Ambers Hideaway Review

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1113 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965
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Editor’s Review of Ambers Hideaway

With flowers spilling over black wrought iron rails, bright-red doors, and a white gazebo, this classic two-story seasonal motel stands out as you drive on Broadway north of downtown Wisconsin Dells. It's one of the first Dells motels with a history that goes back to the 1930's -- generations before Wisconsin Dells became the Waterpark Capital of America. Its version of cutting-edge entertainment -- an outdoor pool on the front lawn behind the gazebo -- is still a popular gathering spot in the warm months.

"This is kind of like glorified camping," says owner Tanya Krause, who with her husband, Eddie, bought the 43-room motel and a sister property -- the year-round Ambers Resort and Conference Center -- in the fall of 2010. The motel
... more stokes up nightly campfires on the lawn, offers Ping-Pong and lawn games, the gazebo for gatherings, and a playset for kids.

The Krause's took apart the motel down to its framework and rebuilt it with new windows, insulation and more, which refreshed its appearance when they reopened in January 2011. Rooms come with microwaves and mini-fridges, which also helps the family budget.

They serve a mini-continental breakfast, which is more of a snack with little pastries or donuts and coffee. Milk and coffee are for sale, or there's a convenience store less than a block away and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner next door.

If you're able to snag a room during the busy Fourth of July weekend, you can stake out a spot on round roof above the lobby and whirlpool to watch the fireworks go off over downtown. The motel closes after Wisconsin Dells' Fall Festival (usually the third weekend in October) and reopens by February, which can be busy with weekend sporting events. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Affordable prices
  • Passes to Noah's Ark and Chula Vista Waterpark
  • Outdoor pool
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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If you have a lot of luggage and gear to tote, ask for a first-floor unit and park in front of it for easy unloading. Handicapped-accessible rooms also are on the first floor. Room amenities include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker and combination tubs and showers. Large families should make reservations early and consider the condo unit with a kitchen or ask for the second-floor set of adjoining motel rooms that together can sleep eight people. Pack'n Plays and rollaways are available for $10 per night.

Double Queen
These units generally sleep four people with two queen beds, but have space for a rollaway and crib if needed. There is a table and two chairs and patio doors facing the parking lot and pool.

King With Sleeper Sofa or Whirlpool
If you want a couch for watching TV, this unit has a sleeper sofa that can sleep four to six people. There also is an option for a king bed with a whirlpool.

One-Bedroom Condo
The former apartment for the motel manager was converted into a condo that sleeps six people with a king bed in a separate bedroom and two sleeper sofas. It's ideal as the main hub for large family groups, girlfriend getaways or sports teams, with a spacious kitchen, dining room and the living area with a large flat-screen TV for gatherings. The unit also has a private deck off the back with a private grill and picnic table.


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