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“Great wolf does not accept debit cards as payment and Warning! Do not upgrade your room online” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Grapevine
Kansas
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great wolf does not accept debit cards as payment and Warning! Do not upgrade your room online”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

***Warning*** Do NOT come here and expect to use a debit card OR cash. That is NOT allowed at Great Wolf, and they do not tell you that online. If you do not have a fee based or interest based credit card (not a visa or master card debit card attached to your bank account), you will NOT be able to spend money at this resort!

You will not be allowed to have any debit card attached to your room for incidentals for your room. You cannot order movies, or make phone calls in or out. You cannot charge your water park bracelets for your children, and you cannot even use the vending machines to get a coke and a bag of chips without a credit card!!

Even the vending machines do not accept real money, coins or dollar bills to get a can of soda in the middle of the night.

Which is sad because we would have spent a lot more. We are a family that cut up credit cards years and years ago. We are frugal and only use debit cards and cash. But arriving to check in here and being told our money is not welcome unless it came on loan from American Express, etc. was a slap in the face. But that was just the beginning of the defective management policies running the Great Wolf lodge.

This experience started poorly when we first walked into the door to check in. The facility is magnificent and beautiful. The kids were amazed to be here. But the front desk staff and management were downright rude and unhelpful from the get go. I was not made to feel welcome, I was made to feel like I was a bother to them. Let me explain....

I reserved the room online. There was a deal I got from signing up for the Great Wolf newsletter. Not a third party groupon on other special deal. I got the deal from Great Wolf itself. Everything with the online reservation went great. We were so excited. At the end of my reservation and deposit, the online system asked me if I wanted to upgrade my room IF it was available to upgrade at check in. I was not sure.

The online reservation website said I could check all possible upgrade options (there were four) and they would tell me what was available at check in. I would not know what was available until I checked in. The online system said there was no risk and I was NOT obligated to accept the upgrade if one was available, but that was a lie.

Now after my online reservation, I got an email with the original reservation for our Great Wolf stay, and there were NO upgrades mentioned or accepted. TWO different emails that were a month apart. Yet when I arrived the clerk insisted I had accepted a very pricy upgrade for the Grizzly Bear suite that was much too big for our tiny family.

The management here told me a different story than what I had read online, and insisted I was accepting an upgrade when I checked the options online for possible upgrades. If I had known that, I would have NEVER done it! She was rude and chastised me for declining the most expensive upgrade choice that was available!! A suite with many bedrooms and a full kitchen at a price I could not afford.

I had no idea that was going to happen until we checked in. The clerk and her manager told me this was the ONLY time she would put me back in the room because she just so happened to have my original room available. Despite the fact that my confirmation email did not make any mention of an upgrade! TWO confirmation emails a month apart!

She rudely told me the next time she would not put us back into the room we reserved and confirmed, and next time she would force us to accepting and paying for the upgrade. She said the next time the online system gave me options of different upgrades to review when we checked in, she would not be so nice. She would force us into HER choice of upgrade, and I would be on the hook for the price. Well ok lady, there wont be a next time. The Gaylord Texan will get our business.

The next slap in the face was that she told me I could not pay for our stay with a debit card!! They only accepted fee/interest based credit cards. It is against the policies of Great Wolf to accept Visa or Mastercards that are attached directly to your bank account. She would let me pay with the debit card that I reserved the room with, but that was all. I could not believe that my money was not welcome at Great Wolf.

I paid for our room online with no problem with our Mastercard Debit Card. But I was shocked that it would not work in person. If I had know that was going to be an issue, I am not sure I would have come here. It has made our stay very difficult, and we cannot use any of the facilities because we dont use regular credit cards. That notification needs to be online, so people can decide what to do to make their stay easier.

So our second night here, we decided to order pizza from a local pizza hut. The food prices at Great Wolf are excessively expensive, and the debit card debacle at the front desk made it too hard to spend money here.

Our pizza hut told us they would call when they got to the front desk, so we could go get the pizza and pay for it. We were happy to do it. However, our pizza was turned away by the front desk. The front desk said they tried to call the room to notify us. The phone never rang. And I believe it was because they turned off the phone service because there was no credit card attached to the room. One problem after another continued to cascade into a big deal.

