Lake Geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Karl Klockars
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Why We Love It

  • This sprawling resort was originally built as the nation's first Playboy Club Hotel in the 1960s
  • Loads of on-site activities, including a full-service spa, indoor/outdoor tennis courts and riding stables
  • Family friendly, with a 50,000-square-foot indoor water park and an ice-skating rink
  • This chalet-style retreat is just minutes from downtown Lake Geneva

“The jewel in the crown of Lake Geneva's resorts" --

90% (29 Member Ratings)

"The lobby bar with a big screen t.v., fireplace and comfy chairs."
Jan 24, 2017
Elmwood Park, IL, United States

Map & Directions

The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an hour’s drive away from Milwaukee, and about 90 minutes from both Madison and Chicago to the hotel. Parking is available on site (included in the resort fee).

Rooms & Rates

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is a sprawling chalet-style property 10 minutes from Lake Geneva’s town center. Originally designed as the first Playboy Club Hotel in the U.S. when it opened in 1968, the property takes inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright in its architecture and design. 

Rooms are country chic, with leather armchairs and antique-style furniture. Views overlook the lake or golf courses and all rooms have a private balcony or patio. Suites feature a full wet bar including a minifridge, and some also have sofa beds and gas fireplaces. Guests who upgrade to the club level will find a cozy private-access club room with a fireplace, where guests can take advantage of breakfast, snacks, drinks and evening hors d’oeuvres. 

The AAA 4-Diamond resort feels like an enormous country club, with two championship golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Highlands -- GolfAdvisor calls it a "must play." Grand Geneva features indoor, outdoor and lap pools on site; guests can also access the nearby Timber Ridge sister resort with its 50,000-square-foot indoor water park, heated water slides and a lazy river (passes available to guests for an additional fee). During the winter, ice skating and sledding are offered for free; there are complimentary trolley tours of the resort's expansive display of holiday decorations (all new for 2016), and you can go skiing at the resort’s Mountain Top.

The resort is located just 10 minutes from downtown Lake Geneva with its many boutique shops, restaurants and bars; a fall foliage cruise on the lake is highly recommended during autumn months. Skiiers who want to branch out from the resort's hill will find the Alpine Valley and Wilmot Mountain ski areas both about 20 minutes away. 

From the press:
  • “One of Wisconsin’s top resorts, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is home to its own ski resort, water park, even a rock-climbing wall” -- Travel + Leisure



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Games room
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4PM.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11AM.

Children and additional guests: Child's cot/crib available free of charge for children (on request). Extra bed available on request: $25 per night for children and adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request up to a max of 25 lbs and will be charged an extra $35 per day on checkout.

Fees: A resort fee of $15 (subject to tax) per room per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out. This fee includes Wi-Fi access, valet parking, on-site transportation, in-room bottled water and coffee, local calls and access to the fitness center.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Minimum Stay requirements may vary, check with hotel for details. New Year's Eve requires a 2 night stay.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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90% Positive
(29 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (part of Marcus Hotels & Resorts) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
It was quiet, except for the vacuum cleaner in the hall outside our room at 8am Monday morning.
Other Comments
A lot of little things all add up to a lackluster experience. 1. None of us Packer fans watching the NFC Championship game were amused when the overhead music started playing during the third quarter. It was fully twenty minutes before someone could turn it off. Ditto with the air conditioning in an already cool room. 2.The food was also lackluster, both in the main dining room and the bar. Way overpriced for the skimpy portions. 3. We could not log in to the hotel network, and no one at the hotel could help us; we had to call an offsite service to get assistance. 4. The whirlpool was not working properly on Sunday. Monday was better, but Sunday was still a disappointment. 5. Attention to detail was lacking all over the resort. There were lime deposits around the bathroom sink fixtures; the switch plate in the bathroom was crooked; the tops of the paintings in our room had not been dusted in forever; dirty dishes sat at tables in the restaurant for an hour or more without being bused.
Chris Jan 25, 2017 Milwaukee, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
The lobby bar with a big screen t.v., fireplace and comfy chairs.
Rita Jan 24, 2017 Elmwood Park, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Santa Breakfast and extra touches/attention paid for the Birthday celebration we were there for
Other Comments
Room was REALLY REALLY COLD, there was a draft from sliding doors and when asked for extra blanket it was just a tad thicker than a sheet. Front desk very nice but not too knowledgeable about things going on.
Kelly Dec 30, 2016 Chicago, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Great spa treatment, friendly employees. We were disappointed in the Italian restaurant - fair at best
maura Nov 24, 2016 rolling meadows, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The grounds are beautiful, staff was awesome, our bed was super comfortable, our massages were great. We had a fantastic time!
Kris Nov 16, 2016 madison, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
We enjoy spending family time in the Geneva Club.
Jerry Nov 04, 2016 MOUNT PROSPECT, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The resort was very beautiful. Very nice scenery. However, the hotel itself needs updating, especially the rooms.
Other Comments
Our first room had 10 to 15 live bugs crawling on the walls. We requested a new room and we were moved into a second room with several dead bugs on the floor. The 3 room we moved into had stains all over the carpet and we later found out that there were stains on the bed sheets. We had the bed sheets completely change around 1030 pm. We were staying here for our anniversary and we also has our 3 month old baby with us.
Joseph Oct 30, 2016 Villa park, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
It was our 48th Wedding Anniversary and the Reservation gentleman, gave us an upgrade to a Suite and a bottle of Wine. It was wonderful!!!
Other Comments
Loved every minute of our stay!
Harley Oct 29, 2016 Janesville, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great warm, lodgy feel and beautiful grounds. ALL staff was very friendly and accomodating.
Catherine Oct 24, 2016 Palatine, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The service was amazing and the views were spectacular.
Cheyla Oct 23, 2016 Chicago, IL, United States

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