When you walk through the doors you are greeted by a craftmans style cozy atmosphere with House on the Rock elements.
Wife & I had stayed across the road at the Don Q seven years ago when our oldest was 1, but this place had more to offer in the pool area for all three of the kids we have now.
The reservation portion of the website was down when I tried to make our reservation so I called the hotel 800 number direct and made it with them. No problem. Got the same Tour & Stay rate as was on the website. There were 6 of us, wife & I, three kids (8,5,3) and my grandma. We got a deluxe double queen room which means two queen beds and a sofa hide-a-bed. I priced the room and the tour tickets separately where our 3 yr old would be too young to pay admission to House on the Rock, but it was cheaper to get the hotel's Tour & Stay package and the 3yr old have a ticket.
We arrived later than I had hoped as I had promised the kids they could swim when we got there. To my surprise the pool area is open til 11pm Thank goodness!!
Check in was a breeze, they had our tour tickets ready, a map of the hotel with highlighted places. He offered info on pool times, breakfast location, etc. Checkout staff was just as pleasant.
The pool area is open 7am - 11pm and also has a game room. The decor is a submarine in a coral reef and the coral rises above you. There are pool towels available. The water on the starboard side of the sub is 6 inches deep perfect for real little ones. Now on the port side the water is 15 inches. This is where the two short water slides come out of the sub. We were there on an Oct weekend and it didn't seem crowded. The most kids I counted at once was Sat evening 13 of them playing around the sub and my three got plenty of sliding / playing in. There is a hot tub nestled in the coral and also a regular pool for the older crowd. In the summer they also have an outdoor pool.
The lobby has a grand fireplace and there is a second fireplace in the sitting area off the lobby that overlooks the pool area through glass windows. The bar / lounge area is the only place to smoke in the building. It also has a player piano going that can be heard throughout the lobby. The public restrooms in the lobby and lower level sport collections as in the House on the Rock -check them out. There is a gift shop that sells all shapes & sizes of swim suits, flip flops, swim diapers, goggles, etc. So don't worry if you forget any.
Room was clean and adaquate. Towels where large and thick. We were on the lower level. Building is like a walkout on one side so we had a ground level balcony. Our room had a sink in the bathroom and one in the vanity in the room. High ceilings. Hair dryer but no in room coffee maker.
At the vending area near our room there is a popcorn vending machine with a built in microwave. You buy a bag out of the machine and pop it right there. Kids loved that.
Now somehow the continental breakfast surprised me. Either I didn't see they had one in the research I did, or I had forgotten. Anyway its served for 2 hours. Its cereal, donuts, small muffins, bagels, toast, juice, & coffee. It is what it is.
Not a single piece of fruit at breakfast.
Some really sharp edges inside submarine.
No pad at bottom of slides. Our daughter got some good scrapes.
We seemed to see staff around quite frequently
If you stay at the North Lodge, it is not connected. Its about 200 yds on the other side of the neighboring restaurant.
For dinner time menus of local restaurants available at front desk.
Our Tour & Stay pkg worked out great and our stay was very nice. When going again to House on the Rock, we would definitly stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The House on the Rock Inn has something for everyone. There is virtually any room style available from family suites to a standard room. A submarine-themed play pool for the kids stands next to a swimming pool for all ages, or relax by the fireplace in the plush lounge. And of course the cozy rooms make for the ideal conclusion to a fun filled day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The House On The Rock Hotel Dodgeville
- Hotel On The Rock
- House Of The Rock Wi
- The House On Rock Inn