All About the Extras
Super Splash and Savings Passes
In addition to water park passes, guests are given a Super Splash pass that offers a variety of buy-one, get-one admissions to attractions throughout the Dells and a Passport to Savings pass that's good for 10 to 25 percent off meals, attractions and bonuses at businesses such as Zinke's Super Market.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are onsite for guests to use as needed.
Onsite parking is free for all guests. Spots are reserved for guests based on their accommodations and location on the property.
Guests can check in at 4 p.m. or earlier if rooms are ready and stay until 11 a.m. on check-out day.
The Art of Smart Timing
This motel always ranks well for its rates no matter what the season, but if you're especially strapped with a vacation budget, it can be especially appealing to young families with preschoolers and toddlers whose vacations don't have to be wedged around school, activity and sport schedules. If you can swing an early summer or fall trip before peak crowds hit, you can save even more on lodging and put those savings toward big pancake breakfasts, introducing kids to a drive-in movie, a duck boat tour, or the furry entourage at the Wisconsin Deer Park for a full-blown vintage vacation theme.
Spring and early summer weather, as well as fall can be iffy for outdoor swimming, but the motel's indoor pool and Chula Vista's indoor water park keep the fun fairly weatherproof.
The motel opens for the season by early April (sometimes earlier) and stays open through the end of October, when you'll see Halloween decorations and candy in the lobby.
If you travel during summer's high season, you may be required to stay two nights or pay an additional Saturday-only rate of $10 to $25 during peak-demand weekends and holidays.
It's wise to reserve early. With consistently solid reviews on TripAdvisor and accolades for its affordability, weekends at the Black Hawk can book quickly, even in the fall when tourism numbers taper. As a plan B, some guests opt for the All Star Value Inn, which was formerly the International Hotel and is now under Black Hawk management. It's about a block from the Black Hawk and is also an older bargain-priced property.
You'll need to rent a car if you're flying in from other parts of the country. The closest airport is the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, which is about 48 miles or an hour away. Other options include flying into Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, which is 125 miles or a two-hour drive away, or Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, which is a 180-mile or three-hour drive. The motel is two miles or about five minutes from the Highway 13 exit from Interstate 94.
You'll need a car to fully get around Wisconsin Dells, which doesn't have public transportation. It is possible to walk to downtown restaurants and attractions, and there are a handful of taxi companies available.
For Mom and Dad
If parents can sneak away for a date, it's a pleasant stroll downtown to restaurants such as the High Rock Café with delicious seasonal entrees, such as homemade pastas, creative sandwiches and desserts -- think homemade Kit Kats. If you need to take the kids along, they'll feel welcome (and well-fed), too. Parents can also catch a free shuttle at the motel for the Ho-Chunk casino in nearby Baraboo.