Inside Legoland’s First U.S. Hotel Opening –

The first Legoland Hotel in the Americas opened this weekend in Carlsbad, Calif., north of San Diego. It’s a fantasy land in primary colors with something to make kids of all ages smile, from clever themed rooms to brick-building contests and a disco elevator.

If one measure of an artist is finding a motif and committing to it, Lego’s designers belong up there with the Old Masters. For starters: 3,500 Lego models fashioned from over 3 million of the Danish bricks, throughout the 250-room hotel. The building is three stories, both in height and the themes of its rooms (kingdom, pirate or adventure), which are executed to the hilt.

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