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Great Wolf Lodge
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051   |  
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Ranked #16 of 18 Hotels in Grapevine
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“Kids loved it at least!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Entering the hotel and seeing my kids' faces was the best part of our vacation. It is definitely designed with kids in mind! I loved the fact that everything was there...even Starbucks! However, the beds were horrible!! I booked the Kids Den and the bunk beds were just fine. The room was suppose to have a queen bed but that was the smallest queen bed I've ever seen. And it was as hard as a rock!! We also used the fold-out couch one night but it was extremely lumpy. The hotel would be 5-star in my opinion if they would change out the beds!

Room Tip: Rooms with a balcony are nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Dierks, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This was our third visit to the Grapevine property. As with the visits in the past, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The rooms were clean and spacious. We had a family suite on the first floor with a patio. I would highly recommend the first floor because the waterpark entrance, food court, and arcade are located on the first floor. The waterpark was enjoyable as always. The water was warm as was the building temperature. The food is a little pricey. We had the breakfast buffet, which was awesome. We also ate at the concession stand in the waterpark. The lodge is a vacation in itself. There are many things to do without leaving. We highly recommend it for a short vacation. It has a safe feeling for the entire family.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

i just spent 2 nights at this place - not by my choice. i was attending a seminar and we were supposed to stay at the Gaylord (same owners we were told) but the Gaylord was overbooked so they dumped us at the Great Wolf. This is a FAMILY oriented resort so why they would put business people here is beyond me. it has a large waterpark which seemed pretty busy and the patrons seemed to enjoy it. great. they WANTED to be there, i didn't.

i hated the place. it has a large waterpark. what i minded was the myriad of people all shapes and sizes all over the lodge in swimwear attire or worse. i was at the snack bar getting food when a man (at least 60) entered shirtless and shoeless with his beer gut hanging out. it was gross. i don't mind that attire if we were at the pool but we were NOT! the only true restaurant was a buffet and again, people dressed completely innappropriately (this is NOT your house, this is a public dining facility). there was a bar upstairs at which food could be ordered but even there, people were walking around shoeless despite signs that stated shoes were required. We had to leave 6:30am. NOTHING was opened for coffee or breakfast. really. all over the place were signs soliciting business people to "hold your next meeting here." The tv in the room was maybe a 25" CRT with crappy reception.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed here with our 9 year old for a weekend get-away. We love water parks, and were very excited to get to visit this indoor park in the middle of winter! It is too bad the Great Wolf Lodge did not live up to our expectations. I would call it average as far as resorts go, and terrible when compared to other water parks, so I averaged it as a "2."

We stayed in a family suite. The sitting area was nice, and there was a microwave a mini fridge. I wish you could see the television from the sitting area, but it is placed between the 2 beds, instead. We brought our own popcorn and snacks, and our own drinks. Bottled water at the park and in the hotel is $2.50 per bottle (about average for theme parks) but you can save some cash by bringing your own and keeping it in the fridge! The hotel was nice, and had lots to offer, but anything beyond the water park was an add-on. Expect to spend about $35 if your kids want to do Magic-Quest, $6 for movies and $5 for the Laser Maze.

We only had the "quick service" meals, and did not try the "Sit Down" meals. The counter service is what I would call typical theme park food and pricing. Chicken tenders, fries, hot dogs, etc. They did have salad and wraps as an option. My husband said the wrap at Chik-Fil-A was far better and less expensive. We spent about $30 for a meal in the water park, and the cheese pizza (a large) was $16.99. The pizza is a typical theme park cardboard pizza. It says they have a Pizza Hut Express, but we were unable to find it! One note - the tables and chairs near the counter service window are taken first thing, so people eating have no where left to sit! There are tables and chairs in the resort outside of the water park in the hallway. But you can also check the far wall on the other side of the wave pool. These are up some stairs, but there were lots of tables open there!

