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Great Wolf Lodge
Ranked #11 of 71 Hotels in Wisconsin Dells
Certificate of Excellence
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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“Awesome Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Room and staff were execellent. Everything was clean and in order. One of the top three indoor parks in the Dells. The Quest was cool for all ages. The paw pass is well worth the money. Its a must for anyone with kids.The food on site is reasonably priced although the alcohol is outragously priced.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We just returned from a 'winter break' weekend. From the moment we arrived, 'til we dragged our tired feet back into the car for the ride home, we had only positive experiences. The room was spotless, and well maintained. It included all the comforts of home including a microwave and, refrigerator. The Northwoods 'Wolf' experience thrilled our kids with stuffed animals in the lobby, towering totem poles, printed carpet, and log carved beds. We packed our suits in a separate bag, and arrived early - about noon. Check in was very easy, and they went out of their way to accommodate us with a 3 year old who was having growth plate issues in his knee. They gave us a room on the same level, and located very close to the water park. The water park was extremely clean, the lifeguards were plentiful and attentive. We played until about 4:00 when we went up to our room, and out to dinner. We barely got back in time to put our pj's on, and head down for the 8:00 story time. With the story, and life sized characters, you would have sworn you were staying in Disneyworld on Disney property. I can't say enough good stuff about our experience. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast the following morning, and that was good, but, even more so, very convenient. The kids went to breakfast in their pajama's, making it simple to go back to our room, and change into our bathing suits quickly to enjoy the water park until about 10:30. After checkout at 11:00 we could have swam until 9:00 that night, but, honestly, we were filled with about as much fun as we could handle, and headed out to enjoy some of the other sights before our trip back home.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ForSure53
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Chicago, Illinois
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235 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We had another great stay at Great Wolf Lodge. We stayed here for the first time last Christmas and were looking forward to making it an annual event. Didn't make it in December but had just as much fun this February! No noticeable changes at the Waterpark or the Hotel but that is okay. This place has a comfortable, relaxed warm atmosphere that we love. Again we got a great room, the Loft Suite. This room is huge with plenty of room for our boys (ages 9 and 7) and hubby and I. The kids love having their own space upstairs (and so do we) along with their own TV. I like having the fridge and microwave sink area so we can make meals to save some money. I was able to easily warm up and serve the food I prepared and we really didn't need to go to the restaurant at all...but we did :-) The restaurant isn't cheap but it's not crazy expensive either and the food and service are really, really good. We all loved our meals. The brat burger was particularly awesome. We also picked up some Starbucks in the coffee shop for a little extra energy after climbing all those stairs at the waterpark. We have been to several indoor waterparks and this is still our favorite. It is laid out well and very clean. The lifeguards are attentive. Our kids will ride everything in this park....over and over again! The way it is designed it's easy to manage and keep track of your stuff and your kids while still having a great time. I think it is particularly good for families that have toddlers as well as older kids as the areas designed for toddlers are well defined but not separated from the other attractions. It was not crowded and we had very little waiting time for slide. We also love the Magiquest on site. The boys really got into it this year. (It is a wizzard themed super treasure hunt with a magical wand.) The only downside is more stairs. They have a workout room here but I've never used it as we get more than enough of a workout climbing all the stairs for the slides and magiquest! Magiquest is a great break from being wet and you never have to leave the lodge. I'd also recommend getting the Paw Pass. It includes a magiquest admission and wand, a stuffed animal, a drink with souvenir cup, a craft at the cub clup, some tokens for arcade and some discounts at local attractions. It really is worth the money. Our kids had fun painting a ceramic in the cub club. My 7 year old really liked the clock tower show and we went on the wolf walk in the lobby one morning (a staff member did a guided eye-spy game in the lobby and the kids found different animals and talked about them then made an origami wolf). My 9 year old wasn't too interested in either. The arcade is a great thing to do while hubby packs the car. It's not huge but has lots of great games. Overall we really had a great time. It's relaxing to have everything at the lodge and not need to leave. The only thing that I wouldn't rave about is the housekeeping. We had to call to get our room cleaned and they didn't do the best job (didn't restock coffee and cups, there were some candy wrappers from a previous guest in the nightstand). That said the hotel is well maintained so it wasn't a big problem. This place is a great family get away. We all had a great time! Looking forward to doing it again next year.