We called pizza hut because we had no idea what had happened. And that is when we learned they sent our pizza away and never notified us. Even Pizza hut tried to call our room and could not get through. We were not told our room phone would not work at Great Wolf because we used debit cards to pay for everything. The management policies here made our stay horrible. What if a family emergency happened and our family could not call us?

The facility is beautiful. It is being managed horribly. It makes the guests feel very bad and the customer service is nonexistent. I was nothing more but a hassle to them, and unless they take a hard look at changing their policies, and improving the customer experience, I wont be back. And I hate to have to say that. The facility is almost magical. But management tarnishes the shine of the place and makes it not memorable or pleasurable.

I have a kid with medical issues and we travel here every two months to see specialists. I sometimes bring my family and we try to make it fun for our kids. I went back and forth between staying here or staying at the Gaylord Texan across the street. I wish I had made a different choice, but when we come in December, it wont be here.

I wanted this experience to be perfect and fun. But management policies were a bur under the saddle and it just kept getting worse until a huge problem erupted.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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43 Thank Juliebork
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Palacios, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

This place is great for the whole family! They have things for all ages. We went during the week and that was best time to go, when we left Saturday there was kids and people Everywhere!!! The water park was a lot of fun!!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

The hotel and rooms were nice, we had a cabin room for the kids (2-3) they both loved the little cabin rooms and bunk beds. The pool was very crowded with only the inside pools open. The last day there they opened the outside pool and was much better. The price was pretty expensive with what you get even with a Groupon. I would take the kids again only with a good groupon deal. As I read in other reviews there are not many elevators and the are centrally located but our room was along way down the hall.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amarillo, Texas
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

My sister and I went with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons - it was amazing! Staff were all so wonderful - we never passed a staff member without them saying "hello". Our grandson had gotten a remote control helicopter, and we needed to open the remote to put in the batteries, which required a small screw driver. I called the front desk to see if we could borrow one, and they sent one of their engineers to our room with his tool kit! It was great!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sue P
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Plano, Texas
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81 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

I love staying there but especially their New Year's Count Down Party is the best. Whole hotel becomes a party place for family. The kids at any age have so much attractions to participate! Their buffet has a good selection. Indoor pool and arcade are big and fun too. Girls would enjoy the nail salon. My children's favorite was quest in the hotel. You can walk around whole hotel except some guest sleeping rooms - that keeps quiet around your sleeping room :-) - and find treasures!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cocobeans88
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49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

Weekend probably wasn't the best time to come. Super busy. The pools were fun, room was nice, staff was very friendly. They need more elevators, we had to ride one up just to go down during peak times. We'll come back but only with a discount and weekday.

Stayed October 2013
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McKinney, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

I was very unhappy with my experience at GWL. Our room had a musty smell and the bathroom was not cleaned very well. I called down to the front desk to have someone either change our room or clean the bathroom. The hotel was sold -out so we could not change rooms and the request was never honored to have the room cleaned. The water park was ok but the water was cloudy. The room temperature of the water park was perfect, my only complaint was that when you leave the water park it is extremely cold when you enter the gift shop. That was not a good experience since the temps were in the high 50's outdoors. It would have been nice not to have the air on in the hotel. I was concerned about my son getting sick because of the drastic change in temperature. The food was HORRIBLE and way overpriced. We ordered a kids chicken tenders meal from the restaurant in the park and a small order of fries and the cost was @12.00 dollars. I was disappointed because we ate cold stale food. We also had to wait 40 min to eat dinner and the bar/grill and the food there was also terrible. The breakfast buffet was 14.00 per person and the food was cold and gross. The beds were very uncomfortable. I did not get a good nights rest. My son is 3 and he did like the arcade. I think he was to young to really enjoy the water park. The customer service was sub par. We spent 12 dollars on a sword for my son, he dropped it and it broke. I went to the location I purchased it from and the clerk told me I needed to wait 5 hours to exchange it. I then went to front desk to ask for a manager and they told me they could not help me because it was not their area. Finally Raven, the retail manager came and took great care of me. I will not go back and spend the amount of money I did. I can go to Chucky Cheese with my son and he will be just as happy.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine

Property: Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
Address: 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
Region: United States > Texas > Grapevine
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 Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Grapevine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine 3.5*
Number of rooms: 402
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