Our family of four (2 adults & 2 children) went to Great Wolf Lodge on a Thursday at 12:45pm and checked in immediately. They have a very large number of carts available to move your luggage up to your room (50+). We had a kid’s cabin room which are only available on Floors 1-4 (resort is 8 floors). Inside, we found a very, very small bathroom area, a kids cabin which housed a set of bunk beds on one side and an additional kids sized bed on the other side. This area had a flat-screen TV on the wall and a small table. The rest of the room had a Queen-sized bed, 2 side tables, a rotating flat-screen TV (with DVD hookup available), small refrigerator, mini microwave, really mini coffee maker, pull-out sofa bed, square dining table with 2 chairs, a coffee table, hotel hair dryer and a fireplace. The open closet had 2 extra (rock-hard) pillows and a warm blanket. There was also a very small safe in the wall for valuables.
Our room had great blackout curtains (for naps). We brought 2 sound machines which were very useful because we had kids running overhead after 11pm and loud music coming from cars in the parking lot at 6:45am (not cool). The room looked clean at first but as we inspected things, it was not so clean…Our tub had someone’s black hairs left around the side, dirt still around the plug, do they shampoo the rugs ever?, dining room table sticky from past occupants, cobwebs and dust in kids cabin area…bring Clorox wipes… did I mention the rugs? Ugh! Wear your socks.
Despite these things, I saw no bugs of any kind.
The fridge is a standard size mini-fridge with a very, very small freezer area. I recommend bringing a cooler of food. The room was also very dark (bring night lights). Plugs are on the wall behind the TV.
Your water park wristband is hooked to your credit card so you can use it to purchase goods, food, services without having to leave your room with your cash/credit cards. I think alcohol purchases do require a photo ID.
We did the Magic Quest game and it was a lot of fun. The act of getting the wand and having it activated was excrutiatingly painful as we waited in 2 lines for over 50 minutes in a store packed with children brimming with excitement. Patience is a needed companion at this hotel. There are many children running around unsupervised, cutting, pushing and generally being quite annoying. I would be prepared if I were you…
Like other reviews have noted, the Pizza was delicious. There is no room service at this hotel. At the water park, there is mostly fried, unhealthy foods available and without a cabana, you must find a chair or table around the park. There is a store inside the park with bathing suites, flip-flops, etc., but be warned 1 pair of goggles cost us $25.00 (for a child).
Prices are high and so is the chlorine content of the water. My daughter swallowed some of the water and was sick for hours (pack Tums just in case). The water was luke-warm, kiddie pool was great for those under 4. Life jackets are available by the kiddie section but kids really don’t want to wear them for too long (quite bulky). Our cabana was awesome but there are definitely not enough available. You have to call ahead to reserve ($89) and you have access to the park from 9am to 9pm on your reserved day(s). It comes with flat screen TV, dining table and 4 chairs, 2 lounge chairs, towels, safe, a refrigerator stocked with complimentary drinks and a computer screen where you can order food and have it brought to you. I would not go to this place without a cabana if you can get it.
We enjoyed it – I recommend experiencing it at least one time – the kids love, love, love it!!! All told we spent $550 for less than 24 hours (and we brought our own food).
Quick tip: - McDonald’s is an easy option right off the exit for Great Wolf Lodge
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Centralia
- Great Wolf Resort
- Great Wolf Lodge Centralia, Washington