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“Great getaway for family and adults” 5 of 5 stars
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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870   |  
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Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Sandusky
London, Ontario, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great getaway for family and adults”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Had such a great stay, decided to stay an extra night. Hotel was huge so be prepared to do alot of walking! Found short cuts through the hotel after the first day. There is a Walmart, dollar store and shopping within a mile of the resort and right on 250 so easy to get there, so best to load up on treats and drinks there otherwise pop will will cost you 3.00 each at the vending machines. All in all resort was busy but didn"t feel like it because its so large, but waterpark was generally empty at 9am when it opens, walked on all slides without a wait, so thats the best time to head there. 3 hot tubs were great, kids were allowed in them(6yrs and older) but was not a problem. found a pool that was quieter on the backside of the resort, but was more like a very large hottub because the water was so warm, but nice if u want to get away from the crowd. outdoor area closed fairly early 7pm, would like to have seen extended hrs...but the resort itself exceeded my expectations..would definitely go again. Tons of stuff to keep the kids busy and felt safe letting them roam on their own.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Thank you for the awesome review! Getting to the Waterpark earlier in the morning is a great way to ensure getting on the slides and rides quicker. Great thinking. How fun that you were able to sneak away to a quieter hot tub near the back of the Waterpark. It is so nice that we were able to exceed your expectations. We thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Stayed here for a convention with family and friends. First visit in 10 years - they have added so much to the waterparks. Unique experience with a lot to do but pricey to stay multiple days for the convention (bigger discount would be nice). We had fun in the waterparks. So much to pick from! Kids will love it. The convention area is big, clean and comfortable- Excellent convention area. The food is pricey but good. Planning will help with your trip, especially with the food. The restaurant with the breakfast buffet had over an hour wait so we had to settle for muffins in the store. My only real complaint was the patio light in our room stayed lit all night and kept me awake. Most of the staff were friendly and greeted me. Several asked if I needed anything. Nice to have everything under one roof so we did not need to leave during our stay. Could not figure out the room thermostat, no directions posted, but the temp was okay. Overall an enjoyable experience with friends and family and a great convention center!

Room Tip: The condo rooms in the back. May want to pick a room closer to the waterpark. Although the indoor...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Wow! You must have been here close to when the Resort opened. I am so glad you were able to see the Waterpark expansion and all of the awesome revamping we have done to the Resort. I am happy you were able to take a look at our Convention Center. It's an experience! I am sorry you had to settle on a muffin after the line at the buffet was too long. Overall, I am thrilled you had such a wonderful experience. We'll see you soon. Take care!
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Lambertville, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Great resort, clean Water park and excellent food, but be prepared to shell out the bucks for not only the room but games and food as well. We had a great time but I felt like after paying $750 for the room maybe they could cut us some slack on the food and the games. Everything was so expensive, even a few carrots for the animals cost $10. People are already spending so much for the rooms so whats the harm in making everything else reasonable??

Room Tip: The suites are great but honestly we were only in our room to sleep!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to fill out a review on Kalahari Resort in Ohio. If you're looking at saving a little from your wallet during your visit, besides free admission to America's Largest Indoor Waterpark, we offer a variety of other activities, including free cookie decorating in the lobby everyday! I hope you had a good time seeing all of the animals in the Animal Park. Take care and keep an eye out on the website for specials!
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Goshen, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had an awesome time from my 1 year old to my 7 year old. It is a fun place, the service is very friendly and helpful. The rooms very clean and the bathtub is huge!!! We are coming back again for sure!!!

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Temperance, Michigan, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

LOVE IT, so much do to. The best little zoo where you can touch the animals unlike real zoos. Great food, expensive, but good. Awesome waterpark inside & out. Waterslides are amazing, if you like a thrill go on the Tanzanian Twister, terrifying. Great baby pool area. Love the rooms, bed, especially the pillows, Im going to try and find some like those. It is a very big place, so bring your walking shoes & be prepared to walk a couple of miles. I HIGHLY recommend Kalahari in Sandusky OH. I love it so much. You should totally go :)

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Wow! I am so thrilled to hear you are in LOVE with Kalahari Resort. I am sure the animals at our animal park enjoyed being around all of you as much as you enjoyed being around them, and even petting them! You are right, the Tanzanian Twister is a pretty thrilling ride! I'm glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like we'll be seeing you again soon. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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Woodhaven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Great place to take older children5-19 years...love the swimming areas..love the tubes..love this place!Village suite is super!Bring breakfast food..you have a full kitchen...pizza there is awesome too!

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Groveport, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I took my family to Kalahari to do something together and it was such a blast. My grandson who is 3 loved the water and the kid stuff and also the pools and kids slides. We had such an amazing time and for sure we will be back. Everyone there goes out of their way to make you feel welcome....what a great experience

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
It sounds like you and your family all had a wonderful time during your visit to Kalahari Resort. I am so glad everyone was able to find something to do and that your 3 year old grandson had an awesome time playing in the kids area. We are so thrilled to hear you will be returning to our Resort so we can make your quality family time even more special than before. Take care!
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Additional Information about Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Address: 7000 Kalahari Drive, 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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Sandusky
#2 Business Hotel in Sandusky
#4 Romantic Hotel in Sandusky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kalahari Resorts & Conventions 3.5*
Number of rooms: 884
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalahari Resorts Sandusky provides water parks, Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, indoor/outdoor water park, catering/wedding facilities, spa, salon, fitness training in fitness center, dining options, and more.Over 850 beautifully appointed authentic African-themed guest rooms and suites offer coffeemaker, vacation sized refrigerator, microwave, free high speed Internet access, voice mail, TV, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, pay per view movies, and much more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kalahari Waterpark Resort
Kalahari Hotel Ohio
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