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
great service, food, atmosphere. we've gone there for getaways during multiple seasons and we love it there! we ate at the chop house, skied, enjoyed the pool, and more. it's so close to downtown Lake Geneva as well if you want to do something off the premise.
This place is amazing. Went in the fall and the colors are out of this world. The service is the best, the food, ate at the chop house, was beyond compare, had the lamb chops. All staff made us feel welcome and they were very attentive to provide that extra bit of service that makes this place stand out. Spent one night and two days and looking to spending a whole week here if I can next summer.
Visited for two days with husband, the room was very comfortable and quite, overlooking the lake and the outdoor pool. Husband used the spa to exercise and the amenities there are first class, with sauna, whirlpool, heated swimming pool, basketball court, weight room with treadmills, tennis courts, etc. They even offer massages. Five minutes to downtown Lake Geneva.