Searching for a hotel where everything - and I mean EVERYTHING! - is all about the children? Then hop across the Causeway for a night's stay at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia and watch your children's faces light up in the many colours that only LEGO bricks can have. Or at least that was what happened to my monkies when we were invited to spend a night there, one day before the hotel officially opened to the public.
Compared to a conventional hotel, the LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia is constructed based on the premise that the children are the most important persons in the world. And looking at the many kids-friendly features in the hotel, I have to agree:
1. Kids Play While You Check-in
How many times have you asked your child to stop fiddling with the stuff at the hotel's reception while awaiting to be checked in? Because truth be told, I get insanely irritated being stuck in the check-in queue with my monkies getting incredibly restless as the moments tick by.
But at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia's lobby, kids can jump into piles of LEGO bricks and start building while parents can only just look in envy while waiting in line.
And the entire lobby area is HUGE! There are two LEGO pits; one with Pirate Ship smack in the middle of it and the other being a towering castle, which kids can explore within as well.
Or if they want to put their keen observation skills to good use, then just take a closer look at the display wall behind the Reception desk.
It's an entire wall of LEGO Mini Figs, that's what. And every single one of them is different - all 12,528 of them! Want a better look? Just wait for the bicycle with its giant magnifying glass wheels to peddle past to see details of these miniature plastic figurines.
Being a LEGOLAND Hotel, I believe it will be tough not to see any LEGO references throughout.
Even the flowers are made of LEGO Bricks!
2. Kids Play Some More After Check-in
Even after securing your card key to your room, your kids might not want to head on up yet... not when they are waylaid by another interactive play area further inside the hotel lobby.
If you have toddlers in your entourage, this is the area to be. There are the usual-sized LEGO Bricks stations but more importantly, there are 2 play pits filled with large foam LEGO Bricks - much like the ones found at the Build-A-Raft River at LEGOLAND Water Park.
Oh, and did I mention there is an XBOX Kinect machine here too?
3. Dance in the Disco Elevator
If you manage to tear your kids away from the fun-packed hotel lobby, then the ride in the elevator up to your room is an experience itself.
No doubt the interior of the elevators are adorned with LEGO-themed pictures, which delighted the monkies.
But the real action begins when the doors close - Disco music comes on, inciting the monkies to dance and leap about. My only regret was that we stayed only one floor above the lobby, which was hardly enough to get our groove going!
4. Choose Your Themed Room
Thanks to our blog, my monkies had the luxury of staying in various hotels over the past years and it is a privilege that I am forever thankful for. But I have never seen them get as excited as they did when they stepped into our LEGOLAND Hotel room.
At the LEGOLAND Hotel, every single room is themed. Each floor of the hotel has a different theme: Adventure, Kingdom, and Pirate. We had the Premium Pirate Themed room which is equipped with a separate sleep area for children with bunk beds and a trundle bed to accommodate up to three children, plus a king-sized bed for parents in their own space. The two areas can be separated via a sliding door.
Needless to say, the monkies were absolutely thrilled to have their own bunk bed to conquer.
There are 4 types of rooms at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia: Standard Themed, Premium Themed, Deluxe Themed and Suite Rooms.
The Standard and Premium Themed rooms are essentially the same; both can accommodate up to 5 guests, with each room having one king size bed and one bunk bed, which includes a trundle bed. The Standard Themed rooms face the front of the Hotel while the Premium Themed rooms have views of the LEGOLAND Theme Park and Water Park. Also, the Premium Themed rooms come decked with LEGO character wallpaper throughout the entire room while the Standard Themed rooms only has wallpaper in the children Bunk Bed area. All rooms come with 5 breakfasts.
Families with even more members can opt for the Deluxe Themed rooms - which comes only in Pirate Themed - and those can accommodate up to 8 occupants. Each room includes one king-sized bed and two bunk beds, each of which includes a trundle bed. The Suite rooms can also sleep 8 persons, but come with 2 bathrooms and an additional Living Room. All rooms come with 8 breakfasts.
Back to our room, I love the little details scattered throughout... like our bathroom.
Yes, the creepy crawly LEGO spider on the wall was definitely a nice touch BUT the thing that won me over was this.
A separate wash basin just for the kids, which is at a lower height!
Want a peek at the other Themed rooms? I had the opportunity to do that as well. First up, the Adventure Themed rooms!
Ayd loved the Adventure Themed rooms the best, while Ash was happy with our Pirate one. Ale, on the other hand, preferred the Kingdom Themed rooms... all because of a certain LEGO Princess on the wallpaper.
5. Pop Open A Box of LEGO DUPLO Bricks
All rooms are stocked with an in-room bucket of LEGO DUPLO bricks to keep the kids occupied as well.
Something which Ale wasted no time in opening. But do note that the bucket of bricks are not meant to be taken home when you check out.
6. Go Treasure-Hunting In Your Own Room
But something that can be taken home is the Treasure that is locked inside this Monkey Safe found in all rooms.
Yes, one of the cool things about staying in LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia is that kids get to embark on a Treasure Hunt in their own room. In order to unlock the safe, they will have to look for clues in the room by answering 4 questions.
Once they have all four numbers, they can attempt to crack the code on the number lock. The boys unlocked the safe after 2 tries! And the safe was filled with LEGO goodies - which you can gladly keep!
7. Dip in the LEGOLAND Hotel Pools
Tired of being cooped up - if there is ever such a thing - in your Themed room? Guests can head to the Swimming Pool on the 5th level.
There is the main pool, and also a wading pool for kids.
8. Tuck In - the LEGOLAND Way
If all these activities work up an appetite, there LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia offers LEGO Themed Dining at the Gourmet Bricks and Bricks Family Restaurant. The former is an a la carte-style restaurant which offers a variety of international cuisines. But the place where your kids will want to dine is at the Bricks Family Restaurant, which serves buffet spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The buffet at the 465-seater Bricks restaurant offers plenty of options to choose from, including salads, pastas, meats and desserts (and a chocolate fondue fountain!) for lunch and dinner or eggs, cereals, pastries, yogurts and the other usual suspects for breakfast.
I appreciated the kids buffet corner, which is set up at a lower level for small hands to serve themselves.
Besides the food, the monkies (and I) had an absolute blast trying to spot all the LEGO models that were scattered throughout the restaurant.
My Final Verdict? For families who love all things LEGO, LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia is a must-stay. The attention to details, especially how kids-centric the hotel is, and the fun factor is undeniable. If you are looking to go all crazy at the LEGOLAND Theme Park and Water Park over 2 days, then a night's stay at the hotel will no doubt complete the LEGOLAND experience. That, and the kids will strive to be on their best behaviour throughout the holiday!
|All the happy kids from A Happy Mum, Our Little Smarties and SengkangBabies!|
See MORE photos - all 136 of them! - of our 2D1N worth of LEGO Fun at LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel on our Facebook page HERE.
LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia is NOW OPEN! For more information, visit www.legoland.com.my/en/Hotel/Home or to book rooms, click HERE. Free parking for all hotel guests at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia.
*TIP: If you are a LEGOLAND Annual Pass Holder, DO NOT book via online. You get to book rooms at 20% OFF by calling the hotel reservations team at +607 597 8888 (Reservation Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm, Monday to Sunday).