11 Top-Rated Resorts in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
A beautiful city in a beautiful state, Lake Geneva in Wisconsin is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the quintessential US Midwest. In addition to its fun attractions, you'll also find many great places to stay and unwind in Lake Geneva, and it makes an excellent base for exploring this scenic state. From luxurious and romantic, couple-friendly resorts, like the exquisite Geneva Inn on the shores of Geneva Lake, to the sprawling Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, which sits on a magnificent 1,300 acres of unspoiled countryside and is popular with families, there's something for everyone in Lake Geneva and its vicinity. For ideas on the best accommodation options, browse our list of the top-rated resorts in Lake Geneva.
1 Geneva Inn
The handsome Geneva Inn certainly has plenty to commend it to travelers in search of a classy stay in Wisconsin. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Geneva Lake, this exquisite hotel offers year-round escapes from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In addition to its serene and peaceful setting, the hotel offers world-class dining in its lake-view restaurant and patio. For those wanting to bring a boat along, slips are available (boat rentals can also be arranged). Nearby summer activities include golf, horse riding, biking, and public beaches, while in winter, guests can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing.
The rooms at Geneva Inn are well-appointed and bright. Standard options include a choice of king, queen, or double beds, along with spacious bathrooms with large Jacuzzi tubs and bathrobes. Other amenities of note include good-sized balconies (be sure to request a lake view suite if available), mini-fridges, Keurig coffee makers, and HDTVs. An evening turndown service is also provided.
Accommodation: Geneva Inn
2 Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
A highlight of a stay at the stunning Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is exploring the grounds of this sprawling resort. Opened in 1968, the resort is spread across some 1,300 acres of mostly wooded countryside with its own private lake. The resort owes its spectacular design to Wisconsin's most famous son, Frank Lloyd Wright. Highlights of a stay include spending time at the two pools (one indoors, one outdoors); enjoying a round of golf on either of the championship courses; or, in winter, relaxing in the dedicated ski lounge after enjoying the nearby ski and snowboard slopes. There's also a very large and well-equipped spa, along with a gym.
Thanks to its 609 guestrooms, there's plenty of choice when it comes to deciding which accommodation option best suits your needs. Popular for larger groups and families are the spacious suites and villas. Consisting of large separate bedrooms and plenty of living space, these extremely luxurious units include full kitchens with modern appliances, private furnished patios, cozy gas fireplaces, and access to a pool and fire pit available only to guests staying in the villas. Another good perk to consider is the Geneva Club, which comes with breakfast and hors d'oeuvres in an elegant private lounge area. (Pet-friendly villas are available.)
Accommodation: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
3 The Ridge Hotel
For those seeking an upscale vacation experience, the 146-room Ridge Hotel is worth considering. The hotel's charmingly decorated guest suites are spacious and provide plenty of space for those who want more than your typical standard room. Notable in-room features include custom furnishings and comfortable beds; HDTVs; and, for those into high tech gadgetry, a Google Chromecast on which you can stream video content from your personal devices. (Hot Tip: If available, ask for a room with a view over the lake, or better still, one of the stand-alone villas; it's well worth the additional cost, as these large units come with separate bedrooms, kitchens, as well as living and dining rooms.)
The Ridge also offers plenty of superb on-site amenities, too. Highlights include indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, an indoor hot tub, a steam room and sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center offering yoga classes. Three on-site restaurants are available and provide in-room and alfresco dining options. There's also a full-service spa. Other notable outdoor activities include hiking trails; free bike use; a championship golf course; and, in winter, a skating rink
Accommodation: The Ridge Hotel
4 Inns of Geneva National
A great option for those who enjoy a more intimate vacation experience, the Inns of Geneva National - part of the large Geneva National Resort complex - overlooking Lake Como consist of six separate "inns," each boasting a high level of privacy and opulence. Accommodations are bright and spacious and include features such as full-kitchens; large bathrooms; plenty of living space, including dining rooms and seating areas; and rec rooms. Another nice touch are the spacious patios and private putting greens.
Guests staying at the inns also have access to a well-equipped wellness and fitness center, a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, golf courses (club rentals are available), and in-room dining. The resort also offers concierge and grocery delivery services, and restaurants are located on the main resort property.
Accommodation: Inns of Geneva National
5 Cove of Lake Geneva
Located in the heart of Lake Geneva - and just a short walk from the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment - sits the Cove of Lake Geneva. Consisting of large suites and condo-style units, it's a perfect getaway retreat for larger groups and families looking for a first-rate waterfront vacation. Guests can choose from one- or two-bedroom units, each boasting plenty of space to spread out. Features of note include full-kitchens, separate living rooms with fireplaces and pull-out couches, large private balconies, and spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and stand-alone showers.
