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Friday August 8, 2014
After performing some domestic chores around the camper we headed into Branson, MO, to see what all the hoopla is about. Our first stop was at "Danna's Bar-B-Que & Burger" for lunch, Valerie had read that they had gluten free rolls so we decided to try it out. The bar-b-que pork and the gluten free rolls were great, and the portions ...
Thursday August 7, 2014
This morning because of the rain we slept in, and didn’t leave the campground until 10:00. We
drove west a short distance to Republic MO, and the “Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield” where we spent about 3 hours talking to the rangers, watching the movie and taking a ...
... games. We then drove to the "Historic District". Beautiful scenery surrounded the White River but the 'historic' part left a lot to be desired. It was really an outdoor strip mall with many contemporary stores. Steve and the kids enjoyed go-karting to end the evening. Tomorrow (7/10) Will turns 15 and we're headed to St. Louis to see a Cardinals game. Happy Birthday Will! ...
... encountered more ticks than the 2 of us have seen in a very long time. And yes, we did use a good amount of Deep Woods Off. The little buggers liked us anyway! After leaving Pea Ridge, we headed to our campground in Branson, MO. Almost immediately upon crossing the state line the terrain changed from Ozark mountains to relatively flat farmland...definitely a change from what we've seen the past couple of days. Branson is supposedly a bit like Gatlinburg, TN...a big tourist ...
Beautiful day today about 30C with low humidity, great for my last tour of the area. Today I thought I would take it easy and take a relaxed journey this time. Well, that lasted about two curves and then I poured on the heat :-).
Reminiscing about yesterdays trip and today's, I saw more poverty in Southern Missouri (villages made up of old house trailers, Dollar General and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Country Inn Branson
The rooms provide a basic place to sleep. Beds are not the most comfortable but if you need an affordable place to stay they will work. This is more like a motor-in with separated buildings housing a theater, restaurants, water parks, pools, and entertainment complexes. The indoor water park will make your kids happy.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Country Inn Branson
We just returned from Branson and stayed at the Grand Country Inn. I had spent hours researching info on hotels. and cannot say enough good things about Grand country. I had made resrevations via the phone and spoke with Sarah-very professional and polite. When we arrived, the line was 4 people long and there were 4 people working, so about a 10min. wait. Very polite and genuinely nice staff. Our room was ready, but some of the other people who were there had to wait until their room was ready, but you could go to all the shopping or eating places 1 minute away and relax, shop, eat, whatever, while you waited. Our room was great, clean and tidy. Nothing spectacular, but we were satisfied, it was very roomy, and there was a iron and board and hairdryer-website does not mention this. Our 4 year old loved all the swimming pools and water fun. Everything is either in walking distance, or a very short drive. They also have 2 outdoor pools and one indoor pool in addition to all the other water slides, also 3 hottubs. Plenty of things to do. Our dtr. also loved the Pet Comedy show-ask for the first few rows, often still available close to showtime. She laughed the entire time-close to 2 hours long! You get discounts on the tickets, free coffee and tea anywhere on the Grand Country premises-which in itself saved us a good deal-we love caffeine!! Also the pizza buffet is $5.99 for all you can eat salad and pizza-tons of different kinds spinach, alfredo, bbq, and chocolate chip(dtrs. favorite) to name a few, as well as your common pepperoni, etc.-it was great!! Also discounts on the ice cream bar-WONDERFUL !! There is an arcade too, and you do not need to leave the center if you don't want to. If so, go carts, rides for the kids, bumper boats, minigolfing, are just down the street, also a steak/oyster pub across the street. Now, I have given you all the great things about this hotel. I do have a few suggestions--when I called for reservations, after reading others reviews and knowing I do not walk distances, esp. in summer heat, I asked for bldg. #1-supposedly closest to water park, etc.,well I was told it was an extra$10 per day to stay in bldg. #1. I found this very tacky and unfair to say the least, esp. when they were not at all full when we arrived. Anyway, for $10/night, I would walk or drive. I was totally surprised that they would do this-(probably nieve). Anyway, when we arrived-bldg. #1 is very unappealing to me-no parking in front of the rooms, as people driving up from other bldg. have their spots!! Also, very noisy in the area, and if you have little ones, look out for all the traffic coming in and out. Very dangerous I thought. It was no closer to the shopping or the music hall. We were in bldg. #2 around the back-very quiet, plenty of parking and walked 1 min. to the indoor pool and hottub. We drove to the shopping and eatting and show-no big deal. We saw #3 bldg. too -they have an outddor pool right there-less traffic and noise there too. I'm not sure why anyone would want to pay$10/night for #1!!!! One more point, the buffet food was awfully dry and bland for $11, but that was the only drawback to our entire stay, I would highly recomment staying here.
if your lookin for 5 star class keep lookin! if you want to have a great time with the kids nothin can beat it!! 5 min. from the stampied and track. shoneys right across the street. was great!!!!
My family and I stayed at the Grand Country Inn a couple of weeks ago, and we absolutely loved it. The rooms are very clean, and the staff are nice and polite. The Grand Buffet is awesome. Besides a couple of other things, our whole vacation was spent there in the Square and we loved it, and will most definately go back. I do have to say though, the only thing that we found dissapointing was the parking, but with a hotel that is so popular, I guess you just have to deal with that. Our children loved the water park, and I have to admit, my husband and I had just as much fun as they did. Thanks for a great vacation. We will stay again.
Stay for the Water Park only
We stayed at the Grand Country Inn the week of July 5th.
Reasons to stay at Grand Country Inn:
1. The Waterpark is really fun and will keep the kids busy. Since it is indoors, you'll have something to do if it rains. We stayed in Building 2 and the walk was not bad at all. I didn't find the lifeguards rude. They are just doing their job and trying to keep anyone from getting hurt.
