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“Perfect for those who don't need sleep”
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Siebkens Resort
2 reviews
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“Perfect for those who don't need sleep”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Elm Park hotel of the resort with our 10 month old daughter. Since there was a 2 night minimum, we reserved the room last minute and decided to drive up Friday night and get an early start Saturday morning. Unfortunately, we didn't read reviews of the resort until after we made our reservations. I am always skeptical of reviews because everyone has their own opinion and what appeals to one may not appeal to all. After staying at the resort, all I can say is that EVERYTHING I read in the bad reviews of the Siebken's was completely accurate. The noise from the tavern located directly across from our room kept us up until well past 2am. Once the bar closed, patrons spilled put into the alley directly under our window. Needless to say my husband and I got little to no sleep and had to deal with a very crabby baby the next day. We didn't mind the "antique charm" of the place but for 125 a night we don't think expecting a good night sleep is unreasonable. The layout of the resort is not conducive to over night guests as long as they have a bar with a screened on porch area AND deck that stays open past 2 am. That said, if you are one of the people who are likely to close the tavern down and would like to pass out steps away then it would be a perfect choice. The staff in the office the next morning handled our complaint very well by refunding our money for the night we stayed and canceling our next night. It was by far the WORST NIGHT we have ever experienced in a hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The rooms were very nice and we enjoyed them a great deal---HOWEVER tryng to get additional towels or TP seemed to be cause for a nasty attitude and at times flat out refusal on some of the employees part. We took a shower before they came to straighten the room and imagine our surprise to find that they didn't replace the used towels---nor did the leave it there so apparently showering dailey is new to them. One of the other people staying with us was lucky enough to spot housekeeping carts in the hall and "borrowed" TP for both rooms and also grabbed some towels.

Room Tip: Bring your own towels and TP and you should have a good time
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Mentor, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

First, to be specific, my experience with Siebkens Resort refers to their hotel. I did not stay in their condo building.

The good: The location is central to Elkhart Lake and close to everything (such as there is) in the town. The front desk staff is nice and very pleasant to deal with. (They do not handle complaints very well, however.)

The bad: Because it is centrally located, the tavern in the resort attracts the town drunkards like moths to a flame. The swimming pool, which was located directly underneath our window, was supposed to be closed at 10 PM. However, at around 11:30 PM on a Saturday night, group after group of drunken frat-boy-types began to swim, shout, and do cannonballs in the pool. No one from the resort seemed to intervene. No security was ever seen on the complex at all, actually.

The housekeeping doesn't seem to be on any type of schedule. The room was cleaned at around 11 AM on Friday but the staff didn't show up until 1:30 PM on Saturday. Since we were relaxing in the room, we asked for clean towels and told the staff they could clean the room the following day. They took our towels but notified us that they had no clean towels to replace them with and would return with them "later". Two hours passed, and they arrived again to deliver the towels and asked if we wanted to room cleaned. *sigh*

We also saw the cleaning staff leave the rooms being cleaned with unlocked, unlatched doors, leaving the guest's personal belongings in full view of anyone who walked by the open door. Many times, the staff wasn't even in or near the room at the time. Thankfully, none of our belongings were stolen but apparently it would have been easy for someone to do.

The air conditioning in the hotel is controlled by a floor-level thermostat. Which means anyone on the floor can control the temperature to every room on the floor. The room we had reserved had no working air conditioning when we arrived. Several calls to the front desk to explain that it wasn't working despite following their instructions to "give the room time to cool down" were met with excuses. Only after we asked for another room did they call a serviceman to see if he could fix the air conditioning. Lo and behold, he did find it wasn't working.

The room we were finally given was relatively small but did have working air conditioning. But, we soon found that the hotel's walls are extremely thin. For example, a guest in the room next to ours coughed one night and it sounded as if he was in our bed. Coupled with the noise from the street and swimming pool, this made restful sleep nearly impossible.

The shower head is positioned at eye level for someone of average height. At least the water pressure was good.

We actually cut our stay short by a night so we could drive to another hotel so we could get a good night's sleep.

We were in town for a wedding but if, for some reason, we were to return to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, we would definitely spend the extra money and stay in the Osthoff or Victorian Village resorts.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

After a 10 hour drive, we arrived to a room without air conditioning. Each room does not have it's own thermostat....each floor does and anyone on the floor can control it. The air to our room was broken so we had to move rooms at 10pm. The rooms are outdated and the showers are not designed for average to tall people in mind. I am 5'9'' and had to bend down to wash my hair. The vending machines are marked as being in the parking garage but the garages are only accessible to those who are staying in the condo so if you want something to drink later in the evening, you are out of luck. The people at the front desk have been very nice and apologized for the air conditioning situation but I don't htink I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Do not stay here if you expect to sleep. The Stop Inn Tavern is the only bar in the resort area of town that stays open until 2:30 am. The patrons start heading there between 11:30 and Midnight. They were loud and obnoxious. When we complained the first night we were told they get a lot of complaints but there is nothing they can do. Perhaps the young person at the desk could not do anything, but the Bar is owned by Siebkins. The second night was worse. When we complained again the person we spoke to at the desk was rude and lied. She told us all the bars are open until 2:30 am. They are not. Both Victorian Village and Ostoff shut down between 11pm and 12am on the weekends. We were also told they could not believe we could even hear the noise. Hard not to, it was right outside our balcony doors. I still have the drunken chorus of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun running through my head.

We stayed in the condos because we warned about the old buildings. The room was decorated nicely but was really lacking for the price. No mirrors in the bedrooms which would have been helpful since there is only 1 bath. Only 2 dining chairs at the dinning table for a 2 Bedroom condo. The staff is mostly inexperienced and several were rude.Like others have written we had to beg for towels. 2 sets were left in a 2 BR condo booked for 4 people. No soap or facial tissue. When housekeeping finally brought us a box of tissue it was open, beat up and half empty. The never replaced It during our stay. The final straw was returning to our room on the third day only to find it wide open. The deadbolt was thrown open so that the door remained propped open. We found a dirty cleaning rag and a bottle of spic & span on the dresser in one of the Bedrooms amidst our personal items. Luckily nothing was missing. We will not stay here again. The staff is ill equipped to handle problems and do not care. This is not spring break at Daytona. For the prices charged it is not unreasonable to expect a good night sleep

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Sherwood, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Food, service and overall ambience was Excellent. We have all been attending Road America events for 30 years and never had been here. Our usual place changed menue so we tried it and were pleasently surprised and impressed at the quality of all.
We are at Road America two to four times a race season and we will be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We have stayed here for our family vacation for 5 years now. The condo we rent is very nice, new and kept up. However, last year our air-conditioner broke (it was over 100 degrees) and no one at the desk could help us. My husband had to track down the owner and argue with her before they sent a service person out THE NEXT DAY to fix it. No recompense was offered and the room rate per night is not cheap! (The rates were more than we have paid on the ocean in Florida.) The housekeeping is average - alot of college kids who are busy visiting in the hallways and shorting the condos on towels, soap etc. The area around the pool is slowly disintegarting and the rest rooms are falling apart and are horrible, they have obviously never been remodeled since the 1950's - no stalls, doors, changing areas and no towels at the pool. Although there are pool hours posted they are not enforced and people partying at the pool at 2 am woke us all up. A dining room at the resort is only open on race weekends and the food at their tavern is only mediocre. The resort's beach area is across the street, small, down steep steps and very small. No comparison to the Ostoff Resort's beach next door. We enjoy the great little town but we will be staying at a different resort there next year.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: 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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