The water park was by far the most disappointing feature! The smell of chlorine is incredibly strong, even for an indoor water park. They use a chlorine and salt-water mix. This should have clued me in right away that we needed to be more careful. Our son, who has not had an asthma attack since he was 7, had two during this trip. The last was severe enough that we did not return to the water park. After that, his asthma did not return, so I am quite certain the chlorine was too strong for him. my husband, who runs 3 to 5 miles a day, was short of breath, and I began having a cough as well.

My son's health issues aside, I was alarmed at the number of young (very small!) children unattended in the hot tubs, as well as the number of attended children in the "Adults Only" hot tub. These areas are not policed by lifeguards, so some take that as an invitation to disregard the rules. There were also several adults drinking in the hot tubs that looked ready to pass out, so I did not consider the hot tubs to be relaxing at all. I brought up my concerns to who I assume was the "manager" of the aquatics center. His name was Terry, and I never knew exactly what he did. He did not seem concerned. The front desk did not seem concerned, either. The lack of concern probably knocked them from average to a 2 in my book.

In short, if you have kids with any kind of respiratory problems, visits for short spurts (2 hours max), go in the summer when you can spend more time outdoors, or, better yet, skip this one entirely. Not counting airfare, we could have stayed on property at Disney World in Orlando, staying at a nice resort, and taken advantage of the water parks there for the same price.

One disclaimer: this was Presidents Day weekend, so I don't know how the crowd level was compared to "normal." More people means more bacteria, which means more chlorine attacking bacteria, which means more chlorine fumes. We've never had a problem with chlorine before, but we've always been outdoors. They would have been better served using Bromine (lest caustic to our respiratory system!) for an indoor park.

Room Tip: 4th floor has the "Character Breakfast" restaurant, but we never noticed obnoxious noise l...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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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san antonio, tx
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Our 3 yr old granddaughter had so much fun in the waterpark, she never wanted to leave. We stayed over a 3 day weekend, but even with all the people the waterpark wasn't too crowded. We ate breakfast and dinner at the buffet, thought it was pretty good. Very good selection for dinner, everything from peel and eat shrimp, fried chcken, pork tenderloin and a good selection of kid friendly food. The room was fine, not the most comfortable bed, but the "tent" for our granddaughter was very cute. we didn't hear noise from the rooms on either side, but everytime someone closed their door or ran down the hall it was very loud. Don't waste your time on storytime; it's really crowded, you can't hear either the animatronic show or the storyteller due to noise from the buffet restaurant which is right next to it. The very large crowd didn't help with the noise, but most was from people eating dinner. Definitely a do over just for the waterpark. It was expensive, but I believe they have specials and groupons.

Room Tip: stay away from the magiquest area
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a great family vacation. We had a King Suite to stay in with our 12 year old. The pull out bed for him was adequate. Our King size bed was very comfortable. The room and bathroom were clean. We did not do the Magic Quest game-12 is too "cool" for that. But the smaller children seemed to be having a blast. The water park was fantastic. Something for all ages and all thrill levels. Lines move quickly and the life guards are all attentive. It's a salt water treatment so no burning eyes from chlorine.
The only downside was the cost of the food. $20 for the dinner buffet for adults is WAY overpriced for the selections available. It's only $5 for kids though. We left the lodge for the rest of our meals. Downtown Grapevine is really cool. Lots of good restaurants to choose from.
All in all we had a good experience and will probably be back.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monahans, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Great getaway if you kids! 5 of us stayed in one of their KidCabin Themed Suite (Sleeps Max 7). Our 3rd floor room had a Balcony. 3015 This rm has a day bed in the kids section with the bunk beds. It also has a Comfy Queen bed & a Not so Comfy Full-size sofa sleeper. There are 2 Tv's in these rooms. A Small one in the kids section! A 27" box style one in the main section. The pillows are hard! Now with all that said... This is still a Great Place to have some Fun! Lot's to do in this Hotel! The Staff & Lifeguards are Very Friendly & keep a good eye on All the children! The indoor water park is Fun for All ages! Perfect temperature year round. Great arcade with lots of different type game! I will defiantly go back.

Room Tip: Pillows were hard, so you might want to bring some from home. Also the room has a small fridge so yo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
Location: United States > Texas > Grapevine
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 Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 18 Hotels in Grapevine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 402
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