Oct 16, 2017

West Inn and Suites Review (Room 115)

OMG we have found a perfect hotel for our Legoland travels and it's West Inn and Suites. For Brick or Treat at Legoland CA we stayed here to avoid driving back home tired at night and it was the best decision I made with hotel stays this year.

I booked this King Size bed on their website about 3 weeks before our trip. I had never stayed here and I needed something close to Legoland and the freeway. This was perfect.

We arrived after spending our morning at Legoland at 2pm. I know check in wasn't until about 4pm but me and my son needed a break from the walking and the sun. We parked in the back and was greeted by a member of the cleaning staff with a smile and a welcome.

The lobby was so adorable and looked more like a mansion than a hotel. At the front desk was 1 lady on the phone and another welcoming us, Sherrina. Sherrina didn't hesitate to welcome us, ask for my name and saw that there was a room available, no extra charge.. WHAT!!! Amazing. She asked where I parked and I told her I had to use the disabled parking in the back, she said ok, let me get you a room near your car so you wont have to walk far.. WHAT!!! OMG, more amazement.

She went over hotel policy and other options we had during our stay from a shuttle to and from Legoland, dinning options, milk and cookie nights, and the breakfast. We were given room 115, next to the rear door. I thought for sure I was going to hear the door slamming all night long... nope, no issue with noise.

The room was clean, had a clean smell, fresh sheets, a/c set at room temperature, TV with HBO, Sports, OWN, TVONE, TLC, Cartoons and others.

The restroom had a vanity, space to lay out my make up and a lighted mirror. (No bathtub but a shower)

There was a mini fridge with 2 water bottles, microwave, coffee maker, and desk. There wasn't a table for food but a small coffee table and chair.

Back out in the lobby area was a room called The Library. It has a fireplace, flat screen TV (2), tables with benches and tables with chairs. It really does look like a mansion in someone's home. They had a few Halloween pictures up and fall decor but nothing that would scare the children.

Next door was a bistro and a restaurant but neither were open. I believe they didn't open until after 5pm. We would be at Legoland at that time and would miss dinner.

We decided to save the $18 parking fee to Legoland and use the Hotel Shuttle service. You have to book your drop off and pick up times with the front desk. The shuttle is a van, it can hold 2-3 families at a time, so book your times in advance. The shuttle ran from 9am - 9pm on Saturday. Our driver was Shawn and he dropped us off at the Welcome sign at Legoland. I wish they could drop us at the Legoland Hotel area because there is major construction going on and trying to walk around the construction was not fun for someone that is disabled. I ended up hurting my knee from walking up and down the construction hills. My return time was scheduled for 8pm but by 7pm I couldn't take the pain anymore. I called the hotel and told them I hurt my knee and they immediately came to get me and my son. Right away they were offering me ice packs and things to help me, I didn't have to ask for a thing! Their customer service was out of this world.

We arrived on time for late night milk and cookies. It was funny to see all of the adults in line for milk and cookies. We were big kids again. I bet in the winter time they have the fire place going and having milk and cookie nights is a dream.

The next morning, 6:30am, we got our complimentary breakfast and the buffet was packed with food. Again we were greeted by staff saying good morning and welcoming us at every turn, from room service to people setting up the food, everyone had this southern charm about them that I miss so much from living in Mississippi.

We opted for eggs, bacon, muffins, bagels, hot chocolate, passion fruit, and a banana. Sounds like a lot but we ate it all, the food was great and there was plenty of food to go around. They had other items like cereal, toast, oatmeal, coffee, apple juice, orange juice and so on.

They thought of everything when it came to breakfast except an alternative meat. I don't eat red meat but the bacon sure smelled good and my son loved it. I took just a few bites and decided I would try and get in some exercise.

The hotel does have a small exercise room but it wasn't an option for me as a single mom. There was no one to supervise my son so I opted for something we could do together... SWIM. The pool opened at 7am and we were the first people there.

There was a ping pong table but you have to get the paddles from the front desk.