2. The mall on the property is convenient for eating (buffet, ice cream, pizza) and the indoor putt-putt.
Reasons not to stay at the Grand Country Inn:
1. The rooms are VERY basic ( no coffee maker or other amenities) and the towels are the thinnest I have ever seen at a hotel. We could have gotten a much nicer room for the $99 a night. You are paying for the waterpark and not a nice room.
2. Service is not great. Crowded check-in and one day they did not even clean our room. When they do clean you room, they leave the door open and you come to a room full of flies.
If you have small children and the niceness of the room is not important to you, The Grand Country Inn might fit your bill.
Loved the Country Inn
Just got back from our trip to Branson and gotta tell you all, it is the best place to visit ever. We stayed at the Grand Country Inn and they had everything from a pizza parlor which is good, ice cream parlor that's delicious, theatre with fantastic shows and if you have kids then they will love the pet show, shops, indoor golf, indoor/outdoor pool with spas and the best ever water park that is also indoors. My kids loved that the best and they had tons of activities that is kid friendly there. Indoor water slides, rafting, baby section, snack type restaurant, spas, activities, and even an outdoor section for the kids to play in the water. We had a bit of problems with the staff the first day upon arrival but after that all went smooth. The buildings are spread apart and quite a walk to and from the park and pools but you can always drive up there if you're not up for the walk. Just an all around great place to stay for the young and old as well.
A Big Hit with my 6 year old!
We've been once last summer and we couldn't pull our then 5 year old son away from the water slides and pool to enjoy other activities. He's been intimidated by such activities in the past. This was something we all enjoyed. We're heading back over the 4th of July, this time with an infant. The only annoyance last 4th of July was that people were letting off big fireworks in the parking lot at all hours. Not great for a family with young children.
Okay, but lacks convenience.
The Grand Country Inn was a slight disappointment but Okay for the most part. My two kids ages 8 and 11 even agree that our next trip to Branson we will be lodging elsewhere...that in itself says alot. I had higher expectations along with the kids that the water park would be much more than it was. We were unlucky to have our room in the building the furthest away...three buildings available with rooms...suggest asking for the building by the water park when booking. It is a good 15 minute walk to the water park from our building and I had read the other reviews posted here prior to going so had an idea of what to possibly expect...thank goodness it was not in the winter months. Be aware that the water park in not really adult oriented, strickly for the kids with the exception of the lazy river and spas...very crowded at times. I can't say the life guards were rude as posted on a previous review but just high school kids not really excited about being there in my opinion. The room was clean and the food was good. Over all I think you can do better for a lot CHEAPER PRICE. Good luck and hope your stay will be a great one...this is only my two cents worth.
My husband and I and our 2 daughters have stayed at Grand Country twice and it is wonderful! The water parks "rock"in our daughters words. The adults can sit comfortably in the huge hot tubs while the kids are playing on the huge slides right in the same area. If you get tired of the hot tub, join the kids because my husband and I had just as much fun in the water park as the girls did. It is close to the malls and you can bribe the kids to go shopping as long as you promise another trip back to the water slides! Try it and you will have a ball!
My family (6 adults and 3 children) stayed at the hotel. It has outdoor hallways, which they fail to advertise and very little parking near your rooms. We were lucky enough to get into the building closest to the waterpark, even though it was still a five minute walk in the cold.
The waterpark was a complete disaster. There were different areas, a small pool, slides, hot tubs, lazy river, and an childrens pool. We spent about four hours in the park, and the entire time we were there, one or more of the areas were closed. We were told they didn't have enough life guards. Coincidently, there were up to four people at one time standing at the front desk talking. When we complained to the management of the motel, all they said was, "The park is a different company and we have nothing to do with them." The guards were rude, always blowing their whistles and yelling at people, one guard even grabbed a little boy by his head for running. My son is 18 months old and wasn't allowed to do most things. I am from Wisconsin, near the Dells, so maybe my expectations were too high. I personally thought this place sucked and would never stay again, even if it was free!
Not what we expected
We just returned from the Grand Country on March 16. Let me start off by saying I travel quite a bit for business and I am a Hilton Diamond Member, so I have seen alot of different hotels from good to bad. We visited with 2 adults and a 5 year old. The hotel room was clean and comfortable (a little noisey at about 6am when all the kids wake up and start running crazy, but this is a hotel that caters to families with children). The food was very good in the buffet. The mini golf is fun and price ok. Game room is small, crowded and has alot of old, and not working, games. Here are the problems. The hotel is spread out in separate buildings over a large area. They tell you everything is in walkable distance, and it is, if you don't mind a brisk 10 minute walk in the cold after leaving a water park! If you drive around the property it is hard to find a close spot to park, then you still have to jump in a cold car! There is 1 hotel building close to the water park, and when we asked to be moved there they pretty much laughed at us. I think they save those rooms for their friends. The people at the front desk definately lack customer service skills! The water park is ok. It is pretty small and crowded. Guests at the hotel get free admission. We called before we went and they told us the park was only open to guests at the hotel. This is not true. You can buy a day pass for $15.00. I saw several people with no wrist bands on and they really don't check at the door. If you walk around the property you will find wrist bands laying around. I don't want to sound too negative here, its just not what we expected. We would have had alot better time renting a cabin(there are many in Branson) and spending a day at the water park.
It would have cost less and we could have avoided the constant crowd at this hotel. If a cabin doesn't sound good to you, there are plenty of better priced nice clean hotels in the area. Some may even be a shorter walk to the water park than this hotel!