My family and I booked a night at Fort Rapids since it was in between my home in Pittsburgh and my mom and brother's homes in Cincinnati. We liked the fact they had a suite available with 4 bedrooms (including one with just a bunk bed in it). Our kids are all between the ages of 5-10 so we thought they would burn off some energy at the waterpark before settling down for a movie after dinner and some early Christmas presents.
We were a litte nervous before going since some of the reviews on Trip Advisor were pretty rough. However, we encountered none of the problems mentioned. I think the key may be staying in the "villas" which are obviously much newer than the original "main" hotel. I believe the hotel was/is the Holiday Inn East.
Check in and check out were uneventful. Front desk staff were prompt and helpful.
Our room was clean and comfortable. Pillows were lumpy but acceptable. Room had a small fridge, microwave and dryer. One bedroom had two double beds, and two others had one king each. One king bedroom is in the loft while the other two had full privacy. 3 full baths. Also, sofa had a fold out bed. Nice gas fireplace too.
We did not eat at the hotel but the food looked and smelled decent enough. The bar area was OK though the beer selection was boring.
Arcade is of decent quality. Basically a way to suck $20 out of a family in about 15 minutes!
The waterpack is just fine, particularly for families with kids our age. It was very comparable to the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio. Our kids played for 3 hours straight. Waterpark appeared clean and water temp was good.
The bottom line is this place is nothing special but definitely not bad. We will likely return.
Again, stay in the villas.
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