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“Great town, horrible place to stay”
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Siebkens Resort
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We have stayed at this “resort” for four years and are finally going to make the switch to the Osthoff next year after walking over there and seeing what they have to offer and the quality of service and staff. It feels like the hotel is just treading water – they built these beautiful new condos but the pool is falling apart. There are pockets of concrete that bubble and pop…last year it was all around the steps, still a problem this year and now around the hot tub. Many of the lounge chairs have broken straps (4 out of the 6 that are at the pool are broken). There is a rack for pool towels and a bucket but never any towels to be found – it became a joke all week about the towels, maybe three or four would show up all day. I grabbed one and gave it to my daughter only to find out it was actually a bath mat, not a towel. The bathroom facility for the pool is scummy and gross, in the bottom of the one building, down a hallway….there are three toilets, no doors, two showers are that are usable and falling off the walls…just gross!

The condos themselves are clean and new but housekeeping staff leaves quite a bit to be desired. We had three sets of towels when we arrived (condo with three bedrooms, 6 people), no soap, etc. The pool closes at 10pm, there are no staff on the grounds to be found in the night hours. Our room overlooked the pool and each night we were kept awake with people partying and swimming at 2am….nothing like being woken up by someone screaming “cannon-ball” at 2am. For the money, I would have liked a full nights sleep.

I was reading the “tourist” brochure in the condo and had to chuckle as it described the “resort” stating they have a pool and spa. Meaning, an outdoor pool and hot tub. It’s hard to compete with the other two resorts in town but I don’t feel like they are even trying. When you go to the Osthoff everyone is in a suit and tie, they call you mam and sir, very nice, very professional. For the price of these rooms (at both places) I would expect some professionalism. At Siebkens, all the staff are young high school/college kids on their cell phones while vacuuming.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Stayed at Siebkens over the 4th weekend. First of all the town does it up right for the holiday. A whole weekend of activites- fireworks, picnic, parade, UW Marching Band...small town perfection. And Siebkens is in the heart of all the festivites. My room was in the Lake Cottage. Charming, quiet and a spacious room right on Elkhart Lake. Would choose the Lake Cottage again, but they have modern condos too. Dined in the Stop-Inn tavern and had the walleye. It was some of the best I have ever had! Perfectly done. I opted out of their famous chocolate cake and went to their ice cream shop instead for a root beer float made with local root beer. All in all a great experience and well worth it.

Room Tip: Room 64 Lake Cottage
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank John V
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We just had the best weekend at Siebkens in Elkhart Lake, WI . The staff was amazing, the service was out of this world. The Condo unit we stayed in was perfectly clean and very nice and modern. We were able to use the pool and the lake, what a treat to have both options! The restaurant was wonderful! We even had a party for my daughter the next day , poolside, and it was the best party yet! Thank You!~ We will be back soon!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

I love Siebkens. I've been coming here since I was little and enjoy everything about it. The sandwiches and the great little corner bar in the screened in porch restaurant. The dining room with sterling vinagrette stands, tablecloths and warm lighting. Walk outside to the beach, buy a small painting, go to the Saturday Farmers' market and buy pie :)

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

Thank you Siebkens for the updates to your rooms! The new bedding, lamps, and art work were very much appreciated. We love staying at this small quaint resort, and were so happy to see the new changes. Just a few more reasons that we keep coming back, year after year!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

Our room was HORRIBLE. If your expectations are to have a pleasant night sleep in a clean room then do not stay here.

$125 a night for a stinky and MOLDY bathroom, no thermostat in the bedroom (it was 48 degrees at night when I stayed there), no shampoo, a 13 inch tube tv, bricks placed under the bed so it was only slightly slanted toward the wall, loud pounding music until 12:30am from the wedding next door, absolutely no security - whatsoever, no answer from the front desk when calling, and an attitude that is summed up by saying "we don't care".

Our only window was an old rotten door that faced the hotel kitchen break area next door where the staff would smoke cigarettes and talk until their shift was over. The floodlights were a nice added bonus keeping your room lit until the wee hours of the morning. But that's OK because there were enough cracks in the plaster walls you could get some outside air that way.

My wife complained that the room was terrible, and the front desk girl said "we tell you over the phone this is our oldest building". They did no such thing, and no warning over the phone would have been sufficient for how bad this room was. We had no clue what we were getting into at this hotel, and how bad our stay would be. At no point were we told that we would be staying in "the cottage", and had no idea that we shouldn't expect a good nights sleep for several reasons. Nothing like waking up in the morning with your sinuses stopped up because your bathroom has black mold in it.

Siebkens will never see our business again. Do yourself a favor and stay at another Elkhart Lake hotel so that you can enjoy your stay in this quaint WI town. We would have been better off in a tent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

I am a native, Near North Side Chicagoan who spent many summers as a child in Elkhart Lake at Harand Camp. My wife fell in love with Elkhart several years ago (as do most who visit there), and suggested we get married there, which we did last weekend.

Laurie and her staff helped us plan and execute a truly perfect wedding. The property is ideal for a summer wedding, combining the best of "old" Elkhart Lake with "new" Elkhart Lake. My wife, our guests, and I were all beyond pleased with the quality of the facility, grounds, and food. The pool & beach are steps away, as is downtown Elkhart Lake.

As for a review of the hotel & facility itself, there are basically two options: the newer condo rentals, or the more traditional, old-fashioned guest rooms; many of which date back a generation or two. The condos are where we now stay every year, as they are recently built and very modern (full kitchens with stainless steel appliances, balconies, gas fireplace, etc...). We used to stay in the traditional hotel rooms, which, in fairness, aren't for everybody. People who stay in Elm Park or the Lakeside cottage expecting a Westin or Hyatt experience will likely be disappointed. But in many respects, that's missing the point. This is an old-fashioned resort town, not Michigan Avenue. The traditional hotel rooms have a charm of their own, one which feels like a classic resort experience. They're also a lot less expensive than the condos. We've stayed in them many times through the years and find them to be charming, clean, and comfortable; though, in fairness, we're going with the condo rentals much more of late.

Regardless of which room you choose, you can't go wrong with a stay at Siebkens. As someone who's been visiting Elkhart for almost 30 years, I feel more than comfortable saying that Siebkens represents the very best of Elkhart Lake.

One last thing - be sure to have a drink, a sandwich, and a piece of chocolate cake at the Stop-Inn Tavern; made famous by Road America racers through the years.

Room Tip: The condos are the right choice for the traveler more accustomed to modern amenities, while the trad...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Siebkens Resort

Address: 284 S Lake St, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-2135
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Elkhart Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Elkhart Lake
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Siebkens is a landmark, turn-of-the-century resort purchased by Laura and Herman Siebken in 1916. Located on pristine Elkhart Lake, Siebkens is currently owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Siebken family. Guests will find relaxed surroundings, abundant with antiques, interesting people, great conversation, innovative cuisine and exciting night life. Lodging choices include deluxe and standard hotel rooms and one, two and three bedroom condominiums. Amenities include, two restaurants - The Stop-Inn Tavern and The Main Dining Room. Other amenities are Sissy's Coffee and Ice Cream Shoppe, an outdoor pool and hot tub, live entertainment in the historic Stop-Inn Tavern, meeting facilities, and our private sandy beach. Golf, shopping, water sports rentals and a day spa and salon are all within steps of the property. In our authentic resort surroundings, abundant with history, you will find interesting people, great conversations, even greater stories and a warm, friendly atmosphere. We welcome you to visit us sometime soon. You'll see why so many of our friends and guests return year after year. ... more   less 

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