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LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park + Hotel 2014
(3 Jan 2014 - 4 Jan 2014)

 

Day 1-2

Johor - LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel (3 - 4 Jan 2014)

 

 




For our review on LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park, click here. J


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The LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel was originally scheduled to open in early 2014. So when the hotel officially opened on 29 Nov 2013, kiasu Singaporeans (like us) dashed to the brand new LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel almost immediately! Having visited LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park previously in Jan 2013, we've learnt our lessons to visit the LEGOLAND hotel when it's still new.
Recap : Lots of features (e.g. buttons, speakers, sensors etc) in LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park were already not functioning despite the fact that it was only opened for a couple of months (Theme park opened in Sep 2012 and we visited the park 4 months later in Jan 2013).  

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All 249 guest rooms are LEGO themed, so guests can choose from one of three popular LEGO toy lines - Pirate, Kingdoms or Adventure.

There’s quite a number of reviews/blogs on this brand new LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel but stay with us here for an unbiased, non-sponsored review!

Photos for this remaining blog entry are categorised into their respective zones J


Entrance

Front Entrance

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Rear Entrance

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From the moment guests arrive at the spectacular dragon-guarded entrance (front entrance) or the 6 giant figurines (rear entrance; also entrance from the theme parks), guests would be impressed by both entrances. The green dragon at the front entrance will grunt and spew fumes every few mins (day time only)!

Vance: These giant figurines at the rear entrance are really tall! Maybe "Yao Ming" tall! :) For myself, I find the rear of the LEGOLAND Hotel to be under decorated (only these 6 giant figurines). The rear is also the entrance guests will enter from the two theme parks. It would be more impressive if the rear is as well decorated as the front, especially if there are intentions to attract non-hotel guest (or theme park only guest) to stay in the hotel.


Car Park (LG1-2) & Lift Lobby
 
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The ramp down from ground to the car park was really narrow. So be extra careful when entering and exiting the car park (especially for those not so skillful), beware of the extremely tight bends, curbs and corners.

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Tetraphobia was something quite expected (There's no level 4 if you've noticed), as this superstition is common in Asia, hence the practice of avoiding the number 4 all together.


Reception (Ground Floor)
 
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These are real apples!

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We're simply amazed by this entire wall of LEGO Mini figurines. And every single one of them is different!



Wait for the bicycle with its giant magnifying glass wheels to peddle past for a clearer look of these miniatures.

Vance: I think the wall of LEGO mini figurines is really impressive. If I'm a hardcore LEGO fan, I would want to make a feature wall in my house as this! (Can be costly though!)


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LEGO policeman, waiter, bellboy flowers and so much more!

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Check-in time is at 4pm (or later) and check-out latest by 10am, i.e. there's only 18 hours to "enjoy" the room. Seems like housekeeping can be quite inefficient as they need longer hours to clean up the rooms (Compared to the usual standard of 2 hours).

Vance: So to make the most out of your rooms/stay, head for the theme parks first in the mornings and stay till late noon before checking in into the hotel. If you have another theme park to hop the next day, have a late breakfast before check out. :)


Play Area

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At this play area, kids can jump into piles of LEGO bricks and start building anything while parents can do their room check-in. The entire play area is huge, with 2 LEGO pits; one with the Pirate Ship and the other being a castle, where kids can explore within.


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Children can play in this pirate shipwreck that’s bursting through the castle walls and into the river of LEGO bricks. Raise the pirate flag to the sound of canons blasts! Truly a child’s paradise!


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The knight’s castle, protected by a giant burping ogre, towers into the clouds.


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This area is for the younger kids, with 2 play pits filled with large foam LEGO Bricks, something like those found at the Build-A-Raft River @ LEGOLAND Water Park.


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Sick of playing with bricks? Find the XBOX Kinect corner here for where kids could enjoy the experience of playing Kinect adventures on a giant projection screen. This area can get quite crowded at times.


