If home is where the heart is, a hotel is where the rest of the body goes to relax when the heart wants to play the drums all night. Escape noisy neighbors and other frustrations with today's Groupon: for $105, you get a one-night stay and breakfast for two at The Port Hotel, in downtown Port Washington (up to a $226 value). This Groupon is valid toward a stay in rooms 202, 204, 302, 304, 305, and 307; customers have the option to upgrade to room 201 or 306 for an additional fee.
A turn-of-the-century hotel dripping with Old World charm, The Port Hotel swaddles visitors in luxury with soft bathrobes, in-room wet bars, and decadent breakfasts delivered straight to their doors. Decorated with period furnishings, each of the inn's 10 rooms has its own personality, from wealthy Colonial burgess to French provincial poodle. Guests can cozy up by a roaring fireplace, take a dip in an oversize whirlpool tub, or have a pillow fight atop a queen- or king-size pillow-top bed. Diehard multitaskers can peruse a free copy of USA Today while surfing 120 satellite TV channels or talk on both of the room's telephones at once. Each comfort cove is also equipped with a towel heater, European bedding, individually controlled heating and cooling units, and high-speed wireless Internet.
Inn-goers will also enjoy breakfast in bed Monday–Saturday as the chef serves specialties such as shrimp-and-cheese omelettes with potato pancakes and belgian Kahlúa pecan waffles with warm maple syrup and fresh whipped cream. A complimentary champagne brunch awaits Sunday guests in the hotel restaurant, where eggs Benedict and honey-glazed ham mingle with midwestern favorites, including molded Jello salad, fruit fluff, and old-fashioned potato salad.
The Port Hotel Restaurant
If the walls of The Port Hotel could talk, they'd tell a tale dating back to 1902. In that year, John F. Thill tore down an existing hotel and tavern and constructed a brand-new one comprised of 40 guest rooms, which is four times the number you’ll find today. Thill installed electric lighting and warmed the rooms with steam heat—both luxurious features in those days. The hotel closed down in 1973, but the restaurant maintained a lively business.
The summer of 2005 saw the grand reopening of The Port Hotel, restored to its original state of elegance with 10 uniquely appointed guest rooms and chef-prepared breakfasts served in bed. Joseph Zankl and his family now operate this historic property, preserving its turn-of-the century charm while introducing modern amenities such as wireless Internet and plasma picture boxes. The Port Hotel Restaurant continues to serve up steaks, seafood, and other rib-sticking goodness in a stately dining room or on a breezy outdoor patio.