We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very fun, active family vacation with lots to do wet or dry”
Review of Great Wolf Lodge

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Great Wolf Lodge
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Mason
Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Very fun, active family vacation with lots to do wet or dry”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Overall, it’s a fun family-oriented, indoor waterpark resort with lots to do wet or dry. It’s a very popular and busy place with tons of families and as expected it was loud, kid-centered and fun. Be prepared to have fun, be very wet for your whole stay, and pay a lot for food and all the extras. Everything was clean, all staff were friendly and well trained in customer service.

The pool area had many options for all ages, and we did not get bored with the pools during our 4-day stay. The four or five water slides are very intense thrill rides and draw in a big tween/teen crowd, so these are not just kiddie pools (although they have those too!). We had planned a day trip to Cincinnati to visit the Newport Aquarium or a museum, and after 2 days at Great Wolf Lodge, the kids would not leave!

Non-pool activities include the very popular MagiQuest (an interactive video game treasure hunt spread out between 5 hallways) which will run you about $30 for a wand and a 4-day game pass. You will get a workout running up and down stairs and hallways, finding clues, and it is much less expensive than the MagiQuest versions at other tourist cities like Myrtle Beach, where they charge by the hour. Huge arcade with ticket prize counter was a huge hit, and there are spas for kids and adults. Story time for the little ones each morning and night, and three room types have cute kid-only sleeping areas with bunk beds and their own tv.

There are several on-property dining options for each meal and for snacks; however, food was very overpriced. Two examples: a dinner for 2 adults and 2 children in the sit-down restaurant was $70 with NO alcohol or desserts, and the food was just average; a quick lunch for 1 adult and 2 children at the pool snack bar was $23, and we shared fries and drank tap water! The best option was a $12 pizza you pick up in the lobby and eat at any open table or in your room – the pizza was surprisingly very good. A two-minute drive off the property will bring you to every fast-food and major chain restaurant you could want, which is a nice break from the pool and for your wallet.

Based on our experience, there was a drastic difference between the weekday and weekend crowd. We stayed Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning; the crowd became noticeably busier on Thursday night, and the pools were much too crowded by Friday morning. At that point, in the lazy river it had become so packed it was literally wall-to-wall people and we had strangers’ feet in our faces. I recommend weekday stays if possible, which also come with much cheaper rates.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank layla72
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

2,934 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    1,199
    842
    512
    226
    155
See reviews for
2,588
31
3
55
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (307)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Carmel, Indiana
Level Contributor
29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

A great family vacation destination with lots to do, eat & drink for all ages. The hotel suite was large enough for the six (6) of us and very clean. The waterpark was very clean as well, with great attention to safety for all. We also enjoyed the Arcade, the Elements Spa, the Scoops Spa, the Gift Shoppes and the Starbuck's. A wonderful vacation destination for young & old alike!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Luerlaine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Monticello, Indiana
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2012

This is a great place for families with children 3yrs-teens. We enjoyed our stay with our 10 month old son and extended family. There wasn't much our son could do except enjoy the wave pool and water spouts. He had a good time but for the price we would probably wait until he's older to enjoy more of the great activities they had. Our 4 year old niece and nephew had a blast with everything from the kiddie water slides to the arcade...even story time.
It was a great place and we were impressed with the service of the mgr of the breakfast buffet...the last day our son was sick so we didn't think it was a great idea to bring him down to breakfast so the mgr brought us to*go breakfasts...which was super helpful to us. Definitely recommend getting the breakfast buffet vouchers...worth the money on that one. The other restaurant (think Applebees) we tried one evening had an hour wait so we did carry out and we could have walked to the nearby Ruby Tuesdays and had a better meal.

The room was very clean and nice. We were on the third floor and it sounded like there were wild animals running around above us every evening/night. Maybe next time we'd stay on the 4th floor to avoid this. ?

The safety at the hotel and water park were better than expected. You have to use your band to get into the hotel and room door and lifeguards were every where at the water park.

We'll go back but maybe when our son is 4 or 5.

Room Tip: Next, time we might stay on the 4th floor...it was a bit noisy above our 3rd floor room every evenin...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank travelbug1107
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cambridge, Ohio
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

This place is amazing for families with children of all ages. Plenty for older kids they can lay around the pool or hit the many water slides. Young kids have even more to do and the middle kids can do magiquest plus all the water park they can handle. The food is pricey so just use common sense and there are restraunts close by so take 10 minutes and grab some fast food and bring it back to the hotel. The location is excellent you can walk to Kings Island and you should since you have to pay to park at Kings Island. There is a very nice movie theater across the street and plenty of activities close by.

Room Tip: Try to get a pool view and a fireplace. Fireplace to dry all your wet clothes and the balcony to rel...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank worltrav11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ohio
Level Contributor
52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2012

Waterpark tons of fun, good options for kids of all ages. Food was a little better than i expected, i love the starbucks on site. The room was about on par with a hampton inn or fairfield inn, relatively mediocre in quality and appointments. Loud a/c, furniture showing wear, etc. Bathroom smelled musty. Staff at front desk, specifically the manager, was Laughable. I expect the teens working the snack bar or arcade to act like they dont give a hoot....i expect someone at the front desk to at least pretend to care...or be able to be string together a complete sentence.

Room Tip: Study the layout of the rooms on the website. Rooms facing front of resort have balcony facing park...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank nextstay
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cutler
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

My first visit here and I will bring my family back! Loved all the activities for the kids. We had a blend of ages ranging from 16 to 6. All had fun! We had a basic room and that was nice and neat. We booked for one night and thought about staying another but were too exhausted. This was prime spring break so the lines to the water slides were a bit longer. I recommend arriving early to check out the lodge(you can enter the waterpark at 1:00 on day of check-in), then after check-out we could stay until the waterpark closed that night at 10:00. They do have showers and changing rooms in the waterpark. We brought most our food but did get pizza that night and it was priced fair and quite delicious! With the microwave and all the countertops in the room we could make our own spread of food(sloppy joes in a crockpot). Front desk was very helpful. It's a kid friendly atmosphere so expect the noise.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Kelly C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cincinnati
Level Contributor
20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Its a nice facility, the water park is a lot of fun, plenty to keep the kids occupied. Food is pricey as well as the rooms, but if you find a discount, it a decent deal. The rooms are nice and large and a typical room can sleep 6 - 2 queens and one pull out sleeper sofa. Our room was clean, and didnt have a strange odor that some talked about. The room is quiet for the most part, except for when someone is running down the halls - you can feel it shake the floor. All in all, good stay!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank fdk216
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Mason hotels
0.7 km away
Comfort Suites - Kings Island
7.6 km away
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Mason
1.1 km away
Hampton Inn Cincinnati - Kings Island
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
7.4 km away
Best Western Mason Inn
0.9 km away
Baymont Inn & Suites Mason
7.2 km away
Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati/Mason
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Great Wolf Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Great Wolf Lodge

Property: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 2501 Great Wolf Dr, Mason, OH 45040-8085
Region: United States > Ohio > Warren County > Mason
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Mason
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 401
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity.ca, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Reservation Counter and getaroom.com so you can book your Great Wolf Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Great Wolf Hotel Mason
Great Wolf Resort
Great Wolf Lodge Mason, Ohio

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing