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“Anniversary Get-away” 4 of 5 stars
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Geneva Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   N2009 S Lakeshore Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147   |  
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Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Lake Geneva
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Anniversary Get-away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2006

Our stay at the Geneva Inn was very relaxing. The view as you drive along the lake to the Inn from town, especially at dusk, puts you in a good frame of mind. I highly recommend it for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. The only drawback is that it doesn't have a pool, if that's important to you.

We often do a three-day trip from Milwaukee around our anniversary in June and have stayed at a variety of places in the Lake Geneva area. This one was one of our favorites. The other place we like is a Grand Geneva condo (not the main Inn--we haven't stayed there). The condos, however, are all privately owned or are timeshares, so you have to rent from an owner, and they aren't readily available.

When we're in Lake Geneva, we always have our anniversary dinner at the Grandview, the restaurant that's part of the Grand Geneva Inn. It's our favorite restaurant in the area. It was nice this time just to take the elevator upstairs after dinner. They also serve a very good continental breakfast every morning for guests in the dining room area.

When we arrived, they had given us a room on the first floor that had either two double or queen beds. (I must have forgotten to request a king.) We asked if they had any kings available, and after the front desk person checked the computer, we were moved to the third floor. I think we were given a free upgrade to the next level of room based on the description of rooms on the website (it's only a $10 difference, but we were still charged the original rate we were quoted.)

They have three options for rooms on each side--the "lakeview" side and the "landview" side. "Landview" sounds nicer than parking lot side, although they do mention in their description that these rooms face the parking lot. They were resurfacing the lot the first day we were there, so I'm sure the smell didn't help the ambiance. They probably don't resurface it that often, so you don't have to worry about that!

It's quite a difference in price for the king rooms--$185 landview side this time of year vs. $290 lakeview side. $110/night is a lot to pay for a view of the lake, but it's quite a difference in view. The parking lot view isn't very attractive, although the porches are very nice. (One reason to request an upper floor--the first floor rooms don't have balconies.)

They do have an outdoor patio off the restaurant where you can sit and read and enjoy the views of the lake.

Other restaurants in the area I would recommend: The Hunt Club at Geneva Lakes Golf Course and Kirsch's French Country Inn. Request a table by the lake for both the French Country Inn (ask for an alcove table) and the Grandview when you make your reservation. (I would recommend reserving ahead of time.) They say they can't guarantee it, but we've always been able to get one. (May be harder if it's the height of summer.) The views are wonderful--both have sunset views, so be sure to get there early enough. I think a few times we just had to wait a short time to get a table with a good view.

The Hunt Club has a golf course view, but it overlooks one of the prettiest holes with a large pond and a fountain. The food is great, and it's never very crowded when we've been there. However, they aren't open every night during the winter or shoulder seasons. In the summer, they're just closed on Mondays.

For golf, our favorite place is Geneva National. Call ahead though because they have many outings, and one of the three courses is closed every day for members. This year we played Abbey Springs for the first time--just nine holes the afternoon we arrived--and were pleasantly surprised. We will probably golf 18 holes there next time.

We have also golfed the Brute at the Grand Geneva. One time we were rained out, the second time was wonderful, and this time we got caught in an outing. The play was extremely slow, and it was a scramble! They do have great computers in the golf carts so you know the distance to the hole on every shot. If you can get a hold of an Entertainment Book and golf after 1:00, you can save a lot of money--there's a coupon offering two rounds for the price of one (and the rounds are expensive), plus $25 for a golf cart. We saved $120.

Geneva National also has a special for golfing late and dining at the Hunt Club. Check their website for other specials.

