Wilderness on the Lake
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Unique luxury in the Dells!
We stayed in a 2-bedroom condo during the holidays after comparing to Kalahari and Great Wolf. The Wilderness on the Lake condos are far superior to anything else in the Dells. Condo was beautiful, and resort is not crowded like other places. Great for parents to relax and for kids to have fun, nice to have full access to Wilderness waterpark without the hassles. Try it!
A Perfect 10
We stayed in the 2 bedroom condo at the end of June '04 and it has been by far our most enjoyable stay in Wisconsin Dells. We have been to the regular Wilderness hotel about 5 times, and found the lake experience to be the most enjoyabe. It was much more peaceful, and seemed to be less crowded than the regular Wilderness Hotel. It is important to make reservations early so you can get a room with a good view of the lake. The 4 season room was great, and the hot tub was also nice. The waterpark inside was kind of boaring for my older kids, but for kids under 10 it is still good. The outside grills were nice for cooking and roasting marshmellows.
Heaven in the Dells
We stayed in a 2 BR condo at WOL the weekend of Oct. 22. We had 4 adults, a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. Our experience couldn't have been more wonderful. The condos are absolutely beautiful--the furniture, decor, layout, spaciousness--all exceeded our expectations. The staff was also wonderful. When we first arrived, our room didn't have a very good view of the lake. I called down to the front desk to ask for a new room, and within 5 minutes a resort employee was knocking on the door with a key to a new room for us. We couldn't believe it!
Some notes: As i stated before, not all rooms have a great view of the lake. If that's important, make sure you specify.
Some ground floor rooms have access to the patio from the room. Our room didn't as we were above the pool (but still considered "ground floor"). It would have been nice to be able to slide the screen door open and let the kids run around outside. Keep this in mind if it's an issue.
The waterpark at WOL is absolutely perfect for smaller kids. It is not too small, but also not so huge that it's intimidating. If you have older kids and don't want to have to take a shuttle to the area with the larger waterslides, consider staying at the Wilderness Resort.
Overall, Wilderness on the Lake is a lovely place to stay. Their motto that it's a "getaway from everything except luxury" is right on. WOL has somehow managed to achieve a perfect balance of luxury that adults can appreciate and excitement and activity that will keep the kids happy for days and days. It's the ideal place for a family getaway.
We are already planning a return trip this winter. We can't wait to go back!
Feel free to e-mail me with questions.
Great place for our 2 and 4 year old
This is our second trip to Wilderness on the Lake (WOL) and we were, once again, very happy. (Late June 2004).
We have 2 and 4 year old children and the waterpark right in the building was perfect. This time we met family that was staying at the Wilderness (Main lodge, not WOL) and we found for our young kids, the facilities at WOL were superior. There are also some nice things for slightly older kids, and the outdoor pool area is ver nice too.
We made a few trips to the Wilderness main lodge water parks too, and while the kids had fun, they were much more able to play independantly at WOL. The water temperature was also pleasantly warmer at WOL.
Older kids would likely get bored with the Indoor facilities so you will likely need to take them on the shuttle to the main Wilderness.
Both our trips were "off peak" so the facilities were not that crowded.
The outdoor "vanishing edge" pool is nice. The kids had fun looking out onto the lake, watching skiers, parasailers, etc.
One play device (dams and squirters) at the small outdoor children's area was broken and looked to have been repaired a number of times (duct tape, etc.). Most of that device wasn't working while we were there. This didn't bother us because our kids had plenty else to do.
The advertised price kept dropping as the time approached. We ended up paying $200 a night for this June trip (a little more the previous trip). That price really is a steal for an immaculate, new, large, 2 bedroom condo with 4 TVs, 2 fireplaces, water park, etc. I can't say enough about the value.
On the Lake not worth the money!
We recently stayed at the "Wilderness On the Lake" after reviewing their site on the internet as well as sites such as this. We stayed in a two-bedroom condo with my sister and her family. In total, we had four adults and three children. First off, I could not believe how rude the staff was at the resort. It began at check-in and we had several issues afterwards. Also, we found the condo to be rather average. Aside from the four-season room and the view, there was nothing particularly special about it. We also found old food on the floor under the dining room table, old receipts in the bedroom and scraps of paper right next to the garbage can. I also found it odd that for $600 per night, the cleaning service does not even make the beds. Having stayed at Kalahari in March, I would definately give them the nod. In terms of staff and cleanliness they are head and shoulders above the "On the Lake" experience. We did enjoy the other Wilderness resort waterparks and plan to give them a chance next summer. However, I cannot recommend these condos to anyone.
Wilderness On The Lake Gorgeous Condos!!!
We loved Wilderness On the Lake. I'm picky about room accomadations and let me tell you these 2 bedroom condos complete with a very large Hot Tub with at least 6 jets on the enclosed porch with a fireplace is awesome!! We were in room 107 make sure you try and get a first floor room as there are few and they walk right out to the outside instead having to walk through the halls. Also the higher floors don't have balconys!!! That was a mistake. The beach looked a little too dirty for our standards and don't expect a large beach. It is very very tiny. The infinity pool that looks like it is flowing into the lake is pretty and our 7 year old loved the indoor waterpark, small but that's ok. beacause there was a boat to take us to the larger waterpark at the Wilderness and then a bus back. We shopped at Super Walmart nearby and bought a bunch of food so we didn't have to eat out much. The Dells food is not too good. Except for Houlihans which was tasty. Enjoy!!!
Wonderful! Nothing else like it in the Dells
We have stayed here twice and are going back for a third time. The condos are brand new, immaculate and have a lovely view of the lake. I can't say enough about them. Owned by the Wilderness Resort, you can take a shuttle over to the hotel and use the big waterparks or stay at the Wilderness on the Lake and use the smaller, indoor/outdoor waterpark. They have some good specials that make the condos almost as affordable as the rooms at the hotel. The 2 bedroom is over 1500 square feet, has 4 tvs a jacuzzi in the three season room, 2 fireplaces, and a fully stocked kitchen. If you want to be able to get away from the touristy side of the Dells, and enjoy luxury, but also experience the waterparks, this is your place!
It's heaven in WI!
What an outstanding place! Beautiful, quiet, great shop, great indoor and outdoor water park. The condos are to die for!! The view of the lake out our window was breathtaking! We took our boat - the lake is clean and peaceful, docks are first class!
Great Trip even with the constant downpour
So far, this was our favorite stay in the Dells even though it rained the whole time we were there. We got a great internet rate. For $219/night, we stayed in one of the 2 bdrm condos. We had 2 moms and 6 kids ages 6-15 and had plenty of room for all. Our suite had a hottub, 2 fireplaces, 4 tvs, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and a free shuttle to the main waterparks and Sundara Spa(which I've been to twice before and it is great) I'm going to plan a "mom's time out" here in fall. We can spend the days at Sundara or by the pools and can come back to the roominess of the Wilderness on the Lake at night. Great place especially if you watch for good rates.
This is a very nice place. Rather quiet even though there is a nice little indoor waterpark for kids. Definitely upscale and it was expensive ($425 per night). But if this is in your price range I doubt you will find anything better in the area. Great service, very nicely equipped condos.
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