The Good: We've gone to Great Wolf-Mason 3 years in a row and have loved it each time. This is a great destination for a Mon-Thu vacations (room rates are cheaper then and its less crowded throughout the week). What's great about Great Wolf is that it is a resort-type hotel and water park blended together. It has enough activities that kids will be busy for 2-3 days. There's the water park, of course, which will keep you busy for at least 4 hours a day. But, there's also a club for smaller kids, an arcade, mini-bowling, an interactive game (MagiQuest) and soon a mini-golf course will added. This is like a disney-light in the sense that the hotel is themed and there are so many activities. We check in and don't leave the hotel space until we check-out because there are enough food and activity options to keep us busy. Access to water park is included with cost of room (why they cost more), but everything else is added cost. If you plan for your kids to do most of the activities, the Paw Pass will save you money. But, if you plan to "pick and choose" activities for your kids, then it's not worth it. We got the Paw Pass this time and it included everything my kids wanted to do. Rooms are clean, comfortable and have great amenities for vacations. Location is great to Kings Island but also there's plenty of outside restaurants near by.
The Bad: It can be quite expensive for a full family, so you have to plan ahead for this being more of a "vacation" than just a hotel to stay while going to Kings Island. The kids spa is ridiculously priced. They really need to bring the price down to make it more accessible. We've skipped this every time.
The Ugly: Very busy during the weekends and room rates increase for Friday-Sunday night stays. I would not recommend going on a weekend. I would not recommend for people without kids as the entire hotel has kids running around (but great for those of us with kids).
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Mason
- Great Wolf Resort
- Great Wolf Lodge Mason, Ohio