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2018 Reviews

Oct 27 - Oct 29

Ken was an awesome host and very responsive! Garden suite was exceptional. The location was very convenient to local attractions and had a great egg and coffee place right next doo.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

Oct 26 - Oct 29

Ken was a great host who was super responsive to any questions we had. The best part about this place is the location. Super close to everything in Lake Geneva. We didn't use our car all weekend and had a short walk to everything that we wanted to do. Don't let this place being above a restaurant scare you it was super quiet even with guests in the other suites. Can't go wrong staying at this place while visiting Lake Geneva!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - The Martini Suite

Oct 12 - Oct 14

If you’re headed to Lake Geneva and plan to spend most of your time downtown you really should stay here. The pictures really don’t do it justice. We were pleasantly surprised by how cool it was. The decor and decorations were lovely. And we very much enjoyed turning the fireplace on in the bedroom after long walks outside in the chilly fall weather. The balcony is a nice bonus and we enjoyed coffee and people watching. The furniture was also super comfortable. We sank into the couch and watched football on the 70 inch tv. I wanted to take the bed home with me. The best part was not having to move my car once upon arrival. The location is great and you can see the lake from the balcony. We walked everywhere. Ken was also a great host. His instructions were easy to follow and he checked to see how our stay was. There is shared entrance with the two other suites, but we didn’t notice the other guests at all. I was a little worried that we would hear noise from the restaurant below in the early morning hours, but we didn’t hear a thing. Exceeded our expectations and this might just be my new spot in Lake Geneva.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Oct 5 - Oct 7

We stayed in the martini suite - One of the most unique places I have ever stayed in! The location is absolutely perfect, right in town so it's easy to walk to the lake and all the local shops. I highly recommend it!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - The Martini Suite

Sep 29 - Oct 1

The Ole Bistro Inn room was exactly as described and just as the pictures depict. The location is wonderful for the lake, eateries nearby and all of the shops. Ken is a great host; he is very responsive and provides information in a timely manner. I would love to return one day to stay in some of the other rooms.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Sep 23 - Sep 25

We felt so fortunate to snag a few nights at this gorgeous oasis! Ken is an incredibly accommodating and a great communicator! The room is unreal. The details in the decor make for such a lovely and welcoming experience. We honestly spent the first hour of our stay just walking around the GIANT accommodations with our mouths hanging open. The bed is blissfully comfortable, the bathroom is spacious and has lovely high end finishings, the living room features a sunset and (Website hidden by Airbnb) has to be seen to be believed! The outdoor patio is lovely and gives a great and cozy bird's eye view for people watching and relaxing. We were only there for two nights and didn't use the kitchen much but with everything included so thoughtfully it would make for an ideal place to stay for weeks if not longer! You are mere steps away from the best beach, shopping, and restaurants here...but you barely have to leave the building for what was hands down our favorite breakfast at Great Eggs! It's a simple wrap place with just the right flair quality ingredients that makes it feel like a hidden gem. We will cross our fingers that we get an opportunity to stay here again soon!!!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Sep 14 - Sep 16

The location is fantastic! Within walking distance of everything. The suite layouts are very unique and we heard s bit of the history of the building which explains it. Ken describes everything you need to know in a few descriptive texts.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Sep 14 - Sep 16

This stay went way beyond my expectations. The place is absolutely awesome, it’s stocked with everything and anything you could possibly and need, and to make it even better, Ken is great to work with. We can’t wait to come back!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - The Martini Suite

Sep 5 - Sep 12

Ken was a wonderful host, very responsive and detailed! We came up to visit family as I grew up in Lake Geneva. It was fantastic to find a place so centrally located to the lake, the town and my family. The condo was very clean, lovely decor, and we really enjoyed the patio in the evenings. We are actually looking at booking our next stay with Ken as well!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

Sep 1 - Sep 3

Ken is an amazing super host and went above and beyond to make our Labor Day weekend stress free and enjoyable. Location was excellent and once we parked our car we didn't need it until we checked out as everything was walking distance. Sitting on the beautiful porch at night was relaxing and we ended every night outside on porch. This is a must do for all and would be beautiful in Fall with the trees changing colors. Many beautiful houses to walk and see and Lake Geneva can be seen from the porch. Can't say enough.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - The Martini Suite

Sep 1 - Sep 3

What a treasure to find such a special place right in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva! Our stay in the Garden Suite was amazing! It was like our own little romantic oasis. Beautifully landscaped gardens and patios. Free off street parking was a great bonus, we never moved our car as everything was easily within walking distance! Clean and comfortable with more than sufficient amenities. Ken was always available and responded immediately to any questions we had. The Great Eggs breakfast cafe was wonderful. We highly recommend staying here and can’t wait to come back! It’s the only place we will stay in the future!!!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

Aug 31 - Sep 2

A great location and fantastic amenities.


