Road Trip Leg #4 Rockford to Lake Geneva
Our final stop on our Wisconsin Illinois border journey ended in Lake Geneva, WI. We planned to spend two nights in the area, one night located at Lake Lawn Resort, and we decided to save our last night of our journey to be spent at the long anticipated Geneva Grand. My wife and I had never stayed at either resort, and we were looking forward to a relaxed/pampered vacation.
Lake Lawn Resort meets every expectation and more! We reserved a standard room, which had nothing standard about it. Microwave, Flat Screen TV, WIFI, Jacuzzi Tub, Porch out looking lake delavan, and a shower that extended from the ceiling (rain shower, I believe they call it?) More Info
The pool was clean, well maintained and the perfect temperature. My wife and I had the whole pool to
ourselves, although it was a monday afternoon. There was no drinks allowed in the pool area, which seemed a little strict. We cheated the rules by mixing a couple cocktails in water bottles, since the rules stated you could have water bottles in the pool area (my wife enjoyed a cranberry juice since she was 5 months pregnant with our first child)
Lake Lawn, offered some great activities on the premise itself. Tennis, Water Sports, Mini Golf, and a great arcade with some up to date video games. If anyone manages to get the Mickey Mouse from the crane game, we spent about $10 trying to loosen him up
We had dinner at The Frontier located directly on the premise. Amazing food, along with great service. The restaurant overlooked Lake Delavan, and we had great seats to watch the sunset while eating dinner. Prices were moderate, and I would recommend the Peanut Button cheesecake, well worth the eight dollars.
Checking out was simple and my wife and I headed over to the anticipated Geneva Grand, the last stop on our Wisconsin Illinois Border Trip. More Info
Valet parked the car at the resort lobby and had great bell service who offered to take our bags. Unfortunately, we ran in to a reservation snag upon arrival. Even though we made the reservations two months in advance, the hotel had overbooked and we were bumped in to their “sister hotel” called the Timberlodge. The front desk informed us that they tried to contact us, (although we never received any phone call or email) and assured us that our new room choice was an upgrade.
So we called our car back and headed toward the Timber Lodge. The Timber Lodge is actually a separate location on the premise that contains a water park which is really geared towards kids. The room we were upgraded to was nice, with a jacuzzi, small kitchenette, and porch. The staff, was very helpful and courteous.
Although I was happy with the room, I booked the Geneva Grand to enjoy the resort amenities. With my wife being 5 months pregnant, with our first child, the idea of the trip was to have our last (dual income no kids) vacation. By being bumped to their sister site, we didn't get to enjoy fully what the Geneva Grand had to offer. I did venture back through the lobby and tried to sneak a few peaks of some of the rooms, but my keycard unfortunately restricted me from the resort, even though I booked a room at the Geneva Grand which was confirmed and we were staying at the sister site.
If I had my choice of the two lodging establishments I suppose I would choose Lake Lawn Resort, only because I couldn't experience the full features of what the Lake Geneva Grand Resort had to offer. Although the staff was very friendly, they seemed to have the "Corporate Who Cares" mentality. If you're not satisfied, then talk to my manager. And then that manager, tells you to call another manager, and then manager tells you that you should call customer service. What a shame.