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The Osthoff Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elkhart Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 September 2012

Everything about the Osthoff was great.
The staff was very helpful, friendly and accommodating.
The room was very clean and comfortable.
The grounds were immaculate and beautiful.
We will definately be back!

Room Tip: We enjoyed the courtyard view
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

My family which includes three adult daughters spent our first annual vacation at the Osthoff. Unlike many of our other family gatherings we did not include spouses etc. for this five day getaway. We chose this resort because it had both the amenities of a great hotel and accommodations of a good condo or house rental at a very reasonable price. We stayed in a three bedroom 2 bathroom apartments with full kitchen and outdoor balcony overlooking the lake. This was a great choice for us!! The girls used the gym, took yoga classes at the spa and used the indoor facilities on the rainy days. The lake, pontoon boat, and water actives were so much fun we scrapped some of our original plans to enjoy the water. Our condo was clean and the staff made sure we had everything we needed. Our only problem was the kitchen. It was fine for breakfast and making lunches. Our original plan had been to cook dinner in the condo. However, the quality and quantity of available cookware, serving pieces and even silverware was inadequate to make and serve a family sit down dinner for five people. We opted to eat dinner out at one of the fine restaurants in the resort and surrounding areas. We did not try to see if there were more place settings of silverware or serving pieces available. My sense is that this wonderful staff would have done their best to fill in what we needed had we asked. However, the happy result was that we had fabulous meals cooked by top notch chefs at the resort and the surrounding town. This was an unexpected bonus. This resort was a great experience and the girls voted to return next year.

Room Tip: One should be aware that the third bedroom is over the main living space on the second floor. There...
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

We just got back from our third time at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis. All 6 adults and 3 kids had a ball. We found new places to eat and the weather could not have been more perfect. Our accommodations were great and the pool and lake were great for swimming along with the Fri. and Sat. live entertainment on the beach. We ate at there beach eatery and bar which made dining out with three small ones easy. The grounds were so full of flowers and the bonfires on Thur. and Sat. with free smores to make yourself was super for the kids. They had never done this and they met so many other kids also enjoying the resort.

Room Tip: we had a three bedroom Woodland and nothing wrong but liked out 3 bedroom Lakeside premier better.
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

My husband and I stayed at this resort for the first time -- and it won't be the last. The rooms were immaculately clean, staff was extremely professional and customer service oriented and the bonfire and making s'mores was just plain fun. The resort has plenty to do from the lake activities, to the indoor pool and hot tub which came in handy as it rained one of the days. Lola's restaurant was upscale and Otto's was a good family casula restaurant. We loved the dock bar with terrific brats. You can walk to town and leave your car behind. We enjoyed walking around the pond and going to the gazebo. The Elk Room was a nice place to get a drink and relax and you could get coffee + there in the morning. All the children seemed well behaved and it was nice to see families enjoying time with their children. Also the boat ride was very nice on very clean Elkhart Lake. We had a good feeling about this place from the first moment we called to make the reservation as the reservationist was very helpful and courteous. Another plus was that our balcony had a table and chairs which was a nice place to enjoy a glass of wine or a snack.

Room Tip: view of courtyard is less expensive than the lake view and very nice.
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

The brochure and on-line photos are exactly what we found when we arrived - a very beautiful and well kept resort. Our group consisted of myself, 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren (under the age of 12). We spent 3 nights in a 2 bedroom suite which had very adequate space with the fold-out couch and an additional cot. With 3 pools and the lake, nothing ever felt overly crowded even though there were many guests on the grounds. Everything is in walking distance, it was nice not to use a car if you choose not to. I would suggest making a pontoon rental or ride at the time you make your reservations at the resort. Everything was already booked up so we couldn't enjoy a tour of the lake, as planned. We also felt the pools could have been kept at a warmer temperature to enjoy swimming outside longer. Over all, we all enjoyed our stay and hope to return another time. One added comment, all of the staff were exceptionally friendly - a nice touch.

Room Tip: Our 3rd floor south side courtyard room was quiet and had a pretty view - lakeview would be nice, bu...
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

We took a trip to the Ostoff for a weekend getaway with our 6 month old son. What a lovely time we had. The Ostoff is gorgeous. The room suites are clean, nicely decorated, spacious and the fireplace is a nice touch especially when it got chilly at night. The resort ammenities are plentiful. 2 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and the beachfront (and beach bar!) afforded us many oppotunities for swimming. The town of Elkhart Lake is very charming and everything is within walking distance. We will defnitely be back!

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Reviewed 12 August 2012

You cannot find a better place for the perfect vacation than The Osthoff Resort. Our family stayed there for years and then we decided to try other, less expensive resorts. We made a last minute decision to return this year and we were very lucky to get the last two bedroom deluxe suite with a courtyard view for a three-night stay. We at once realized what a mistake it was to vacation anywhere else with the kids. The grounds are immaculate, the staff is friendly and very helpful, and everything looks new and beautiful. We enjoyed the two gorgeous outdoor pools, the beach and a fabulous pontoon boat ride. At night, there was a band on the beach that took lots of singing requests from the adults who were enjoying cocktails from the beach bar while the kids ran around on the beach and enjoyed candy or ice cream from the concession stand. The Osthoff is also situated in the quaint town of Elkhart Lake, which has many good restaurants. We couldn't ask for more in a vacation!

Room Tip: The higher floors have the larger suites and are more expensive but the lakeside view from the top f...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Lynn H
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Additional Information about The Osthoff Resort

Address: 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-1976
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Elkhart Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elkhart Lake
Price Range: £177 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Osthoff Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Osthoff Resort, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is a premier AAA Four Diamond resort located on 500 ft of recreational lakefront. Offering a casual atmosphere within its elegant surroundings, The Osthoff Resort provides a romantic getaway for couples, while year-round indoor and outdoor activities, provide a family with many opportunities to enjoy spending time together. Our conference center offers spacious and well-appointed ballrooms and meeting rooms to assist in the productivity of retreats and conferences for our group guests. A host of seasonal getaway packages are available providing guests varying options for a holiday vacation. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter – The Osthoff Resort is your place in the lake.™ ... more   less 
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