Would we like to visit the new Legoland Windsor Hotel on its day of opening, I was asked?
With celebrities? And a party? And some of your blogger friends will also be there.
I couldn’t actually say yes quickly enough.
My kids now think I am a superstar. With awesome connections.
For this particular blogging treat also meant they got to make new friends, meet one of their TV heroes – Dom (of Dick and Dom fame) – AND stay in a non-adult hotel.
So here is our stay in photos. Because photos always tell you a whole lot more . . .
A smoke-breathing dragon greets us at the hotel entrance.
Everything is made of Lego and the wall behind the reception desk is one big hypnotic sea of 5,000 Mini Figures which the kids loved.
Inside there are fabulous displays of Lego Minifigures (in giant form) everywhere. There are amazing scenes (the backdrop of the bar is a huge Lego street scene) and and framed Lego figures of all the series to pour over.
We head to our hotel room. We are in an Adventure themed room. The whole of the Adventure floor is themed in fact, with creepy crawlies and maps on the carpets – you feel like you’re walking onto an Indiana Jones set!
The children are in a little room of their own with bunk beds and their own TV. Mum and dad have their own double bed – with a parrot hovering overhead!
The mugs just made me smile and we don’t even care that there is a giant scorpion hanging around in our bathroom.
They have totally thought about children’s comfort when staying here. Jammy Dodgers on the tea-making tray, Ribena, hot chocolate and packets of Jelly Tots.
My one and only complaint would be that they haven’t thought of night lights. I wonder how many rooms left their bathroom light on with the door ajar all night too . . . !
Down to the family restaurant. The food is buffet style and there is plenty of choice. It’s not exactly gourmet, but I had the cottage pie and it was very nice. The chips were a bit fabulous too!
And oh, looky there in the background of this photo. There’s English Mum and her boys shmoozing with comedian Tim Minchin . . .
Dan totally bonded with English Mum’s 13 year old. Adoration!
And then my kids spotted Dom (one half of kids TV hosts Dick and Dom) and nearly self combusted. Such a lovely chap, happy to chat and pose for photos (and tell us little secrets about his shows!)
And so we step out the back entrance of the hotel and straight into the Legoland park.
One of the benefits of staying at the hotel is that you get early access to the park before the general public are allowed in – which is a brilliant way to go on all the popular rides before the queues arrive.
However, on our day I think they’d forgotten to tell the park to open early as there was hardly anything open! A bit disappointing.
(NOTE: Despite appearances to the contrary, she was having a great time!)
Once inside the park, we engage in a bout of celebrity spotting:
Our mate Dom with The Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury – aww, love dads pushing pushchairs . . .
Comedian Michael McIntyre (not Dom Jolly as fellow blogger Laura thought) . . .
Comedian Vic Reeves (UVAVU!) who is SUCH a star spot for me having grown up with Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out all those years ago.
And then onto the Legoland park itself with bloggers/friends English Mum and Laura and their lovely children. SUCH a great day.
And then there was Star Wars. Oh so much Star Wars. Geeky levels of Star Wars in fact . . .
A crayon-bright hotel filled with plastic sounds like a parent’s idea of hell to be honest but this is child heaven.
Not only is their room filled with cool Lego characters, but the hotel is perched right at the entrance to Legoland itself and they’ve clearly thought about children when creating this hotel experience.
It’s Britain’s first Lego-themed hotel, and the other theme rooms you can opt for are Pirate and Kingdom. Ours came with treasure maps on the walls, a Lego monkey and a giant scorpion in the bathroom.
Prices start at £247 for one night in a themed family room (two adults with up to three children) and includes breakfast and park tickets for two days.
To give you an idea of price scales, a family ticket for one day at the park costs around £140.
Call 0845 373 2640 or visit www.legoland.co.uk.