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“A great family get-away” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wilderness on the Lake

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Wilderness on the Lake
Ranked #16 of 72 Hotels in Wisconsin Dells
Certificate of Excellence
Orland Park, Illinois
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A great family get-away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Great condo units - comfortable, spacious, tv with gaming for our teens, kitchen with whatever we need. We shop at the local SuperWalMart or bring food from home so we can eat in the unit instead of purchasing expensive resort food. The hottub is nice because it's indoor/outdoor - which makes it interesting in the winter time. We've also been there during the summer and pool is nice and clean and not nearly as crowded as the Wilderness Hotel. We've stayed at the lake resort several times and keep coming back.

Room Tip: Rooms close to the lobby are best - close to the fireplace and front desk.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

We are a family of 7 and visited Wilderness over Christmas 2012. The kids range from 3 to 11 years old. There are 4 indoor water park venues. We visited three. They were well maintained, clean and always manned with plenty of life guards. My kids enjoyed the venues we visited. There are also non-water activities that kept my kids busy (laser tag, ropes course, mini golf, game room, etc).

The only problem is that the resort campus is huge and the water and activity venues can be very far from the resort rooms. We stayed at the Canyon Lodge. The room was very nice, clean, furnished well. Our family of 7 had plenty of space. But the walk through the maze of hallways to the swim venues was very time consuming, confusing, and a huge drag.

If you stay at Wilderness, be ready to walk a lot.

I give Wilderness 7 or 8 out of 10 for everything except for the layout of the resort. And for the confusing layout alone I would not return Wilderness.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank 312may
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

My (new) wife and I wed on Dec 15th, 2012 and booked a room at the Kalahari. When we arrived we had an AWFUL experience with them right off the bat, and decided to look elsewhere for a place to stay that evening. We decided to call the Wilderness in hopes that they could salvage our wedding night... and that they did! The lady who took our reservations was more than helpful and accomodating to our situation. We explained what happened at the Kalahari, and assured us that would not be the case with the Wilderness. She booked us for one night in a Condo-room which ended up being about $50 less than what we wouldve paid for a standard room at the Kalahari. When we arrived we shocked at how big the room was: big entry-way, nice kitchen/dining/living room, beautiful master bed/bath, and the balcony was amazing (where we spent most of our time) complete with a very clean and nice jacuzzi that overlooked the lake. We were enjoying our stay so much that we asked for a late check-out which they promptly gave us at no extra charge. Overall, I was absolutely amazed and impressed, not only with the facilities, but also the staff. I will say that it was a little noisy with all the children, but that was expected and nothing that cost us sleep, etc. We are excited to return and stay there again! I can say with conviction that we will never stay anywhere in the Dells besides Wilderness on the Lake!

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor (of 4) on the north side and had a beatufiul view!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Andrew D
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

If your idea of a fun family vacation is being directly below a group of kids partying all night, Wilderness is the place for you! A very nice place, otherwise, but sound-proofing is minimal, and security seems to be ineffectual in dealing with disturbances.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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WI
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

We rented a two bedroom condo for a weekend trip with another couple. We did not want to leave. This resort was located right on Lake Delton. The room was very clean. Maid service was available on certain days if desired. There was a jacuzzi, kitchen, 2 fireplaces, and 2 spacious bedrooms with 2 spacious bathrooms. The kitchen came with all appliances, silverware, plates, and cleaning supplies. They provided a boat slip at no extra charge for whoever would like to bring a boat, however space was limited due to a first come first serve basis. The resort provided barbacue/picnic areas at no extra charge for individuals who desired to grill out, and sit by a campfire on an outdoor patio. All grilling areas were available on a first come first serve basis. All of the guests recieved passes for all of the wilderness resort waterparks. Pricing for some of the activities such as mini golf and some of the indoor theme parks were extra. The resort offered a pontoon that would take guests across the lake to other Wilderness resorts for no extra charge. Shuttle service from one resort to another was also available at no extra charge. There were so many things to do at the resort, we were not able to complete all of the activities in a one weekend visit. A variety of restaurants were available for different dining options at extra charge. Overall, this resort provided for a relaxing and pleasant getaway.

Room Tip: This resort is familly friendly.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Room was the tops. Two bed room condo had two full bathrooms-important when traveling with two teens.jacuzzI in 4 season deck was great. Room was very clear. Hardly saw anyone in the halls, very quiet even spooky. The resort proper was disapointing: Infinity pool much smaller then picture in advertisement, beach was small, dirty, and accessible only by steep ramps and stairs. Forget about it if you are older or have a physical issue. Resort store was junky and staff stayed back. No on site restaurant, but several a short drive. In all a nice change from the scene are Glacier Canyon our usual resort. WOTL is still part of the Wilderness chain that seems to be cl ueless about the next move: reinvest in existing properties or continue to expand adding more rooms, but adding more crowds to already over crowded water parks and restaurants. I'm through with these mega resorts. I'll be checking out Blackhawk or a small lake resort.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank duke7116
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

We had an absolutely gorgeous, comfortable condo with a full kitchen. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, the waterpark was so overcrowded that it was unsafe and uncomfortable. The hot tubs had about twice the number of posted guests in them. They were seriously overcrowded. The wave pool was fantastic, but again very overcrowded, and seemed quite unsafe. They had several lifeguards watching, but I can't imagine how they could ensure safety of that many people. Finally, there are no rules or policies that inhibit or restrict people from "saving" seats for hours and hours without using them, while many people have nowhere to sit. Sure, I could have just moved them, but why should I have to? There is no presence of employees (other than lifeguards), and so people just do what they please, even if its inconsiderate. At any one time less than 50% of the chairs were occupied by humans, but all had towels and belongings on them. This was upsetting to me.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Wilderness on the Lake
Address: 350 E Hiawatha Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-8475
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Wisconsin Dells
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#9 Family Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 500
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Wilderness On The Lake Hotel Wisconsin Dells

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