The room itself was nice. It had a semi-private living area with a full-size sleeper sofa in one half of the suite that worked well for putting Monkey at nap time and during the night. We did have to have all of the lights off so that he would sleep since there wasn't a wall full in between us and him but it worked. The other part of the room that we stayed in had two queen sized beds, a full bathroom and a TV. Our room also had a private balcony that was nice to sit out on or just for hanging our wet clothes out on.
The room also included an Ironing Board, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer, Mini Refrigerator, Microwave, Clothes / Drying Line, Wet Bar, All of their suites are Non-smoking.
What we didn't like about the room:
There were two things about the room that we didn't like. First of all, the beds were uncomfortable for two people to sleep in. Maybe it was just that they were too hard or something else, but if my hubby and I both slept in the same bed we didn't get any sleep at all. After a night of both of us getting almost no sleep at all we finally decided to sleep in separate beds so that we could actually get sleep. It was sort of a bummer on a family trip to have to sleep in a separate bed than my hubby.
Second, the bathroom had sort of a musty smell the whole time. We checked to make sure that we didn't leave wet towels laying around or that there wasn't anything in there that wasn't supposed to be but we never found anything. I am not quite sure why it smelled like that, but it did.
Fort Mackenzie:The water park was of course our favorite part of the whole lodge. The whole water park area is built around "Fort Makenzie" which is a four-story interactive treehouse water fort. It offering 12 levels of super-soaking fun for the whole family. From dumping buckets, to water fountains, spraying hoses, water guns, rope bridges, and much much more. We weren't sure at first how Monkey would do on the "fort" just because there were so many stairs, but he did great and loved all of the fun things to do.
The first time that we went down to the water park it was very crowded. There were lines at all of the slides, but we didn't have to wait for more than 5 minutes to ride each one. That was the only day that we actually had to wait to get on the slides. Every other day we could climb all of the way to the top of the stairs without stopping and get straight on to each of the slides. Monkeys favorite of the big slides was the three person slide where we could all get on together. The look on his face after we would get off at the bottom was a look of "what just happened to me" and then he would look up with his pleading little eyes and say "mo mo." He LOVED all of the slides!There was one bummer. The new, super exciting looking, triple twist slide was closed for repairs while we were there so we never got to try it out. But I would rather not be able to try it out than ride it and have something go wrong.
There was really only one thing that we didn't like about the water park itself. It sort of seemed like all of the life guards had different rules for one specific thing. We had been there for three days and then all of a sudden the life guard for the big water slides tells us that my son can't ride on the slide with us because he is too little, but then every other guard said it was just fine. There was also a time that one of the guards told someone that they couldn't ride down the cub paw pool slide with their kid that was too small to ride on their own, but thirty minutes later a different guard says its just fine to go down with your kid on your lap. It just seemed like they all had different rules for things.
Project Green Wolf:
Great Wolf Lodge is dedicated to saving our planet. You will find recycling containers in the rooms and hallways. Our room had both a normal trash can and a recycling can. They also have energy-efficiency plans to recirculate water. Basically all of the water in their water park is recirculated and reused over and over again since it is inside they don't have to worry about it evaporating. Great Wolf Lodge is also the first and only national hotel chain to be completely Green Seal Certified.
The most water that is used in the Lodge is from showers and washing sheets/towels. So unless you are needing clean sheets they automatically change your sheets every third day (if you do need them changed you just call the front desk and they will get it taken care of.) Also if you dont feel like you are needing clean towels all you have to do is hang them up on the shower curtain rod or the towel rack and they won't replace them. If you are wanting them replaced, you just throw them on the floor or in the tub and they will replace all of your towels.
Would we go back??It depends. We had a wonderful time and greatly enjoyed everything that we did. We don't regret our decision to stay there at all, but to make it a tradition would get quite expensive. If we could find it on the off season for a good price we would definitely go back, but to pay full price (plus there are "resort fees" for every night you stay and very high state tax on each night just because it is a "luxury item") just isn't feasible for us. If you are wanting to go, do make sure that you check different days and weekends for prices. We were there for 5 days and if we had checked the day before we went it would have still been their "high time" so the prices were $100 more than what we got. Also if you stay there during the week prices are lower and there are a lot less people there.
Thank you to Great Wolf Lodge who gave us a discounted rate for two of the nights in exchange for our review. I was not given any monetary compensation for writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.