We booked this hotel for NYE along with another family. We both have kids ages 7, 7, and 9. All-in-all a really great time and I would do it again next year!
The hotel was able to accommodate our room request of adjoining rooms with our traveling partners. It was great to spread out and enjoy NYE without having to drive. The room itself was very good - clean, modern, everything we needed for the one-night trip.
The water park is small compared to WI Dells resorts, yes. It was great everything was in one room and right-sized for our kids' ages and our length of stay. Any longer and they would have been bored. Only downside is they ran out of towels because it was so busy. Luckily I had brought some for us from home.
This is where the hotel shined! I didn't even know it, but they planned a kids' pizza party and visit from the Reptile & Amphibian Zoo - INCLUDED! Kids had a great time and the parents had a dinner by themselves at the hotel restaurant. What a great idea!
The restaurant was fine. A few good beers on tap and food that was adequate for a free couple hours of babysitting! Only disappointment was the morning buffet didn't have a bar open -- oh that Bloody Mary would have sure been nice on New Years Day...
- 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