UNITED KINGDOM Fans of Lego – the perennially popular toy building bricks – have a fun option this year with the opening of a new 150-room Legoland hotel in the UK. Situated just 20 minutes from London Heathrow in the middle of the six-hectare Legoland Windsor Resort, the themed hotel is offering corporate and entertainment space in contemporary conference facilities for up to 320 delegates plus three separate syndicate rooms each seating from 12 to 35 people.
The hotel features some 1,600 models made by a team of 45 Lego model-makers, the largest being a 100kg, six-metre-long fire-breathing dragon perched in a tower outside the entrance to the hotel. In addition, delegates and hotel guests are greeted by a wall of 5,000 5cm-tall mini-figures behind the reception desk.
The Legoland “Business and Bricks programme” offers team building, tailored corporate meetings and events packages as well as exclusive use of a selection of the resort’s 55-plus interactive rides, building workshops and attractions. The hotel has both eight-hour and 24-hour packages, and provides a dedicated business centre, high-speed wifi throughout (complimentary for delegates), a bar and lounge for informal dining, and outdoor lakeside seating. For residential meetings, there is a choice of themed bedrooms – Pirates, Kingdom or Adventure – all of which feature flatscreen TVs, 24-hour room service, air conditioning and a mini-bar on request. The hotel also has a fitness room, swimming pool and complimentary parking.