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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Ranked #3 of 35 Hotels in Sandusky
Certificate of Excellence
Ashburn, Va
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43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great spring break family vacation”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

My 3 kids, wife and I just returned from our 3 day vacation at the Kalahari resort in Ohio. The whole family had a blast in the indoor waterpark - it had plenty of things for my kids (2, 9, 11) to do! We stayed in a nomad room which overlooked the outdoor waterpark (which was not open yet). It was plenty of space for our family. Because it's an indoor waterpark, the overwhelming smell of chlorine is prevalent, but it did not bother me. We spent more than I would like at the arcade, and I thought the price to feed the animals at the park was a bit high ($25 for a bucket of feed for all the anmimals), but overall we were very pleased and will be back again!

Room Tip: The Nomad room has two queens and a queen size sleeper - perfect for larger families.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
I'm glad that everyone had a great spring break vacation! We build our waterparks for everyone; ages 0 to 100 so I'm glad that your entire family had a blast. There is lots to do & play in the arcade, I would like to recommend our Choose Your Own Adventure package for your next trip, it allows you & your family to select from several activities to do while you're here! Thank you for choosing Kalahari Resort!
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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

This was our first, but certainly not last trip to Kalahari Resort! My twin 8 y/o and I agree...we all had a wonderful time. Our room was extremly spacious and very clean. The beds were comfortable. The digital temp. control in the room is always a plus! The only disappointment was eating at the buffet the first night we were there. Little selection for the price and frankly the food was mediocre at best. Majority of foods had "sauces" that were not to my liking. Perhaps offering more seafood selections. The carved meat was inedible. I will say the hospitality of the staff was superior...there was not a hallway I walked down nor a water ride that they assisted me which someone didn't ask how my stay was going or how I liked the resort. Everyone smiled and was extremely pleasant and helpful! Customer service is impecable! Definitely would recommend!

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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Thanks for the great review Kristy! I'm thrilled you and your 8 yr old twins all agreed that everyone had a wonderful time! I greatly appreciate your compliments of our staff, I will be sure to pass them on. I have already passed your comments about the buffet onto our Food & Beverage Director, we will remain in hopes that you will give our buffet a second chance on your next visit. We look forward to the pleasure of having you & your boys as our guests again. Take Care!
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

My family love Kalahari one thing that needs to change is the water park hours needs to be longer with the summer coming visitors will love to hang out longer at the water park instead of closing at nine can close at ten or eleven. Please consider otherwise it is a great place to be with your family.

Room Tip: Corner suites are the best because there is a lot of room for everyone to hang out.
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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Hi Temika! Thank you so much for your review! I'm very happy that you & your family love Kalahari! We do change our hours to adjust to occupancy & seasons, during peak times such as spring break & summer we do stay open until 10 pm. We hope to see you again soon!
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Orchard Park, New York
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Our family of five stayed in the African Queen suite, which had plenty of space. The two showers were a plus upon returning from the waterpark. The layout of the room made it better for parents to have a good trip, as they can have a separate space. We didn't know the room had a microwave and fridge, which was a definite plus. The location was definitely not great, as we had a long walk to the waterpark, restaurants, and just about anything else. This would be difficult if you forget something for the waterpark.

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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Hi David! The African Queen suite is a great suite for families, I'm disappointing you felt it was a long walk to the waterpark & restaurants. Ultimately, I hope you had a blast & created fantastic memories with your family. I remain in hopes of seeing you again soon.
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Doug at the valet (free for disabled) was incredibly nice and helpful and very welcoming. I am disabled with a rollator but the place is so big so he got me a loaner wheelchair, talked to our kids about their offerings, etc. In the arcade my daughter won a giant soccer ball instead if the volleyball she really wanted and a staff member went into the game and swapped it out for her. What a sweet, unheard of gesture! Nick, supervisor at the pool, saw me and got me their aquachair--a wheelchair that goes in their lazy river! I had no idea such a thing existed but he wanted me to enjoy the place too and made sure I did! Wow!

Accessible room was large with grab bars and was fine and had fridge and micro. Headboard rattled loosely against the wall so we took one down and solved that problem. Bed was surprisingly comfortable. Linens were a bit of a problem: cheapy sheets were clean but slippery and not fitted so required a lot of retucking. I always remove hotel bedspreads since they obviously aren't laundered. This time my husband told the housekeeper about an obvious "spill" on one of the bedspread when we arrived and instead of replacing them, she remade the beds and put the same ones back on the beds.

Food wasn't great in any if the restaurants. All were quite expensive. Buffet was a disappointment. Very little fruit, veggies soaked in some kind of "butter sauce," chicken and fish swimming in sauces. Expensive. Very few healthy food choices in the resort. If we go again, I'll bring some healthy food for the room. Oh, to be fair, my husband said the filet at the Reserve was cooked perfectly which was a nice surprise.

A fun place for kids, even older ones. Convenience and incredible staff make up for minor snafus. We will likely be back.

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Thank Saranette
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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us! I appreciate all your comments! I will be sure to pass your compliments onto Doug & Nick I'm so happy that they were able to assist you! I apologize that the housekeeper did not completely replace the bedspread and that the buffet disappointed you. In the future we have some some packages that are very popular with our guests such as the Fantastic Family Getaway or Choose your Own Adventure. We appreciate you choosing Kalahari & hope we have the opportunity to have you as our guest again in the future.
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Tecumseh, Michigan
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Our family had an awesome time at Kalahari, highly recommend it as a quick, relaxing two or three day get away. Great quality family time with our 8/10/12 year old children. We plan on returning this summer to give the outdoor area a try.

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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Hi Joseph! I'm so happy that you & your family had an awesome time! The Safari Outdoor Adventure Park is open during the summer and has zip lines, ropes course, climbing walls & a zoo! We look forward to seeing you this summer!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

My family had a great time, It was a fabulous little gateaway friends recommended us to go to Kalahari and I now will recommend everyone also. Chatham, ontario . Our kids were happy and safe wherever they went. It's a great place to relax and not worry about anything.

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Kassie R, Social Media Coordinator at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
Hi! I'm so happy that you had a fabulous getaway with your friends! I'm also very glad that your children were happy & you felt safe. We can't wait until you come again to play & relax! Thank you for recommending us!
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Property: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Address: 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870-8628
Location: United States > Ohio > Sandusky
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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Sandusky
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sandusky
#2 Family Hotel in Sandusky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kalahari Resorts & Conventions 3.5*
Number of rooms: 884
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalahari Resorts Sandusky provides water parks, Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, indoor/outdoor water park, catering/wedding facilities, spa, salon, fitness training in fitness center, dining options, and more.Over 850 beautifully appointed authentic African-themed guest rooms and suites offer coffeemaker, vacation sized refrigerator, microwave, free high speed Internet access, voice mail, TV, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, pay per view movies, and much more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kalahari Waterpark Resort
Kalahari Hotel Ohio
Kalahari Waterpark Sandusky
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Kalahari Waterpark Hotel Sandusky
Kalahari Water Park
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