I read all the reviews and so I was pretty prepared. On Saturday afternoon we arrived to find the waterpark pretty crowded. The hotel lets non-guests buy wristbands so there were a few birthday parties. There are only 4 or 5 tables and they were all full. There was 30-40 chairs that were mostly unoccupied but had towels on them. They did run out of towels by dinner time. The water temperature was OK/fair on Saturday - but much warmer on Sunday. The waterpark is better than several of the Wisconsin Dells toddler waterparks but no where near as good as the big waterparks. It has a nice toddler area connected to a small pool. Two medium waterslides - 1 for bodies and 1 for tubes and the tiniest lazy river I have ever seen. The hot tub has a sign that it should be for 12 and older but many children, some with parents and some without, filled the hot tub. The chlorine bugged a few people but I didn't think it was too bad but I did hear several people in the elevator complain. My daughter has sensitive skin and some pools cause a rash on her - this waterpark was one of her worst rashes but it didn't affect me, my husband, or my son. It is true that during checkout there was a huge line for the elevator but didn't bother us. Rooms were typical Holiday Inn rooms. Everything was fine. My children loved the trip. I would return but I'm in no hurry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna home of the Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park! Come experience the adventure! Our award winning hotel, located just 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul and next to Cabela's, features 130 guest rooms and suites, including KidSuites! We offer amenities for business or pleasure! The Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park features the exciting Kilimanjaro Tube Slide, Python Body Slide, the relaxing Lazy Zambezi River, zero depth entry activity pool, water basketball and relaxing waterfall spa. The Lion's Den arcade features a large selection of the latest video games, as well as interactive games for adults and children of all ages. For the business traveler our guest rooms feature a spacious work desk. We offer high-speed wireless Internet and a business center. Our Meeting & Banquet facility features 5 meeting rooms with multiple room combinations for up to 400 people. Banquets and meetings at the Holiday Inn & Suites Owatonna feature personalized menu planning with a wide range of food and beverage selections available. For shopping, we're located adjacent to Cabela's - MN's 2nd largest tourist attraction, and the Medford Outlet Mall is only minutes away! Come experience the adventure at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Owatonna Hotel Owatonna
- Owatonna Holiday Inn