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Great Wolf Lodge
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355   |  
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“Really expensive, but kids will love it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Stayed over Columbus Day weekend, so the place was very busy. It is extremely expensive, but my 8 yo son literally opened and closed the water park every day. Despite the busy weekend, the water park didn't seem obnoxiously crowded, though late arrivers had a hard time finding chairs. The front desk, housekeeping and restaurant staff were exceptional. Water Park staff were good overall - mostly teen staff so a few grumps were not unexpected :-) Buffet was wonderful (for a buffet!) and fairly priced. Room (log cabin) was large and clean, but my son said the bunks were uncomfortable - plastic mattress covered by thin sheet. I'd highly recommend bringing a thick mattress pad to make it a bit comfier. Kids of all ages (toddler to teens) were thoroughly enjoying themselves. We never did the magic wand game, bowling or mini golf, but people seemed to be really enjoying them. We did the arcade - think Chuck E Cheese :-) Despite the price, my son had so much fun that we will very likely return.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I took the grandkids back to great wolf for the second time and had a great time. We stayed in a wolf den room. The room has a small room inside the suite with bunk beds and a tv for the kids. We checked in at 12 on Friday and our room was ready. We spent about 4 hours in the waterpark and the kids had a ball in the wave pool and the waterslides. We tried the bowling and the arcade which the kids loved. Instead of eating dinner in the hotel we drove about 2 miles to the pocono brewing company and had a nice meal there. Its a very nice place. When we came back to the hotel the kids went trick or treating at spots they had set up in the hotel. The next day we went to the waterpark for 4 hours and checked out at 2 oclock as I had paid 50 dollars for a late checkout. All in all it is a little expensive but it is nice and the kids love it.

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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Great Wolf Lodge has a fantastic indoor water park that truly has something for everyone.
This is mostly a family place, no romance to be found here, just good old fashion splashy fun.
The rooms are very pricey. Now I understand that this includes the water park admission but even factoring that in the rooms are pricey.
The rooms are big and clean so you are getting a very high quality experience for your dollar.
The food at the restaurants is middle of the road (TGIF/Chili's) type fare and is only marked up a bit considering where you are.
There are plenty of places to eat off-site if you want to get out of your swimsuit.
I have been here four times and the lodge consistently delivers a fun experience so I do recommend it but with the caveat that it is an expensive time.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

U would think rooms would ne more sound proof. Everynite it sounds like elephants running over my room. Last night was till 130 am....I know its a kid place but it would be nice if my kids could sleep before 1 or 2 am......paid alot of money to stay up all night

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We are a family of four with 2 kids ages 9 and 6 who stayed 2 nights (Oct. 6th & 7th) at Great Wolf Lodge. A beautiful resort! We stayed in a standard suite which we found perfect in size, cleanliness and proximity to the waterpark. Check-in was smooth and we so much appreciated that our wrist bands also opens our room door, and "charge card"! Brilliant! We spent the majority of our time enjoying the waterslides so did not explore the other resort activities. The room has a small fridfe and microwave and we took advantage of that by stocking it up with finger foods and drinks. Did try the breakfast buffet and it was not worth the price we paid for it... Very good and a large supply of different kinds of breakfast foods, but the kids were full with one muffin which turned out to an expensive muffin as it was about 12$ per adult and 8$ per child. So my advice, use the little fridge and microwave - bring food. Very impressed with the staff. The lifeguards are vigilant and constantly moving. Adults can enjoy a few minutes in the adult warm pool with a drink. The kids had so much fun, my daughter mentionned she would like Great Wolf Lodge to become a yearly tradition. Smart kid!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

I've been there three times. The kids love it and look foward to this trip every year. the pricing is a bit extreme but at the end when you see the kids having a good time , its worth it. The food is defenitly over priced so we actually either bring grocerys with drinks and snack and breakfast, and for lunch and dinner we go outside the resort where the food is at least half the price with more choices. Now with the smell of chlorine in the water park area I give them a zero! With the amount they charge for the stay they should be able to upgrade there ventilation system. If your there for a long period of time with no brake your chest gets tight and you begin to weeze like ashtma symptoms...... and I never ever suffered from asthma. Appeareance is good. Its not bad at all. I read some people complaining about the noise of kids running around at night.....................REALLY?.........Its a resort with a water park and tons of kids. Plus they have that wizard game they all play at night once the water park is closed. they love it. If your gonna worry about kids making noise , then it won't be for you. for the most part everyone adheres to the curfew. So to recap: Appearance-good, Staff-good, pricing-not so good, chlorine smell-bad, kid having fun- excellent.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We went to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos this past weekend for 3 days/2 nights. We have 2 kids, 7 and 2 years old, and we reserved the Kid Camp room. Everything in the resort, including the waterpark, is very neat and clean - which is impressive given the number of little kids there and the fact that people are eating all over the place in the waterpark. Let's start with the room: It was spacious, with bunk beds for the kids in a little area decorated like a tent. They loved the concept (and the fact that they had their own TV in their "tent"). The room was very comfortable, with not only the beds but a seating area (couch/tables), and a table and chairs for eating. Also the room had a microwave and a small fridge, so if you wanted you could bring food and heat it up. On the decor: In general the decor is "lodge." I get the concept, but it means that the decor is brown: brown in the rooms, brown in the lobby, brown on the outside, so to me it looks kind of drab. It's not that it's in bad shape or dirty or anything, it's just, well, aesthetically non-pleasing. But the kids liked it, and really this resort is about the kids having fun.

