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“Third Visit, and Still Recommend!” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Dallas, Texas
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“Third Visit, and Still Recommend!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

I reviewed this place last year on our first visit, and most of the details are pretty much the same as far as the room, food, and water park.

This time, we were a smaller group for the first few days and wanted to save some $, so we got a cheaper room for 2 nights, then switched to the KidKabin with the bunk beds for the last night. I believe we had the Family Suite first - 2 Queen beds, and a little separate living area with a foldout couch. I think the Queen beds in this room were more comfortable and not as hard as the one in the KidKabin, for what it's worth.

We were very impressed on how smoothly the room change went - we were allowed to stay in our first room until the second was ready, and had no problems.

We were there Fourth of July weekend, and had some rain, so the indoor part could get pretty crowded. It was bearable until the wave pool got started - the lifeguards are good, but you must keep an eye on younger ones in there regardless of how well they swim. The wave pool was lined wall to wall with tubes, and once my 9 yr old had a difficult time finding a place to come up for air.

One downside is that they had to close some areas periodically because of little ones pooping and on one occasion vomiting. While not pleasant to think about, I think GWL handled it appropriately, but we had not encountered this on either of our previous visits.

The room rates over the holiday weekend were horrendous - had we been able to go any other time we would have.

Overall, it's a wonderful fun time for kids, probably as close to "Disney-like" as you will get in TX. But go during the week if you can.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

We took my Girl Scout troop to GWL for a summer outing. Our girls are 1st and 2nd graders and they had a great time. The service was exceptional in most parts of the resort. The prices are high, but we ordered pizza in and brought our own snacks and drinks. You can bring coolers full of food to house in your room if you want. We did eat at the breakfast buffet and it was good. If you have dinner in the Moose Lodge then you get Wolf ears so plan for that. They are not included with breakfast which is in the same location.

The only negatives that I have to say about the resort are that the chlorine levels in the water park are extreme. Just walking in there will knock you over. My eyes as well as the eyes and lungs of all who went with us were in pain. It is very hard to breathe in there and when you are already using a lot of energy, it makes it very hard to breathe without passing out. Also if you plan to ride the big slides, the very top where you are loaded is extremely hot and there is no circulation at ALL. I would say it had to have been 100 plus up there with no air.

Another negative was that the hotel air. It was very hot. I am not sure why they did not have the AC on high, but we were sweating profusely. Just standing in line for Ice Cream was miserable. Sweat was pouring down our faces. They definitely need to work on the A/C in entire hotel/resort.
Overall, I would like to visit again and this time I would take the family. I will definitely wait for rooms to be at a good rate before booking. We did get an awesome deal because we were a Girl Scout group, but I know if we go when it is off season, the prices will be lower than now.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

We traveled to Great Wolf Lodge for a short summer family vacation. After reading reviews, I was not sure what to expect, but had heard more good than bad, so I thought we would give it a try. We were able to travel on weekdays, and took advantage of the "Howling Heroes" rate of $149.00 per night for a family suite. We arrived on a Tuesday at around 2pm, and had no trouble checking it, and going to our room. Room was very large, and had 2 queen beds, and a full size sofa sleeper - plenty of room, with fridge, microwave. Entire hotel was extremely clean (and I am picky!). Overall, it has the feeling of a "Disney World" type property - Very busy, themed, and it's all about the kids!

Yes, as others have said, it is expensive, but not any more so than any other big resort property that I have been to. You can expect to pay a little more for snacks, treats, and food, but it is all satisfactory, and very convenient. You really never have to leave the property unless you want to. We took advantage of purchasing the family breakfast package each morning, which was $35 for a family of four. The breakfast was hot, fresh and very good, with a huge assortment of all expected breakfast items. We would have paid at least that each morning going just about anywhere else for breakfast, and it kept the family full until we could have an early dinner around 5pm. We did use the other food outlets once or twice during our stay including Starbucks, A&W, and Pizza Hut. All were good, and did not require getting dressed to get them - we could head over in our wet bathing suits.

We really enjoyed the water park every day, and the kids loved MagiQuest. MagiQuest is a bit expensive, but we bought one wand, and one game for our kids to share. The game is active for 4 days, so buy it early and it is a good value, and keeps the kids busy. Water park was really busy, but we never had to wait more than 15 minutes for any slide, and most times, hardly any wait at all. Thursday was the least busy day for the waterpark. We did not use any of the spa facilities. Kids liked evening story time, but we adults thought it to be a bit lame. It is the same show every time, so don't waste too much time on it. They said the story would be different each night, but it was the same.

