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“Average, nothing spectacular” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

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Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Dubuque
Albers, Illinois
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46 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Average, nothing spectacular”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2008

The hotel rooms seem a little dated and could use a little redo. They are small if you have children. The waterpark would be ok for 10 yr olds and under. Didn't seem overly exciting and rather drab after awhile. We brought our 1 yr old and she had fun in the 3" section. The ages of the "lifeguards" were scary. If they were in highschool i'd be amazed! The food at the restaurant...hacky! Not the worst I've had, but a lot better if you just go downtown. You can even walk there. Watch your charges on your credit card as well.

  • Liked — The location to downtown.
  • Disliked — The price, the food and the small room
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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ILLINOIS
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2008

This was our 2nd Easter Break trip to Grand Harbor with our 3 girls (5,7,10). Overall, the trip was fairly enjoyable, but nothing was new from a year ago. Room was clean, check in staff friendly. Reasonable at $114 per night. The only part we don't enjoy are the very young people working the Water Squirts actiivities they promote for the kids - a few were very good, most were unprofessional and more concerned with chatting with their friends. Game time the second night consisted of 4 little games in a two hour period, with the gal too busy picking our her favorite songs with her lifeguard friends. The activities were not very organized, and most of what was published in the brochure for spring break they had already run out of! When the room was supposed to be open for activities, no one would be in there. So overall, those activities desparately need some improvement. Again, enjoyable trip but the Been There Done That now applies - if you have not been there, fun 2 night trip for kids likely 10 and under but ONLy if you can get a good deal like we did - not worth any more than that. NOTE: if you don't like pool chemical smell, stay away from this one

Stayed March 2008
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McHenry, IL
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129 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2008

Stayed here for one night for a Saturday night getaway at the end of school: my 12 year old and 10 year old were out, but most schools were still in session. Hotel is easy to see but a little confusing to get to. It is a newer hotel, right on the Mississippi. We had a terrific time. Waterpark is lots of fun if you like slides, water basketball, sprinklers. Probably not so great for older teens looking for thrills or anyone wanting to swim laps. There's also a game room/arcade where we had a lot of fun, including Skeeball. Food is average hotel fare: if you want better, go into town, if you want outstanding gourmet meals, Galena, Illinois is only 30 minutes away. The National Mississippi River museum is right next door: don't miss it. My daughter ranks it in the top 3 vacation things we've ever done. Great shopping in town. If you like antiques (I don't) shop in Galena. Don't miss the Elevator in town. There's also a casino next door: we skipped it.
We went for the waterpark, but the best part of this hotel is the patio. It is right on the Mississippi River with a view of Illinois and Wisconsin that is considered the 3rd best view in the US by USA Today (http://www.usaweekend.com/03_issues/030518/030518springtravel.html) It is a WONDERFUL place to sit, have a beer and some appetizers while taking a break from the waterpark. The only place I've ever been that is comparable is the poolside bar on the ocean in Malta. Sit in a comfortable chair, watch the trains, barges, and boats go by, look at the beautiful bluffs, and soak in the clean Midwest air while drinking Wisconsin beer.
If you're looking for a formal, business-like hotel to spend the night, you can probably find a better location. If you're looking for a true one-day vacation at a very reasonable price this is the place.

  • Liked — Patio
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Geneseo, Illinois
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2008

The waterpark was way bigger and quiter that Holiday Inn Waterpark in Amana, Iowa. The hotel let you make carmel apples on Saturdays and they only coast $1.00. The Carmel was so gooey and you also got to pick another topping. The Waterparks slides were awesome. The hotub was very cool too. This is very good waterpark-hotel.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chicago
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2008

This was a great visit for a family with young kids. It was a decent value for a weekday stay. We were told that it gets crowded on the weekends. The staff were extremely friendly. Give them a raise.

  • Liked — Freidnly staff
  • Disliked — Pricy on the weekend
  • Stayed January 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Matt
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Cuba City, Wi
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2007

I booked an advertised package after contacting both by phone and by e-mail. I was originally told that the room package was not available, but a manager called back with an offer a bit above the ad price (total was over $200). The package included a room for 2 adults (my husband and me) and 2 children (my 5 year old daughter and her best friend), 4 water park passes, dinner, breakfast, tuck-in with milk and cookies by 2 elves and a little goody bag. Our room was clean and also had a microwave and refrigerator.
The girls and I had some fun in the water park, the staff throughout was fine, and the restaurant was okay (wouldn't go there unless it was part of the deal).
I think we paid too much (husband doesn't swim and girls eat like birds), but don't regret the trip.

Stayed December 2007
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Traer, Iowa
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2007

The hotel - is Typical... Nothing to write home about.

The Waterpark - Clean - but gets to be overcroweded as they allow non-hotel people to come in.

BUT - Your Eyes, Nose and Sinus's will be "bleached" out - as they air quality in the waterpark is horrible. We have been to many many waterparks - and never experienced it till we went to this one. So beware those w/sinus or migraine problems - you will leave with a bleach smell in your nostrils for a few days after you leave.

Been there twice - and "been there, done that" w/this place - wont go again.

GO TO the Mississippi River Museum - A MUST - this is one item that needs to be seen twice!

  • Stayed November 2007
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
Address: 350 Bell St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7028
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Region: United States > Iowa > Dubuque
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Dubuque
#7 Romantic Hotel in Dubuque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark 3.5*
Number of rooms: 193
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