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iol travel june 20 legoland INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Legoland has its own hotel at the theme park in Windsor, in the UK, near a large lake on the edge of a 60ha resort.

My four-year-old son Max had packed his suitcase three weeks before our trip to Legoland’s new resort hotel and my six-year-old daughter Mia was on red alert too.

Expectations were dangerously high. “Wow,” said Mia, as we pulled up outside the hotel.

Seconds later, a giant Lego dragon guarding the entrance let out a roar and Max, who’d slept for most of the journey, woke up.

“Are we there yet?” he asked, rubbing his eyes as the dragon breathed smoke over our car.

After 16 years, Legoland has its own hotel at the theme park in Windsor, in the UK, near a large lake on the edge of a 60ha resort.

Inside, everything is made from tiny Lego bricks, right down to the flower vases. Rooms are based on three themes: pirates, kingdoms with knights and princesses, and Indiana-Jones-style adventure.

Our destination was the pirate rooms on floor three, and even the lift seemed in good spirits, telling jokes on our journey up.

Unlocking the bedroom door we boarded our own pirate boat, with swords, skulls and starfish covering the decking carpet, a ship’s wheel mirror and, of course, our own Lego mouse.

“What’s in here?” asked Max, eyeing a treasure chest guarded by a Lego monkey in the corner of the room. We’d been set a treasure hunt, and the next 15 minutes were spent scrambling around the bedroom for clues.

My husband and I liked the attention to detail, such as a mini-toilet seat for the children and a big box of Lego bricks.

The park, for children aged between two and 12, is the first Legoland outside the home of Lego in Denmark. It offers rides, live shows and building workshops.

We tried the submarine ride and

the pirate-themed splash pool with water blasters, slides and a seesaw. At the driving school, under-fives steer Lego cars on a mini-road network. – The Daily Mail

l More info from www.legoland.co.uk

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