Miniview: Legoland Windsor Resort

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    Writing a review of an hotel that hasn’t officially opened is a tricky one as for some areas you have to fill in the missing pieces; stealing glances at site plans and looking at the snagging sheets pinned to guest room doors to get a sense of what it will look like when complete. (Note: the hotel was visited on the 21st February)Whilst the new development of the Legoland Windsor Resort is nearly finished, there are areas of the hotel which are still very much a construction site (the spa area scheduled to open later in the year and some of the guest rooms and bathrooms) but these are progressing quickly.

    With occupancy of the hotel at capacity for its opening weekend (17th March) there is every confidence it will be ready and the excitement of its debut is already building with the training of new staff, groups huddled in quiet areas of the lobby and restaurant discussing operations and health and safety.

    Merlin Entertainments Group, who operates other properties such as Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures, has added another string to its bow of themed hotels in the UK. With each hotel that opens under the Group’s name, the theming is stepped up a gear and the Legoland Windsor Resort does not fail to disappoint children and adults alike.

    Undeniably created with children in mind, the specialist in-house design team at Merlin Entertainments Group have created mayhem – a wonderful, giddy experience for the children as they are encouraged to build, explore and enjoy so many of the hotel’s secrets from ‘whoopie cushion’ carpets to codes you have to crack in your room to unlock a toy.

    There are some refuge areas for adults such as the Skyline bar and the separate conference area for the business market, providing some respite from the dominant primary colours of the hotel scheme but with subtle Lego influences still in its design.

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    Daniel Fountain / 09.03.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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