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Great Wolf Lodge
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870   |  
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Ranked #11 of 34 hotels in Sandusky
Elyria, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A nice Escape from the Ordinary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The family visited back in August and it was great. Our 6 year old couldn't get enough of the indoor water park, and our 2 year old loved going outside. The zero entry pool and mini geysers were all the little one needed. The storytime was a treat for my wife and little one, while our oldest and I hit the slides once more before bed. There is so much space in the rooms that we all spread out and relaxed. Definitely going back again. A lot of choices for food within a 5 minute drive of the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Belle River, Ontario, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We went with another family. We ended up with symptoms of bedbugs as confirmed by our doctor and which were found in our room BTW. Great Wolf and AmerSpec their insurance company were slow to react and have never made good on their promises. We will never return. We also found the water park to be chilly. Kids had a great time. The arcade is nice.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Spring TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you have never been to a Great Wolf Lodge and Waterpark, you are missing out! They have everything you need, under one roof. The restaurants are great, they have an arcade, a nail salon for kids, Starbucks, Ice cream shop, pizza by the slice, awesome decor, any and everything you would need. Our room was great - we have three kids and they love the little "cabin" that was especially for them (built in the main room). Fireplace, refrigerator, couch, queen bed, table, chairs, coffee table made up the rest of the room. Large enough that you do not feel confined at all. The water park is indoors and connected to the main lodge. When warm enough, there is also a huge outdoor pool. The employees are awesome and very good at their job. From the minute you check in until the time you leave, you are treated like royalty. If you have kids, please don't pass up on The Great Wolf Lodge!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I agree with other posters' reviews that this GWL is a lot smaller than the one in Niagara. The rooms are similar but the lobby area and the waterpark are quite smaller with a lot less to do.

Ate at one of the restaurants and it was good and kids ate free which was a bonus. There are plenty of restaurants in the area if you decide to venture out of the resort.

The waterpark and the water temperature was awful...COLD! We were shivering most of the time and couldn't wait to get back to our room for a hot shower to warm up. And the lifeguards...all young kids who looked like they wanted to be somewhere else. No real safety measures put in place either for the waterpark....it was a free for all. Parents drinking beer everywhere and i mean everywhere, no height measurement required...nothing. Like I said, a free for all.

The beds are awful. Hard and uncomfortable and the pillows are brutal. My neck was so sore the next morning...honestly, we've never had a worse night sleep.

All in all it was just ok...kids had fun which is the most important part. But they too were a bit disappointed and said how it was much different from the Niagara Falls GWL.

Would we stay @ this GWL again....definitely a no...there is no way I would ever sleep in those beds ever again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tiffin, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here on the 20th of October for the first time. Check in was very easy as well as checking out. Room was clean as well as the balcony. We were on the 4th floor and had vaulted ceilings which made the room feel bigger than it was. The beds were a little hard with nice fluffy pillows. Water park is geared more to smaller kids, but my 12 yo daughter and her 11 yo friend ended up having a blast. Draw back was they weren't allowed to go into the water park on their own,which didnt help out with the adults not feeling well. Also there is a seating deck over the Manitoba hot tubs, which keeps the air stuffy and hot without really being able to relax and made the water seem a lot hotter than what would be considered comfortable for a hot tub. We didn't eat here as the food was very expensive for our budget, however there are plenty of stores and food places within a 2 mile radius. Would consider coming here again, but it really is geared for children younger than mine.

Room Tip: Get something on the 4th floor if you can.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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oshawa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This resort is alot smaller then the one in niagara falls.But this ones alot cheaper. Room was nice and clean. Beds were really comfy. Do not waste your money buying any food at this resort, expensive and not good. There is lots places to eat close by. And the is a Meijers right beside it. Had good time but wont be coming back., just a little to far.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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columbus,oh
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Reservation process non eventful.(Silly resort fee of 9.99 per day for really nothing. Basically a guest shakedown fee. They need to just build this cost in the room rate.) Since this is one of the smallest Great Wolfs and slow during the Cedar Point Off Season. free kids meals and one of the lowest room rates in the Chain are a benefit. Check In was good with no lines. First Floor Room near Waterpark. Room was ok with some wear and tear from a high volume hotel. Microwave and Refrigerator not in the best condition. Waterpark is ok but small that the giant Kalahari. Well run waterpark. Limited features compared to other Great Wolfs. No Magic Quest.Lots of kids activities. Food options limited with not all places open all the time in the hotel Hotel is onlu open weekends this time of year. Employees working 15 hour days to get all their time in for the week. They get grumpy later in the week.. Didnt get much sleep from noisy rooms nearby.Basically a small waterpark hotel that seems well run except for software issues during the weekend that caused all sorts of problems when paying by room card or gift card.

Room Tip: 4th floor if no room noise is needed. 1st floor if you want to be near waterpark.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870
Location: United States > Ohio > Sandusky
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Sandusky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
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