This was our first experience at Great Wolf, and we hope to enjoy it again soon. My kids rank this one right up there with Disney World! If you go with the attitude that it's "all about the kids", you will have a great time.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

We took our two young kids here for the weekend. It is for sure the ideal place for children. They loved every minute of it! We upgraded to the room with bunks with was wonderful for them. The full bed for us was hard and lumpy, did I mention tiny! The pull out couch was hard as a rock so if you plan to use this bring a egg crate to go on it! Our room was in the middle of the hall which I highly recommend, do not get a room by the elevators. It is quite busy and loud there. Also, stay on a lower floor because waiting for the elevator was a nightmare (but it was a holiday weekend).
They have small fridges in the room which is wonderful, and you can bring your own food. But don't try and take it down to the pool area they will make you take it back to your room! We finally caught on and just hid ours.
The food was just ok, it was great pricey for what you got. The service was TERRIBLE! I mean TERRIBLE! We finally left and had to go other places to eat. We would spend $55 on one meal which included hardly anything. A kids meal alone is 7.99 which doesn't include a drink.
All together it is fun but I don't think a family of 4 should have to spend close to 1000.00 for 2 days of fun!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

We had a great time at the GWL when we went in May 2010 for my daughter's 6th birthday. We got there, got checked in and our room promptly and everything we asked for was there. The birthday banner on the door, the packages we ordered for both kids were ready waiting for them. The kids had a blast and that is what this hotel is geared to ....KIDS. If I were going away alone with my husband and no children certainly we would not stay at the GWL. Kids are everywhere having a great time and that is all that matters. They loved the bunk beds, the magi quest game, the water park, the food, the fun!!! Yes, the beds are hard but if you like hard beds you won't complain about them but we have a pillow top at home so it's going from one extreme to the other. I wouldn't say hard....they are firm. Some like that type of bed.

If you want somewhere quiet and relaxing...stay at the Gaylord across the street. If you want fun family times then the GWL is for you. We were all exhausted from our 2 days there, so much so that we all took a 3 hour nap the day we got home. It was fun and we are going again in 6 more days. Will be there the 7th through the 9th of July and hoping for the same experience for my son's 8th birthday. We asked him what he wanted for his birthday and all he wanted was to go back to the GWL.. Nothing else.

Go..have fun and love that your kids are enjoying themselves.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

REQUEST A ROOM AWAY FROM MAGIQUEST! (More at the end of this review.) For a basic room, you'll pay at least $170/night in the winter and $270/night in the summer. You get 2 days worth of water park with one night's stay -- this make it a decent deal. Avoid the overpriced buffet; stick with the "Critter" cafe for lunch and dinner. The only acceptable prices for food are at the Bear Claw -- bagels, donuts, ice cream and brownies are not a rip-off. Parking is free. Rooms have refrigerators, so you can bring drinks -- there are signs that say "No Outside Food," but no one hassled us when we pulled out sodas near the outside pool. Ambivalence is something of a theme at the GWL. People will "invent" parking spaces in the lot; it's every car for itself. Lifeguards will do little to manage lines and boarding the rafts -- this means kids too short for some rides can still on the rides. Staff does not do anything to control the rampaging hordes of kids playing the MagiQuest game, which does not shut down until 11:00. There are MQ mini-attractions in the hallways, and some of them are near rooms. The attractions make noise, the kids running to/from the attractions make noise, and you will be very annoyed if you have a room nearby. Also, you will be gouged $10 for a resort fee, so fight it when you check in. The waterpark is excellent -- 5 major slides inside, and 2 major slides outside. Your kids will have a great time, and you can drink beer while they do.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Midland, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

We went with a group of people with varying ages of children from 0-13. The older kids really seemed to enjoy the waterpark and MagiQuest activities. There were also activities for the younger kids and they all stayed entertained. Everything is contained in one building, so it makes for a good place to meet up with others in a group and have an ease in planning. All in all, it is a great place for kids...they will enjoy it at a small fortune.

For adults, it's a bit frustrating. It isn't exactly a quiet atmosphere for a catch up chat. It is very, very loud inside the waterpark and also in the restaurants. Everything is very expensive. The entire building was congested (during the weekend) and people were rude. Lines everywhere, especially waiting for an elevator, and the breakfast buffet. People were line jumping for the elevators and packing in like sardines. Was very irritating when travelling with a stroller because people just run amuck and don't pay attention to anyone else, I got bumped into, ran over, and had someone roll over the 3 y.old's foot without any apology. People hopped in front of me and stole the elevator while I was anxiously waiting with a crying newborn. The elevators take forever and it is not easy to quickly run back up to your room if you need something. The rooms are spacious (kids kamp) but were poorly insulated. We could hear the doors slamming in the halls and kids running back and forth past midnight. I am usually very easy-going and timid and had to go in the hallway to tell kids to stop running (after 11pm). The beds were hard as rocks (same statement from 3 rooms) and the couch was a more viable, softer option for sound sleep. Everything is very expensive. They did a wonderful job with marketing to kids in order to make sales. The Scoops salon is for 12 & under and the pedicure is $50. Craziness.

All in all, I would go back...for a limited amount of time, during the week, with a box fan, "egg crate" for the bed...and maybe some xanax.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 402
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