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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa 4.0

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States

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Pros

  • Expansive complex with spa, riding stables, conference space, gym, and water park
  • Clean and comfortable rooms with patios or balconies
  • Two indoor pools, one located at the WELL Spa, one Olympic-size lap pool; an outdoor pool
  • Several restaurants and bars on-site
  • Two 18-hole golf courses
  • Close to downtown Lake Geneva but surrounded by its own scenic surroundings
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Game room with bingo sessions, Ping-Pong, and air hockey tables
  • Private runway

Cons

  • Room decor is bland
  • Access to water park is not included with reservation
  • Children are not allowed in indoor Olympic-size lap pool and gym
  • Only one elevator bank throughout main building to guest rooms
  • Dimly lit hallways

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Grand Geneva Resort is the jewel in the crown of Lake Geneva's resorts. It was originally built in 1968 as a Playboy Resort. After a period of decline in the 1980's, the property was restored and polished back to its original luster. The resort has expansive grounds, 355 guest rooms, and provides fancy amenities like riding stables, a separate spa building, water park, full-size indoor basketball and tennis courts, and a climbing-wall. The main building is surrounded by two 18-hole golf courses, and a lake surrounds the backlands of the property. The location is ideal for leisure travelers and for business conferences and meetings.

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Scene

Expansive scenic grounds with range of facilities, 1960s architecture 

The lobby incorporates late 60s architecture and furniture, with stone walls

The resort sits on a large parcel of land, and the location is ideal for people who want to get away and relax. The resort’s business conferences and meeting rooms also bring in a good number of guests on business. There is a large meeting complex with boardrooms, ballrooms, and smaller meeting spaces.

The original lodge dates back to 1968. The whole resort is beautiful from the golf courses to the rooms, they have done a great job of creating a classy resort. The complex was once the Playboy Resort of Lake Geneva, and the Bunnies old dorm is still on the grounds along with all of the other original structures including the ski chalet. The common areas of the main building have swanky-cool late 1960's architecture with preppy club furniture. The walls are rustic-chic with river stones and mortar. Large potted plants enhance the wide, dimly lit hallways.

Location

Surrounded by rolling Wisconsin hillsides, closest to Chicago’s O’ Hare and Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International airports

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With so many amenities at-hand, visitors of this resort are unlikely to leave the property -- the resort is the main attraction. Vast scenic vistas and the fresh Wisconsin air surround it. There's a resort shuttle that will bring guests to different areas of the property, and though most buildings are spread out, they are within walking distance. For nature enthusiasts, the White River State Trail is a 10-minute drive away. Downtown is also just a little less than 10-minutes away, as is Lake Geneva, where hikers can walk around Geneva Lake Shore Path and go on a walking tour of historic mansion houses.

Chicago O' Hare airport is 65 miles and about a 90-minute drive away, while Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is 45-miles away, and approximately an hour's drive. Parking at the resort is free. 

Rooms

Clean, but kidn of dull, simple elegance

The Deluxe Double Full Room features clean but simple decor and modern amenities

The Grand Geneva offers 355 guest rooms: Deluxe, Junior, King, Executive, Grand, and Premiere Suites. All of which are exceptionally clean, elegant, and simple, if not a little dull. They come with coffee and tea makers, flat-screen TVs, irons and ironing boards, and mini-fridges stocked with free bottled waters. Rooms also have private outdoor balconies with patio furniture and views of the resort's lake and golf courses. Bathrooms include separate tubs and showers, or shower and tub combos, WELL spa toiletries, and hairdryers. In the standard Deluxe Rooms, beautiful wood countertops add a touch of class and cosmopolitan look. Bathrooms in the Premiere Suites are larger and have experience showers with four showerheads, and separate tubs. Bathrooms also feature TVs imbedded in the bathroom mirror, and a marble top vanity. The Executive and Grand suites have separate living and sleeping areas, fireplaces, sitting chairs, dining table with chairs, and wet bars.

Features

Full range of facilities from meeting complex to private runway 

On-site amenities include stables providing horseback riding and carriage rides

The Grand Geneva Resort is full of amenities -- including a private runway -- across a large area of land. And with so much to do in on its property, the resort has its own shuttle going from building to building, golf course, and horse stables. It's also a hot spot for skiing. With its own snowmaking capabilities, the resort offers on-site winter activities include downhill skiing and snowboarding. In the warmer months, visitors head over to the two golf courses, The Brute and The Highlands -- both offer 18-holes. The fitness center is equally impressive, and has one 35-foot nine-station climbing wall, basketball, volleyball, two indoor, and six outdoor tennis courts, plus a studio for yoga and aerobic classes.

After a long workout and well-spent days at the slopes, the WELL spa is a welcomed amenity. Services here include full body treatments from body scrubs to facials. Visitors will also find the second indoor pool and a sauna. The indoor Moose Mountain Falls water park at Timber Ridge Lodge is off to the edge of the resort, and admission is not included in the room rate. The stables are even further back and offers horseback riding and carriage rides.

There are three semi-formal dining options on-site and additional spots for quick fixes dotting the property. The Grand Café is perhaps the most family-friendly and casual of the options, while Ristorante Brissago is the most formal spot with Italian fare. The Geneva Chophouse has a mixed scene, though it's only open for dinner. For quick fixes, Cafe Gelato offers pastries and coffee throughout the day.

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Address

7036 Grand Geneva Way, at Hwys 50 East & 12, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147-5105, United States

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