Feel free to ask if you have other questions about Lake Geneva, and I will try to answer.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2006

Geneva Inn was a very relaxed, comfortable place to stay. One of the only hotels right on the lake, our room and the restaurant had a beauiful view. The staff was courteous and friendly, and we loved the details, like the chocolates and Voss water placed in our room at turndown. Make a reservation at the restaurant just before sunset, so you can watch the sun set over the water as you have dinner. We felt the service at the restaurant should have been a bit more professional given the prices, but overall a great experience. Highly recommend for a weekend getaway spot!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2006

Visited the Geneva Inn with my fiance on a weekend getaway and it was so cozy and enchanting that we thought we'd stepped back in time. The weather was cold and snowy...but it gave the lake a certain charm and character that i rather enjoyed. Hadn't been to geneva lake in the winter before. Saw the locals out on the lake ice fishing, walking their dogs, and congregating nightly to relax and have a few drinks. The area is so quaint and has so much personality, it's great just to walk around the town and lake all day (weather permitting). The Geneva inn has suites directly on the lakefront with gorgeous views and ours (315) had a whirlpool next to the bed. The Grandview restaurant adjoining the hotel was fantastic (try the salt and pepper calamari) and the service was stellar. The stay was everything we'd hoped for and we'll definitely be back asap.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2005

My wife and I stayed here for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. We stayed in one of the rooms not facing the lake - much less expensive but still very nice. Our room had a balcony, two queen-sized beds, and a jacuzzi bath. The room also included a small refrigerator. Housekeeping turns down the beds every night and leaves chocolate and mineral water for you to enjoy.

The room rates does include continental breakfast in their restaurant which has a wall of windows facing Geneva Lake. Its a wonderful way to start the day! The hotel also has morning coffee service on each floor, so if you need coffee it's just a short walk from your room. There is an exercise room on the ground floor but the Inn does not have a pool.

It is about a five minute drive from the Inn to the downtown area of Lake Geneva. The Inn will provide a shuttle to downtown if you do not want to take your car. A hiking path around Geneva Lake also crosses the property of the Inn.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2005

Stayed at the Geneva Inn for 4th July weekend. Booked a lake view deluxe room. Really liked the room, great view of the lake, nice balcony. The room had an old fashioned bath tub, nice king bed and the most fully stocked mini bar I have ever seen, everything from Champagne to single malt. almost 100 TV channels and a nice turn down service where they make the bed ready for the night and leave Voss water and chocolate on the night stand and turn on the TV to the make out music channel...

The only think that wasn’t perfect was the attitude from some of the staff. On sunday, they have a Champagne brunch. We went to breakfast at 9:30 and there were no seats on the left side of the restaurant. Another couple was sitting on the right and we asked if we could sit there, the breakfast staff said it was ok.
Around 9:45 the brunch crew entered and clearly and loudly stated they did not appreciate us sitting there and making a mess, the brunch guests were just around the corner. After 5 minutes of pointing and discussing among staff, we just left. At check out, the friendly receptionist wasn’t there so the manager had to get out of his chair and do check out. You could definitely tell he didn’t appreciate that. I told him we had a great stay he didn’t say a word! Too bad small incidents like this ruined a perfect score for this really nice hotel.

All in all a great place, just a couple of the staff needs to work on their manors.

Will go back there though.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2005

We can thoroughly recommend this hotel on the beautiful Lake Geneva. Excellent views of the lake with a first class restaurant and comfortable rooms. Clean, well decorated and all the facilities including wifi connection, only thing missing a swimming pool. The Grandview restaurant in the hotel is first class, but make sure you make a reservation on booking hotel. Good breakfast included in the room rate, which although expensive was worth it.
Also try Skinny's restaurant nearby for a great outdoor meal overlooking the lake.
Too far from the center of Lake Geneva to walk, but a short car ride. This makes it quiet and romantic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2005

We stay here every year for our wedding anniversary. This is been our tradition for about 4years already and probally will keep going there in years to come. The Grandview Rest. is the best in service and menu. The view onto the lake during dinner is so romantic. This hotel is definitely worth checking out for a night or weekend.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: N2009 S Lakeshore Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Lake Geneva
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lake Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Geneva Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the only Hotel and Restaurant located directly on the breathtaking shores of Geneva Lake, The Geneva Inn and The Grandview Restaurant and Lounge offers unique features such as a private lake view patio for unforgettable outdoor events, two meeting rooms, great accommodations and first class dining.Free Breakfast,Free Parking, Free WiFi, Full Service Dining Room, Live Music Friday and Saturday Evenings, and Sunday Brunch.Boat Slips available for overnight Guests $30/ night. Bring your Boat and enjoy Geneva Lake! ... more   less 
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