Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale, and Ways to Save
Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale is the latest to join the Phoenix area! This chain of resorts also boasts a massive indoor waterpark, along with restaurants, spas, arcades, and children’s activities. It’s always a perfect 84 degrees at the waterpark, making any time of year the best year to visit! We visited in early October, a week after the grand opening, and hope our insight will help you plan your stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. See the end of this post for ways to save!
There are three types of rooms at the Great Wolf Lodge:
- The Standard Room includes two queen beds, a sleeper sofa, and full bath (sleeps 4-6).
- The Wolf Den Suite includes a queen bed, a side room with bunk beds, a sleeper sofa, and a full bath (sleeps 4-6).
- The Grizzly Bear Suite includes a king sized bed in a master bedroom, two queen beds in a separate bedroom, sleeper sofa, and one full bath/one half bath (sleeps (6-8).
- All rooms include a mini fridge, hairdryer, coffee maker, and internet. And access to the waterpark! Kids 12 and under receive wolf ears at check-in, a fun little addition.
- Prices vary, depending on a weekday or weekend stay, and room type chosen; $150/night to $350/night. They do offer specials! See more info under Ways to Save.
We opted for the Wolf Den Suite. The kids were in love with their bunk bed room! The little side window was especially fun. The bed and couch were comfortable, the room clean, and the mini fridge could definitely hold a couple meals worth of food and snacks. We had a nice view of the parking lot and mountains in the distance too. The Standard Room would have met our needs as well, but the themed kids room added to the experience.
The only negative we experienced was in accessing our room. Great Wolf Lodge advertised a 1pm check in to begin enjoying the waterpark, with rooms being ready at 4pm. We checked in at 2pm and were told we’d receive a text when our room was ready. 4:30pm rolled around and no text. We attempted to check on our room status around 5pm, but the check in line was long (not doing that with three kids), and calling only put us on hold for almost 10 min, never reaching any one. Finally at about 6:30pm, we were able to receive confirmation that our room was ready. We were hoping to utilize our room sooner for rest breaks, especially for the baby. Hopefully this wait issue is resolved soon because it’s terribly inconvenient. Otherwise, check out was via text and went smoothly (possibly because we did not incur any extra charges on our account).
What is this indoor waterpark like at Great Wolf Lodge? Think Big Surf Waterpark, but indoors – with its own twists! Literally. The slides range from a body slide, mat racer, raft ride or even slides for the little ones. There are activity pools, wave pools, lazy rivers, hot tubs, and zero depth entry pools. Toddlers to teens and families with all ages will find fun and excitement to enjoy.
The dining options at Great Wolf Lodge is truly extensive. Grab a bite to go, order pizza, enjoy a leisurely dinner, fuel up on coffee, or treat the kids to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. There’s even a full service bar within the waterpark itself! Shopping options include gift shops, swim essentials and accessories, and a candy store.
If you need a break from the waterpark, activities of all types await the family. There’s bowling, arcade games, a ropes course and more. Or explore the hotel in a special magical quest. (Note that most of these activities are ad-ons, which you can purchase when you book a room, or once you arrive.)
Ways to Save
It’s no secret that a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, even, for a night, can be expensive. It’s a great concept, an all in one resort, but may scare some families away with the price. We offer these suggestions of ways to save, hoping that even a few deals will allow every family a chance to have a howling good time!
- Sign up for the newsletter! GWL frequently sends outs coupon codes, with deals starting at $99/night. And yes, that includes access to the waterpark!
- There have been deals for other GWL resorts on Groupon. So check there! Just read the fine print carefully; some times with third party reservations, waterpark access is not included.
- Stay Monday-Thursday vs Friday-Sunday. Just like any resort or hotel, weekdays are generally cheaper than weekends. If it fits your schedule, chose these days to enjoy the lodge. Same with advanced bookings, and off season bookings.
- With your room booking, you get access to the waterpark starting at 1pm of the day of your arrival, and you’re welcome to stay until closing of the day you check out. So essentially you get two days of play with a one night stay! Just pack swim suits and a change of clothes separate from your other luggage, and you’re good to go.
- You are welcome to bring your own food into GWL. Each room has a fridge. So easy breakfasts like cereal and milk or boiled eggs and bagels, fruit and the like could be obtained by nearby grocery stores. Sandwiches and chips are a perfect lunch. Bring a crockpot or instant pot for dinner! Coolers are welcome as well, just not in the waterpark.
- The add-on activities at GWL are just that: add-on. Yes, your kids will see them multiple times as you walk from your room to the waterpark, but you can absolutely have an amazing stay without any extras. That said, if a couple of the activities are of interest, the Paw Pass is good deal (some height restrictions may apply). It includes fun extras like a scoop of ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s, and a fill your own cup of bulk candy! There are also free activities, like story time, included in your stay; you should receive a list with these options at check in.
- Lockers cost around $10/day. We felt perfectly safe leaving our phones and wallets in a bag at our chairs in the waterpark. This may not be for everyone, but this is a way to save.
Great Wolf Lodge
7333 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85258