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Sorry this is a bit late! So much has been going on these last few days! On Wednesday, my friends and I drove up to Traverse City which is in the northern part of Michigan State. There are a lot of beautiful lakes and bays around that area and the view of lake Michigan is fabulous! There are also a lot of vineyards in the area and lots of tourist shops! We stayed the night up ...
SUNDAY - We couldn't decide if we wanted to xtend a day in Ludington and lose a day here but decided to head up to Sleeping Bear Dunes NP. It was a hard choice since no wi-fi for me and cable for Terry.
The trip was an easy one and we checked into our site which is nice and cozy in the trees. We are "roughing" since we have only electricty and 2 channels.
We headed out on exploring the beaches ...
This is Friday, our final day at Elk Lake. After several days of visiting some of the area tourist spots, the weather allowed us to rent a pontoon boat and fish for the day. Several days this week the winds were too strong and the water choppy.
Keith, Todd (Keith's brother), Darryl and Lucas spent about six hours ...
... decided to take a carriage tour of the island. The tour had several on and off stops for photo ops and to take in the history of the homes and historic shops on the island. An afternoon was not enough time to explore the whole island. We think another trip with overnight stay at ...
After a night of Lucas and Keith camping in the back yard, the whole group drove about 30 minutes west of Traverse City along Lake Michigan to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. These dunes were created during the Ice Age and are constantly shifting. ...
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- Swimming pool
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City
A blast of fun
We took 8 adult children/kids in law and 7 grandchildren, ages 10 mo.
to 11 years. We all had a blast. There was something fun for everyone.
We stayed for 2 nights. The little kids are still talking about it and want to go back. The food was excellent. We ate in the restaurant for every meal. Some of our children brought food for their kids for breakfast and lunch as there are frigs and microwaves in the rooms. The kids enjoyed free craft sessions and played in the video arcade. It was a great family adventure for us all.
First of all Traverse City is beautiful. So many things to see and do outside. But if rains you can retreat to the Lodge.The Great Wolf Lodge is great for children! For the little ones there is the cub Club. Here they have different scheduled crafts through the day. Some are free and some are very inexpensive. You can come in whenever no need to sign up for the class. A great arcade that is addicting, a great warm decor, different water acctivities and pools for all sizes. All the staff was friendly and helpful. The only thing I would change is the restaurants menus. The choices were limited is we wanted to keep on a budget.
Fun, but i wouldn't stay their more than one night...
I went to the Great Wolf lodge with my family of 5. The water park was really nice because it had a place for babies to play or little kids. I wouldn't go for more than one night because you would have two full days to play in the water park and thats all you really need before it gets boring. There isn't a whole lot to do and you end up doing a lot of things over again and it wouldn't be worth a second night. I also met some guys there who looked like they could be twins.... they had a younger brother and a friend with them. i am hoping one of them reads this and then writes a review displaying their e-mail.... so we can communicate.. .... over all it was a nice trip!
Can't believe everything you read in reviews
Visited the Great Wolf Lodge this week. Don't understand some of the complaints in the reviews I read here. There WAS a dresser in the room I stayed in. Everything was spotless and the volume control on the TV worked perfectly, as did the LodgeNet movie system. Do tend to agree that the lodge is somewhat overpriced. Staff was always friendly but seemed understaffed at times. Checkout lines were very long. I opted to turn in my keys and run. All in all a very nice 3 days.
Great Place for Families
A great place to take the family. We had children along with us from age 5 to 14years old and they loved it. The rooms were beautiful. We had two- one was the kids cabin with the bunk beds and tv in their own private area and a fireplace, patio, and queen bed. The other was the family room and had two queen beds, a couch that makes into a bed and tv, microwave, refrigerator. We have stayed at many hotels, often Myrtle Beach. I don't believe we have had a better value for the guest we had - a total of 10. 4 adults and 6 children. and water park passes thrown in. Staff was helpful and often I would see the lifeguard making sure children were playing safe. I will go back and the children are pleading for us to go back. The loved the Water Pail dumping on them.
Fun, fun, fun!
Our family met for a mini get away at the lodge. After reading some of the reviews we were a little nervous as to what to expect. We were pleased by every feature. This is a place that caters to families. The rooms were wonderful, we had the suite so we could all stay together. The water park provided hours of fun, as did the archade. We plan on going in the late fall again. Glad to see many of the initial problems were worked out. Thanks for a great time!!!