So, on the waterpark: The waterpark had great activities for all ages. For our 2 year old there were small, shallow pools and small waterslides that she could handle (and loved); and on the other hand there were huge, 3-story tall waterslides that our 7 year old loved (and my husband and I enjoyed the big ones too!). There is a pool with a big plastic snake that kids can climb on, and a "lilly pad" attraction where you jump from floating pad to floating pad while trying not to fall in the water. There is also a wave pool, gentle enough in the shallow end for our 2-year old to play and fun enough in the deep end for the 7-year old to enjoy. I was impressed by how clean the waterpark itself was. They provide towels, and there is a changing room with showers, a snack bar, and a bar. The wristband system is very convenient, because you can charge food and drinks to your room with your waterproof wristband, so you don't have to bring your wallet to the waterpark. The lifeguards were hypervigilant (in a good way), and the park is set up in such a way that the little kids can't easily wander away from the shallow pool area to deeper areas. Generally it was very safe, clean, and everyone was courteous. The waterpark is of course why you go, and it's worth it.

On the restaurants: My best advice is to bring your own food as much as possible (see note above about microwave, fridge, and table/chairs in room). The food prices are too expensive for what it is (Disney-style pricing, I'd say). The first night we had dinner in the buffet restaurant in the lobby: $20 per adult and $10 per kid, and the food was cafeteria-quality (though we all enjoyed the chocolate fountain for dessert). The second night we got take-out from the resort's own pizza shop, which was actually pretty good (we ate in our room), and we also got wings from the Pizza Hut Express, which were good. We ate lunches and snacks at the snack bar at the water park - first day I spent $8 on a cup of fruit and a Diet Coke. Convenient, but overpriced. We check out the sweets shop (in the same place as the Pizza Hut Express) - everything looked completely delectable, but a cupcake cost $8! (Granted, it was big, but still...)

On the other activities: We went to the lobby at 8pm for the story time and the "show" where a bunch of animatronic animals come to life and talk/sing. It was ok, a little weird, trying to be Disney-esque (again with the lodge theme, which just seems forced), but it doesn't come across very well. Our 2 year old enjoyed it, but the 7 year old thought it was dumb (I agreed with her). Same applied for the reading of the story by a staff member with a big fuzzy character. We didn't do the MagicQuest game (at $28/kid for a wand, it just seemed like a rip-off). We did go to the Cub Club, where our kids painted magnets (for $5, that's reasonable) and spent some time hanging out and playing.

On the room price: We went on Columbus Day weekend, and paid $400/night for our room. I have to say this price is a bit ridiculous. I realize that the price covers the waterpark, and the rooms are big and everything is clean and well taken care of, but it still seems inflated. Note that even though check-in isn't until 4pm, you can go to the waterpark starting at 1pm on the day you check in, and you can stay at the waterpark until closing on the day you check out. Also prices vary depending on when you go - it was much less to go in the middle of the week, but we could only go on the weekend.

So in the end we had a great time. The water park is really a blast for all ages, plenty to entertain all of us from toddler to adult. Also the water park hours are great (9am-9pm when we were there). The staff were all really nice, helpful and friendly. We will definitely go back (my older daughter asked to go there for her birthday next year), but we will probably only stay for 1 night instead of 2 (3 days at the waterpark was 1 day too many for me), and we will bring some of our own food to combat the money bleed that starts as soon as you walk in. The location is very convenient for us for a weekend away (we live in NJ and it's ~1 hour away from us), and even this short weekend felt like a fantastic vacation.

Room Tip: The Kid Camp room has bunk beds for 2 kids in an area decorated like a tent; my 2 kids loved this. I...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Address: 1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Pocono Mountains Region > Scotrun
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 Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Scotrun
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Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
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