Built around Michigan's largest indoor/outdoor waterpark at over 38,000 feet, the Great Wolf Lodge is a prime destination for family vacations. Located three miles from downtown, it is close to family-friendly activities such as the Great Lakes Children's Museum, Clinch Park Zoo and Grand Traverse ... More
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City
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Built around Michigan's largest indoor/outdoor waterpark at over 38,000 feet, the Great Wolf Lodge is a prime destination for family vacations. Located three miles from downtown, it is close to family-friendly activities such as the Great Lakes Children's Museum, Clinch Park Zoo and Grand Traverse Bay. For parents, Black Star Farms & Winery and Turtle Creek Casino are nearby.The indoor waterpark features Fort Mackenzie, a four-story 12 level treefort with over 60 guest activated water effects- topped with huge tipping bucket that fills with 1,000 gallons of water and dumps every few minutes. Once on top, one can escape down one of the 200-foot body slides or continue to explore the treefort using its cargo netting and suspension bridges. The waterpark features Howlin Wolf, a family raft slide with two large tube slides, two body slides, and three kiddie slides. In addition, guests can enjoy a zero-entry children?s pool with interactive toys, an activity pool with water basketball, two large oversized hot tubs, and an endless lazy river. In the summer months, one will find Thunder Bay; an outdoor, oversized activity pool that ranges from zero to four feet deep and is complete with water basketball and kiddie activities. In addition to indoor waterpark, is an arcade with over 100 redemption arcade games and Bikos 3-D theater, an interactive virtual reality game for the entire family. Located just down the hall is the Cub Club, an activity area designed for parents and children to do crafts and play. The lodge offers two Northwoods themed family restaurants, Camp Critter and The Loose Moose Cottage. It also features a waterpark snack bar Spirit Island and the Bear Claw Cafe, featuring Starbucks Coffees, fresh baked pastries and homemade fudge. Be sure to pamper yourself at Elements, the Aveda concept spa salon located just outside the waterpark. Guests can treat themselves to a therapeutic massage, facial, or spa nail treatments.
I found everything great except for the laundry room. You NEED a change machine for dollar bills badley. I did laundry at 9 :30p.m. when I thought everyone was clearing out of halls, or headed for their rooms. Ha, the ice cream shop was full and they could not give me change,I was told they were too busy. So I drug laundry up to 2nd floor after coming from the 4th floor to 1st to do laundry and then to front desk on second floor, to get change. The laundry room needs a small sink for wipeing out the machines after others user it. Mine were full of sand and no water or paper towels to wipe it out, so I had to pay another $1.00 to rinse the sand out of my clothes after the first wash. Also, another chair would be nice so more than one person can sit, while your laundry is being done.(HEAT)- - does it have an air conditioning vent?? It felt like 100 in the laundry room. A fan maybe or vent??? Maybe an area that was an over site for total function. Needs a little work. It was great to have it available but could be kicked up a notch. Maybe some magazines, or small T.V. while you wait also. Other wise we has a blast.
We have stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge many times, but we will not be returning. I thought this was a family resort, but obviously they are more interested in making money than keeping customers who are not part of a convention happy. We stayed at the Great Wolf Oct 23-25, 2009 at which time a convention was being held there (we think it was all one group which would have been a Police Officers Convention). So, you would think that a group of this type would have respect for other guests. They were up all night screaming & hollering in their room & out on the balcony, jumping off the beds, pouring ice into their bathtub, etc. Apparently, when someone booked the rooms above us as Hospitality Suites, they figured they had free reign to disturb everyone in the lodge. The most frustrating part is that we alone called the manager at least 3 times with no results in the 3 hours we were pleading for some resolution. It took the management until 1:30am in the morning to finally break it up, but that was because we had to give the management a lot of grief. Just a terrible experience for our kids to have to listen to the loud obnoxious screaming & swearing. This did not seem like an appropriate place to have a party like this where people come to rest & relax with their families.
