Legoland Windsor flung open its colourful brick doors this weekend and I, along with two very enthusiastic kids (Sol, 7, and Sonny, 12), was ready and waiting to see the hotel’s new Playroom.
So what's the verdict? Well, entry’s included for guests of all ages staying in premium rooms (or pay £10 is you're staying in a standard room) and it’s a huge space filled with the kind of activities that suck you in and keep you occupied for a couple of hours - ideal for kiddies (and parents) starting to flag after the adrenalin highs of the theme park outside.
My kids dived straight in, giggling as they popped their faces into the giant banana man mini-figure, added brick beards to Lego portraits on the wall and pressed blocks onto the very impressive displays, such as skyscrapers, castles and coral.
I loved the built-in Lego buckets at the tables, huge Creative Workshop space and interactive tablets, where the kids created their own sea creatures. For younger children the DUPLO area is super cute with enormous white fences, animals and trees which make you feel a bit like you’ve shrunk, Alice in Wonderland-style.
Bright and spotless, it’s a cool place to play whether you’re two or twelve and there’s even a café where I filled up on cake and caffeine - because building burns calories, right?
The Playroom’s open from 3-9pm and was a quick stroll from our Knight’s Room in the
Legoland Castle Hotel, voted ‘Best Hotel Room Ever’ by my kids due to the bunk beds, PS4, Lego bucket, sculptures and safe with gifts inside which you could only open by cracking a code - adult hotels should do this with the minibar.
Even stepping into the lifts at the resort was fun - after the doors closed, everything went dark and a fluorescent light came on, illuminating T-shirts and laces causing shrieks of delight every single time.
The next morning we went for an early swim in the pirate-themed swimming pool before heading to Bricks Restaurant for full English breakfasts (there’s a vegan option) and to snap pictures with Lego models, the giant ice cream sundae was particularly impressive.
Then it was time to hit the park, which is right on the doorstep - you simply step out of the hotel door and are fully immersed in Lego-themed rides. Our favourites? The yellow lego submarine, where you can view sharks and rays, and Flight of the Sky Lion, a multi-sensory theatre ride so good you can even feel spray when you fly over a waterfall.
All too soon it was time to head home and even I (not usually a theme park fan) admitted everything really had been awesome.
A family of four staying at Legoland Windsor Resort in a premium room and including gifts for children, Playroom access, breakfast and theme park tickets, from £395.