41684 Heartlake City Grand Hotel

Stay at the new Heartlake City Grand Hotel during your favorite season!

Let’s check in and explore all the amenities …

begin like any hotel — with the Bellhop and Luggage cart. Stephanie
is the Bellhop who greets guests out by the lovely Fountain. The white
3×3 bricks with 1/4 arch and cutout are rare; in only 3 other sets since
introduced in 2020.
A pet treat goes in the brown briefcase, and the “I Love HLC” postcard goes in the green suitcase — then on the cart.

closer look at Stephanie shows the details of her new-for-2021 dark red
bellhop uniform with gold accents and subtle back print gathers. She
has her hair pulled up in a ponytail; although it’s her same cool yellow
color, it’s actually a hard plastic hair piece.

rest of bag 1 parts build the bottom left front corner of the hotel,
using a newly recolored in light pink wall panel (also 2 other rare and
recolored parts in light pink that we also get in the next bag).
Architectural details are already plentiful and interesting — which will continue and impress.

is new-for-2021 in mini-doll form with a nice dark grey tuxedo type
jacket with pale grey vest and gold bow tie. He also has back print and
nougat skin tone, like Olivia — and Amelia, who is arriving soon. His
hair piece is hard plastic in the same style as Andrea’s dad, Martin,
yet is newly recolored in dark brown.

He’s a regular character in
the Friends show episodes, although in animated form, his hair has more
of a light brown close-cut sides and back. Still, I think this is a
nice representation of him.

poodle comes in bag 2 as well. Blue eyes and Teal collar version also
appeared in Doggy Daycare. Based on the box art, this may be Amelia’s
pet, Zoe.

back to building the bottom floor right corner section; it’s an
identical reverse of what we already built. All 3 of these light pink
parts come in both bags. I didn’t photograph the 1x1x3 brick (rare
since 2020, only in a Classic box) and 1x2x5 brick (newly-recolored
for2021) when I opened bag 1 because, quite frankly I didn’t realize we
hadn’t had them in Friends sets before!
I am very happy to have them. Whenever I build in pink, I rarely have enough to create what I want.

Next we connect these two sections and install the revolving door.

The front is looking like a hotel already.

Emma and Amelia arrive in ball gowns. This is a new dress for Emma,
with her upper bodice design wrapped around to back print.
wore a gown to the Movie Theater opening, which is the same as this one,
except the front gold diamond array print is new and unique to this

with bag 3 we build the Lobby items separately. An old fashioned
rotary-dial telephone next to the front desk reservation computer with
money vault for the check-in area. The grey 2×2 box bottom (design id
59121) that is hollow and a tile can attach as a lid is rare — only
otherwise in NinjaGO City Gardens — and here it gets a Recycle sticker.
The Fireplace is classic with grey scroll bricks and adorned with a golden frog!

Grand Piano for a Grand Hotel is black. It has dark purple upper sharp
and flat keys, and music sheet stickers. It’s a very solid design that
has a plate under the foot pedals, so we don’t need 2 more gold legs.

installed into the Lobby, along with 2 support columns with Lights.
Bag 3 spares include a useful grey 1×1 with handle (bar) and candle

the Lobby done, we build the Guest Bedrooms. Bag 4 builds the one with
bright yellow bedspread — which we build separately then install.
The 1x1x3 brick is newly recolored in earth blue for 2021 and in several sets.

Then we add a wall between the bed and the bathroom with a lovely sticker
(sticker #1) that still allows light through.

I get to the next Guest Room we build with bag 5, I want to quickly
show the awesome design of the front fluted columns. Since a whole
piece as such doesn’t exist (only in smooth), we use these white Technic
cross axle parts to build them. They sit onto the scroll bricks and clip to grey
inkwell piece. I love them!

This Guest Room has a dark purple bedspread. Now you can see the front columns with a different perspective — some fluted, some smooth.

we add the 2 guest rooms to the hotel. Now we know it’s not a Modular
structure; we finish the center hallway that connects the 2 rooms. Then add rooftop items — which
will be the Penthouse Suite.
The Jacuzzi tub is built separately with
a newish white 4×2 oval tile (first appeared in Storybooks) then gets a
bubbling water sticker. We’ve prepped for the rest of the Penthouse
bathroom with aqua and pink floor tiling.

The table legs are rare Aqua 1x2x2 wall with cutout that first appeared in Elsa and Anna’s Adventure Storybook.

The rest of bag 6 parts are added: Hotel sign, balcony, doors, row of roof slopes and rooftop gold railing.

gorgeous Parisian style rooftop is added with bag 7 parts. I loved
building the latticed dormer window section that we build separately
then install so much, that I’ve inset an image of one. Just wonderfully
fun and beautifully inspiring!