Disco Elevator

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The ride in the elevator up to the room is an experience by itself. Dance your way up (just like us)to the hotel room in the character themed ‘disco’ elevator! Spell out the 4 letters of the pop song with your arms at the "YMCA" disco elevator! :P



Pirate (Level 1 & 5)

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Be it Pirates, Adventure or Kingdom themes, once we stepped out of the lift door, the themed carpets and colourful wallpapers heightens our expectations.


Adventure (Level 2 & 6)

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Kingdom Level (3 & 7)

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Vance: As you can see the different levels are really very well decorated based on the various themes. It gives a very warm hearted feeling :) Hopefully the maintenance can keep up...

Hotel Room (Kingdom)

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We stayed at the Kingdom Themed room, which was perfect for us [
Think : Shrek & Princess Fiona :P]. The standard room comes with a king-size bed and a separate sleeping area for the kids (bunk bed). Fits family of 5 person perfectly.

Vance: I just remember that Princess Fiona is also green for most part of the movies, no? :P


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All room come equipped with a DUPLO box for the kids (Guests are not supposed to take them away). Even if you do, not to worry, LEGOLAND would recover the cost from your deposit/guarantee.


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The super inflated charges for laundry services.


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The bunk-bed area comes with its own TV, plus a little play area to keep the kids busy. For parents who like to have a little privacy on a family trip, there is also a sliding door between the adult and kids areas.

Vance: The layout is like, the kids can lock their parents up in their rooms while they roam the world (i.e. get out of the room and into the rest of the hotel and theme park!)


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There's a treasure box with complimentary LEGO treasures that kids can bring home. Just solve the "puzzle" correctly by  answering the questions to unlock the treasure box!


Spoilers : Treasure Box clues (and answers) to the puzzle!
Skip @ your own discretion...


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We had fun deciphering and decoding the challenge to unlock the treasure chest. Figure out the answers to four questions and each answer gives one digit to the chest's combination.


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Be rewarded with LEGO toys when the chest box is opened (Travelling Pooh excluded *wink*).


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There are 2 sinks in the toilet, one for adults and the other for little ones. As stated on LEGOLAND's website, all themed rooms comes with hairdryer and toiletries. However, there's no hairdryer provided in the room. There were no toiletries of any kind, apart from the 2-in-1 shampoo/shower gel in the shower and hand washing liquid soap at the wash basin (i.e. guest don't get the basic toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, shower cap, body lotion etc), which was kind of pathetic.

The safe in our room did not work, same for the faulty lamp beside the sofa. When we called the hotel staff to replace the unserviceable light bulb, the maintenance man walked into our room without removing his shoes?! How rude!!!

For IT geeks like us, we're disappointed that there's no LAN/WIFI in the hotel room, though there's WIFI in the hotel lobby. Staff mentioned to us that the WIFI in rooms aren't ready (and they have no idea when WIFI in rooms would be up) L


Swimming Pool & Gym

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Located on the 5th floor are the infinity pool and gym (that's not ready), but the surrounding here is so bare, with constructions everywhere (for now), so not much of a scenic view :(.


Restaurant

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The room comes with complimentary buffet breakfast at Bricks Family Restaurant (for 2 adults up to 3 children, anything extra is chargeable). Food wise, the variety was limited and average tasting just to fill the stomach (Spread was skewed towards Malaysian food e.g. Nasi Lemak, roti prata, curry chicken etc).


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Be surrounded by giant LEGO kitchen equipment, enormous LEGO dishes of foods and even LEGO spinning plates. Watch out for the LEGO chefs that's creating havoc in all sorts of places!


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The bar that's carefully tucked away in one corner of the Bricks Family Restaurant (for obvious reasons).


On our visit, the coffee machine was down and no alternatives (including 3-in-1 coffee) were provided. In addition, we feel that the tables were packed too closely to one another (for those round tables with 3 chairs).

