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“Great Girls Getaway, Perfect in EVERY Way!”

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Wilderness on the Lake
Ranked #16 of 72 Hotels in Wisconsin Dells
Certificate of Excellence
Peru, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Girls Getaway, Perfect in EVERY Way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2007

I planned a bachelorette party weekend at the Wilderness on the Lake for 9 girls from September 7th-9th. I called ahead for the reservation because I wanted to make sure I had exactly the room and anemities that I wanted. The booking agent was very nice and very helpful. She answered all of my questions. I also had to call back prior to the trip to add on more guests; the agent I spoke with then was also helpful and friendly. When we got there check-in was a breeze. 3 minutes tops and we were on the way to the room. We stayed in condo room 320: a 2 bedroom equipped for up to 9 people. It was amazing. 2 fireplaces, a hot tub that 4 of us fit comfortably in and enough sleeping space for everyone. The rollaway bed was already in the room and they also had extra bath and dish towels waiting. There was another party of 6 adults staying next door to us and neither party could hear the other through the walls....which is impressive because when you get 9 giggling girls together it is not quiet. Overall the room was a 10, perfectly clean dishes in the kitchen, super clean bathrooms, I can not find one thing to complain about in the room.
The infinity pool on the Wilderness on the Lake property is absolutely beautiful (see picture). We spent most of the day at Wilderness' water parks and then relaxed the afternoon away in the heated infinity pool with beautiful views of Lake Delton. There is an outdoor bar not 50 feet away and if you go inside a door there's a dining/concession area. Great convienence.
The water parks at the Wilderness are great. They have so much to do that it is not at all crowded. The lines for the slides were very short, we never waited over 5 minutes. We found that almost all of the water in the outdoor areas was very warm, probably heated. It was only between 75 and 80 with a breeze and it never felt cold in the outdoor pools and lazy rivers. I was also surprised of how few small kids were running around. Maybe it's because they were in school but we found that there were alot of young adults and teenagers enjoying time with their friends. Kids primarily stayed in the areas designated for them so if you are considering this for an adult get away, it really is a great time.
To get to the other side of the resort where the water parks were we took the water taxi. I really don't think most people knew about it. There was a huge group of people wating for the shuttle busses out front and one of the desk clerks suggested we take the water taxi. The dock is behind the resort down from the infinity pool. The pontoon boat was large enough for at least a dozen people and only took about 5 minutes. The view of the resort from the lake is great and made for some nice pictures. It took us right to the other side of the lake where a shuttle was waiting to give us a 2 minute ride to any water park we wanted.
We were really sad to leave but surprised to find that checking out took 30 seconds, literally. I gave the room number and keys and they said, thanks have a great day...that was it! Overall, I give Wilderness an A+ for customer service, quality and value. This was my first time at the Dells and I will definately be going back; and definately staying at Wilderness on the Lake!

  • Liked — Great room and anemities for the price.
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 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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illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2007

My husband and I loved everything about the Wilderness On The Lake and our teenagers had a blast! It is a nice quiet place for the entire family and has magnificent views of the lake. We had a walk out 3 bedroom unit which was awesome. We spent a lot of time sitting outside and watching the lake activity. The private beach was also nice and fun to watch younger children with the ducks.

Pros:
Quiet
Very large rooms
Large full kitchen
Porch area with chairs, fireplace and hot tub
shuttle service was convenient, fast and friendly
staff was friendly
walking distance to several local resaurants and activities
lake views
beach
water shuttle
beautiful infinity pool
nice outdoor/indoor hot tub
Very Clean
nice lobby
and just about everything else!

cons;
miss my dog
no wood fires

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — no pets
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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3 Thank nanners5
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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2007

this was our second 4th of July at the wilderness on the lake. still a great place to stay for families. Rooms are spacious and clean. The resort was pretty full but most guests seem to go over to the other parks for the water parks. We have small children and the park at WOTL is more for younger kids. Always tough to find a cart to bring luggage in since they really seem to not allow check in till after 3:00PM. A year later will still recommend this place for families. hope they keep up the rooms, a little more wear from 06 to 07 seemed excessive.

  • Liked — relaxing room and views on the water
  • Disliked — lack of service, this hotel is self sufficient, staff avg at best and not well staffed
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Thank LZfamily
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Chatham, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2007

Attacked by condo sellers upon check in! Went begrudgedly and was promised a 1.5 hour talk. Took 3.5 hours, and on top of that the lady selling them crammed my family, 5 of us, in a Kia sedona that had the daylights beat out of it. The other issue is that the Dells has a population of 2,441. As you can imagine you can't staff all the resorts. So, most places have foreigners. Not bad, except they don't speak very well english and to top it off on the lazy river one of the lifeguards fell asleep! Bad place. Room was filthy, cheerios on the floor overall it suckes

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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chicago, il
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2007

Last minute, quick trip, just to get away. 2 hours after check-in, the shuttle bus driver backed into our parked vehicle in the parking lot. After wasting 2 hours with police reports, the management staff refused to comp us in anyway.
Evidently there is a septic problem as well. Their was sewage coming up in the yard by the condos.
And as we were packing up to leave, we found clothing from a previous guest thrown behind the dresser.
This is the 2nd time my family and I have stayed at this resort. The first time we stayed in a hotel room in Glacier Canyon. Similar problems. We discovered food wrappers under the bed.
I really enjoyed our first stay but not the second.
I don't know if we'll go again but I will let everyone know of our most recent experience there.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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4 Thank illfamily
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Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2007

We just returned from a 5-day stay at this resort and were very pleased. The room was beautiful and very clean. The resort is perfect for families with small children. The indoor and outdoor waterparks are very preschooler friendly. We did not use the shuttle and had not problem with parking or with finding any of the waterparks.

Keep in mind when making a reservation that the luxury they use to describe themselves is based strictly on the accomodations. If you are looking for luxury service, this is not the resort for you! This is a very do it yourself kind of place. The one exception is the cabanas. I highly recomend reserving one - especially if you will be at the resort during some of the busier times. It was very nice to have a place to keep our things and to relax!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2007

We are a family of four, and we stayed with another family of four in a two bedroom room. It was beautiful! It was spacious, clean, and comfortable. We cooked our own breakfast and supper, and bought lunch at the water parks. We took a shuttle boat and bus over to another resort to go to the waterpark. Then to get back we called for a shuttle bus who came very shortly after we called. The waterpark at the Wilderness on the Lake was great - especially for small kids. The adults didn't even put on our swimsuits, we just stayed on the side of the pool and watched (as we were tired from our day at the larger park). I would recommend this to anyone, and we will be going back!

  • Liked — The space!
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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3 Thank Iowa01
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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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