We stayed here about a week ago for a family wedding. We arrived around noon or 1 pm and they were able to let us into our room right away. We considered ourselves lucky because the normal check in time is supposed to be 4 pm. The room was fairly large for a hotel-type room. It had 2 Queen beds, a small refrig. and a microwave. The room was nicely appointed, clean, no marks on the wall and somewhat upscale.
Although we faced the highway, it was really pretty quiet in the room. I initially heard road noise but it largely went away when I properly re-latched the window. If you are likely to want to open the window, I would recommend making sure that you get a room on the left side of the building (as you are facing it when enterring).
There were a lot of people at the hotel who had kids who were using the water park. Lots of kids. We decided not to bother using the water park as we are at the age where we prefer quiet to screaming/happy and excited children. But if you have kids or don't really care to use the water park, I would not necessarily consider that a negative.
There were a number of restaurants nearby. There was also either a Walmart or Costco about a mile away.
We were on the second floor. When we were trying to check out and move our luggage, we had a slight issue with the elevator. We would call it and when the doors opened, it was full of people with luggage and little kid in swimsuits. We went through about 4 cycles of this and then decided to press the "UP" button. We got on, went up, then went down, momentarily stopping at floors with people who were unable to get in because the elevator was full.
They provided free internet and it worked fine. There was a Cat-5 internet cable at the desk in our room to connect to wired internet, but I preferred to use the wireless internet.
The hotel has very good banquet and special event facilities. So if you are planning something like that, this may be a plus.
BTW, the room numbering is slightly confusing. I am told that they renumbered their rooms a year ago. But they haven't yet updated the room maps in the hallways, the guest book in our room or the emergency evacuation map on the unit door. But if you ignore any maps that you see and use normal logic you'll be fine.
We paid around $100 for this room. It was reserved about 6 months in advance and was supposed to be special rate. Seemed a tad high for the area. But it was a nice place.
In the late afternoon there was a woman in front of their restaurant/bar who was giving out free slices of delicious pizza. That was a nice touch.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn & Wild Woods Waterpark Hotel. Home of one of the largest Indoor Water parks in Minnesota! Our full-service hotel is a new facility located minutes from Graco, Great River Energy, Albertville Premium Outlets, Lowes, Cabelas, Cargill, Siemens, Sci-med and Ramsey Industrial Park. Our guest rooms are well-outfitted for the traveling executive, including a spacious and well-lit work area, and Corporate QUIET Floor. Our on site lounge and restaurant, the Mississippi Valley Grill and Bar, is a great place to relax and enjoy dinner in a Northwoods atmosphere. In-room dining is available 7 days a week. The waterpark takes you back to the River Town of old. With three water slides, a lazy river, basketball water court and a child's play area, there is fun and variety for all ages. The waterpark is open daily in SUMMER. WATER PARK HOURS: SEPTEMBER through MAY: Mon. Closed, Tues. Closed, Wed. Closed, Thursday 4pm-9pm, Fri. 4pm-10pm, Sat. 8am-10pm, Sun. 8am-9pm. Call for availability we are open for some school vacations! The conference/ meeting area features 7 breakout rooms with multiple room combinations and up to 120 people for general sessions, parties and/ or receptions. Our constant caring team is empowered and dedicated to providing you with a memorable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Minneapolis Nw-Elk River Hotel Elk River
- Holiday Inn Otsego Mn
- Otsego Water Park