Aug 17 - Aug 19

We just spent our anniversary weekend at this beautiful place in downtown Lake Geneva. It was a balance of nice vintage look and feel with an entirely updated kitchen and bathroom. Everything was as promised: great location and great amenities. You could walk everywhere. We will definitely stay here again. Ken was a great host and very responsive to all of our questions. Definitely stop by Great Eggs for breakfast... it was awesome.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

Aug 9 - Aug 12

Ken's Ole Bistro Suite is a very elegant apartment, with dramatic, atmospheric decor. The location in Lake Geneva is wonderful - walking distance to the lake and the downtown area. The included parking place added a lot to the convenience. The best feature was a second floor veranda that spanned the entire front of the building. It is shared by both upstairs suites, but there is plenty of room. We spent most of our awake-at home time out there people watching, and enjoying the breezes from the lake. The bed is huge, and very comfortable - once we climbed into it. It's quite high - waist high on me, and I'm 5'5". I had to kind of roll into it. The bath suite is gorgeous, with a huge lovely shower. Ken was very responsive. We had a small crisis right before we checked in and I missed some of the directions in my distraction. Ken showed me how things worked and was very patient. He also accommodated an emergency overnight by our daughter without any problem, for which we are grateful. It was a lovely home away from home, and an excellent base for enjoying visits with friends and a family wedding.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Aug 7 - Aug 11

The place was wonderful. It was the cleanest rental I have ever stayed in and I travel a lot! The location was wonderful and the communication from Ken was very prompt. I would highly recommend this place.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

Jul 16 - Jul 18

Great location downtown and one block from the beach. Excellent breakfast restaurant in the same building. The Garden Suite was very clean. The water pressure was excellent. The WiFi is open and is that of the restaurant next door. (The food and coffee was very good.) The shower was great and the water pressure was excellent! The kitchen has a full size refrigerator and stove and is stocked with plate/glasses/silverware. There is a coffeemaker. There aren't any condiments or other food stuffs so bring anything you need if you're planning on cooking. Parking downtown Lake Geneva is difficult so it is nice to have a spot which is right behind the building. Our Jeep fit, but if you have anything larger make sure you call Ken for alternate parking arrangements. He will send you a thorough and detailed text with all necessary information the day you check in.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Jun 8 - Jun 10

Very spacious and clean. Great location.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

May 5 - May 6

This place is amazing. Great space, very fun room. Ken is quick to respond. I will be back here soon and I will tell others of this amazing place.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - The Martini Suite

Apr 21 - Apr 23

Outstanding location - within easy walking distance of lake, trail, tour boats, dining and bars. Accommodations are very comfortable and nicely skewed to the romantically decadent (a little dark, red motif throughout, etc.). Great outdoor second floor porch outside the room to sit on and enjoy a glass of wine watching the passing parade of people below. Ken was very responsive with quick replies to inquiries and suggestions for local restaurants/bars. Check-in instructions were very clear and the process was super simple. All is handled via communication of electronic codes for doors. Parking in rear of building was super convenient. Only negative was the need to hunt for outlets to serve for charging items - it's an older building. Kitchen was well=stocked for cooking or eating while there, although local restaurants are part of the attraction for the area. Great romantic location for a weekend away.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Apr 13 - Apr 15

The location could not be better! We could walk to all the local shops and restaurants. It was also very beautiful, and we'll definitely be back.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Bistro Suite

Mar 30 - Apr 1

Our stay in the Garden Suite at the Old Bistro Inn was perfect. Ken was an extremely responsive host, keeping in touch by text and answering questions immediately. The Garden Suite is sparkling clean, beautifully furnished and decorated. There are so many lovely amenities like the gas fireplace in the bedroom and the spa shower! The location is wonderful, walking distance to the lake and shopping. We will definitely be staying there again. Highly recommend it!!!

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

Feb 16 - Feb 18

We loved our stay at the Garden Suite. The location was perfect, and the suite really felt like home. The breakfast place next door was a definite plus, and being in walking distance of Lake Geneva’s downtown attractions was great, especially in the cold winter weather. We will definitely be returning in future trips.

Intimate & Romantic Downtown Inn - Garden Suite

2017 Reviews

February 2017

Ken was a great host! The rooms are full functioning modern apartments. If one of Ken's rooms is available book it brcause it will be a more hospitable stay then any hotel in the area. Lastly, having the cafe in the building with great breakfast and you have your own parking!? Ken made the decision where we are staying a no brainer next time we visit the area. Thanks again!

Yosh Ioka

January 2017

Ken texted us the directions and parking instructions/building codes the day of our arrival. The suite was clean, the kitchen had everything we needed. The bedroom is quite opulent! The suite is conveniently located atop a breakfast place called "Great Eggs." I tapped into their WiFi. The smell of bacon and coffee greeted us every morning. Just about everything is within walking distance. Ken was friendly, professional, and helpful.

