May 29, 2013
The beautiful American Club was once a dormitory for new immigrant employees of Kohler. It is now a luxurious 5 star, 5 diamond hotel resort. Photo from press kit.
After a few days in New Orleans and Chicago, Kohler Co. brought me to Wisconsin — specifically to Kohler Village. Yup, an entire village/town owned by the Kohler family. More than 75 years ago, Walter Kohler envisioned a community that evoked the same spirit and beauty of European garden cities. He hired the Olmsted Brothers, designers of New York’s Central Park and Harvard University Campus, to design one of the first planned communities in the US.
It was the perfect way to end the one week US trip with a luxurious stay at the 5 star, 5 diamond American Club resort in Kohler Village. The American Club was built in 1918 to provide housing, meals and recreational facilities for immigrant employees who could not afford housing. It is now a luxury resort with the best golf amenities. The hotel is situated across Kohler’s headquarters and main factories, though you wouldn’t guess there are factories because of the beautiful tree-lined streets and public art in many gardens.
Here’s what my grand room looked like…
Foyer at my room. I love the little bar area.
Kohler also makes chocolates. Really good ones!
This is how mini bars are done. Total branding!
Needless to say, all the fixtures are by Kohler Co.
View from the entrance.
Half of my room.
The wing where my room was had each room named after famous American figures like Ella Fitzgerald, Daniel Boone and Ernest Hemingway.
The sitting area in my suite. There were snippets of information, photos and paraphernalia that reflected the life of Sinclair Lewis.
The bathroom, all Kohler of course.
Glass lavatory from one of Kohler’s prime designer lines.
The photo doesn’t do enough justice. The tub is far from ordinary. First, it’s huge. Second, it’s the Kohler VibrAcoustic tub.
Just plug your music source…
Fill up with water…
Tinker with the VibrAcoustic settings…
And… the water vibrates with sound waves. This experience was amazing! Not your ordinary whirlpool tub. You feel the relaxation down to your bones. Both times I tried it, I slept like a baby right after.
The enclosed shower with multiple heads.
This kept my towel warm and toasty. Perfect for Wisconsin weather.
The library near the lobby.
5 star, 5 diamonds
Waiting area near the lobby. So cozy.
With the perfect fire.
Every window offered a serene view of gardens and original architecture of Kohler’s American Club. Photo from press kit.
One of the four courtyards.
Facade at night
The American Club resort, a 2012 Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 45 hotels with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. The resort features 11 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.
Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are my personal snapshots.
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