Vance: Quite disappointing for the selection & quality of food and the service standard, considering the amount that was charged for a stay here. Of course the cost might be a little more justifiable if its a family of 5. But I would still think it is expensive in Malaysia Standard. Maybe LEGOLAND is targeting International market?


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Loots from this visit...


So how does LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia fare against the LEGOLAND Hotel California (the 1st LEGOLAND Hotel in USA)? Here’s our comparison between the two at a glance:

  LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia LEGOLAND Hotel California
Room Cost From RM520 (S$202) From US$109 (S$139)
Check-In &  Check-Out Time 4pm & 10am 4pm & 11am
Pool Hours 10am - 6pm 7am - 10pm
Buffet Dinner per Adult @ Bricks Family Restaurant  RM88
(S$34)
US$19.95
(S$25)
Privileges for Hotel Guests N.A. Early access to select LEGOLAND rides and attractions before the park opens
Isn't it amazing to know that almost everything in LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia cost more / feel inferior than its counterpart at California? Does Malaysia has a higher cost of living than Carlsbad (City of California, USA)? Hhhmmm... Or maybe LEGOLAND Malaysia was set up to attract Singaporeans where our cost of living's index was ranked 7th worldwide. The perception of Ringgit for Singaporeans is like a 50% discount (Think S$1 = MYR 2.50) but the fact is that we're paying through the nose if we're staying here??!!





Our Overall Verdict
: Hotel room cost RM520 (before service charge of 10% and government tax of 6%) which is RM603.20 nett on a weekday, is definitely way too expensive by Malaysia standard. The hotel's standard is bare minimum but the LEGO decor and theme makes up for it. The stay at the brand new LEGOLAND hotel is definitely a day that we will remember and will be hard to forget! We certainly look forward to visit other LEGOLAND hotels in the world.



[Throwback!]


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Psst
: We celebrated our 13th years of dating here in 2013 (at LEGOLAND Theme Park), looks like we will be back next year (again) for our 15th years of dating! Just because you’re married, it doesn’t mean your dating life should end. Relationships stop growing because people stop taking the initiative to pursue one another, so continue to date your spouse, pursue them whole-heartedly, and understand that dating shouldn’t end just because you’ve said “I do”. Check out this article "10 Habits of Happy Couples" and make them a habit soon!  <

Vance: To Fiona, maybe we should try you asking me out for a date sometime? (For a change? :P) #keepdating






 
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We had dinner @ Absolute Thai that's located within Medini Mall (adjacent to LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia) for our dinner. Absolute Thai serves reasonable Thai contemporary cuisine in a chic and modern interior. We love the Thai Ice Tea, Phad Thai (Stir-Fried Rice Noodle with Prawns), Stir-Fried Kang Kong with Garlic and Creamy Coconut Chicken Soup. Too bad their Mango with Sticky Rice (that's extremely good) wasn't available on this visit.


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LEGOLAND Malaysia entrance at night. Previously in our post on LEGOLAND Malaysia, we mentioned that the toilet in the theme park are totally unacceptable for an international theme park level. The toilets (especially the one near the main entrance) had a very terrible stinky smell when we passed through the exit door! Till date, the situation has not improved i.e. you can still smell the stinky toilets from this main entrance L


We proceeded to Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) the next day (after checking out LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia).


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For those with love authentic Japanese fare, our recommendation would be Kampachi Japanese Restaurant.

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As it's storefront suggest, the restaurant menu is a tad pricey. Average prices for Bento sets is from RM50, while its Sashimi can cost anything from RM80-100++. Excellent service but it can take quite some time for food to be served. We had the Chirasidon Soba Set (RM52++) and the Seafood Teppanyaki Set (RM65++). We loved the really fresh sashimi and juicy grilled seafood J

For the sweet toothed, don't forget to visit Baskin-Robbins located on the upper floor, near Kampachi.

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A rewarding visit for us at JPO! J Kate Spade is coming to JPO soon, I certainly hope to see good discounts offered here (i.e. US's prices). See you soon!


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