My husband and I took a trip around Lake Michigan, up Michigan, down Wisconsin, then back to Chicago. This was our last stop on the trip. We took a room in the new condo building rather than the old hotel part after reading the reviews. The bathroom is big and the walk-in shower was nice (but if you're older, wear flip flops because it was very slippery).
The room was very big and nice and had a big deck. Some of the condos in the building are for sale in that resort, and after staying in that room, I doubt I would buy one. Seemed like kind of poor construction. Some of the plugs didn't work (the one our coffee pot was plugged into and nothing we could do would make it work) and some of the light switches made loud noises when turned on. The door handle to the sliding glass door to the porch was loose and some of the 6x6 boards holding up the porch were cracked. (Just an aside.)
But as a one-night stay, the room was delightful. No refrigerator though, so if you just drove through Wisconsin and bought a bunch of cheese, get a cooler and some ice before stopping there.
The young woman who checked me in was not very helpful and kind of sour (maybe it was the end of her shift), but when I went back to get some ice (there is none available in the condo building), the other young woman (pretty with long black hair) was very helpful and friendly.
We had a great meal at the tavern and Lucas, our server, was great. We saw later, sitting on our porch, that the servers in the tavern had to run down to the main restaurant building to get all the food and drinks. They certainly got their exercise. We were tired just looking at them.
We found absolutely NOTHING to do in Elkhart Lake, but by that stage in our trip, we were happy just to veg out a little.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Siebkens is a landmark, turn-of-the-century resort purchased by Laura and Herman Siebken in 1916. Located on pristine Elkhart Lake, Siebkens is currently owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Siebken family. Guests will find relaxed surroundings, abundant with antiques, interesting people, great conversation, innovative cuisine and exciting night life. Lodging choices include deluxe and standard hotel rooms and one, two and three bedroom condominiums. Amenities include, two restaurants - The Stop-Inn Tavern and The Main Dining Room. Other amenities are Sissy's Coffee and Ice Cream Shoppe, an outdoor pool and hot tub, live entertainment in the historic Stop-Inn Tavern, meeting facilities, and our private sandy beach. Golf, shopping, water sports rentals and a day spa and salon are all within steps of the property. In our authentic resort surroundings, abundant with history, you will find interesting people, great conversations, even greater stories and a warm, friendly atmosphere. We welcome you to visit us sometime soon. You'll see why so many of our friends and guests return year after year. ... more less