Contrary to some of the other reviews, we had a very good experience. The service was very good -- perhaps the resort worked out its service-related issues -- the water park was clean and very fun. We had as much fun as our son and daughter. The only time we saw our children was when they were hungry. They played in the park for about seven hours the first day (We stayed two nights). I thought the prices in the restaurants were very reasonable and service was very good. One of the restaurants had a breakfast buffet with an omelet station and everything was fresh and good. The restaurants were not overly crowded during any of the meals. We never left the resort. The room maid paid us a visit in the mornings inquiring as to whether or not we needed anything. The rooms themselves were nothing special, but fine accommodations.
Stayed there for 2 nights and was surprised at the cost to value rating... that is a lot of cost and in my opinion not much value.Pros:Gas Fireplace--easy to turn on.Nice jacuzzi in room (but would have chosen a different room if I had realized how nice the hot tubs were in the water park--given that the place was not crowded, there was no problem accessing the hot tubs)Really cleanLots of activities for small kids (under 8) Story Time and Cub's Club were very nice.Friendly staffLarge rooms--very well sound-proofed except for the inevitable pounding that vivacious children will do when they throw their entire weight off of bunk beds to the floor.Baths were clean and new. Also plenty room for a potty chair (brought from home). Plenty of towels in the bath.Nice appliances. Clean. small refridgerator and microwave, and coffeemaker were in the room, separate from the bath!!!Cons:Most nice hotels have a book that outlines services, hours, restaurant menu, spa services, and prices for extras such as phone calls, etc. This had only a printed sheet of hours for each of the stores, water park, and restaurant.The one restaurant that I tried to frequent had no ingredient list--a problem for those with a child with multiple food allergies. I elected to go to an outside restaurant rather than risk exposure to a possible allergen (and therefore avoid an emergency room trip).No dressers in the rooms at all! All our gear remained in a suitcase throughout our stay, our gear was placed in small piles around our room, making our space rather crummy looking.We saw a lot of very small kids (as young as 2 years old) unsupervised in the pool areas. One incident we directly observed involved a 2 year old attacking another two year old and the attacking two year old's parent watching the entire episode unconcerned from forty feet away! Until of course someone intervened to pull their child off the other two year old, then they got really motivated... but no one from the lifeguard staff did a thing.What a nightmare checkine paid a bargain $175 for a jacuzzi room) there was not enough desk help and absolutely no one to help with bags or carts. It looked like a great nomadic migration as people trekked loads of gear across a parking lot through a lobby and into one of two operating elevators (usually full of people) all towing kids and spouses! This process alone is enough to give potential visitors a reason to stay away.The bath had shampoo and lotion but no conditioner.Our TV remote could not change the volume or mute the TV--it had to be done manually.Neutral:It was a nice waterpark, but honestly I can't judge it as a pro or con. Nice park, several slides, nice pool area for small kids and plenty for older kids to do.High speed internet available via the TV--but extra charge ($9.95) for checking e-mail.
Prices high, Service low
We stayed for 3 nights, looking for a relaxing mini-vacation, a month after this facility opened. We expected much better from this established company.... The stay was plagued with problems; dirty, unfinished, partially unusable rooms (bathtub didn't work--but this was the only problem that the understaffed hotel did fix and we ended up cleaning and sweeping the rest) with locks that didn't! Overstressed employees that were often impatient with guests made for a tense stay and unenjoyable mealtimes. Menu was limited and preparation uneven-- one of the worst breakfasts, ever!! The indoor waterpark was fun, but the restroom facility was not well-maintained and the snack bar was often closed during the posted times. Couldn't get the in-room games to work or movies at the times we wanted them. Check-out took two hours, as one-half of the hotel's elevators were out of order and there were insufficient numbers of luggage carts available. I could continue to elaborate, but suffice it to say our stay at Great Wolf Traverse was a poor value and my family would not return.
Five star hotel for fun
The Great Wolf Lodge is NOT a five star hotel with all the great service and pampering. What it is is a place for the family and friends to go for a couple of nights where the kids can hangout in the water and the adults can sit back, relax and take it all in. The food in the restaraunts is very good, but there is better in Traverse City. With that in mind, if the goal is to get away from it all with the family for a couple of nights, it doesn't get any better. I give it an excellent rating with these thoughts in mind.