This is the front of the finished
Heartlake City Grand Hotel. It’s wonderful as is — yet wait —
there’s more … bag 8 builds an outdoor area, then we get 3 more bags
of decorating parts to create a scene in Spring/Summer, Autumn, or
Winter. This is such an amazing aspect that let’s change our hotel with
the Seasons.

The bed in the Penthouse suite uses newly recolored in Teal 2x4x2/3 plate with bow parts.

we see which season will be first, we put a soda can in the recycle bin
by the front reception desk. We get a spare of the printed electronic
keypad tile that is used on the Penthouse Suite’s door.

outdoor area with trees and seating by a table is what bag 9 parts
build. It’s a nice basic section for changing out with seasons. The
trees are good designs with 1×2 plates with angle bar (hook) to attach
the branches. Larger branches stay better on the hooks than just a
stud, yet are also easy enough to remove to add flowers or leaves.

up is Spring/Summer parts in bag 9. On the left is one of the lime
green flower pots from the hotel’s entry; this is how they are decorated
when added there. The red flower on a leaf is how the fountain is
The water fountain is
flowing, the bird is singing, and we have Lunch of sandwiches and
cupcakes. The Lounger is a clever design with an umbrella attached.
the rest of the parts encircling the extra Ladybug tile belong to
decorating the Hotel, or are spares. Even though the instructions show
how to decorate — it’s really up to the builder.

The box front has it decorated with Spring/Summer flowers and activities (see below).

is up next: the lime green pots that flank the front entrance’s red carpet get yellow and orange flowers. The small tree limb/branches are newly recolored in dark orange for this set.

pumpkins also adorn the hotel, except for the one attached to the
Lavender plate. Orange leaves will also decorate the larger front
Fountain. This small fountain is trans orange — which is typical of
Autumnal fountain water from all the colored leaves residue. A resident
squirrel hangs out by the table with hot dogs and apples.
A pink umbrella is also in bag 10, and the rest of the parts either go to decorate the hotel building itself, or are extras.

gives us white “snow-covered” flowers for the green front entrance pots using newly recolored for 2021 in white flower stems.  A sled for
guests, along with ice skates too! The tree branches are covered with snow,
as hot chocolate begins to flow from the fountain! Winter time Pretzel
and Tea or hot chocolate by candle light is the table’s offering, while
a bunny finds a cookie treat (or is eyeing that carrot nose).
The snowman is neat and fun to build, with snowballs to throw as the
mini-dolls greet.
The rest of this wonderful pile go to either decorating the Hotel, or are spares.

All 3 Seasonal parts bags are simply great!

best winter decor on the hotel front (per instructions) are the snow
drifts with “icicles” hanging off part of the roof-line.

candle and cup go nice on the rooftop table. Instruction have more
white branches attached to the gold railing, ice chunks on the balcony
railing and by the large fountain.

Here is the full Winterized Hotel instructions page.

is my favorite season, so I had to decorate for it for my final photos.
What a lovely setting for a Mask Ball, or trick-or-treating if you
live nearby.

front image has the hotel decorated for Spring/Summer. It’s a very
large box; I’ve placed a 3-brick-tall Friends brick to give perspective.
Other seasonal versions have inset images. The upper right corner BFF heart inset is the traditional HLC.
contents: Eleven numbered bags, 1 soft bag with six 8×16 tan plates,
wrapped large 235-page instruction book, 27-page booklet same
size, and sticker sheet.

sticker sheet has transparent backing. The #1 and #2 stickers go on
clear wall panels that separate room from bath — which is a nice
realistic touch to this hotel — as it lets light through.  The fleur-de-lis motifs add to the
Parisian look.

of the box shows changing seasons and activities. Lower right inset
shows Emma playing the Grand Piano for Amelia by the fireplace.
Two Guest Rooms and the Penthouse Suite each get a mini-doll for the night.
I’ve mentioned newly recolored or rare parts in this review; for a full list see the instructions pdf on the LEGO site page.

One more look at the new Heartlake City Grand Hotel in Autumn splendor!


the seasonal decor with lots of great accessory parts puts this model
into the next level — because it can cater to fans all over the world
— no matter which time of year.
The Parisian architecture of the top lattice fancy dormers and round looking glass window is designed to perfection.

I first saw the box art images, I thought of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The bottom pink floor certainly evokes that vibe. Adding the next
floor as Lavender really sets it apart and gives it even more chances to
show off details. The arched windows and adorned columns — of which
some being built with parts, rather than just a LEGO part — are a some
of the intricate aspects.  That inspires me to try creating other
architectural designs of existing elements.

A revolving door was
used in the first Heartlake Hotel and it’s still such a fun concept with
moving functions that any LEGO fan can enjoy.

Autumn decorating
was pure joy for me. I can recommend this as therapy for missing your
favorite season. This hotel may not have the “expert” label, yet it is
an impressive build. It’s a beautiful model for core Friends fans to
play travel, and adult fans to display.

This set was provided by The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans.
Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer.
Photographs are property of FriendsBricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.

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