We (2 adults and 2 small children) stayed during the Memorial Day Holiday weekend and had a great time. Here are some specifics:
Location: I had never been to Lake Delavan and the resort is situated on a long strip of shoreline. The buildings make a large circle with a few spokes (sort of) and there is an "inner courtyard." It is a long walk to go from one end to the other. It was very relaxing to walk along the lake or just sit on the lawn next to the lake. The lake had boating, tubing, jet skiing, and kayaking. We saw ducks, geese, and lots of birds around the resort. There is also a Walmart 1/2 mile away for all the things you forgot to bring.
Room: we had a double queen room and it was very clean and the bathroom updated and spacious. The bedding is not the "heavenly bed" like some other hotels but it was comfortable enough. The room had a microwave, good-sized mini-fridge, and coffee maker in it "standard," so we had lots of snacks, fruit, juice, etc. in the room instead of always going to the restaurants.
Amenities: we didn't use a lot of the amenities, like tennis and BB court. We didn't go boating on the lake although we'll try next time. The golf course looked nice and there were lots of people on it.
Activities: they had special kids' activities for the holiday weekend (don't know if they do that every summer weekend) including a bouncy house, inflatable slide, and animal balloon maker. My kids went on the moonwalk and slide every day we were there. There is also an arcade and kiddie pool (more on that later). They had bonfires every night which was fun, and a band and BBQ on Sunday.
Restaurants: we ate at both the Look Out Grill and Frontier Restaurant: they were both good (what I would expect) and they both had good kids' menus. I thought the breakfast buffet at Frontier was a great value. The Cafe had its grand opening and had coffee drinks, gelato, and some hot food, like gourmet pizza.
Pool: the pool area was a bit dated but nice enough, but the water was VERY cold. Apparently they don't heat the water. People were joking that they should throw some ice in the pool to warm it up. The kiddie pool is a bit small too. So while there were lots of people around the pool, there weren't many people IN the pool (and Sunday was a hot day). Also, for the kids' enjoyment, I would have liked to see a sandbox/ sandy area by the lake. I thought the property had a small beach area, but I was wrong. But at least a sandbox would occupy kids for hours. Last, they ran out of pool towels because there were so many people and had to keep replenishing a few at a time. I would recommend bringing your own anyway (they are kind of small).
Service: I thought the service was good, despite some other reviewers' comments. Check-in and check-out was easy. The Frontier restaurant was a bit slow on service. I had to contact housekeeping a couple of times (once because my child wet the bed), and I couldn't contact them directly so I called the front desk and they paged them and were at my room within 10 minutes.
In conclusion, we'll probably go back for another long weekend to enjoy the views and lake. I think we will choose a more "beachy" location for a longer vacation, but I think this place is great for a golf outing or weekend respite close to Chicago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Lawn Resort is nestled on over 250 wooded acres with 2 miles of shore line on beautiful Delavan Lake. Founded in 1878, Lake Lawn Resort has been one of Wisconsin's most popular destinations for both leisure and business travelers. With a rich history of traditional Wisconsin hospitality, Lake Lawn Resort provides a virtually endless array of fun and exciting activities. From cozy romantic getaways and full-fledged family outings to memory-making meetings and special events, Lake Lawn Resort offers something special for just about everyone. Making Lake Lawn Resort an even bigger temptation is its proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee, and other metropolitan cities, only twelve miles west of Lake Geneva. It is a big resort that has all the charm, comfort and attentive service of a small inn. It is truly the resort for all season and for every imaginable reason. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Lawn Hotel Delavan
- Lake Lawn Delavan