I'm not very sure why the other reviews are complaining, my trip was quite well. Good enough room, lively waterpark (though I do agree it was in need of faster rides and perhaps some more besides for only three.) Breakfast okay, not entirely the best but well, and good service. we didn't need to wait a long time for our room. The price may have stood being a bit cheaper, but other than that, it was quite fine. I hav nothing to say about the Magiquest of arcade, my three daughters had no interest on doing that. From out of the state, i think it shows just fine how Traverse City is, it had a well- thought out location. In other words, i believe it was quite fine. I would possibly go there again.
watch the 72 hour cancellation, it does not matter if you have a death in the family and want to switch weekends a week in advanced you still pay the $25.00 dollars that you do not have to spend at Six Flags water park which is cheaper
If we had young kids I can see where it would be fun,however the rooms are not that nice for the price .We checked in for 4 nights but left after 1.They put us in a room on the ground floor . I felt like I was in a dungeon and there was mold in the bathroom. Last summer I took my grandkids to Mackinaw city Days inn water park and for alot less we had a very good time.
My family and i went to the lodge last year for two days, now this time were going for 4. I'm 14 year old guy, and th waterpark was great! it might sound childish, but the magicquest rocked too! the arcade is better than kokomos, chucke cheese, and any mall i've been to. My parents got alone time togther at the spa, store, and in the room. We had so much fun the first day in the water park me and my sisters forgot about lunch and we left the waterpark at like 10, right when it closed for the night.
We have been going to Great Wolf Lodge a couple times a year for a past three years. This year, as usual I contacted them to get a price for a vacation we were planning in August. I was told they could give me the suite for $199 per night because we were return customers. I told the clerk I would call back, because I didn't have my credit card on me. When I called back I was told it was no longer available. When I spoke to a manager I was told that I had lied and it was never offered to me at that price. To say the least, I was insulted that I would lie to try to save a few $$$, when I had spent "big" bucks there on every trip. We WILL NEVER go to Great Wolf Lodge again. I have been in management for over 10 years and was appalled by the treatment I received from one of their managers. Great Wolf is NO LONGER on our list of vacation destinations.
GWL is great for kids. My child had a great time and was in a state of pure excitement.
For me, not the same. Expensive!!The hotel is in need of lots and lots of minor repairs (maybe even a re-mod). I was in two seperate rooms (view change) and both had major carpet stains. The bathrooms were a bit dirty and needed a deep clean. I understand that kids are hard on stuff, but if you run a place like this, you should be prepared for the maint. involved.
We stayed M-F when it was less busy. Something to take note of, some of the stores/activites are not open during the week...
The water park is fun, but again in need of lots and lots of minor repairs. The lifeguards are very active and seem to be well trained. The rest of the hotel is not...The staff seemed under-trained, including the resturant (food was good).
The waterpark has water babies and toddler swim clsses during the week. Be aware if staying M-F, they do not tell you this and you are asked to not use most of the pool area during certain times. In fact, one of the life guards took a toy away from my child that was floating around, telling us the toys were for the classes only. It left us feeling a bit miffed. If they would have explained this before, I would understand.
Overall, I would not come back before looking at other water-hotels 1st.
My 6 and 8 year old loved GWL. Me? I'm not too sure. The price we paid still has me reeling in sticker shock. For such a high price I was expecting luxury, but was a little disappointed with mattress quality and had to ask for new pillows after one night using their very lumpy ones.
My boys loved the water park and I felt very comfortable with them in there, the lifeguards were very attentive.
My boys may have liked MagiQuest more than the water park! This is GWL's new interactive game. You buy a magic wand and follow instructions to gain "runes" and solve adventures. It had us running up and down steps and I really got some exercise. My husband loved the game too. With help, my 6 year old took right off with it. Again, at $26.00 per wand, I thought this very pricey. But with the number of hours that we spent solving the game, perhaps it was cost effective!