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“Great Wolf Lodge Warning - Skip the hot tub!”
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Great Wolf Lodge
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Centralia
Seattle
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“Great Wolf Lodge Warning - Skip the hot tub!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2008

We arrived on a Saturday and checked out the next day (as most people do..). Our group included my husband, myself and our three kids (7 - boy, 10-girl, 12-girl). I would suggest that you arrive earlier than the 1:00 water park opening for new guests and have lunch and start your "Magiquest". Our two youngest 'LOVED' the Magiquest as much or more than the water park. Check in can be a beast so do so earlier than later. The experience could have been more fun if the staff was as happy and pleasant as the decore was 'Disney'. They tended to look like bored small town teenagers (as they were..). The breakfast and dinner buffet was better and quicker than the sit down restaurant which should be avoided if possible (slightly dirty, very slow service, so-so food). We chose the "cabin" style room. It was clean and cute but the kid's TV didn't work too well and the beds were ridiculously uncomfortable for them. Next time we will get a cheaper regular room. There is a lot to do and we didn't get to everything. Upon returning home, my son was diagnosed with folliculitis (hot tub rash) and is on antibiotics. I called to let the water park manager know. He assured me that the hot tub is drained WEEKLY. With the thousands of people that pass through this place weekly (800 rooms of families, 88% capacity during our trip in Oct.08), I would suggest that the hot tub be drained daily. All in all, we had a good time and will be back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2008

We traveled from Montana and changed our route just to check out the newest Great Wolf Lodge. My son had been waiting 9 months for the trip, so the build-up was intense. We've been to a lot of waterparks.

As far as indoor waterparks go, we put Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound on the above average mark. The Howlin Tornado was a blast. Ride it at night!!! The kids had numerous areas to choose from and it wasn't overcrowded.

The Magic Quest was a nice addition if we were staying longer, but still enjoyed watching other kids activate the interactives. The room was nice and the staff was courteous. Facilities were clean (it is a new hotel), but the food court inside the waterpark was closed until too late in the afternoon. There was quite a pile up when it finally opened.

In all- great trip...our kids still howl like the wolf pack, but still not quite worth the mileage. Edmonton still has our business for the miles.

  • Liked — varied entertainment
  • Disliked — food court hours
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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puyallup, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2008

Just returned from a two night stay at GWL and had a great time! The room was pretty spacious - booked the family suit. We took our daughters ages 8 and 3 years old. Plenty of things for both girls to do: of course the waterpark, arts and crafts, an arcade, and magiquest ( a game in which you run around the hotel waving a magic wand battling dragons and fairies...etc. kinda pricey, but you can reuse the wand on a return visit for a smaller fee). Something to keep in mind - NOTHING is free. Every activity costs something except the waterpark which is included with your room rental. They have a few restaurants to eat at, plus a starbucks and pizza hut. Prices were equivalent to what you would pay at a Red Robin or Applebees type restaurant. We brought our own snacks, microwaveable meals, and drinks. They have a microwave and refrigerator in the rooms and that saved us a lot of money and hassle. Plus, it was a nice way to take a break from all the activities and relax in the room. Two nights was definitely enough for us. We will most likely go back again, however, never on a weekend. We arrived on a wednesday afternoon and it was pretty quiet -- no lines for ANYTHING! But, by thursday night the place was packed and Friday was even worse! I can only imagine what Saturday and Sunday are like. Think disneyland scaled down a bit - crowds of children everywhere and lines for everything, not to mention the children are constantly running around the hotel playing the magiquest game. Try to get a room away from the elevators because that is where the majority of the game is played on each floor and you can hear hear everything outside your room from people walking around to doors slamming. We brought a white noise machine that drowned out most of that during the night. If you keep in mind this is a kids vacation and not an adult one you will have a great time!

  • Liked — lots to do!
  • Disliked — Loud and a bit pricey.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2008

We went with grandma and grandpa, mom dad, 14yo and 8yo.
Had a KidsCabin. Gma and Gpa said the Q bed was nice, but the hide-a-bed was typical - terrible. I opted to sleep in the twin bed in the kids 'room' and it was like sleeping on the floor. The second night I put the couch cushions under the sheets and slept on those.
However, it was very clean.

Kids loved the waterpark. Week days are far better than weekends - we didn't have to wait in line for anything. Not much for the adults when you're done with the slides or wave pool. The hot tub was disgustingly luke warm.
But again, very clean. As was the upstairs bathroom.

The Bar and Grill had OK food, but a limited, pricey menu. The buffet was FAR overpriced for the quality.

  • Liked — kids had fun
  • Disliked — beds, value
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2008

Just spent four nights at the Great Wolf Lodge in Seattle. Flew in from San Diego. Booked it online without any first hand knowledge of how it would be. Simply put, the experience was totally awesome!

My wife and I have a 4 1/2 year old and a 2 1/2 year old. The place is pure paradise for kids of this age. The waterpark was unbelievably awesome. They had life jackets for all kids. This was reassuring as it takes away the fear of your kids drowning. The life jackets came in different sizes, fit perfectly, and were of high quality.

As for the park, it was even better than advertised. They have a wave pool, a great young kids play area, and water slides that are perfect for kids 4 to 8. My 4-year-old LOVED these water slides. She went up and down these slides endless amounts of times.