Room Tip: The condos are the farthest away from the water park. We were on the 4th floor and the elevator can...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RitaLyC
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We are big fans of the Dells and have been many times but I'll tell you, be prepared, it's a wide swath of America (the good, the bad, and the crass). Great Wolf seems to attract less of the crass than other resorts. The resort is quite nice and with younger kids (we have kids ranging from 7 to 1), it's particularly nice because it's all in one complex, no shuttle buses to get to the water park, no walks across snowy, windswept parking lots. Also, while there are certainly plenty of adult beverages availble. the focus seems to be more on the kids and you don't often see out of control drunk parents with their kids at the park. Also, the lifeguards seem to be well-trained and attentive. The rooms (we usually stay in the condo-wing are perfect for a big group. The only downside is there are no views to be had from the room - it's directly on the interstate. But, the service, the convenience, and the nice accommodations make up for that. Also, across the parking lot is the outlet mall which is always a big hit. Great spot for a family vacation and safe - the resort does not sell day passes so it's never too crowded.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank FreezinginMinnes0ta
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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

My wife came with the flu about 2.5 days before our reservation, so I called to cancel. They said it was within 72 hours (I believe it was around 65 hours before) so we'd lose the entire amount ($350) if we cancelled which seems outrageous. We were never warned about this policy when we originally booked, and they refused to waive it for us. However they said we could reschedule once with no penalty.

We rescheduled for 1.5 months out, but the same room was $199 then. They refuse to refund the difference, and instead gave us a $150 credit to use at the resort. I guess we'll be ordering a ton of room-service.

Hopefully nothing in life prevents us from going this time. The reschedule was a one time thing and then they claim they just get to keep my $350 for no service provided.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sutekh
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Howards Grove
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Ranks in my top 3 worst vacations. When we arrived, our condo wasn't ready yet so they took our number to call us when it would be....except they never called. There we were waiting in line again wondering when we could get into the room. When we finally made our way to the front of the line, the attendants response for no call was " they must have forgot, I don't know." She then wrote down our condo number and walked away leaving us not even knowing where we were going. When we finally got to the water park, we did manage to have a little fun when there was a tube or mat available. Instead of allowing everyone a turn, guests kept the tube or mat to ride again ignoring the people waiting, well the attendants just watched ( keep in mind this was a Sunday night.) When we settled for the night in our condo, we kept hearing a dripping noise. As it turned out, every time the room upstairs used the toilet or shower, the water dripped very loudly in the walls of the bedroom. By 5 am kids were running around upstairs and screaming. We decided to head to the lobby for coffee only to find out the treats shop doesn't open till 7. I really don't know why I would ever stay here again when you get better service at a McDonald's. Since my niece was tired from not sleeping the night prior, we attempted the water park before we left to return home. Once again no tubes or mats and a complete disaster. Best part of the trip was getting home today.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Lindsay P
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Our room was a family suite on the main floor. Very close to the waterpark entrance.
The room was clean with standard amenities and comfy beds. Nothing stood out to make it more than average. No issues with noise from other guests, but it was February.
Value of the resort is lacking. Everything at the resort is overpriced. Eg. $7.50 for two Starbucks brand coffees. Dunkins across the street was worth the trip on future mornings. Avoided any other purchases from the resort. Many quality restaurants in the area (Famous Dave's and Monks were great).
What made the stay memorable was the waterpark. No crowds, attentive and professional lifeguards, clean, fun, and warm. It won us over and we will return based on this attraction alone. Kudos to management for only allowing hotel guests to use the waterpark. Will return next year, even with the poor value of the rest of the resort.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Droolinglooneytunes
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Property: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 1400 Great Wolf Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Wisconsin Dells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#15 Family Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 204
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