We opted on a much needed muscle relax session in the Jacuzzi. The water wasn't super hot, I could go for hotter, but it was a great way to help my knee and muscles recover from a long day at Legoland. It is big enough for 12 people but I was glad to have the Jacuzzi to myself.

Jayden can't swim. He's 8 and the shallow area to the pool isn't big. It quickly goes from 3 1/2 feet to 5 feet in just a few steps. He did panic because he didn't know it would get deep so fast but I was there to have him grab my arm from outside of the pool. There are no lifeguards so if your kids can't swim please stay with them as I did.

For the most part the steps into the pool is where Jayden played. I did notice how clean the outside was. There were no leaves in the pool, no insects, everything was spotless. The pool towels were also outside and ready for you to use.

Things we noticed

  1. Carlsbad has a train but not much info on how to get from the station to your hotel without calling an Uber. West provided train station pick ups and drop offs. You have to call ahead of time to schedule this shuttle service.
  2. They have underground parking if needed. Go to the back of the hotel and you will find it there.
  3. If you want food like pizza there is an outlet mall near by to grab food from.
  4. The shuttle service to Legoland and back needs to be booked ahead of time. If you are scheduled to ride with other families please be on time so the other families don't have to wait for you.
  5. There is a $100 additional fee that is placed on your credit card at arrive. This charge is a burden but is used from amenities like dinner next door or the snack shack area. We didn't use either and we have to wait 3-5 business day for them to release it and another 3-5 business days for the bank to process it. If you are on a budget this can be a strain.

Brick or Treat at Legoland CA 2017 (Park Tips Included)

Brick or Treat is back at Legoland CA and we didn't hesitate to make arrangements to travel to Carlsbad for this event. It has quickly become a family tradition for us. The decorations or pumpkins, ghost, skulls and other Halloween attributes were in full swing around the park.

The main stage arena for the costume judging isn't used during the day and the other entertainment items in this area were canceled. We made it into our rest stop lol.

At 5pm the Brick or Treat party began but we took advantage of the short lines and got on a few rides. Most people were looking for candy but we a seasoned veterans of Brick or Treat and we knew it was time to hit the rides.

This year Legoland Brick or Treat had serious competion when it came to the costume contest. I think the best one I saw was a kid dressed as the Marshmallow Man, his outfit puffed out and looked full of air. Jayden liked the kid dressed as a Minnion because it was huge and people thought he worked for Legoland. 

This year I really enjoyed that the lines for treats were roped off more than before. Before it was easier for people to cut the line and run and join in but this year the lines were more organized.

We didn't stay long year but after hitting 5 stations here's my candy loot. Not bad. I did pass on the Cliff bars that they were giving out and opted for more candy. I kind of wish I got more Cliff bars because I can put them in my son's lunch bag, ca't really do that with candy.

2017 Tips and Tricks:
  1. If you arrive at the opening time you will not be given a treat bag, you pick them up at the 1st candy station you visit.
  2. If you really want to ride the rides, head to 2 or 3 rides first. Most people are getting candy at this time. Then get candy and return to riding the rides.
  3. To get the most candy... get back in line. It's ok to get in the same line again, it's not ok to cut the line. There were enough candy stations this year so the lines weren't very long.
  4. Arrival, most people are leaving at 5pm from their day at LegoLand so parking can be a challenge. If you arrive at 4pm you will avoid more of the traffic jam of people leaving the park. Although I do suggest taking shuttle.
  5. Please know that the shuttle service provided by most hotels have to drop you off at the Welcome sign. You cannot walk straight across any longer because of the new Castle Hotel construction. You have to go down the hill, around it and up the hill again. Being someone that is disabled I had a hard time doing this and hurt my knee returning to the Welcome sign at the end of this visit.
  6. Costumes. If you didn't come for the competition then keep the costume simple. It's already difficult to keep up with a child, candy bag, the excitement, and add an elaborate costume to the mix can be a challenge for the kid, parent, and people around you. I saw people tripping over dinosaur tails and all night.

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