I have just returned from a two-night stay in a regular family suite at the Great Wolf Lodge. This hotel room was very generic. There was no closet--just a rack on which to hang clothes. There was no balcony, and our room overlooked the parking lot. The beds were okay; the pillows were horrible. For this experience, I paid just over $700 for two nights.
I was traveling with my sister, our ten-year-old nephew, and my teenaged daughter. My nephew enjoyed the water park for about an hour two different days; my daughter did not participate. (She is convinced that water parks are not sanitary. I am prone to agree with her.) The indoor water park is extremely loud, crowded, and humid. My definition of misery is heat, humidity, and bare feet, so, needless to say, this was not the place for me.
Noise seemed to be the theme of the Great Wolf Lodge. Children ran all over the resort, waving their Magi-Quest wands at various objects (one of which was approximately ten feet from my hotel room) in order to hear instructions or to find runes in their game. Many of them had no parental supervision at all.
Everything at the hotel is overpriced. Breakfast for two adults and one child was $44 (not including the tip) for an average buffet. We ate one lunch at the hotel. At the Pizza Hut on the first level, we picked up three medium sodas, one order of breadsticks, and two personal pan pizzas (the small ones). Our tab was $29. The other person in my party opted for a smoothie instead; it was $7.50.
Don't get me wrong: I am not a cheap traveler, and I am not a killjoy. I travel often and am willing to pay for good quality. I travel to Disney World frequently, so I am very familiar with theme park pricing. Alas, the Great Wolf Lodge charges Disney-level prices (actually, I found it more expensive than Disney), but does not have the Disney charm, atmosphere, entertainment, or customer service.
I'm glad that I've experienced the Great Wolf Lodge, but I don't plan to return ever again. I cannot imagine what all the fuss is about! Perhaps if I were a six-year-old, I would love the place, but I am not, and I did not.
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