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“Good value. Lots of conveniences.” 4 of 5 stars
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Great Wolf Lodge
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1400 Great Wolf Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965   |  
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Ranked #24 of 80 Hotels in Wisconsin Dells
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good value. Lots of conveniences.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Good value, not great value. I state that because we probably could've stayed somewhere comparable for a bit less money, but we really wanted to try the Great Wolf Lodge. The rooms were nice (we stayed in a 2 bedroom condo) with more than enough space for the 5 of us, including seating for the meals we ate in (a dining table and a breakfast bar). We found the beds to be comfortable and I had no problem sleeping. The condo was very clean upon arrival and the couple requests we made for additional supplies were delivered quickly. The only issue in the condo was noise from unruly neighboring guests.
The waterpark was large and even though we were told the resort was sold out for the weekend, we did not feel overcrowded in the park. There seemed to be plenty of lifeguards on duty and lines for the slides were not too long. We also felt safe leaving our non-valuable personal items on the chairs while we wandered the park.
Staff was friendly and responsive. The arcade was fun, although few of the machines ate our tokens and then didn't work properly. There are several eateries on site- we only ate at the Loose Moose which again was good enough but not outstanding (food good but service slow) and got some snacks from the sweets shop.
My sister and I had services done at Elements Spa. The spa was very nice and prices reasonable.
I would visit the Great Wolf again if they were running a good deal on room rates.

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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northern MB
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The hotel was nice. We had a king room, the bed was terrible. We had to sleep on the far edges so we wouldn't sink into the middle. We had a sleeper sofa for our 2 year old son. That mattress was also terrible, but he didn't notice. We had an accessible room, the bathroom was huge, Great bonus! There wasn't much for toiletries, but the soap and shampoo smelled awesome! The hallway was very noisy on the Friday night of our stay, there were a bunch of hockey teams that showed up. It quieted down at a reasonable hour.
The water park was Awesome! Very good size, lots of different areas, even for little kids. Our son loved the slides for kids his size, there was enough for us to be there for 3 days without getting bored. The life guards were everywhere! I guess that's a good thing. There was a STUPID rule about bringing your own flotation devices for your children. I bought a flotation ring for my 4 month old, and was told I wasn't allowed to use it unless I put one of "their" life jackets on her too. There weren't any to fit her, they were all way to big, so I wasn't able to use the flotation ring at all, I was able to hold her in the pool with no life jacket, but she wasn't allowed to be in the flotation ring with me holding on to it.
The water park was really busy on Saturday, it was nice to have been there during the week to enjoy the quieter time at the water park.
The clock show was a neat idea, but the story was dumb! The bedtime story in the lobby with their mascot was a big hit!! It was fun for the kids to go in their PJ's (lots of parents did too).
I liked the fact that you could get everything you needed right in the resort, without going out in the cold. The restaurant breakfast buffet was very good, made to order omelets and waffles, great service, good value.
Overall the experience was good, but the few things that were wrong were magnified by the price we paid. If the cost would have been less then it wouldn’t have been such a big deal, but when you spend hundreds of dollars for a few days, you expect things to meet or exceed your expectations!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Batavia, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We used a groupon and stayed for one night with my son, daughter-in-law and 2 granddaughters. We decided to use a Black Bear Condo, which worked out great. The water park was awesome. The beds were very uncomfortable. I don't think that I got more than an hour of sleep. I thought that maybe it was just me, but when everyone else got up in the morning, they said they had a hard time sleeping, too. I have neck problems so I was kind of miserable. We were a little concerned when we came back from dinner as it looked like there was going to be a party down the hall from us, but it was pretty quiet overnight so that was good. I would love to go back and we probably will, I just wish that the beds were more comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Liberty, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Recently enjoyed an extended weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, WI Dells. We had 13 people and booked 2 rooms. I stayed in a "condo" that had 2 separate bedrooms with doors which worked well to keep my daughter and my brothers daughter separated at bedtime. HVAC - the thermostat was in the main room. My brother and his wife were cold so they kept turning up the heat but the heat only came out in our room. We both had our doors shut so it got really hot in our room. If you like a colder sleeping environment get the room by the window. Yes we could have opened our doors but left them shut in hopes of a more quite room. The rooms were not quite but after 11pm the hotel has quite hours and things quieted down enough for our Zen music to overpower any outside noise. The water park is great. Our groups kids ranged in ages from 2-8 and there was tons to do to keep them busy as well as the adults. Overall the park and rooms are clean but are by no means brand new. Several of the water park slides are showing signs of wear and cracking but are by no means structural.(the beak of the bird on the littlest waterslide next to the basketball hoops)
I would suggest that if the GWL wanted to be top notch they would put a cleaning crew on cleaning non routine places around the water park like on ledges that are visible as you walk up and down the steps to the slides. Really noticeable on the steps up to the slides that required the mats.
The life guards seemed to be excellent!!! I say seem, be because we never tried them out thankfully but they were very obedient in watching the water as well as scanning the bottom before changing spots.
The story time was an added bonus that we did not know about. My daughter who is 3 just loved the story time and she went right to bed when we got back, so I got the night off reading to her.
If you have little kids that can’t swim yet this is still an excellent choice. The room with the big dumping barrel is a great place for the younger ones to run around without you having to worry about them falling into a pool. As you can tell there is something for everyone. Would like to make this an annual event but I will have to try out the Kalahari Resort as well that is right across the street.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wisconsin, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great Time for family! We enjoyed a week there in March with our girls and they loved it. We upgraded to the Cabin Theme room and when we first checked in we found some garbage under a bed, so they did give us a discount on the first night stay. Other than that it the hotel is away from the strip but we did not want the strip we wanted quiet family time and we did drive for the strip for a couple hours so it was fine for us. The waterpark is hotel inclusive which is great so you don't have people off the street there. The park also offers areas for everyone so my girls 2 and 4 at the time had a blast. The inside park snack area was way overpriced so DONT DO IT!! We paid like 40 dollars for hotdogs and hamburgers, but other than that the waterpark area is a blast. The hotel also offers a story time at night by the clock tower which is an amazing time and so fun to watch for all ages! Overall we love it and we are going back this year!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We took the kids here for a night in December and had a great time. The 4 year old enjoyed the smaller water slides while the 10 and 12 year olds spent most of their time in the wave pool, the basketball pool and going down the bigger slides. We had one of the kiddie cabin rooms so there was a set of bunk beds for the boys, a twin for our daughter, and then a big bed for us next to their "cabin". We did have quite a walk from the indoor water park to our room but that didn't really bother us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is an awesome place to stay! It isn't a struggle to get into the water because it's warm enough. The water slides are a blast and the wave pool is fun too.
The only downside is that you have to carry your own tube up to the Tornado and it's a giant four person raft. It sure gets tiring after a while.
All of the staff was extremely friendly and quick to handle matters. A big thumbs up!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Address: 1400 Great Wolf Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Wisconsin Dells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#20 Family Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 204
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