For our Christmas break this year, we wanted to travel somewhere that was within short driving distance from our home in Boston but was still a fun place for kids to visit. I’ve been wanting to stay at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park for a while, so we booked three nights and headed up right after Christmas. The Great Escape Lodge offers several different room types, and we chose to upgrade to a Kids Klub room with an Adirondack-Themed Cabin right in the room.
We arrived at the lodge about an hour before check-in, and while the lobby and check-in counter were crowded, we were able to get right into our room. The room itself is larger than a standard room, with a queen bed, pull-out couch, desk, table, refrigerator, and microwave. The Adirondack-themed kids’ cabin has bunk beds and a television. Although there’s an open ceiling and no door, it definitely feels like a private space just for the kids. My kids loved it.
While the room was a nice size with great amenities, the room location wasn’t optimal. We were adjacent to the staircase and it was a little loud, even late at night (the hotel has quiet hours starting at 11pm, but my kids are always in bed way before that). In addition, our bed was very uncomfortable. I’m usually able to sleep pretty well in hotel beds, but after the second night, I had a bad backache. On the last night, we slept the opposite way on the bed (feet at the head of the bed) which was much for comfortable. Other reviews I’ve read of the hotel state that the beds are comfortable, so I’m wondering if that bed was an anomaly.
The lobby and exterior of the hotel are absolutely beautiful, and were decorated for Christmas. In the evening, Mrs. Claus read stories to the children, and a magician performed. During this special Christmas event during the weeks before and right after Christmas, guests can also visit with Santa Claus.
The hotel offers an arcade, which my kids loved. It had lots of game options and the kids earned tickets for small prizes. There’s a restaurant off the lobby, a snack bar in the water park, and a coffee bar in the lobby, along with a Johnny Rockets restaurant and sports bar. The lodge also offers a spa for adults, two gift shops, and a kids’ club. We brought our own breakfasts to eat in the room, but did have dinner at Johnny Rocket’s one night and really enjoyed it.
The water park is the big draw here however. Guests of the Great Escape Lodge receive free admission (day passes are available for those who aren’t staying at the lodge). During our stay, it was open from 9am-9pm, and we usually visited first thing in the morning. My kids really enjoyed the slides and the lazy river, although the water in the slides was apparently cold. Towels are available, but I’d recommend bringing your own, because they are small and ran out at points in the afternoon.
The staff at the Great Escape Lodge is very friendly and helpful. We were briefly locked out of our room and had four different staff members offer to help. The issue was quickly resolved (the battery in the door lock had died) and we were in our room within just a few minutes.
Despite these few little hiccups with our stay, I would definitely stay there again. We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the lodge, and my kids were totally in awe of the cabin in our room.
The Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Water Park
89 Six Flags Drive
Queensbury, New York 12804