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
Wife & I stayed three nights and had wonderful stay. We stayed three nights in a deluxe double room. Beds on the small size but comfortable with two large TV's. Separate shower with several shower heads, spray nozzles etc. large and wonderful. Excellent bath products and great towels. I'm a tall man the tub in the room I could have drowned in. I'm glad I don't pay the water bill, the jacuzzi tub must have held 100+ gallons of water, it was larger than the state of Wisconsin.
The front desk manned, efficient. The valet was excellent, the turn down service excellent especially Emily B.
We enjoyed our stay here at the American Club and found the rooms wonderfully appointed in the old world charm of the era in which the building was built while also being thoroughly modern in all the amenities. It's a beautiful building with competent staff, and it seems to be the centerpiece of the town of Kohler.
We went to Waters for spa treatments and were underwhelmed. That was overpriced and weird construction had us checking in on one level, changing into robes on another level, taking an elevator to another level for services, and then to another level to sit in the relaxation room. Services fell far short of expectations given the reputation the Kohler Spa has.
But, back to the hotel. Definitely would chose the American Club again over the other choices in town, and, it's a great place to learn about the truly exceptional character who founded the town and the industries it was built on.
Need an escape weekend getaway? Head to Kohler for a beautiful autumn drive, golf and spa experience! The American Club and Kohler Spa did not disappoint. Just a heads up before you go, the room and just about everything there is very pricey for a quick weekend getaway, but what you are paying for is the “Kohler experience.” The American Club rooms are very European in feel as to their decor and smallish size (we lived in Europe for three years). But the shower?? It was everything I had hoped for and expected!! Cannot imagine how much water they go through there haha, cause with that shower, you won’t want to come out! The Kohler staff at all venues are super friendly and helpful😀. Overall giving it a 4 of 5. Could use a refresh in some areas and the food quality for the prices charged needs to come up for this foodie girl! 😊
I hate to write a bad review but this was one of the worst trips we have ever been on. When you spend this type of money, you expect a five star experience. Staying at the Carriage House we expected exemplary service and it was lacking. Marriott type perks for cocktail hour and breakfast, no valet waiting at the door, we were not even offered the complementary sparkling champagne at check in, and the front desk seemed inconvenienced by us.
My husband had asked and paid for champagne, roses, and chocolates to be waiting in the room at check in and none were to be found. He had to go down to the front desk and even after correcting it, they forgot the champagne and chocolate when they came up again. So anti climactic if what should have been a lovey surprise and gesture.
The food at the Blackwolf Run was atrocious. My husbands porkchop was so overlooked my husband couldn't cut it with his knife. Our waitress was incredibly apologetic and offers us another meal but for a two hundred dollar meal and waiting over a hour for food, we expected better.
We left disappointed and honestly in shock. The only positive we could come up with was one another's company.
We are so disappointed that this is where we spent our wedding anniversary, we get better service at the Hilton or Pfister in Milwaukee for a fraction of the price.
Truly a great experience. Service is awesome. Facility is outstanding. The rooms are spacious with wonderful decorations and sitting arrangements. The bathroom is terrific and love the shower scheme. Everything about The American Club is outstanding.