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Ambers Hideaway 2.0

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States

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Pros

  • Free passes to Chula Vista water park
  • In downtown area, within walking distance of shops and restaurants
  • Clean and spacious rooms have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal) and indoor hot tub
  • Fire pit and barbecue grills for cookouts
  • Ping-Pong table and playground for children
  • Freebies include: coffee and donuts in the morning, Wi-Fi, and on-site parking
  • Coin-operated laundry
  • 24-hour shuttle to Ho-Chunk casino

Cons

  • Room decor is bland
  • Noise from pool can be heard in some guest rooms
  • Poor Wi-Fi connectivity
  • The advertised free breakfast is limited to coffee and snacks
  • No on-site restaurant or bar

Bottom Line

Ambers Hideaway is a 42-room, two-floor motel on the main drag of Wisconsin Dells. It's close to water parks and other attractions in the downtown area, and the grounds are surprisingly quieter than expected (minus the noise from guests.) The property is clean, family-owned, and not fancy, instead it is rather simple and functional with a few add-ons. Tickets to Chula Vista Water Park are included with the stay, and there are an indoor hot tub, a seasonal outdoor pool, barbecue grills, and laundry facilities. Free (spotty) Wi-Fi is also available. Rooms are neither modern nor glamorous, but are functional with generic decor, making it a budget-friendly choice. Try comparing rates at nearby Aloha Beach Resort & Suites for access to Lake Delton and free tickets to Noah's Ark water park. 

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Scene

Clean motel with blasé decor and light wood wall paneling

The property is well maintained inside and out. The guest rooms are housed inside a two-story motel-style building, with black wrought-iron balcony railings, red doors, and a white brick exterior. A green lawn with flowers and gazebo provide pleasant scenery on the ample walking grounds, but it can appear dismal during the off-season. Inside, the lobby is small with a pine-wood paneled front desk and matching ceiling, dark carpeting, hanging souvenirs for sale, and a rack of maps and local excursions. To one side, free coffee and doughnuts sit on top of a foldable table. Tourists and families are clearly the main clientele.

The indoor hot tub room is attractive, though it lacks frills. Past the lobby, the stone floor and tiled tub sits sunken in the middle of the room. Plastic patio furniture offers limited seating.

Location

On the edge of downtown area, near restaurants, right off the major highway, and on the main road through town

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In the downtown neighborhood of Wisconsin Dells, Ambers Hideaway is within walking distance of shops and restaurants -- a necessary convenience because of the zero on-site dining options. Just next-door is Mitzi's American Grill. A 10-minute walk along Broadway will bring visitors down toward the Wisconsin River and a number of restaurants including Kilbourn Broadway Grill, Carvelli's, Taste of New Orleans, and Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, to name a few. A fun place for anyone with a sweet tooth is Root Beer Revelry, where guests can order root beer on tap and browse over 50 brands.

For family fun, Noah’s Ark is the biggest water park in America and the most popular attraction, bringing the majority of families to Wisconsin Dells. From Ambers Hideaway, this water park is across the river and a 10-minute drive away. Alternatively, the motel offers free passes to Chula Vista water park, a five-minute drive north. Nearby this particular water park is the Pine Aire Country Club and the Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area, which is one of the top nature sights in the area. Here is where nature enthusiasts can find the famous Witches Gulch, a slot canyon that provides a mossy sandstone backdrop for leisure hikes.

Rooms

Mini-fridge and microwave come standard, good amount of space with no frills and ordinary furnishings

What guests should expect is a clean room, a few add-ons, and no frills. Rooms have mini-fridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, and coffee stations. The furnishings are quite average as this is not a luxury hotel. It offers an adequate place to relax after a day at the water and state parks. The property’s six room options include Double Queen, King with Sofa Sleeper, King Whirlpool, Queen Adjoining Room, Two Queen Handicap, and the One-Bedroom Condo. Anyone carrying loads of luggage or has limited mobility may want to consider rooms on the ground floor as there are no elevators, although the Queen Adjoining Room is the only option that's available on the second floor. Families that would rather have a home cooked meal over a restaurant’s may want to consider the condo, which provides the best value with a separate living and sleeping area, two sofa beds, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private deck. Whirlpool rooms have bathrooms with hot tubs, but they show age and discoloration.  

Features

Free passes to Chula Vista water park and shuttle to Ho-Chunk casino, outdoor seasonal pool, indoor hot tub, and children’s play areas

With free passes to Chula Vista, this hotel targets families with children. Across the free parking lot is the outdoor pool, which children are sure to enjoy, though it's only open in the summer months. Inside, past the lobby, is a small-designated hot tub room that is more for the adult crowd, though it is open to all ages. A free breakfast is advertised, but guests should note that this only includes coffee and doughnuts. Back outside is where guests can find the fire pit and Ping-Pong table, which offer a fun nighttime scene. Also available at the motel is a free 24-hour shuttle to Ho-Chunk casino. Free, but spotty, Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. 

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Address

1113 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965-1609, United States

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