FRANKENMUTH MI – January 26, 2018 – Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark has been recognized for the second time as a winner in the Hotels for Families category of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards, ranking number 19 out of 25 in the nation. For the 15th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. The Traveler’s Choice Awards is the highest honor given by TripAdvisor.
“We are one of two properties recognized in Michigan, and the only one in Frankenmuth. It’s humbling to be honored among such great businesses in Michigan and around the country”, said Zehnder’s Chairman and CEO Al Zehnder. Families can enjoy over 50,000 square feet of aquatic adventures highlighted by Michigan’s only waterpark with a retractable roof. The hotel offers 178 rooms including 74 deluxe suites.
The original 20,000 square foot waterpark opened in 2005, with a lazy river, whirlpool hot tub, 400-gallon dumping bucket, water geysers and sprays, a four-story tube slide, and the Elf Hollow Café. In 2014, the waterpark was expanded by 30,000 square feet to include a 20-person hot tub, a six-story family raft ride; a six story super loop body slide; zero-entry activity pool with water geysers, water basketball and volleyball, action river and various fun family aquatic activities. Private poolside cabanas are designed to accommodate up to ten guests each with a mini refrigerator, safe, house phone, towels, flat screen TV, and personalized food and beverage service. Guests can also choose to dine in the 75-seat Mushroom Grille.
Frankenmuth is a family-friendly, four season destination with many festivals, special events and unique dining and shopping experiences. “Our staff is dedicated to our mission of “every guest leaves satisfied,” said Zehnder. “And that includes our 1,500-seat restaurant, bakery, marketplace, 18-hole Fortress golf course and Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark.”
Last year Restaurant Business magazine ranked Zehnder’s Restaurant the number one independent restaurant in Michigan, and for the third consecutive year, number two in the country for the number of meals served among US independent restaurants. Known for its family-style chicken dinner, Zehnder’s served more than 7,000 guests on Thanksgiving Day, 2017. Zehnder’s opened on Mother’s Day,1929, and served 312 chicken dinners at $1 each.
To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark go to TripAdvisor for Zehnder’s. For all of the 2017 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.
The Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, 90 miles north of Detroit, is one of the state’s top tourist destinations with more than 3 million visitors each year. In addition to its 1,500 seat restaurant, Zehnder’s owns and operates Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark, Zehnder’s Restaurant and retail marketplace featuring an award-winning bakery, and the 18-hole championship golf course, The Fortress. Learn more about Zehnder’s at www.zehnders.com, or call 800-863-7999 for central reservations for dining, golf, meetings and lodging.
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