They also had a large swimming pool (deepest part was 4 feet) with water toys and fun things to do.

They also had 3 slides for adults, which were very fun. The tornado was AWESOME!

As for the rest of the hotel, it is designed for kids. They had a really neat little treasure-hunt type game at the hotel. Your kids buy a "magic wand" for about $26. It's good for 4 days. With the wand, your kids can roam around the hotel and open up magic treasure chests with their wands, make stuffed animals spring to life, and light up talking pictures, etc. Virtually every kid at the hotel had one of these. My two daughters loved them.

As for food, we didn't bother eating at the hotel. It looked like your typical resort food. If you want good food, Olympia, WA is only 15 minutes away. Plenty of places to eat in Olympia. Also, we stocked our in-room refrigerator with our own food. That way, we weren't always eating the crappy, fatty food that you get at these resort hotels.

The hotel rooms were totally awesome. On the first night, we got a regular hotel room. On the second night, we asked how much would it cost to be moved to one of the theme rooms. There were plenty of open rooms, so the hotel upgrade us to one of these rooms for NO EXTRA CHARGE! As for the theme rooms, we moved to the kids cabin. My daughters LOVED this room. They loved being int their little log cabin with the the bunk beds. The kids portion of the room actually had three beds. As such, I had my two little girls sleep on the bottom beds, as I didn't want anybody rolling off a top bunk in the middle of the night. When we were packing up to leave, my 4-year-old asked if we could pack up her cabin and bring it home!

All-in-all, this resort was a home run. Coming from me, that's unusual. I usually find things to be less-than-advertised. If your kids are between 2-10, they will have an EXCELLENT time. Older kids might still have fun, but the resort seems more geared to younger kids.

As for adults, let's be frank: if you come without kids, your time will just be average. Don't get me wrong, this place is beautiful, however, it is solely designed for families with kids.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Marysville, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2008

We brought two 13 boys and a toddler and stayed Thursday and Friday nights. The water park had things for everyone to do, the slides were amazingly fun even for the adults, the toddler pool was fun and the lifeguards were very attentive, polite and had a close eye on everyone. The spa was nice we were able to walk in and get an appointment without a reservation. There is a magic quest with wands for the older boys that took 4 to 6 hours, and didn't have to be done all at once but it made statues, paintings and other decorations talk and give clues the boys greatly enjoyed it and it was worth the 39 each for them, they got to keep their wands. There was a game room with wii games such as guitar hero and some other games which only costs 5 dollars for each boy for the whole weekend. The staff was extremely friendly but not overly aggressive about it. The only thing that was greatly disappointing was the food it was HORRIBLE. we had dinner at the grill and my husband and I both sent our food back, my husband’s steak smelled like fish and my fish tasted like straight grease. The waiter quickly recognized our disgust and remove the charges from our bill. So we ended up eating pizza from Pizza hut which ended up being very good. We went to have breakfast at the buffet but it was only open on the weekends but after having breakfast there (not buffet) from a very limited menu it wouldn't have mattered if it was open because it was so bad. How do you ruin breakfast? There rest of our stay we had to leave the hotel to eat at surrounding restaurants. There was a fridge and microwave in the hotel so next time we go we would bring our own food. I have just never had food that bad in consecutive meals. But even though the food was bad we are planning to return because the rest of our experience was so good. Saturday was very crowded I would recommend staying during the week if possible.

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — Horrible food
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2008

We just returned from our stay at GWL and had a wonderful time!

HOTEL ROOM: The hotel room was clean, fun themed decor, all of the staff were very friendly and attentive (contrary to some prior reviews..so maybe it has been addressed). It had fun amenities like bubblegum body wash and vanilla cream shampoo.

WATERPARK: The water park was a scream! Lots to do for all ages. It's great to find a place where grandma, the teenage nephew, the little kids and the parents are ALL having a blast. The water park was clean and well attended with lots of lifeguards. We spent several hours in there. You are allowed to play all day on the day of your check out.

FOOD:The food and drinks were very good at the bar & grill. We thought the food prices at the bar & grill were reasonable. The snack bars and buffet seemed a little high. We had some wonderful blended drinks in a 32 oz.souvenir glass ($11.95) that was refillable during the stay for $8.

MAGIC QUEST: There was a "magic wand" that could be purchased for $15 plus $9 to activate it for the games (and more if you want to decorate it...it can get to be spendy). The kids shared it and ran all over the hotel looking for crystals, talking treasure boxes, animated animals, etc. They were entertained for hours with this. The game could be simple for little kids, or very involved for older kids. On the next visit you can reactivate the same wand for $15.

Electronic Bracelets are issued at check-in. These are your keys into your room and you can opt to have the ability to charge anything to your room by scanning your bracelet (from Starbucks, arcade tokens, snack bar/ restaurants, gift shops, even some vending machines). We really enjoyed not having to carry around cash and credit cards. You can allow your children over 12 to charge also, but that sounds dangerous to me. They also had a teen space with a disco, and Wii, etc.

This was a very theme-y resort. Lots of fun for families. It is not a budget get-away. We really had a great time and will definately be back.

  • Liked — great water park
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 20500 Old Highway 99, SW, Centralia, WA 98531
Location: United States > Washington > Centralia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Centralia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 398
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