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The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa Celebrate Forbes Five-Star Ratings for the Seventh Consecutive Year


Kohler’s culinary crown jewel, The Immigrant Restaurant, receives Four Stars



KOHLER, Wis. – February 20, 2018 – Forbes Travel Guide awarded The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa at Destination Kohler with its highest honor, the Five-Star rating. Recognized as the global authority in luxury travel and leisure, the Forbes Guide’s thorough rating system sees highly trained inspectors visit, examine and verify leading properties across 44 countries. Five-Star properties are measured on their flawless service and best-in-class facilities.


“For the seventh straight year, Kohler Co. is proud to once again celebrate the coveted Forbes Five-Star accolades for The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa,” says Christine Loose, group director of lodging for Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate. “The recognition demonstrates our team’s commitment to offering gracious hospitality and personalized experiences that create lasting memories.”


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the historic American Club building, which was once home to immigrants who came to work at the Kohler factory. Boasting elegant rooms outfitted with the finest Kohler plumbing products, The American Club also encompasses an evolving health and wellbeing program with Kohler Waters Spa and Yoga on the Lake at the core; 12 distinct dining establishments; and championship golf courses, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, which collectively have hosted three PGA Championships, the U.S. Senior Open, two U.S. Women’s Opens, and will host the upcoming 2020 Ryder Cup.


As the only Forbes Five-Star rated spa in Wisconsin, Kohler Waters Spa provides guests with the latest hydrotherapy treatments and results-orientated facial and body services. Earlier this year, the award-winning spa announced renovation plans, which will include nine new treatment rooms, an expansive common space with additional seating around the spa’s prominent relaxation pool and a luxurious bridal suite. The completed expansion will be commemorated on June 1, with the roll out of a new signature hydrotherapy service.


The Forbes Guide also recognized The Immigrant Restaurant with its Four-Star rating, an honor reserved for a select few dining establishments, which embody “high levels of service and quality of facility to match.” The Immigrant Restaurant is rich in character and historic elegance. Located within The American Club, the layout is designed in six spaces, representing the nationalities that populated Wisconsin in its early days (French, Dutch, German, Normandy, Danish and English), creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere, which is complemented by contemporary American cuisine and modern European influences.


The Forbes Five-Star accolades round out a slew of recent awards for Kohler Co.’s leading hospitality portfolio, including the AAA Five-Diamond designation for The American Club, AAA Four-Diamond for The Immigrant Restaurant, and The American Club's number-one ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels in Wisconsin and number 48 within the Best Hotels in the USAcategory.Kohler’s newest hotel, LODGE KOHLER, located across the street from the iconic Lambeau Field and in the heart of the Green Bay Packer’s new Titletown District, received the AAA Four-Diamond rating upon its grand opening in July 2017, and is the only hotel in the area to boast such a distinction. Additionally, it recently secured #2 Best New Hotel in the 2018 USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Awards.


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About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Acquired in 2004, its sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, is a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world. In July 2017, Kohler Co. opened its newest property, LODGE KOHLER - a luxury hotel in the new Titletown District in Green Bay, Wis. located across the street from the historic Lambeau Field.


About Destination Kohler
Herb Kohler created Kohler Co.’s Hospitality & Real Estate Group with the reclamation of The American Club, the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in Wisconsin, and then built world-renowned championship golf courses, The Straits at Whistling Straits and The River at Blackwolf Run. The resort is named one of the top three golf resorts in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. Kohler Waters Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 56 in the world. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Four-Star Immigrant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic country gourmet at River Wildlife. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.