We stayed here in June of 2012; our daughter was 9. I booked Great Wolf because we wanted to avoid the "back at the hotel, the kids played video games" scenario. Great Wolf really fit the bill. When we were done touring for the day, we hit the water park or the mini-golf. By the end of our stay Great Wolf was one of the favorite things we had done. The raft rides and the water coaster were our favorite.
Great Wolf issues armbands to all guests which can be used for unlocking your hotel room door and to pay for purchases. At 9, our daughter was thrilled with this level of control. Plus it was handy - we could just end her to the room to fetch something and she was excited to do it on her own!
We sent our daughter to their child care one evening for a little couple time. They were very careful with the check-in and check-out, making sure kids went with the right parents. The child care area is secure and we had no worries about it. They had plenty for the kids to do. At 9 our daughter was one of the older kids there, and stated that the activities were generally a little below her level, but she still had a good time.
We also participated in their MagiQuest offering, which was a lot of fun and gave us a family activity to share over the course of a few days. They had some technical glitches which made completing the quest a little tricky, but it was still neat. The skill level is appropriate for kids, but the story means adults won't be bored to tears.
Great Wolf makes its money on having a captive audience. I am sure much of the profits come from the add-ons and the meals - and there is a charge for almost every activity. We found the food to be good but overpriced - $47 per adult for dinner is a lot! We saved money by buying breakfast at a local grocery store (ask at the concierge desk) and eating in local restaurants. We did split a pizza one night, and it was OK, but typical kid-level pizza.
As you might expect, the place is always swamped with families. We had a room in the south wing, far enough away from the lobby that we did not hear the lobby noise. We did hear kids thundering down the hall in the evenings, but that is to be expected.
We had a longer-than-usual stay (9 days) because we wanted to see everything in the Niagara area), After 9 days we were ready to go - that much heavy theming wears on you. But I can recommend Great Wolf, especially with have kids in the 5-12 age range. It's not a budget option, but you do get something unique for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you arrive at the Great Wolf Lodge, expect to be amazed and amused. Situated close to awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, the entire Lodge is designed to capture the spirit of adventure and the atmosphere of the great Northwood's. The Northern theme inspires everything from the spectacular stone fireplace and timber in the five-story Grand Lobby to the cabin-like comfort and decor of our all-suite guest rooms. The Lodge features an indoor/outdoor waterpark of over 100,000 square-feet; an 18-hole interactive miniature golf course; Ten Paw Bowling Alley; our 7,000 sq. Ft. Northern Lights Arcade, including a ticket redemption center; MagiQuest, interactive adventure game; Elements Spa & Salon and Scoops Kid Spa. Five themed restaurants, including a confectionary cafe and Northwood's Pizza. We assure your stay will be a howling great time! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Niagara Falls
- Great Wolf Niagara Falls
- Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls