The Red Jacket was great for our family of three. We have a chid with special needs who loves the water, and as a Christmas gift to each other we decided to go to Kahuna Laguna. We got more than we expected at the Inn--an older hotel that seems to be undegoing some important and much needed renovations--and had a great time in the waterpark.
Though smaller than Great Wolf Lodge, the park was seldom crowded during our visit, and we never waited in a line for slides or felt wedged into the wave pool.
The noise level, which is deafening at other parks, was great. No ear-splitting music; no extra sound effects; just the white noise of the water. A great change of pace from other parks.
The people at Red Jacket were nice as could be. Everyone was pleasant and genuine.
The room was a crazy mishmash of styles but clean, warm and welcoming, with a huge bathroom and whirlpool.
There seem to have been tons of other activities--hayrides, cookie decorating, WII tournaments, etc.--which didn't cost extra or came at minimal cost.
There's lots to do beyond the waterpark in the area. We were there just for the water, but we'll go back again for a scenic train ride, hiking and skiing.
The hotel is older and needs some attention, which it's getting. Some of the hotel's public spaces are a little ragged, but it's clear they're working to make that better.
We had some room service which was good, not great. Our server was knowledgeable about the beers we ordered and very courteous.
Speaking of beer, NH has some awesome microbreweries which I'd like to have seen featured more. At GWL in Niagara, you could get a wide selection of beers served (in pitchers) in the waterpark. Now that may not work for legal reasons at Kahuna Laguna, but their snack bar served only Bud and Bud Light. Some local/regional suds would have made us consider eating at the park rather than going out for dinner.
Some of the other parks have wristband systems that allow vistors to open their rooms and buy things such as food, drinks and souveniers on their room account with the wave of their wrists. I found fumbling for the roomkey and my wallet and my swim duds was awkward.
Altogether we had a great getaway to wonderful wild Kahuna Laguna and will be back for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our resort is located on 40 acres overlooking the Moat Mountain Range and Saco Valley, nestled in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley. Red Jacket Mountain View is home of Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park. It's 40,000 square feet of splash-tacular fun! Zoom through one of four high-speed tubes before splashing into the landing pool below. Body surf in the swirling wave pool. The whole family will enjoy the activity pool, water cannons and play tower, and your smallest kahunas will have a great time in the shallow pool, an area designed with them in mind. Water park admission is additional. Deluxe accommodations that feature 1 or two beds while our family accommodations include spacious family lofts, alcoves or two-bedroom townhouses. Our new four-bedroom homes have full kitchens and decks, offering privacy yet easily walkable to all our amenities! Our front desk is at your service for all the arrangements you will need for activities such as skiing, hiking,shopping the outlets of North Conway or visiting Story Land and Santa's Village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Jacket Mountain View Hotel North Conway
- Best Western North Conway
- Red Jacket North Conway
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