The American Club
What We Love
- The resort is a two-hour drive from Chicago and a one-hour drive from Milwaukee
- Demonstration Kitchen cooking series, hosted by Kohler’s resort chefs, every Saturday from January through April
- Kohler’s enormous world-class fitness facility, featuring six indoor tennis courts, top-tier instruction, scheduled classes, every conceivable piece of equipment and a restaurant
What To Know
- A six percent resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The resort is spread out, and some attractions are too far to walk; free shuttles are provided
- Some restaurants and resort facilities operate on limited schedules and the golf course is closed in the winter
- Treatments in the 25,000-square-foot Kohler Waters Spa can be pricey; spa usage fees and minimum service requirements may apply
- The American Club is popular for weddings, events and corporate retreats
- Guests 15 and under are not permitted in the Carriage House Immersion Suite
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
In the early 20th century, industrialist Walter Kohler hired Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park, to build a Utopian factory town for his immigrant workers. Today, Kohler is still an American dream, a four-season resort with world-class golf courses, hotels, spas and restaurants. Its flagship is The American Club, a luxury boutique hotel in which every bathroom is a one-of-a-kind showcase for Kohler’s highest-end spa and plumbing products.
Bed and Bath
Rooms feature heavy down comforters and high-thread-count sheets, wet bars and fine furniture from Kohler’s own lines: Baker, Mark David, and McGuire. But it’s the bathrooms where the company makes its grandest statement. In the main building, they range from very impressive to over the top, each one featuring a signature Kohler “Shower Experience,” which might include steam, chromotherapy lights, massage jets or a combination, while many also have jetted tubs.
Kohler owns virtually every shop, restaurant and hotel in town. The result? A seamless town-slash-resort hybrid in which you can charge everything to your room, from meals at the off-premises Cucina Italian restaurant to classes at Yoga on the Lake. The American Club’s four-star Immigrant Restaurant offers fine dining with a nod to regional traditions, like local walleye, while the Horse & Plow pub serves homemade Wisconsin bratwurst and other hearty Midwestern specialties. The other resort facilities include a 25,000 square foot spa, the enormous fitness and racket club, an upscale shopping center at Woodlake, an 800-acre River Wildlife nature and outdoor sports preserve (for an additional cost), and a litany of tours and scheduled activities.
How to Get There
Spent one night here while spending a day at the kohler spa. Check-in was easy, and due to a weekday stay we were pleasantly surprised with an upgraded room. Room was spacious! Bed was decent. Bathroom was very nice. We spent some time in the library for a drink. Morning complimentary coffee in the greenhouse was probably my favorite part of the hotel - great coffee, friendly staff, relaxing scenery.
This resort hotel has an interesting, rich history and is really beautiful. The hotel has deep rich woods, tapestries, brass fixtures and lots of quiet restful spaces. The rooms are generous in size and amenities. The Kohler water fixtures make the bath and shower area a real spa like retreat. The only thing I would change is the mattress. These are platform beds, for this you really need deep comfort mattresses. Regular spring loaded will not do. You expect iComfort type mattresses.
The hotel has several restaurants on the grounds as well as a high end spa. We absolutely loved the spa. You have full access all day to the pool and spa area on the day of scheduled services.
The restaurants are very high end and the prices reflect as much. If you want to find a nice dinner at a more affordable price, there are several good options in town. The Horse and Plow is the resort pub and really a good spot to grab a simple dinner, casual dinner. You don’t need to dress up. You can charge it to your room and you can get there without leaving the hotel.
We went while there was still snow on the ground. So not much to do by way of activities during this time. Kohler is better suited for outdoor activities, so plan your visit based on preference in activities. We wanted to relax and unwind, so it was perfect for us.
Very nice hotel environment, nice staff, very interesting tour of the fabric. Noble phylosomhy of the Kohler family.
Very large diversity on products and on activities and services for the community
My best friend and I stayed here for 2 nights in the coach house. Beautiful room and a very relaxed atmosphere. We used the pool, sauna and hot tubs. REALLY nice. Lots of room, plenty of towels and clean. Staff was friendly and attentive. We ate lunch at the Horse and Plow and had breakfast and dinner in the restaurant in the main lodge. Good and reasonably priced
We stayed two nights at The Carriage House property, and I truly can’t remember the last time we had such excellent service. Every staff member we encountered was fantastic—helpful, polite, and doing their best to make sure our stay was perfect.
Our services at the spa were fantastic. I had actually suffered a fall on the ice the week before we went, and the massage therapist went above and beyond to alleviate the residual issues from that while taking care to avoid spots that were still healing.
The spa itself is great. Amazing couples’ areas to relax with your partner, as well as steam, sauna, cool and warm pools in the men’s and women’s respite areas. We spent quite a lot of time relaxing there after our services.
The Carriage House also offers continental breakfast, tea time, and appetizers before dinner. In hindsight we’d have booked more services at the spa and cut down on the dinners (which were excellent as well) because the snacks provided are delicious!
We were sad to leave, and we enjoyed every second of our top notch stay.