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Legoland's 2nd hotel — a castle — ready to open in April

Lori Weisberg, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Royal princess rooms: These 25 rooms exude a "very girlie feel," says Idris, decorated with plenty of purple and pink shades. The castle-like gray block walls will be dominated by a menagerie of woodland animals, including squirrels, cats and owls. Lego models will include an owl, cat and butterfly.

Lobby: Costumed staffers will greet the guests as they enter the lobby, which will feature a grand staircase and a slide that children can use to take them from the mezzanine to the lobby. A play area will be dominated by a Lego "brick pit" with a model of a wizard standing on a pile of books. It will be the final part of the hotel to be completed before it opens.

Dragon's Den restaurant: Idris calls this "the real jewel in the crown." Unlike the first hotel, the castle property will include a full-service sit-down restaurant serving three meals daily. It seats 420 indoors and outside and will feature an open kitchen, large fireplace with a dragon draped over the hearth, and a Lego model of two knights carrying a huge stack of food on a palette.

Outdoor patio and pool area: Included here will be multiple components, including a covered patio with heating and lighting, a stage for live entertainment, play areas for toddlers and older children, and a barbecue and picnic space where movies will be shown in the evenings on a large LCD screen. The pool area will include a food and beverage kiosk, cabanas for rent and a hot tub, which the Legoland Hotel California does not have.

Prices: The hotel is now taking reservations for stays starting in late April. The nightly rates, which include breakfast, can vary widely, ranging anywhere from $250 to a little more than $400, based on a random check. They're about $50 a night more than the existing hotel.

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