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“Simply amazing resort! Stunning beauty and top-notch service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Osthoff Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elkhart Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Simply amazing resort! Stunning beauty and top-notch service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

My wife and I had our mini honeymoon here for 2 nights this week and cannot stop talking about how amazing of an experience we had! The food, the room, the beauty, you name it... 5 stars! The one aspect that will keep us coming back more than anything is the service. Every person from the bellhop to the maids to the bartender had a smile on their face and welcomed us as if we had been there 100 times. I liked how it was family-friendly, yet the resort was not over-run with annoying little ones. Elkhart Lake is one of the most (if not THE MOST) prestine lakes I have every seen, and the beach was extremely well kept. The bartenders (Jane in the Elk Room, and the Zachs on the Lake Deck), were a pleasure to be served by, made delicious drinks, and gave excellent recommendations for running around town. We are from Madison, and you cannot find a server/bartender (let alone housekeeping staff) that are that pleasant... even with the draw of a college town. The Osthoff Resort does it right... and my wife and I will certainly be returning as soon as often as we possibly can.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 333, one-bedroom suite, woodland view. Very nice!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ohio
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Osthoff Resort was a truly remarkable and relaxing vacation. As first-timers, we were very impressed at the quaintness and beauty of the area. We stayed in lakeview accommodations which were immaculate and gorgeous. Boat and canoe availability were convenient. Biking not as intense as we anticipated, but the area itself is a treasure. Will definitely return!

Room Tip: Accomodations immaculate and excellent!! Recommend the lakeview/sunrise! Did not use spa...cannot...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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chicago
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59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

Great place, and really enjoyed the amenities within the resort. Otto's restaurant had superb food and service was great! We had dinner and lunch at Otto's and dinner one night at Lola's. Lola's was pricey, and food was average. We sat outside, and under our table and others was mulch and food from people before us (left note on comment sheet). No ambiance at all, soft music inside and dead silence outside. Otto's definitely better...the hotel gave us a credit of $30 if we spent money in their resort, and that was a pleasant surprise. We could not get a Lakeview suite so we stayed in a Woodland suite, which I though would be facing the woods, but we had a parking lot view(should tell us)...room was nice but air conditioner was on wall furthest from bedroom so bedroom was stuffy and warm.....used ceiling fan on high! I would definitely come back but request a different room!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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mound, minnesota
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57 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Stayed at the Osthoff every other year since 1999 and have a great experience every time. The rooms are lovely, no matter what type you get. The grounds are beautiful with many colorful flowers. I went to Aspira Spa for the first time and it was exceptional. Rented a kayak one morning for a very quiet time on the lake. The only noise was the water off my paddles and birds singing. The food and service at Lola's on the Lake is amazing. When my husband is at Road America, I'm at the Osthoff!

Room Tip: Condo type rooms have window AC in living room. It does cool the bedroom with the help of ceiling f...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orland Park, IL
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53 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

This resort is old school.....but not OLD. The resort is very classy and has three pools, indoor exercise room, two great restaurants and is close (walking distance) to the town and other very nice restaurants. You can rent a fishing boat, a sail boat, a speed boat, go on a "morning coffee cruise: or a "twilight cruise". You can rent bikes and there is a private sand beach area if you would like.....great place for adults and kids.

And then there is the SPA......do you hear angels singing???? It was sooooo wonderful. A must if you stay there.

I would definitely recommend this place to all.

I would recommend it.

Room Tip: North building on the pool side rooms are lovely and the view from the outdoor patio is just great...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carolyn E
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Joliet
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I spent three nights at The Osthoff July 21-24 2013. The staff was courteous, the grounds were great, the small beach area was fun and clean. All in all this is a great place for a quick get a way or to have a group get together. the downtown area is small but again very friendly. There area a few bars and places to eat within walking distance of the resort.
The restaurants at the resort are nice, the food is better than you would expect from a hotel.
I loved the bar at the beach and the food at the snack bar wasn't bad at all.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago Il
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48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

The booking process was easy. This property is quiet, clean, comfortable and a nice family get away. There is a lot to do, or do as little as you want, and relax.

The rooms are pricey, but we had a two bedroom condo with a kitchen. You can save money by cooking for yourself, and we did. However we did eat at the lake, and twice at the pool.

Room Tip: Book early, ask for a lake view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Osthoff Resort
Address: 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-1976
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Elkhart Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elkhart Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Osthoff Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Osthoff Resort, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is a premier AAA Four Diamond resort located on 500 ft of recreational lakefront. Offering a casual atmosphere within its elegant surroundings, The Osthoff Resort provides a romantic getaway for couples, while year-round indoor and outdoor activities, provide a family with many opportunities to enjoy spending time together. Our conference center offers spacious and well-appointed ballrooms and meeting rooms to assist in the productivity of retreats and conferences for our group guests. A host of seasonal getaway packages are available providing guests varying options for a holiday vacation. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter – The Osthoff Resort is your place in the lake.™ ... more   less 
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