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
- 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 place is outstanding the staff is awesome the food is great and the place is beautiful going back to celebrate our 25th anniversary in August!!!!! Can’t wait. The place is so close yet you feel like your thousand miles away.
This resort/hotel was propably nice 25 years ago. Definitely not worth the money. Every room is so hot!!! The “air conditioning” vent have mold on them and do not blow cold air. The walk and stairs from the “lobby” to your room is ridiculous.
My husband and I visited as a getaway without the kids. Our room was nice. Average, nothing fancy, but it was clean and the bed was comfortable. My only complaint about the room was the noise from the adjoining room. We could literally hear every word of our neighbors conversations (and they weren’t shouting). The adjoining doors need to be more sound-proof. The balcony was very small, but it was nice to sit outside and enjoy the view. The bathroom was updated. The tub was clean and the mirror had a tv in it which was pretty neat.
The pool was nice but the pool drinks were pretty pricey ($11 each). One evening we walked down to the pool only to find that it closed at 10...that was disappointing.
We had dinner at Brissago and left disappointed. Service was sub par and the food was mediocre. Our server and the manager were very friendly but we did a lot of waiting. We waited for refills, for our order to be taken, for our check to come, etc. Our server forgot to order our side dish so we didn’t get to even enjoy the asparagus we wanted. We ordered the flourless chocolate cake for dessert and it was so dry and hard, as if it were a few days old. Not worth the $100+.
We love staying at the resort, there are always things to do, enjoy the pool go for walks, the spa, the resort is always clean and the staff is always helpful. This trip they added an echo dot to some of the rooms and it was very nice to have. Loved it!!!
This former Playboy Mansion is awesome! Beautiful lobby to sit and relax or have a drink and mingle. From the variety of restaurants to the comfortable sleeping room! Wonderful spa, amazing massage therapy!