On-site amenities include both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, hot tubs, and large pool terraces with the option to rent a private cabana (be sure to try the poolside food and beverage service). Other handy amenities include a restaurant and in-room dining
Accommodation: Cove of Lake Geneva
6 Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
Part of the huge Grand Geneva Resort & Spa complex, Timber Ridge Lodge is designed with family fun in mind. The main attraction is Moose Mountain Falls, a vast 50,000-square-foot waterpark with plenty of watery fun inside and out. Highlights include a 35-foot-high and 300-foot-long water slide, and a relaxing 500-foot-long lazy river. (Tickets for the water park are included in the cost of some of the larger units.) Other fun things to do include golf and on-site dining.
Accommodations consist of 225 spacious guest suites, including one- and two-bedroom units. Features of note include large kitchens with modern appliances,
a whirlpool bathtub in the marble bathrooms, large covered balconies, huge HDTVs, and a separate living room with fireplace.
Accommodation: Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
7 Baker House Hotel
A fascinating opportunity for those who enjoy staying in historic homes, Baker House Hotel is set in a majestic old mansion that's been exquisitely restored (it was built in 1885). Elegantly furnished and beautifully decorated throughout, this luxurious hotel offers world-class dining, along with elegantly appointed rooms. For a special treat, be sure to try one of the exquisite afternoon teas, an especially memorable experience thanks to the lovely views over Geneva Lake.
No two rooms are the same at the Baker House Hotel, which certainly adds to the fun of a stay. Lavishly decorated with antiques and artifacts, the hotel's guestrooms and suites include sumptuous ensuite bathrooms, original fireplaces, and plenty of seating. A great option are the rooms of the old carriage house and stables. These rooms are modern and luxurious and come in a choice of king or queen beds with large, two-person whirlpool bathtubs.
Accommodation: Baker House Hotel
8 Maxwell Mansion
Another delightful hotel set in a beautiful old home (and owned by the same company behind Baker House), Maxwell Mansion was built in 1856 and has undergone a stunning redevelopment that preserves its original elegance. A highlight of a stay is relaxing in the stunning grounds of the old estate. In addition to the fine gardens, you'll find quiet areas to sit and relax, lovely outdoor fireplaces, and a heated swimming pool. There's also a croquet lawn (bocce balls are also available).
Accommodations include six elegantly appointed and lavishly decorated guest rooms, furnished with antiques and featuring large ensuite bathrooms. Larger and more modern options are available in the Carriage House and Stable Suites. Here, you'll find a selection of classy rooms with a choice of king or queen beds; large, two-person jetted bathtubs; and stand-alone showers. Some pet-friendly rooms are available.
Accommodation: Maxwell Mansion
9 Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Lake Geneva Resort
The Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Lake Geneva Resort offers a variety of quality affordable accommodations ranging in size from 540-square-foot hotel rooms to large, two-bedroom villas covering some 1,268 square feet. Notable features of the larger units include a modern, spacious bathroom with a stand-alone bathtub and shower, and a well-equipped kitchen with full appliances.
The resort boasts numerous on-site amenities, too, including large heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Guests also have access to the amenities at the neighboring Grand Geneva Resort. Highlights include a lazy river and indoor water park, two championship golf courses, a huge fitness center, as well as horseback adventures. There's also a full-service spa and a choice of seven restaurants. The resort is also popular in winter and offers guests direct and easy access to ski slopes and a snowboard park.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Lake Geneva Resort
10 Bella Vista Suites
For those seeking an intimate, boutique hotel-style getaway, be sure to consider the Bella Vista Suites. Perched overlooking Geneva Lake and just steps from the restaurants and shopping in downtown Lake Geneva, this luxurious hotel consists of just 39 elegant units. Each spacious suite features a large bathroom with a stand-alone shower and Jacuzzi bathtub (and bathrobes), comfy pillow-top mattresses, HDTVs with free movies, private balconies, mini-fridges, and microwaves. A number of larger one-bedroom units are available that come with full kitchens and modern appliances.
On-site amenities include a heated indoor swimming pool with hot tub, a fitness center, full-service spa, and a Himalayan salt sauna. It's also nice to relax in the hotel's lobby with its huge glass atrium, complete with fountain and koi fish pond. There's also a private pier extending over the lake, along with access to hiking and biking trails.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Suites
11 Mill Creek Hotel
Located close to a small nature reserve, the all-suite Mill Creek Hotel is a great choice for those wanting more space during their vacation. Popular guestroom choices include the one-bedroom king or queen suites. Features of these spacious units include a full kitchen with appliances, a fireplace, HDTV, pull-out couch, large bathroom with jet tubs and separate showers, plus a balcony.
Notable on-site features include dedicated underground parking, a heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, well-equipped fitness center, and an outdoor terrace on which to sunbathe and unwind. A laundry facility is also available on-site. A nice perk is the inclusion of a fresh cookie when you check in, along with complimentary bottled water in your room.
Accommodation: Mill Creek Hotel