Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Review

1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun PA

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Editor’s Review of Great Wolf Lodge Poconos

Carrie Calzaretta Editor’s Rating 4/5 If you have kids, chances are you've heard of Great Wolf Lodge. With locations throughout the United States and Canada, it's the largest family of indoor water park resorts. The Poconos location opened in 2005, and is a sprawling, four-story, 401-room den of family entertainment. About a two hour drive from both New York and Philadelphia, this popular resort is packed year-round. The faux log-siding, entrance carved with bears, wolves and other animals, and giant clock tower in the entrance lobby will be a big hit with kids. Even though it's staged, they really do manage to create the feeling of being in a genuine, old-fashioned lodge. It doesn't hurt that this is the Poconos.

Great Wolf Lodge is all about the kids. Most
... more of the fun centers around the water parks; so if you or your kids aren't keen on getting wet, and staying wet for long periods of time, this is not the place for you. But for the rest of us, welcome to waterpalooza! With a 78,000-square-foot indoor water park open all year, and a giant outdoor pool area open in summer, there's water, water, and more water: 500,000 filtered gallons a day, to be exact, PH-tested every hour by hand. Carpeting throughout the inside of the resort is forgivingly dark, as is the lighting; but even so, this place is well-maintained -- not immaculate -- but well-maintained. Wisely, both the indoor and outdoor parks are accessible only through the hotel (not from outside), so feet stay pretty clean.

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  • Waterslides galore
  • MagiQuest, Compass Quest and ShadowQuest
  • Themed rooms for kids
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    • Family Room 5+
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    The average length of stay at Great Wolf is 18 hours. Older kids might get bored after a couple of days. Be prepared for the ... Get more Planning and Tips
     

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    Great Wolf Lodge is an all-suite resort, with 401 rooms. Even the smallest of them is larger than most basic hotel rooms; so if you just want the minimum, go with a Family Suite. All room prices include water park passes for four. Suites can accommodate six, but you will pay an additional fee per night, per person, which does include water park passes.

    STANDARD SUITES
    Family Suites have two queen beds, a living ... more area with a sofa sleeper, big-screen television, two phones, a microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Nintendo. The rooms accommodate up to six and also come equipped with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Most have balconies, and some have fireplaces. The suites are comfortable for families but one caveat is that in many Family Suites the bathrooms are quite small, with the sink outside the bathroom. If bathroom space is a priority to you, upgrade.

    The Queen Sofa Suite is a smaller suite for families but still sleeps four people. There is a queen bed, full bath, a full-size sleeper sofa, a 32-inch TV and a private balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer. This room is handicap accessible.




    THEMED SUITES
    If you want a little more personality, try a themed room, which runs a bit steeper than a Family Suite. There are several different kinds, including The Wolf Den Suites, KidCamp Suites, KidCabin Suites, Royal Bear Suites, Majestic Bear Suites, Grizzly Bear Suites, and the Quest Master Suites.

    The Wolf Den Suite sleeps four, with a maximum of six. The room has a cave-themed sleeping area with a bunk bed and TV. The main area has a queen bed, a full-size bath, full-size sleeper sofa, a 27-inch TV and a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer. There are versions of this room that are handicap accessible, too.

    The KidKamp Suite sleeps four, with a maximum of six. The room has a tent-themed sleeping area with a bunk bed and TV. The main area has a queen bed, a full-size bath, full-size sleeper sofa, a 27-inch TV and a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.



    The KidCabin Suites in particular are really cute and fun for kids; in addition to all the amenities of a regular Family Suite, the rooms have a separate cabin area for the kids to sleep, with a bunk bed, a single bed, and a separate flat-screen. The KidCamp Suites are the same idea with a camp theme, and just one bunk bed. A downside: The kids' mattresses are covered in a plastic shell, and a little uncomfortable. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer and can sleep up to seven people. There are versions of this room that are handicap accessible, too.

    The Whirlpool Fireplace Suite sleeps four people, with a king bed, full-bath, whirlpool tub, 27-inch TV, full-size sleeper sofa and private patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.





    PREMIUM SUITES
    Premium Suites are the top of the line, and in addition to all the amenities of a regular Family Suite, have a special features like treasure chests and lamps that open and speak when activated with the wand, as well as hallway lights outside the door when you walk by. Two wands are included with each MagiQuest room, and all have a private balcony. There are also Whirlpool Fireplace Suites (same idea as a family suite but with a fireplace and whirlpool, and Loft Fireplace Suites, which have a separate upstairs area with a queen bed, separate phone, and bathroom.

    If you have young kids, you might want to bring a gate for the stairs, or choose a different room. Also, if you have young kids and will be using a stroller, consider staying on the water park level, as waits for the elevators can be long.



    The Grizzly Bear Suite sleeps six people, with a maximum of eight. There is a master bedroom with queen bed, 27-inch TV and full bath. The second bedroom has two queen beds and a 27-inch TV. The living area has a full-size sleeper sofa, full bathroom, corner fireplace, 27-inch TV and private balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.

    The Loft Fireplace Suite sleeps six people, with a maximum of eight. The main floor has two queen beds, full bath, two 27-inch TV's, a living area with full sleeper sofa and gas fireplace. Upstairs is a queen bed, 27-inch TV and a half bath. There is also a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.


    The Majestic Bear Suite sleeps six people, with a maximum of eight. The master bedroom has a king bed and 27-inch TV. The main area has two queen beds, full sleeper sofa and 27-inch TV. There is also a private balcony or patio and a breakfast bar. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.


    The Royal Bear Suite sleeps four people, with a maximum of six. There is a master bedroom with a king bed. The main area of the suite has one queen bed and a sleeper sofa. There is a flat-screen TV and private balcony or patio in the living area. The bathroom comes with a tub with safety bars as this rooms is the only handicap accessible premium suite. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer, too.
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    My family (husband and I, kids 8 and 12) and my best friend's family (herself and husband, kids 2 and 9) decided to go together and stayed in the Grizzly Bear suite. We saved a bunch of money this way and everyone had someone to ... more
    Terrible experience
    by Greatwolf
    This is the fifth visit we are making on this resort, we have been happy overall so far. This time we had a terrible 2hrs check in time. We wanted to pay for the entire stay with cash, they directed us to a register that was the ... more


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