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“Spacious Rooms, Nice Amenities”
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Great Wolf Lodge
Ranked #12 of 75 Hotels in Wisconsin Dells
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
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“Spacious Rooms, Nice Amenities”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We went to The Dells for my brother’s wedding. He reserved a block of rooms at Great Wolf Lodge and we booked one. Our room was generously sized with a small outdoor balcony. It had two queen sized beds and full size couch as well. There was also a mini-frig and a microwave. The décor was nice and it was quiet as well. The attached water park looked nice, but we were busy with wedding activities and did not use it. Which leads me to my only complaint; the water park is an automatic charge, despite there being a separate pass for its use. If you have kids and plan to enjoy the water park, this is a very nice place and a good value. If you don’t plan on playing in the water, it’s a nice place at a decent price.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brookfield, IL
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

I reviewed several hotels in the Dells to find a place with attractions for my 1 and 3 year old children, a place that had fun things to do for my husband and I and that was all in one place.

TLDR: get on the mailing list, get a room rate that's on sale or a special deal. Paying full price may not be worth it BUT that being said with 2 little kids it was perfect.

Water park: there are 3 indoor areas and all 3 are fun. there is a few nice areas just for little kids. the Racoon Lagoon and wave pool are right next to the BEST!! water slides for adults so we would take turns going down grown up slides while the kids played happily in the shallow waters. I have only been to one other waterpark in my life so I may not be the best to review this park, but it was fun and had lots of options and it had lockers and a bar.

Dining: the Loose Moose pub service was good and the food was just as good as any pub food. We had the pizza delivered to our room and it was just as good as pizza hut or dominoes. All the prices were reasonable ($40 for 2 kids, 2 entrees and 2 beers). The beers were big ($5) ! There is a candy/coffee/ice cream shop and it was yummy, and charming. the staff gave me a free cup :)

Hotel: The room was clean, it had a fridge and small kitchen sink and microwave. We had a themed patio suite. I got it on a "special" so it was $167 a night. Room 174, it was a bit of a walk to the lobby but close to the Magic quest games. Higher numbered rooms are further from the main lobby. Everyone that worked here was nice. They are even sending back my forgotten camera via UPS.

PERKS: They have coloring activities and kid friendly decorations in the lobby. We got a Puppy Paws Pass, and it was worth it to have little activities to do around the hotel The arcade was a bit of a rip off but this place was my son's absolute favorite part of the whole place. If you are going to go back there a few times over your stay, go ahead and do the highest number of credits on your playing card and save the money instead of putting a few dollars on here and there, we spent a good amount of time in there and I wish I would've just put the $50 and got the deal on the play points at the beginning!!

The Magic Quest Game was $32 for a wand and access to both Magic and Shadow Quest games. The game was really fun and interesting for me and my husband and enough to keep our 3 year old entertained. When you wave your wand at objects around the hotel they move around and light up. If just my husband and I were to play it we could've completed it in the 3 days we were there but with my son and daughter we were only able to complete 6 quests. We thought it was worth it if you actually finish the game. If you have little ones, save some money and just get the cheap wand and just the shadow quests.

Pros: the room was adequate, the beds were comfy and my kids loved the bunk beds. The arcade was fun for my 3 year old, lobby activities made the stay great, great hotel staff, waterpark was clean and easy to get around with little kids, we were able to park right outside our room's patio door and we didn't really have to leave the hotel because we had all we needed there. And parking was super convenient. Get the paw pass, its $60 or $40 and getting the stuff on the pass is fun.

Cons: tiny hotel bathroom, parents couldn't go down bigger slides with their kids so my son wasn't able to get up enough nerve to go down alone, the "build a bear" workshop was just a lady in the lobby and so was the "cub club" It was advertised as something special but it wasn't.

Room Tip: lower numbers are close to the lobby, first floor rooms have access to arcade, pool, magic quest wit...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Knowle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This was our second trip to the Dells and the main reason we made a detour of a few hundred miles to visit again was Great Wolf Lodge. As a smaller party this time we went for Kids Cabin Suite for 6 and were not disappointed. The children loved the cabin - its a great solution and means you don't need two rooms if you don't want to go to bed at the same time as your children!

Improvements since our last visit:
- The water temperature nice and warm
- The grill now offers a good range of vegis with the kids meals
- Kids activities in the lounge now include a mini disco, colouring, face paints and balloon modelling in the early evening
- Check in was significantly improved including an on-line option

Things which were as great as last time.
- Scoops spa - brilliant once again
- Magi quest - hours of fun for boys and girls
- Whole place was extremely clean
- Fab breakfasts

The only slight down side was that our room faced towards one of the rides which was lit up at night and a couple of times it did feel like close encounters with lights coming in through the curtains - but it is a minor point.

This time we went to a timeshare type promo one morning - we had no intention of buying we live in the UK so it was pointless for us - but sitting through an hours presentation gave us $100 of vouchers to spend at GWL which bought us a nice dinner for 4 in the grill and the kids had the rest to spend in the shop. They also gave us a gift card for use in external restaurants but we couldnt use it as you have to register on-line and print out vouchers etc which wasnt really doable as we were on vacation but hey who cares we had a free meal!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Mankato, Minnesota
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We have stayed at this lodge twice already, and each stay was wonderful! Both times we slept in the Wolf Den, which has bunk beds inside what looks like a small doghouse for the kids, with tv included. The room is great, and the beds are very comfortable. It has a porch too, which is nice. The room was always very clean. The water park is very clean, and comfortable to be in: it's not a loud place, and the rides/pools are nice and fun, not crazy, like you would find at bigger water parks. The lodge also has Cub Club most of the time in the lobby: friendly staff ready to play with the kids with all kinds of neat stuff, like animal balloons, face painting, drawing, crafts, etc. Kids get excited every time they see them! The lodge also has a kids spa, where children can have their finger and toe nails done in a kids decorated atmosphere. The restaurant has great food for both kids and adults, and they even give wolf's ears to the kids. Food is delicious and healthy too. The lodge also has a souvenir store with all kinds of neat stuff, plus they offer a very unusual array of kids tattoos. Finally, every night they have story time and a very unique show, where kids are invited to show up in their pajamas. My wife and I stayed with our 6 and 10-year old girls, and we all had a great time.

Room Tip: If you have young kids, try getting the Wolf Den: it's the best!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2013

We just happened to book a fireplace family room here and we were just blown away! We decided, last minute, to get outta dodge for MEA and came to the dells with the kids. The indoor water park was so big! We were just loving the climbing and different water fun for our children (7,9 and 11) then we found ANOTHER PARK inside the park! We were there for 2 hours before we even realized there was a huge wave pool and a few more slides :) There were a lot of activities for our kids, although we didn't do any of them because the kids just loved the water park. Our room was perfect for what we needed to.... great time.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Liverpool, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Our stay was excellent from the moment we walked into the lobby. Our 3 year old was mesmerised by the story clock and a member of staff instantly offered her a balloon animal before we'd even had a chance to visit the reception Desk, from then on in she was hooked.

Staff: All the staff we encountered during our stay were very helpful and friendly, a special mention has to be made for the Swimming area staff who are extremely vigilant and have to be commended.

Room: Our Hot Tub suite was large, clean with a huge bed providing a very comfortable sleep. All the amenities you would need are available : fridge, kettle, iron, hair-dryer and 2 large tvs.

Facilities: The water park areas are well kept and reside over a large area. We spent most of our time in the large wave pool but the slides for both young and old were excellent.
During our 2 night stay we ate twice in the on-site restaurant which served some excellent food (Steak was outstanding). The bedtime story at the clock was a firm favourite and ideal for any young ones.

Having never been to any Great Wolf Lodges before we were very impressed with our stay in the Wisconsin Dells and will definitely be visiting again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

This is the finest WP in the Dells. We've been coming almost every year for about 10 years. Clean. It's hard to recommend a place when it'll just get more crowded. We've tried them all. Hard to find a deal, but worth it.

Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 1400 Great Wolf Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Wisconsin Dells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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:
#2 Spa Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#15 Family Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 204
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