Overall, a decent place to visit on the fringe of Frankenmuth. The hotel portion of our stay was positive. We were able to check in an hour or so ahead of the usual check-in time, which was convenient. The room was typical of most hotel rooms in terms of size, decor, cleanliness and functionality. I particularly liked the breakfast bar as it gave you a proper place to enjoy a meal or snack. I didn't spend any time on the balcony (2nd floor) but I thought the view was pleasant as the grounds are landscaped and well-maintained.
The bathroom was tight and the shower water pressure was lacking but that appears to be commonplace these days in most hotels. The wireless was spotty most times and tricky to connect to; no so much in how to but how many times it took to get a successful connection. It certainly felt like dial-up once you were on. I would love to see a drying rack in each room so you can hang up your wet clothes after time at the waterpark.
The waterpark has a small sampling of the things you'd find at bigger waterparks (the bucket and play structure; a few water slides; kiddie pool; lazy river and water basketball courts). It was, however, very tightly together making traffic to and from a little congested. I didn't find it too crowded for a Friday but there was enough movement that made the area feel crushed with people. The water temp on the first day was on the cool side but it was milder on the second. Our two year-old was limited to what he could do so I'd say it's suited more toward the 3-12 age group. The life guards on duty were polite and busy and the entire waterpark was respectably clean.
Overall, I'd say it was a pleasant experience. That said, the price seemed a little on the high side for what the waterpark has to offer. The cost of our room was within the same range as Kalahari/GWL and they offer a vast amount more for water thrills. That said, this smaller venue had fewer lines and obviously a cap on how many people could be in the park at once. Nevertheless, I might have expected to pay $50 less that what we did given the size of the place. I suppose it has a lock on the industry for that area so they have the flexibility.
I wouldn't make a trip just to visit Zehnder's alone. If you want a waterpark experience, go to one of the bigger venues. However, if you're in the area and your kids like to splash around, it's worth an overnighter for the experience. If the cost was a touch lower, we'd probably return often.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark offers 178 deluxe accommodations including 74 family suites. Enjoy over 50,000 sq. Ft. Of aquatic fun with our six-story family raft ride and super loop body slide; zero-entry activity pool with water geysers, water basketball and volleyball, Action River, Splash Landing play area, Dumping Bucket, Giggling Gorge and Perilous Plunge 4 story tube slides, relax in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub or just float along the Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River. For the landlubber have fun at our arcade or lunch at Elf hollow cafe or the Mushroom Grille. A towering 26-foot tree is a prominent feature in the hotel lobby with a large gas fireplace built into the trunk. Zehnder's Splash Village includes elves and fairies as part of the waterpark and hotel's overall theme. Complimentary shuttle service is available to Zehnder's Restaurant and The Fortress Golf Course. Come and join the fun today at one of Michigans top family destinations and Frankenmuth's largest and only indoor waterpark, Zehnder's Splash Village Frankenmuth, MI. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zehnder`s Splash Village Hotel And Waterpark
- Zehnders Splash Village Frankenmuth
- Zehnders Splash Village Hotel Waterpark