This was our second trip to the Great Wolf Lodge (first in '09) and I was hoping it would be better. Nothing had changed.
*Water park is tons of fun for the kids (the whole reason we went)
*Lifeguards-a-plenty, life jackets available, you can tell safety is important
*Nice gift shop
*Arcade had a decent variety of games
*Ice cream parlor is really, really good
*Mostly pleasant staff
*Handy to use wrist bands to enter rooms and charge to room
*GWL was "sold out" when we were there and while crowded, it didn't feel jam packed
*WAY overpriced for what you receive
*Food - snacks - mini-pizza/fries/drink combos were around $9 and tasted like cardboard. Hot dog wasn't much better. Snacks took about 20 minutes to prepare which seems like an eternity with hungry kids. Even vending machine snacks are way overpriced. Dinner - don't eat at the Bar & Grill. Our total for 2 adults and 2 kids meals was $60 (no cocktails) and it was horrible. The next morning we ate at the breakfast buffet which tasted alright, but led to nausea for my husband and I. Not worth it.
*Kid-friendliness - this surprised me, but they have no crayons (or even activities) for the kids in the restaurants while you're waiting for your food. The server said they used to have crayons but spent hours cleaning so they rid of them. They should contact Crayola and have color wonder markers at every table. The other thing are the kids cups. We ordered juice for our toddler and they basically put a flimsy lid on a hard permanent cup, with a straight straw. This happened at 2 different restaurants. You'd think they would have a type of kids cup (permanent or not) that was easier for little ones to handle with a bendable straw. Kids love to keep that stuff too.
*Beds - both queen beds sank slightly in the middle and were not comfortable.
*Holding tables/chairs - they are "reserved" early by guests setting their towels on them. There should be some sort of 30 minute policy so people move along and let others sit for a bit. Or offer more seating.
*Extreme smell of chlorine in the water park (not sure how they can avoid that)
*Extreme noise from "rides" and water gushing (not sure how they can lessen that)
*Smell - the room had a mildewy odor. Not something you'd expect for their room rates.
They have a variety of other items and activities - for an additional fee - to keep kids busy (Magi-Quest - the game where kids run around with wands), but it seems like they should all be included in the price.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Booking.com, Travelocity, Hotwire and Cancelon so you can book your Great Wolf Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Centralia
- Great Wolf Resort
- Great Wolf Lodge Washington/Centralia