Our Girl Scout troop picked the Dells for our end of the year trip and the Wilderness on the Lake (WOTL) was the perfect option for us. We loved the full kitchen and room options for all the girls. There were 8 of us total and the room was plenty big for us. We utilized each of the 4 outdoor water parks during our stay and their favorites were the Wild Water Dome (wave pool) and the Klondike Kavern. A couple of the girls really enjoyed the Wild West Waterpark (water slides) but the majority found it better suited for younger kids. The Wild West also has bumper boats but there was an additional cost of $4 per person. They spent a good deal of time in the indoor/outdoor hot tubs in each waterpark. Cubby's Cove is actually located in the WOTL building. It is better suited for younger children although our 12 year olds were able to entertain themselves in the hot tub and basketball pool.
We used the shuttle for all of our ventures out of the room. Each hotel complex has a different color line. WOTL is blue. The blue line will take you to either the Klondike Kavern (with easy walk to the Wild WaterDome Waterpark) and Wild West Lobby. We were told shuttles run every 15-20 minutes but we found them coming more frequently during peak times.
There were a couple of small issues with the room we stayed in. (226) There is a hole in the wall in the 2nd bedroom and the toilet in the 2nd bathroom was also slow to flush when we arrived. On the 2nd day of our stay we did need to plunge it as it was backed up. I would also recommend running the dishwasher when leaving the building as it is loud. The appliances are full size and very clean. As was the entire room. I did like that they have a crib and rollaway bed right in the room although if using the pull out couch and rollaway bed, you would need additional blankets. We had a couple of girls bring their own pillows or we may have needed those, too.
One change from the last time we stay at the Wilderness is their towel policy. At check in, we were given 10 Pool Towel cards. Upon departure from the hotel, you need to either leave 10 towels or cards in your room. Any missing would result in a $25 fee assessed to your room. If you choose to utilize the pool area after check out, you can turn in your towels/cards at any of the pools. We were asked to right down our hotel and room number and the number of towels/cards being returned. The whole weekend, we carefully counted towels before going anywhere only to have the girl throw them in the to be washed tub without even counting them. I wonder if they are actually counted in the room but at $25 per towel, I wouldn't want to take that chance. Wet towels can be exchanged at any pool or any hotel lobby.
While driving to the property, we missed the Wisconsin Dells Parkway S (Hwy 12) turn onto Wisconsin Dells Parkway (Hwy12/23) while coming from exit 92. From the main Wilderness location, WOTL is 1.6 miles. Head south on east Adams St. Turn right onto Wisconsin Dells Parkway S (Hwy 12), go .5 miles. Turn right onto Wisconsin Dells Parkway (Hwy 12/23), go .7 miles and Turn right onto E Hiawatha (Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub will be on the right hand side), go .4 miles. WOTL is on your right.
Overall it was a great stay. I would recommend it for Scout troops/friends/multiple familes!
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness On The Lake Hotel Wisconsin Dells
- Wilderness On The Lake Hotel