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“Another Great Experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Great Wolf Lodge
Ranked #7 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, England
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86 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Another Great Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Having stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin we had high expectations for this trip all of which were happily met.

The water-park area whilst not as big as Wisconsin is great fun and our whole family had an amazing time on the slides and pools. We also had food and drink in this area which was pretty decent for fast food and served with a smile by the staff. The Main restaurant was also a highlight serving excellent food.

Our room was everything you'd expect, especially for the high price of a Lodge stay, but when coupled with the park facilities it's worth the expense. The beds were comfy, room clean and although we had a balcony there isn't very much to see with the lodge being a distance from the Lake.

If you've never been to a Great Wolf Lodge before and you have kids I'd highly recommend a visit, they and you will love it. The Traverse City Lodge is a great example and a great stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lansing, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Brought the kids here for some family time and they absolutely lived it. The water park is awesome for the kids and they have a lot to offer at a heavy price.
I was extremely disappointed with the spa. Took my daughter at 9am to get a mani/ pedi and facial and was told they were booked for the day. However, we then played at the arcade for awhile and no one was there to get anything done for over an hour. My daughter was highly disappointed and so was I.
The food at the restaurant was not bad, but I didn't appreciate kids on their magic quest running around setting things off and knocking my daughters chair while she was taking a drink and making her spill. Would have been a lot nicer without all the extra commotion.
The rooms are kind of small and cheap for the price and the beds are extremely uncomfortable. But the kids loved sleeping in the bunk beds in the wolf den. But overall my kids are happy and had fun. So my empty wallet and sore back are worth it.

Stayed October 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Went there for my sons birthdays. Already a returning customer. The kids LOVED it. The room could have been a little cleaner and cheaper but its worth it. One night is deffinatly not enough. Theres soo much to do. Theyve added bowling, another gift shop w lots of things :), an awsome arcade. Id love to go in summer time and see/do the outside stuff. Will be returning asap. Ive stayed in almost every room and they are all great. If parents want privicay the majestic bear suite is the way to go.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan, USA
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Made a return trip to great wolf lodge. Since I had stayed there last they added a Dunkin donuts, a bowling alley and revamped one of the water slides. Honestly I don't remember it being that different but it fits more people on the revamped slide. The room we had was the fireplace suite. The upstairs bedroom/loft area was nice but very warm especially if the fireplace was on. The bathroom was very small as well in the loft area. However the space was enough for the family of 7. We enjoyed our time in the resort.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've been to indoor water parks. This just seemed to top them all. Our 3 & 4 year olds had a blast! Thankfully, 42" tall to ride the big waterslides with us. I requested a room close to the waterpark (to avoid a long trek with the kids). Room was perfect. Just a family suit, just right! We enjoyed family-friendly food on-site at a reasonable price. Took in evening storytime. Next time (when kids are a bit older), we'll probably splurge on the pup packs for the magi wands and build-a-creature.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

We recently stayed here for a 1 night stay. Our room was a Wolf Den Suite. The kids love the bunkbeds. We loved that they had their own "room". We had plenty of time to use the waterpark on Saturday night and on Sunday morning too. We visited CampCritter restaurant an dinner was good. The kids also had fun in the arcade and with the bowling alley. PJ and story time was really fun. All of the kids had the chance to attend the dance party too. Our room was nice a suited our needs. It was a handicap accessible room so we had a little larger bathroom, which is helpful with 3 girls getting ready.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cooperspeople
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Midland, Michigan
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114 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

I was able to find a great low discount rate for a two night stay, paying for one night in advance. Two days before our stay, I tried to add an additional night at the beginning of the trip but was told none of my discounts (early, 2+ nts, corp rate) were available. I refused to pay full price, and let them know I was disappointed and would stay at another hotel as I was not willing to pay the full rate (we wouldn't use the waterpark or any amenities for first two days as we would arrive late and in soccer tourney). I was shocked that they would refuse a paying customer's business and risk not filling the room.

We had two adults, a teen and tween girl. Much of the GWL is geared toward elementary ages, however we had that expectation. The day of our check-in, I phoned at 11am and asked about possible early check-in. We were hoping to get a room around 2pm. The front desk was very nice - first told me to phone back, but then said, "well, I'll just assign you a room that I know is being cleaned right now." I was very appreciative on the phone. We were able to check-in at 2pm and were told we were upgraded to the largest suite on property - WOW - I paid for smallest w/ discount. We had very limited time in the hotel, but our room was very clean and comfortable. Our registers were very loud - my only complaint. We did not eat in the restaurants, but Dunkin Donuts was a regular stop and opened at 7am and was open in evening too. Spa facials for teen/tween girls were lovely (30 min). Arcade was fun for them too. We enjoyed the mix of games that actually had some physical activities tied to them too - skeeball, ballistic, air hockey, etc. On our second day we finally went to waterpark - it was fun. We did the big slides, got the bucket dumped on us and went in the adult hot tub (other wasn't hot). One afternoon/evening with older kids is plenty of time to experience everything. Smaller kids seemed to enjoy storytime and characters. Magicquest was popular but $18 min for wand - with infinite add-on options. My 12 yr old was vaguely interested.

EVERY employee we encountered was friendly and helpful and it seemed like they really enjoyed their jobs. I have not experienced this level of service in quite some time - BRAVO!

Room Tip: Majestic Bear Suite (#348) felt like home. Spacious suite with private king room. Large double balco...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 3575 N US Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49684-4500
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
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) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Traverse City
#10 Business Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 281
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