These are the top 10 best hotels and resorts in Wisconsin for 2018.
The Badger State is home to some of the finest luxury Five Star hotels and resorts in the world. Just look at The American Club Resort in Kohler, which has been recognized as a Forbes 5 Star Hotel, and The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake – recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award. Many of these properties are renown classics, while others are luxuriously new and contemporary.
These are the top 10 best hotels for adventure, romance, culinary delights and luxurious amenities. Awarded the Pursuitist Platinum badge for the “best of the best” in luxury, Pursuitist presents The 10 Best Wisconsin Hotels For 2018:
1. American Club – Kohler
Iconic luxury. Kohler’s American Club is a historic landmark that offers a tradition of exceptional service and gracious hospitality. A year-round resort offering four award-winning Championship golf courses, nine restaurants, boutique shops, Kohler Waters Spa and a variety of events. The American Club holds the distinct honor of being recognized as a Five-Star destination by Forbes, the first and only resort to receive the honor in Wisconsin. (Read more…)
2. Canoe Bay – Chetek
Romantic privacy. It’s easy to see how Canoe Bay earned its reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in the world: this Relais & Châteaux property in Chetek, Wisconsin, caters specifically to couples. Canoe Bay is a quiet destination getaway, so an outstanding chef, extensive wine list and large, current libraries of books, magazines and movies are right here for guests to enjoy. Go walking, canoeing, swimming or snowshoeing – all without leaving the property.
3. Charmant – La Crosse
No, you’re not in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Instead, the Charmant Hotel is a charming 67-room upscale boutique hotel located in historic downtown La Crosse. The Charmant Hotel is a renovated candy factory, built in 1898. Architectural details of the original building have been preserved and reimagined, including maple wood flooring, wood beams, and exposed brick. The cozy hotel rooms and suites, many with Mississippi River views, feature premium amenities. The restaurant features a warm, inviting ambiance serving market driven, rustic French influenced cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers and purveyors.
5. Kohler Lodge – Green Bay
Luxury, and sports, reimagined. Ideally situated just yards from Lambeau in the heart of Titletown plaza, Lodge Kohler is a hotel unlike any other in Green Bay. Sophisticated, spirited, warm and welcoming, the result is a modern-day lodge. 134 guestrooms, 10 suites, a rooftop restaurant (Taverne in the Sky restaurant and bar) with panoramic views of Lambeau and the terraced café on the plaza take game day to a whole new level. Lodge Kohler also features a full-service Kohler Waters SPA, known for its innovative water treatments, therapeutic massages, facial and body treatments as well as signature bath and beauty products. Newly opened in 2017, Kohler Lodge has been named one of the “Top 3 Best New Hotels” by the readers of USA Today’s 10 Best.
6. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Lake Geneva
Rekindle and renew at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva’s only AAA 4 Diamond resort. No matter what season, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Grand Geneva’s exquisite surroundings. Conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Grand Geneva is tucked away on 1300 hundred scenic acres. The resort features 355 newly renovated guest rooms including 51 suites as well as endless activities including golfing, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding and hiking. The resort also offers over 62,000 square feet of meeting space, unique wedding venue options for ceremonies and receptions, three distinct restaurants and a newly redesigned WELL Spa + Salon.
4. The Iron Horse – Milwaukee
The Iron Horse Hotel is perhaps Milwaukee’s trendiest hotel. Guests are welcomed into a space decorated in cow print, exposed pipes and one-of-a-kind artwork. Rooms are spacious and feature exposed brick walls and custom furnishings, as well as oversized rain showers, 42-inch LCD flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. But what really sets The Iron Horse apart from other Milwaukee hotels is its dedication to the biker crowd. Sitting within walking distance of the Harley-Davidson Museum, this property shows its love for two-wheelers with amenities like on-site motorcycle rentals, a washing station and on-call maintenance staff. For non-bikers, The Iron Horse Hotel impresses with its spa services and easy access to art and performance venues like the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Florentine Opera.
7. The Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake
The Osthoff Resort is a AAA Four Diamond hotel located on the beautiful shores of Elkhart Lake. The resort offers spacious accommodations with 500 ft. of sandy beach, four dining areas including a fine dining restaurant with lounge and outdoor dining, casual dining room with outdoor patio, traditional, rich in history dining experience at the off-site Elkhart Inn and a lake deck with live music. The resort also features L’ecole de la Maison cooking school, Aspira Spa, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, fitness centers, game room and arcade, watercraft and mountain bike rentals, tennis court, childrens’ summer and holiday activities program and nearby golf.
8. The Edgewater – Madison
The Edgewater is the proud revival of an historic hotel, steps from the state Capitol, in the heart of downtown Madison. The restored property maintains the classic façade of its predecessor, now called The Langdon Building, and a new tower, The Wisconsin Building, all with completely new interiors, several restaurants, a spa, ballrooms, and a large plaza that connects both hotel guests and the public with the beautiful waters of the lake. The hotel has 202 guest rooms, the majority offering gorgeous lake views, including presidential suites and studios with kitchenettes. The Edgewater Spa provides fitness and personal training overlooking Lake Mendota, as well as full service, customized hair, makeup, nail services and relaxing massage. The Plaza lies at the heart of The Edgewater between The Langdon Building and the Wisconsin Building, almost an acre, open to the public with regularly scheduled outdoor events, concerts and celebrations, converting in winter to a skating rink.
9. The Abbey Resort & AVANI Spa – Lake Geneva
The Abbey Resort & AVANI Spa is a treasured icon and the only full-service resort on the shores of Lake Geneva. The resort features a breathtaking setting on 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, award-winning dining and banquet facilities, nearby championship golf courses and a wide range of outdoor activities. This only scratches the surface of all the activities and offerings that The Abbey Resort provides. With impeccable customer service, the team at The Abbey Resort consistently meets the needs and expectations of both guests and meeting planners. The resort offers 334 luxury guest rooms including 13 suites and the meeting center features 40,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space. The 35,000 square-foot AVANI Spa enhances the resort experience with innovative spa treatments and modern luxuries. In 2013, The Abbey received a Travel Green Wisconsin certification recognizing its environmentally friendly business practices.
10. The Pfister Hotel – Milwaukee
A Milwaukee classic. First opening its doors in 1893, The Pfister in downtown Milwaukee maintains its Gilded Age glamour, sporting period decor and Victorian artwork. But that doesn’t mean this hotel is stuck in the past. The property features amazing luxurious facilities, which include the WELL Spa + Salon, as well as the delectable Mason Street Grill and swanky Blu lounge. We highly recommend sitting down for Sunday brunch at The Rouge dining room.
Honorable mention: two terrific properties that will certainly be a hit with travelers — Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan and
Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake (The Heidel House annoucnced it is closing. Check their official website before making plans).
What do you think of our curated list of the best Wisconsin hotels for 2018? Are we missing your favorite destination in Wisconsin? Comment below and let us know.
Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. Named a "Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger” by USA Today, Parr has also been selected as the official winner in Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ 2023 list of the “Top 50 Best Luxury Influencers and Bloggers in the World.”