Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
What We Love
- A seasonal list of activities ranging from golf lessons to snowshoeing in the surrounding woods
- Three on-site restaurants and room service until midnight
- Access to two championship golf courses as well as the nearby Geneva National Golf Club
What To Know
- A $15 resort fee per stay will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- The golf courses close at the end of October, and the ski slopes open in early December
- The resort is in Lake Geneva (the town) not on Geneva Lake (the lake)
- Spa treaments, golf and restaurant reservations are all booked separately
- The resort spans numerous buildings and 1,300 acres; bring walking shoes
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, wealthy Chicagoans migrated north, eventually making Geneva Lake an exclusive summer destination for wealthy Midwesterners. In 1968, Hugh Hefner built an enormous leisure pad, christening it the Playboy Club & Resort. Now Grand Geneva Resort is the marquee destination in one of the Midwest’s most storied enclaves.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms have all the creature comforts: billboard-size flat-screen TVs, gas fireplaces and separate sitting areas. All guestrooms have balconies overlooking the sprawling resort or fairways of the golf course. Simple bathrooms are done up with granite top vanities, in-mirror TVs and amenities by Well Spa + Salon.
The Lodge features indoor and outdoor pools populated by sun worshipers by day, and firepits roaring against the chilly Wisconsin air at night. The sunken lobby acts a sort of nerve center for the resort: wedding-goers, business travelers, weekenders and families meet under antlered chandeliers and then head to dinner in one of the three top-notch restaurants — one Italian, one a chophouse and one a mix of American classics. Check out the weekly newsletter and choose among a horseback ride, a visit to the Well Spa & Salon, a dip in the junior Olympic pool, an aqua Zumba session, a nature walk, an zipline adventure over the gorgeous Wisconsin landscape, or a visit to nearby Geneva Lake.
In the Area
Want to be a voyeur? There’s no better way to sneak a peek at how the wealthy live than to check out the lakefront mansions during a journey with Lake Geneva Cruise Line. Undoubtedly the nerdiest (but most rewarding) tour is at Yerkes Observatory, operated by the University of Chicago, where stargazers can look at distant stars and galaxies. Or scream yourself hoarse as you zipline among the tallest trees in Wisconsin at Lake Geneva’s Canopy Tours. For a less adrenalin filled excursion, stroll down the main drag in Lake Geneva and sort through the eclectic mix of vintage finds at Funky’s or the more designer togs at Notice.
How to Get There
The resort property is beautiful and the staff is attentive. Food and beverage at the Chop House was tops. A table of ten for late dinner received phenomenal service and the food was wonderful!
Attended a corporate golf outing which was well organized by the golf staff - not a detail was missed - the continued to elevate the guest experience!
Do not waste your money. Period. My husband and I booked our honeymoon night here because we didn't want to drive too far and from all the pictures and the summary we thought it would be worth the money. Not even close.
We arrived on a Monday afternoon and had booked a Lakeview room. My heart started to sink when we arrived at our room. It was the absolute farthest room away, on the first floor, but I would call it the basement since we had to walk through dark hallways with dirty carpeting, past stairwells with folded up rollaway beds stuck under them. The golf course view was simply the path where maintenance and staff walked / carted by. For $300 I was expecting a room with a great view, a room that we wouldn't want to leave. Instead we got a room at the end of a dark, musty hallway. Within the first couple of hours being there, we had to call maintenance to come fix the sliding door because it didn't lock and an hour later for the fridge because it did not work.
We had dinner at the Chop House and that was fantastic. The food was great.
Upon checkout, the front desk clerk did not ask how my stay was, but I politely brought up how disappointed that I was and the reasons why. She did apologize and reimbursed the $20 for the resort fee. I would have expected a better type of reimbursement since we spent close to $700 for an overnight stay with the room, eating and one massage at the spa.
The Spa itself was a disappointment as well. The massage therapist was great. But the ladies at the front desk with not very warm and welcoming, and they ask you to get there 30 minutes early to check in, but it only takes you five. They then leave you sitting the waiting room of the spa that looks like a funeral parlor.
We made the best of it, but we couldn't believe the experience we had and how much it cost us. We had even told them in advance that we were coming to spend our wedding night / honeymoon.
We wished that we had rented a condo on Lake Geneva, with an actual lake view and just gone to the Chop House for dinner.
Save your money and go elsewhere.
I stayed here for a conference. Gorgeous grounds and golf courses (2) looked nice. Hotel is older but well maintained. Sprawling place. Nice rooms. Good rates. Staff good and helpful. Beautiful workout facilities but doesn't open until 0600. Conference space nice as well.