hotels to track stolen linens. But instead of catching criminals, the RFID wristbands here "unlock" each successive part of the interactive story. As they travel from one video screen to the next, the young "explorers" are slowly written into the story they are being told. Neat-o!
Precocious and perennial hotel guest Eloise never went to London but if she did, we know exactly where she would stay--Claridge's. Not only is the tea service exciting and the suites oh so fashionable but the hotel now offers its littlest guests The Claridge's Kids Kit, a signature tote bag full of fun toys and games to play with during their stay. No Nanny required!
Inside the kit is a card game called "I Insist!"; a fact-teller that when folded and peeled back reveals facts about the hotel ("The number of cups of tea served in the afternoon total up to around a staggering 164,250 per year!"); a "Dress Me Up" paper doll and a couple of Magic Flyer butterflies that fly when their wings have been wound up.
The tote also gives kids (and aspiring hotelier adults too?) a chance to "Make Your Own Hotel" with a version of Claridge's that needs some life breathed into it--in the form of stickers of course.
Everyone altogether say, "Awwwwwwwwww."
Yes, that is one of the brand-new baby hotel "rooms" that the Ritz-Carlton Cancun has begun offering for guests who won't let the arrival of a little one stop their jet-setting ways.
The Itzy, Bitzy Ritz Kids rooms are actually ocean view deluxe rooms inside the hotel but outfitted with baby-centric amenities to resemble a home nursery such as:
A safety-approved crib; a changing table over the chest of drawers; a television armoire positioned so as not to disturb baby at naptime; miniature hangars in the closet to fit an infant’s wardrobe; and a telephone programmed to light up, not ring.
Even the Do Not Disturb sign gets the baby treatment saying "Shh, Baby Sleeping" so that folks passing by might heed the sign and lower their voices. (And if you see this sign, you really should lower your voice. You don't not want the wrath of parent who has tried for an hour to get the baby to sleep.)
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There's nothing wrong with getting your kids addicted to hotel toiletries while they're young, is there? Like six months young? Because that's probably what we're doing with own spawn after a stay at the The Trump Soho.
As part of their TrumpKids program, babies get not just a tricked out crib complete with a soft blankie, a stuffed elephant, a rubber duckie and a bib (emblazoned with TrumpKids logo) but also a travel kit of Lather Baby products. Lather toiletries are found in hotels all over (particularly JDV Hotels) but this was the first time that we've seen Lather Baby and indeed, it looks like the Trump Soho is the only hotel to carry them. Ooo, not just any toiletries, exclusive toiletries! Ok yes, obviously we care more about this than the kids.
Personality Hotels is the master of creating crazy packages—after all, it was the brand that gave us snuggie sutra. But this time it's setting its sights on wooing a younger crowd, a much younger crowd.
The hotel chain is offering Kids with Personality, a new year-round program that gives children some complimentary check-in swag. For the summer, it will offer regal-themed goodies in honor of Prince William and Princess Kate, two people kiddies probably don't know.
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Your little one may not be excited to be dragged along to Provence's medieval villages, but he will be pumped to play on a pirate boat at the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche. The poolside pirate boat is only part of the French hotel's new free kiddie offerings this summer.
That pool also has a water slide, water-shooting dinosaurs, a wading splash pool and a kids-only snack bar. Aside from the water options, the hotel partnered with Lego to build a new Kids for All Seasons Centre with two playrooms, one for tykes between 2 and 5 and the other for children 6 to 12, which of course come with Wiis and PlayStations.
This summer, teen hotel offerings are hotter than the Jonas brothers. Places like the Four Seasons Marrakech and Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain are expanding their summertime programming to attract teens. Rancho Bernardo Inn is the latest to cater to the pre-pubescent crowd with teen-only amenities like golf cart dive-in movies and slope sledding.
Teens have their own movie night Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m. on the hotel's driving range. They get chauffeured to the screening by golf cart. Unfortunately, teens aren't allowed to drive the carts, which would be so much cooler if it weren't for that whole pesky license requirement. The PG and PG-13 films include titles like Megamind, The Sandlot and The Pink Panther.