From W.M., Houston, Texas
Recently, an Indagare member spent a long October weekend with his wife and two sons at the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California . Their primary mission? To visit Lego Land, where the classic plastic toys take center stage in larger-than-life creations. Below, read about the Four Seasons’ commendable, child-friendly service and the real-life adventures of family travel, complete with a stuffed animal’s unexpected journey to the hotel’s laundry room.
I have to say, it was a perfect trip. The hotel was really excellent on service. One minor almost-tragic loss was when packing Sunday night my 5-year-old’s stuffed Lamb was missing. Sheer panic as we searched both connecting rooms. Nothing. I called the Concierge and front desk and asked if any had been reported: no. Then called Housekeeping because I kept seeing the cleaning personnel walking down the halls with great bundles of sheets. Sure enough, about an hour later the front desk called with a report that Lamb had made an adventure to the Laundry room. He showed up directly and cleaned to boot.
The “line cutter bracelets” at Lego Land, as my son called them, were a real dream. We did it in one and a half days, but with the line cutters you really could get all you want out of Lego Land in one full day, say going from 10 to 4pm, in my opinion. We rode the roller coasters like 7 times. Lisa and I went out Saturday night to a nice place called Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steak (3878 Carlsbad Blvd.; 760-434-2580). Great location right on the water. Cool bar, fun nice waiters, mostly Italian. My steak was not so good because it was dry aged and we mostly eat wet aged down here in Texas, but that is mostly a palate issue.
After our half-day on Sunday we came back to hotel and Lisa and I took turns working out/watching kids at the pool. The staff was very attentive. All accessories were available: goggles, lotion, towels etc etc. They had a fun water park next to the pool, for little kids. They also have a game room downstairs with a pool table, air hockey, Wii’s, pinball, etc etc. Our sitter on Saturday took them down there and they loved it. We were very impressed with the Four Seasons Aviara; my expectations were pretty low and we were really pleasantly surprised. Oh, also, on check-in they dragged a red wagon around the desk full of balls and toys for the boys to pick from, so they were happy from the moment they walked in. Room service was nice and efficient. I never understand those management issues but unless Four Seasons has an option it is the best place from LA to San Diego in my opinion. Thanks for the recommendation! My son is in the process of writing a short story on Lamb’s Adventures, I will send to you when he is finished.