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.
- 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 Geneva Inn 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 Parking, Free WiFi, Full Service Dining Room, and Sunday Brunch. Boat Slips are free for diners, and for an additional charge for overnight guests. Bring your Boat and enjoy Geneva Lake! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Geneva Hotel Lake Geneva
- Geneva Lake
- Geneva Inn Lake Geneva