LEGOLAND California has confirmed that it will open a hotel in summer 2013, enabling families to stay on-site in LEGO-themed hotel rooms.
Construction on the three-story, 250-room hotel will begin in October. It will be located close to the park's entrance, on the site of the existing bus parking lot. It will feature a swimming pool area and a restaurant, and will incorporate LEGO brick-style decor.
Owner Merlin Entertainments Group claims that the new hotel will be the most expensive addition to LEGOLAND California since it opened in 1999. It first submitted plans to build the accommodation two years ago, but the project has been on hold due to the impact of the economic downturn. Sister park LEGOLAND Windsor in England is also in the process of constructing a hotel, which will open in 2012.
Merlin is aiming to boost the number of guests visiting LEGOLAND California for multiple days, having invested heavily in new attractions over the past few years. Most recently, it opened the world's first LEGO water park on the site, which features a separate admission fee.
The company is currently constructing a second US-based LEGOLAND park in Florida, on the site of the former Cypress Gardens theme park. Due to open on October 15, the park will feature more than 50 rides, shows and attractions spread across 10 themed lands.