We stayed at Fort Rapids with a school group. The waterpark itself was great fun. Some fantastic slides, nice pools, a nice arcade section, etc. It is more than I would normally expect for an indoor waterpark. Absolutely no complaints with this. The hotel itself is a different discussion entirely.
We had an individual room in the "tower" section of the hotel while most of the kids shared a couple of rooms in the suite section. The suites were very nice and seemed very well kept and equiped. However, the tower section is severly overdue for a renovation. The first room we checked into had several issues. We went to use the supplied hair dryer (attached to the room wall) which promptly shorted out and smoked. The faucet in the sink leaked notably all over the counter-top when turned on, the room furniture was a mix of "well used" and un-usable. So we requested a new room. The second room was in better shape. However, it became very apparent that the electrical system in the tower is way over-taxed. As it was, the supplied micro-wave and mini-fridge were not working due to the GFCI being tripped and not working. The in-room coffee maker had to be moved to use a different outlet (the one the TV - CRT incidentally, at least 10 years old - was on). This outlet was the only one on the entire wall (no longer allowed with current electrical code) and had a six outlet extender on it to make everything workable in the room. The beds were basic, but reasonably comfortable. The doors also were showing their age.
The staff seemed sincerely interested in making our stay a good one. No complaints and they were quick to attempt to correct things as much as they could.
The in-hotel resteraunt food was acceptable and not too terribly high priced (for hotel fair), but the service was very slow.
Overall, I would suggest the following - if you can afford a suite, then an overnight stay should be very enjoyable. Otherwise, find a nearby hotel and stay there and by a day pass (if that is possible) into the water park itself. You will feel better about it overall and enjoy yourtrip better that way.
- Also Known As:
- Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Hotel Columbus
- Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Hotel
- Fort Rapids
- Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort Columbus, Ohio
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