I have heard so much about the Great Wolf Lodge that when the opportunity came up to finally visit one, we went willingly and excitedly. Maybe that was my mistake--to have high expectations. First off, the price was outrageous for what we got. We stayed one night as a special treat for our kids since my husband's military commitments made a full-on summer vacation impossible this year. We figured that we could spend more than we (or any sane person) normally would since it was just one night. My main complaint is the inferior room. After being told by the GWL rep that we would "love" our expensive suite, which had "bunk beds and a lodge theme", we arrived to a Super-8 quality room with two faux exposed beams and a couple of rustic lamps. No bunk beds. We had 7 people in the room (4 adults/3 kids), but this supposedly-amazing suite, which was supposed to sleep 8, had one shower. One. In a hotel with a water park as the main attraction. The shower's water pressure was low and the temperature fluctuated, although it was never actually cold, and the lighting in the bathroom was ridiculous. It was like trying to put makeup on in moonlight. Good thing I didn't need makeup to go to a waterpark! On the upside, there were plenty of towels. I also found some of the food and items in the gift shop to be reasonably priced. The walls are superthin, which is not a good feature in a hotel that is heavy on children and teenagers. Although there is technically an 11 pm curfew for kids, there is really no enforcement of this policy unless you want to be the one to call the front desk every time someone runs screaming by your door with their MagicQuest wand. Because of this, we got to sleep around 1:45 a.m. Again, maybe my expectations were too high, but where were these kids' parents at 1 in the morning???? The licensed Starbucks in the giftshop therefore became a very, very nice feature. The waterpark itself was really enjoyable for my kids. All three had a great time, but it was very crowded when we were there and therefore a lot less got to be enjoyed because of the time spent in line. If I had known I definitely would have scheduled our visit during a less crowded time of the year. The lifeguard I spoke with said that once the school year begins, there is almost no one in the waterpark since you have to stay at the hotel to use the park, and most people can't do that during the work week/school year. The waterpark area was impressive to the kids, but our eyes were all burning (from the chlorine I assume) within minutes of walking into the park area--before we had gotten a single wet toe. To remedy that, I would recommend goggles for those with sensitive eyes. If you really, really want to stay at GWL Grapevine, choose a time when it won't be so crowded, and choose the cheapest room you can since "cheap" is what the room will look like no matter what the cost. Then keep your expectations low. If you do that, you will probably do just fine and enjoy your stay. As for this pack of wolves, we will stay in a nicer den next time, for half the money.
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- Great Wolf Hotel Grapevine
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