The Osthoff Resort

101 Osthoff Avenue | Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-1976  [SEE MAP]Elkhart Lake, WI  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Overlooking little Elkhart Lake in eastern Wisconsin — about 60 miles north of Milwaukee — The Osthoff Resort is described by previous guests as a great choice for couples and families looking for an elegant getaway. Guests say the are well appointed and homey thanks to in-room fireplaces, kitchenettes and separate living areas. The rooms also boast private balconies; visitors recommend requesting a room with lake views for a more scenic stay. Most guests agree that the crisp clear waters of Elkhart Lake make for some great swimming in the summer, and those looking to kick back and relax can spend an afternoon lounging in one of the resort's two whirlpools. Beyond that, lessons in French cuisine at L'ecole de la Maison cooking school are a popular draw. But those who prefer not to cook for themselves can enjoy fresh seafood at Lola's on the Lake. Recent guests do say beware that parking can be difficult to find if there's a special event going on at the resort.
Elkhart Lake, WI
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 241 rooms
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  • 3.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 828 have reviewed the The Osthoff Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 828 reviews 4.5 (based on 828 reviews)

Guest Rooms

All rooms at the Osthoff are condominiums, and choices are one to three bedrooms. Views of are the lake or woodlands. Each has a sitting area and dining space in addition to the bedroom. Kitchens are fully stocked with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker, dishes and utensils. Since they are individually owned, décor varies.
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Private balcony
  • Free Wi-Fi

Standard room size676 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Osthoff Resort is situated in eastern Wisconsin about 60 miles north of Milwaukee in the small village of Elkhart Lake, overlooking the lake. Wooded grounds surround the lake, and most visitors arrive by car. The Road America road-racing circuit is about 5 miles from the resort, and the Wade House Historic Site is about 7 miles away.
  • General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee is 68 miles from the resort
  • Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is 137 miles south of the resort
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Lola's on the Lake serves regional and eclectic fare for lunch and dinner with views of the lake that are especially nice from the patio. Otto's Restaurant serves American fare at all meals in a casual setting. Sunday breakfast is a buffet. The Elk Room is a place to gather in front of the fire with views of the lake. It offers coffee all day, light breakfast items in the morning, and cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers after 11 am. The Lake Deck is open seasonally on the lakefront and offers appetizers, lunch and dinner as well as a full bar. It features live entertainment on summer weekends. The Aspira Spa Café serves healthy meals, juices, smoothies and fruits.

    Number of restaurants4

    Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast


    In addition to the lake, the resort has two outdoor pools and one indoors with two whirlpools. Lounge chairs allow for relaxing poolside both indoors and out.
      • Lap pool
      • Wading pool
      • Lazy river
      • Family pool
      • Infinity pool
      • Whirlpool/hot tub
      • Adults-only pool
      • Lifeguard on duty
      • Poolside service
      • Waterslide
      • Deck chairs or cabanas
      • Pool bar


      The spa is called Aspira, which means "infused with spirit." The space is designed using feng shui and the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Its approach to treatments is holistic and organic, taking inspiration from indigenous people. Among its signature treatments is the Sacred Waters Massage which uses warm water to take away tension. The Cedars Massage uses native cedar aromatherapy. Other specialty treatments include chromatheray, balneotherapy, hamman and Vichy showers. Some treatment rooms have fireplaces. The spa also offers yoga classes daily except Tuesday for a fee in the Spa Studio. The spa has been recognized as among the best by Spas of America and Conde Nast Traveler.

        Services offered:

        • Massage
        • Facial
        • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
        • Salon services
        • Outdoor treatment area
        • Steam room
        • Sauna


        The Pleasures Program offers children ages 4-10 a variety of activities such as crafts, cooking, sand art and treasure hunts. Family activities include bonfires on the beach and lake cruises. Rates vary with the activity.
          • Kids Club
          • Free Kids Club
          • Fee for Kids Club
          • Cribs
          • High Chairs


          The fitness center is open 24/7 and has the typical cardio and weight-training equipment. The resort has 500 feet of sandy beach along the lake. Among the activities there are swimming and watersports, volleyball, basketball, a playground and a bonfire area. Guests can rent a variety of boats or take a day or evening cruise. In winter, there is sledding and ice skating on the property, and skiing, dog sledding and snowshoeing nearby. An arcade includes a pool table, air hockey and video games. There's also a cooking school at the resort.
            • Weight equipment
            • Cardio equipment
            • Yoga mats
            • Free fitness classes
            • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


            The Osthoff offers 38,000 square feet of meeting space in a variety of rooms that can accommodate groups up to 1,500 people. Staff can arrange team-building activities and group events. Rooms have Wi-Fi, and on-site technicians can assist. The Grand Libelle Ballroom and the Palm Garden Ballroom are located in the conference center, as are the Villa Gottfried room and parlor, with a fireplace and comfortable seating suited for breaks. There is also patio space available.

              Number of meeting rooms7

              • Business center
              • Meeting rooms
              • Meeting and event planners available


              Osthoff's staff will assist with all the planning, including menus, transportation, flowers, entertainment, group activities, spa services, and tee times and other recreation. Venues include indoor and outdoor settings that can accommodate up to 840 guests. Brides and grooms receive a free night for the wedding, and special rates are available for guests.

                Maximum wedding guest capacity840

                • Hotel hosts weddings
                • Outdoor space for weddings
                • Wedding planners available

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