Rajeev Vaidyanathan

November 2016

Quirky, fun, fantastic location for wandering around downtown Lake Geneva.

Michael Marren

October 2016

Ken was accommodating with us not arriving at the typical check in time. This helped reduce any stress with getting to Lake Geneva which was awesome. The suite was decorated amazingly and we both felt extremely comfortable the entire time.

Marc Anders

September 2016

We had a great time staying in the bistro suite. The space is wonderful, elegant and nicer than pictured. We really enjoyed the balcony. The location is perfect, right downtown and very walkable. We didn't meet ken but he was very responsive to all our questions and very helpful. We would stay there again!

Caitlin & Lisa Julien

September 2016

Great location, super clean and well decorated

Michael Donnelly

September 2016

A great stay ! We were in town for my brother's wedding, which was at the Horticultural Hall just two blocks away. The location was perfect for us as we could be back and forth easily throughout the day while setting up and getting ready ourselves. Really close to the lake and anywhere else you'd like to walk. The place itself was great, super comfy, well-stocked kitchen. Loved the bathroom. Only complaint would be that the bed was too soft for my taste and I ended up with a sore back after both nights (my husband was just fine, though).

Jess Slocum

Date of Stay
July 2, 2016
Great location

Loved sitting on the porch of this rental!

Tara M.

Date of Stay July 20, 2016

Happy with the accommodations and location! My husband and I recently stayed at the Ole Bistro Inn while enjoying a couple of days in Lake Geneva. We were given the Bistro Suite, a pristine suite with one bedroom, living area, fully-stocked kitchen and a spacious bath. The room is uniquely decorated with deep burgundy and bronze, and appears very upscale. Ken was very helpful and responsive to our questions - even coming over right away when I couldn't get the TV to work! There is plenty of space in this suite and it was nice having a kitchen available to make breakfast and warm up leftovers from the restaurants we visited. The location is also ideal - just a 1/2 block removed from Main St, we were able to walk to the restaurants, shops, and beach; parking was available for our car as well. It's a small inn with just 3 suites (I believe) and we could hear the TV in the next suite quite clearly, so the noise was a bit of a factor, but not enough to keep us away. We would definitely stay there again. Do remember to bring your own toiletries (we didn't think to bring our own soap and shampoo, so we had to drive down the road to a nearby Walmart) and a hair dryer. Enjoy!

Ann W.

August 2016

Ken's place was great! Really neat space, super close to everything downtown, comfy bed and excellent communication. We really enjoyed our visit and will be back again!

Bryanne S.

June 2016

Loved it! Martini was so cute. Ken was constantly available for restaurant recommendations and any questions we had. Will definitely be back!

Kelly K.

June 2016

Our stay was fabulous and I'm ready for next year! My husband and I are pastors, so I laughed when our reservation indicated that we would be in the Martini! What a pleasant surprise! The combination of coziness and romance with open space and contemporary style just can't be beat. The open kitchen concept is fantastic, all of the accommodations were extremely comfortable, and we were only 1/2 block from the beach right in the downtown area. There's a great view from the spacious front balcony, where we met the couple staying in the suite next door. We also ate breakfast at Great Eggs. There was no noise from the restaurant even though it was directly below us, and sharing the balcony was very comfortable since both suites have a designated area. We only had one request (extra sugar for our morning coffee and tea) and Ken let us know that someone would be right up. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and I'm so glad that we came early enough in the season to be able to book just a 3 day / 2 night stay. We're definitely looking forward to coming back. Great job, Ken!

Michele B.

June 2016

We had such a great time at the Ole Bistro Inn! Our room was spotless and very spacious. The full kitchen was great to have even though we ate out every night. The location could not have been better. Right by the beach, shops, and restaurants-right downtown! Ken was always available and really easy to work with. My favorite part was the amazing balcony. We sat out there frequently and had fun people watching and enjoying the beautiful town. The coffee downstairs was the best we've ever had. The egg wraps were great as well!

Carly A.

August 2016

The private parking is essential! I enjoyed the convenience of the key code system!

Katurri P.

August 2016

Very nice!

Keith C.

Aug 8, 2016

Pictures didn't do it justice My boyfriend and I spent two nights for my birthday and it was perfect! We stayed in the bistro suite it was lovely. I enjoyed having coffee on the porch in the morning and wine in the evening. The location is great you can walk to everything. We would definitely recommend this rental and will return hopefully for a longer stay.

Wanita G.

August 11, 2016

Super Times! We just spent a couple days at Ole Bistro and enjoyed it all. The room was very special and all worked out great. It was perfect for walking about town or along the lake.

Tim F.