Great Wolf Lodge
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The Great Wolf Lodge is located about an hour and 1/2 drive south of Seattle.
We hired a car (best deal from BUDGET $300USD for one week for a Nissan Versa). Luckily Wayne had no problem adjusting to driving on the opposite side of the road and we were on our way!
Heading south on the I5, we arrived at our destination and were …
Wow! A late night equals a big sleep in. The boys didn't get up until 10! When we got started we headed downstairs and hooked up with Darren and the girls who were about to start a Magic Treasure hunt. It's quite a scavenger hunt through the hotel, which tasks the kids with finding certain objects that once found illuminate through a IR magic wand …
So as our story continues, by now you all know how we roll. At this point, the dirt factor is approaching extreme levels and the RV bed has Daddy discovering aches they don't have names for, so we have diverted somewhat from our plan. Instead of staying over again at the Fort, although we loved it and would recommend to anyone, and will definitely …
WELL SEVERAL OF US ARE SITTING IN THE LOBBY OF THE GREAT WOLF LODGE AT GRAND MOUND WASHINGTON. THE SCHOOL BUS PICKED UP THE PARENTS AT THE HOTEL AT ABOUT 8:15AM, WITH THE KIDS ALREADY ON BOARD AND WE MADE THE SHORT TRIP TO THE WATER PARK, BUT OF COURSE IT IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
GREAT WOLF IS A MASSIVE HOTEL, LODGE COMPLEX. NOT SURE HOW …
... was overdue for replacement. The trail was wooded, mossy and much different then any other trail we have done thus far. It felt as if we were surrounded by a rain forest. The moss covered trees were pretty cool to see. We were also able to see a couple of doe and a buck as we emerged from the forest, for a very brief moment, into a meadow. No more than 100 feet later, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
A great place to stay for a family friendly experience and to leave reality for a couple of days.
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We arrived for a Spring Break get away. Arrived at 3:50 for the written 4:00pm check in time and was told rooms weren't ready and they would call me when the rooms were. Any time estimate? No. I received my call a little after 6:30pm. They said check in 'begins' at 4:00pm and you can't expect to get your room at 4:00. Our room was the cheapest at 299.00 per night. There is no valet parking, bell boys or room service at this "hotel" (they call it a "resort"). The restaurant is tiny and can't accomodate the numbers, and isn't very good. The buffet restaurant is a grease train with no salad bar or vegtables. Yuk! We went to Safeway down the road about 7 miles to stock up. The rooms are decent with fridges and microwaves. The beds are foam and very uncomfortable.
As far as a venue for a fun good time, the waterpark is excellent. The only issue I had with the waterpark itself, was the snack shop that was selling alcohol. The problem is a small sign was on the counter stating to keep it inside of fenced area, but there was no enforcement. The beer was all over the park, including some sitting unattended on tables. We have to remeber this is a FAMILY fun park.
Arrived at 1:00 and received wristbands to use the water park before 4:00 check in time. Went to the lobby to check in at 5:00 and waited in line for 45 minutes. I would advise anyone to not check into their room until after 6pm. to avoid the lines. The rooms are very nice. We had a "wolf den" room and the kids really enjoyed their own space. You really don't need to spend the extra $ for the kid room because we only spent 2 hours of awake time in our room. We ate at the buffet for dinner. It was a little pricey and our waiter wasn't very helpful. The kids enjoyed that we didn't have to leave the facility. After dinner, we walked out to the clock tower and the kids watched the show/storytime. Starbuck's still isn't open and one slide still isn't working. They don't have iced coffee, so I drove to a drive-thru espresso stand and swung over to McDonalds for breakfast sandwiches while the kids already started swimming with their Dad. The breakfast buffet looked good, but it is pricey for us to do the buffet twice. Overall, we loved our stay. We had all day to swim on arrival day and swam until 2pm the next day. Plenty of time for a 1 night stay. I think they need to better their arrival check-in procedure and make the buffet more affordable. We will definately go back!
The water park is awesome. My kids (9, 7, 4) said it was the best time they ever had. They would not stop thanking me for booking the trip. The thrill rides are thrilling, the wave pool is exciting, and the play areas are a blast.
Poorly managed abd riddled with design flaws
DON'T GO - NOT WORTH THE MONEY!
I could write a whole dissertation on all that went wrong, but I'll just hit the highlights:
We brought our 8 year old son and 5 year old twin daughters to Great Wolf Lodge on Friday the 28th of March. The kids had a fantastic time on the scale of visiting a large a theme park!
Took my 3 kids for Spring break, 9, 5, 9 months and Grandma! We checked in early on a Monday, no bell hops no valet. Loved our room we had the family suite. Loved the waterpark although not everything is built yet, no lazy river. Food was horrible, priced too high for family's, if you didn't get right to the buffet when they opened food was cold and selection poor. The staff at every food venue kept saying we are out of this we are out of that we've 86'd this or that. Couldn't get fast service at any of the food venues they even forgot to bring my five year old her milk saying "adults make mistakes too" The elevators were constantly not working having to hike three kids and Grandma down the stairwell 6 floors! Loved the idea, Loved the waterpark, disliked the food and slowness of the staff. Constantly being told, '"Sorry were new". Not good enough for a well known Corporate venture.
We just returned from two night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. It was great. We had a Kid Kabin Suite which was perfect for the 6 of us (2 adults, 2 teens, and 2 children aged 4 and 5). The suite seemed a bit pricey but when you consider that some outdoor water parks charge $33 per person, the room was a great deal. Everything was brand new and the staff was really nice. We arrived around 4:30 and were checked in right away. The hotel was totally sold out and there seemed to be cars lined up all the time with people trying to check in. But it didn't seem over-crowded. We put our name on the list for dinner about an hour before we were ready to eat and they gave us a pager and it worked out great. The only small complaint I have is that they need more places to hang wet clothes in the room and that there isn't all that much info provided in the room such as a hotel map and phone numbers. I tried to phone the spa to make a reservation but the only number listed was for the front desk and I tried calling that twice but got no answer because they were so busy. Overall, this place is great for families of all ages. Check it out.
New and awful so far
I've been here 2.5 hours and still am unable to get into my room. I booked over 2 weeks ago. A lot of "I'm sorry's" and quite a few "your room will be ready in 15 minutes" but still nothing. My son is enjoying the video game room and I'm sitting in the lobby watching our bags. No valet service, no where to store bags so you can enjoy your 2 hour + wait for your room. I'll have to rate the amenities later if I ever get a chance to see them. They say check-in is at 4:00 - save yourself the trouble and go have some fun - call ahead to see if maybe you may see your room before dinner.
Staying at the new Great Wolf couldn't have been a better experience. The staff was amazing throughout the entire property. We even got upgraded to a better room free of charge. We ate at the Loose Moose Buffet and enjoyed it greatly. Bought some gift from the gift shop as well and things were priced very reasonably. For having just opened up I'd like to say the staff is doing an amazing job! There were a few bumps in the road (for example the squirrals didn't pop up during the clock tower show), but isn't that to be expected when a place hasn't even been open a week? The norhwest really needed a good family retreat and I'd like to welcome Great Wolf to the area with open arms. I would even say the rates are fair for what you get, we stayed in a Kid Cabin suite and it had everything, down to a themed sleeping area for the kiddos and a fridge and microwave and EVEN a fireplace.