We've been to Great Wolf in the Dells several times on family vacations. It is a LARGE hotel with an attached water park with different areas and features. Very easy to get to, right off the highway.
Rooms. We always had a medium-large suite, with two queen beds and a king with a living room area, a table, and a kitchen. It's a nice, open layout which accommodates four or five very nicely. New and nice. Always clean and room service was in and out and we never saw them. Excellent job.
Activities. There is plenty to keep young ones occupied on the grounds, from a coloring den where they can make their own shirts and crafts to Magic Quest (former Wiley's Woods) to the water park to a build-a-bear-like station to tours to story time in the lobby.
Restaurants. You don't really need to go out of the place if you have the money to pay for dining. Sometimes we ate at the restaurants there, sometimes we cooked and ate in our rooms. Certainly the latter option is more cost effective.
Layout. I know that we're always in the running for fattest nation on Earth, and exercise is a good thing when done properly, but after your second day going to a water park with your kids, that ten minute walk (on your vacation!) to the water park and back to the rooms gets pretty old. Why no one thought of putting the water park and pool in the middle of the place and making all wings equidistant is beyond me. Engineers, I suppose. Such large wings also guarantee that kids will be running down the halls at all times. Once we stayed on the same weekend as a middle school hockey conference. Good thing the suites have an extra room out front as sound cushioning. I can't imagine being in a room without when all those kids are running around. We weren't by the highway, at least, which can also be very noisy.
Expense. It is a very expensive stay, comparatively. A cheaper hotel (without the same size and cost and noise concerns) and a trip or two or three to Noah's Ark water park may be better use of your money. Book any vacation carefully.
In sum, for a family with young kids, it's a great place to stay a few times if you can afford it. At least it was for us.
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