The French Country Inn

One-Night Stay at The French Country Inn in Lake Geneva, WI

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Top Reasons to Stay at The French Country Inn

  • Set on the pristine shores of Lake Como—just a mile from Lake Geneva—the century-old French Country Inn boasts exquisite architecture; the resort’s buildings were transported from Chicago after being featured at the Danish Pavilion during the 1893 Columbian Exhibition.
  • The inn has a colorful history. It served as a discreet getaway during the height of Prohibition for gangsters such as Bugs Moran and Baby Face Nelson, who holed up at the hotel and partied in the basement speakeasy. These real-life gangster stories inspired the innkeeper's murder-mystery novel, Murder at the French Country Inn, released in 2012.
  • Each standard room is outfitted with a fireplace and a private balcony that overlooks Lake Como.
  • In the morning, the innkeepers lay out a breakfast spread in the lakeside dining room. Each afternoon, guests can enjoy complimentary tea and sherry in the parlor.
  • Nearby, downtown Lake Geneva features quaint streets lined with antiques stores, art galleries, and curio shops.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Lakeside Mansions and Historical Museums

Located within 90 miles of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Lake Geneva has become one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations for recreation. Geneva Lake⎯a gaping gulf of fresh water ripe for swimming, leisurely sails, water skiing, and tubing⎯is the resort town’s biggest draw in the summer. Admire the scenery by taking a stroll on the Geneva Lake Shore Path, a 21-mile walkway planned by early settlers that stretches around the entire lake. Along the way, you’ll pass expansive gardens and the opulent estates that helped the town earn the nickname “Newport of the West.”

In the winter, outdoor activities range from sledding and cross-country skiing in Big Foot Beach State Park to ice-fishing on Geneva Lake. There's also plenty to do indoors. The Geneva Lake Museum takes visitors back in time with re-created late 19th- and early 20th-century shops, and the 1897-era Yerkes Observatory is home to the world's largest refracting telescope.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

One-night stay for two in a standard room

  • Option 1: $69 to check in Sunday–Thursday from 3/1/13 to 3/31/13 (up to a $115 value)
  • Option 2: $79 to check in Sunday–Thursday from 4/1/13 to 6/6/13 (up to a $165 value)
  • Option 3: $99 to check in any day from 2/22/13 to 6/6/13 (up to a $195 value)

Book by: 3/15/13 for Option 1; 4/22/13 for Options 2 and 3

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Afternoon tea and sherry

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/15/13 or 4/22/13, depending on option purchased, or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel between 2/22-6/6, 3/1-3/31, or 4/1-6/6, depending on option purchased
  • Not valid 5/24-5/27
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • 11.5% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Room

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 children 11 or younger
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: blowup mattresses are available for no additional charge, subject to availability
  • Smoking policy: smoking is not allowed on the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed on the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available for an additional fee at check-in.

Getting There

  • By plane: about 52 miles from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
  • By car: about 53 miles southwest of Milwaukee

Customer Reviews

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Janice P. ·
Reviewed June 9, 2013
room patio on the lake & having breakfast in am. friendly staff


LuAnn C. ·
Reviewed May 30, 2013
Being so close to the water.....right below our deck.


LuAnn C. ·
Reviewed May 30, 2013
Keep in mind that this is an old Inn with some modern updates, but the building is not as soundproof as newer Inns. Still, it was worth the price of a Groupon.
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