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“Years later and I still keep coming back to Siebkens”
Review of Siebkens Resort

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Siebkens Resort
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Siebkens Resort is like home. It has been a long time since I first started coming to Elkhart Lake for races, but I had the opportunity to witness the charm and tradition of this racing town on a non-race weekend, and it was great. And 90% of my time was spent at Siebkens Resort. The 'Tavern' experience still brings me back to all the great memories I have made over the course of my racing career. The same family still owns and operates this resort since 1916. That in itself is amazing. And they always remember their long time customers. The 'Elm Park' hotel is quaint and simple and for someone who travels a majority of the year for work, I welcome this old school way of travel. It is a great way to shut down and appreciate the decor that has been preserved since the 'Siebkens' family took over in the early 1900's. To top off this great weekend, I had drinks in the cocktail bar, and had a famous sandwich that tasted the same as it did 15 years ago. I look forward to getting back up to Elkhart Lake and Siebkens to have some fun and shut down and enjoy a place so dear to my heart.

Room Tip: If a 'old school' hotel room is not your thing, they have newly built condo's that are h...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

This was our first time staying here. We were in the new condo units (lowest floor, three bedroom unit). We could have literally jumped the railing of our wrap around porch in the back aand landed in the hot tub. The pool area was clean and other folks seemed to enjoy it. I was worried that it would be too loud---but little did I know that the pool area was perhaps the most peaceful part of the stay.

If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay -- DO NOT stay here. While the condo inside was very nice--lots of storage space (you could really store any lake toys or bikes you bring), clean bedding, big kitchen with nice appliances (microwave kinda loud), there was no reliable internet connection. So if you think you might bring along a laptop to check email...you'll find yourself constantly reconnecting to one of the three wifi settings they offer. When we asked the front desk about this we were told that they knew about it and well that is just the way it is. The covered porch was inviting until you looked down and saw bird doo-doo on the floor and all the chairs. The outside of the building could use a good power washing....white building with tons of dirt, bird doo-doo and spiderwebs. Some of the furniture is not holding up well --- a dresser with no handles and the front of a drawer completely off. Also bring own alarms if you must as the the clocks provided seem to shut off randomly.

Our evenings were spent listening to the screaming and yelling outside the bar that the resort owns until 3am in the morning. There were drag races around the block (also at 3am in the morning). Then bright and early the food delivery trucks or garbage trucks would come to deliver or pick up trash from the dumpster (8am). Since there is no parking (except on the street), you take your chances if you return late. One night I had the opportunity to walk the block to the door while the scent of marijuana hung heavily in the air ---courtesy of someone in a higher level condo porch. The supposedly "secure" outside door was NEVER locked. Hardly a restful place.

We had to call the front desk to find out just where to access their private beach---it's not clearly marked and you really need to be careful walking to it as it is a combination of grass, rail road tie steps, wood stairs with plants growing over the steps. Once there it was very nice (because no one else knows where it is), but be sure you've brought everything you need. Nothing as nice as the other beaches at other resorts. The kids rented hydrobikes, paddle boats and kayaks at the Osthoff beach area (they rent to the general public as well as to their own guests) so they had something fun to do.

Before you go to ANY Elkhart Lake resort check the Road America schedule ..... if there is a very popular race going on then accommodations will be hard to come by. We were there on a busy NASCAR race weekend, but my guess is that things also get crowded and loud as the summer gets warmer (July and August).

Also would be nice if there was more than one tv. But definitely need to fix their internet problem and control the outdoor noise better.

Room Tip: If you must rent a condo here because the Osthoff is full, get a unit ending in "00 thru 06&quo...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

This is my first online review ever. Wow...this place is old! Made reservations here because a friend was having a party at the bar in the resort. We were going to check out immediately but there were no rooms available anywhere else in town. When we checked out the next day the receptionist told us we should have been told that the hotel is "antiquated" when we called to make the reservation... we were not. The hotel is old and musty smelling and your room will have a 13" tube t.v. and that is it! It feels like a rooming house. We have traveled all over (Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, Chicago, New York) have never been this disappointed. A few things strike me as odd. The hotel acknowledging that they tell guests (sometimes) that the hotel is antiquated, so it seems they know the hotel is unacceptable on many levels. The employees that we dealt with upon check in and check out seemingly were not surprised by our initial complaints, as if they had heard it all before. And lastly, we got all this for the low price of 150.00 for the night. This place should be ashamed. Do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere- this place is a dump!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Siebkens is always our go-to lodging in Elkhart Lake. Condo was clean and comfortable and staff was very friendly and accommodating, as we have found to be consistent for our visits (average 1-3 times each year). This weekend we brought our family up for a Winter Driving School experience at Road America.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed one evening in July in the condominium building.and had a disappointing experience. The room was nice enough but we could not get hot water in the bathroom. Management said they would make it up to us but did not call us back as promised. Seemed like a fairly nice facility but we would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

This property was hard to evaluate.We enjoyed our stay but not sure we’d stay here again.

We stayed in a condo, the week after labor day when all was quiet. No crowds and virtually no one in town. The condo was clean and comfortable. The staff was generally friendly. Inside parking was convenient. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub where there were plenty of clean towels and chairs.

Siebkins doesn’t deliver what other $200/night properties provide. They give you a double instead of a queen. You get 1TV, not 2 like most other resorts. Don’t expect a working ice maker or a complete array of kitchen utensils. The poor lighting made it difficult to read in the living room and bed room.

Our balcony was spacious and could be accessed from 3 areas - our BR, our LR and 2 windows in the hall. That’s just 1 too many. It would have been easy to pull up the screen in the hall and have direct access to our balcony. This was a security risk.

The view from the beach was beautiful but the beach itself was disappointing. Only 6 lounge chairs and the chairs and cushions were moldy. Whereas the Osthoff had plenty of clean lounge chairs and had removed the rocks from their beach all the way out to the buoys, Siebkins had not. My feet sure wish they had.

We can’t report on the restaurants as they were all closed.

Our rate package gave us the 3rd night free and at that price the hotel was acceptable.If we had to pay full fare for all 3 nights, I doubt we’d stay here again.

Room Tip: Stay in the condos as close as possible to the lake. The street side might be quieter.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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: 52
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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