Classic and fabulous Luxury at the American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

The American Club in Kohler was built in 1918 to house single immigrants who came to work at the Kohler Company, a renowned maker of bathroom fixtures.  The brick Tudor dormitory was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1981. Walter Kohler, president of the company and governor of Wisconsin from 1929 to 1931, believed his immigrant workers deserved “not only wages, but roses, as well.” His resident workers enjoyed hearty meals, a four-lane bowling alley, a billiard and tap room, and summer concerts on the front lawn. American flags were hung everywhere, a reminder from the parent company that the workers might want to consider applying for U.S. citizenship. Lessons in English language were held every Tuesday. By 1930, Kohler had convinced nearly 700 immigrant workers to take the annual paid day off and free transportation to the county courthouse to take their oath of citizenship.

The American Club now is is a five-diamond , four star luxury hotel with four indoor garden courtyards, twelve distinctive restaurants, and serves as a showcase for the high end bathroom fixtures, furniture, and lighting fixtures Kohler produces and carries.  Furniture and chandeliers from the Baker line and tiles from Ann Sacks are a hint of fabulous throughout the traditionally classic, elegant club.  With  240 rooms, there varying degrees of accommodation to suit all budgets.

The Eau de Vie suite has an incredible seven foot tub beside an eternal fireplace, the tub filling from a ceiling mounted faucet.

The American Club, 800-344-2838


About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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