Amenities + Details
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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
Stay far far away. At first glance you might think the cheap rate at this hotel makes it worth staying there. You would be wrong. I had a block of rooms at the Olympia for my wedding this past weekend and everything was TERRIBLE. Let’s start with the free shuttle they said they would provide to my wedding party to get them from the hotel to the church for my ceremony. 2 days prior to the event the event coordinator contacted me to confirm the time the shuttle was needed. I confirmed with her between 12:30-12:40 pm. I left with my parents for the church thinking my wedding party was on the shuttle not far behind me. WRONG. The shuttle time was never communicated to the front desk or the driver which resulted in my wedding party showing up 45 min late to the church and almost missing the ceremony. I was told repeatedly there was nothing they could do and that the person who was responsible was no longer employed with them. So, half of my wedding party piled into cars while the other half waited around from a trashy van to get them to church late. Strike 1. Then, I hear from several guests about all of the issues in their rooms. The hotel is pet friendly for a $10 charge. A guest of mine showed up to check in on time with the dog before the ceremony only to be turned away for 30 min while their room was made up. They came back 30 min later and were told the room was still not ready. They can’t leave a dog in a hot car so they missed my ceremony while the hotel took their time to get them a room. Strike 2. My grandparents showed up in 95 degree weather to no AC in their room. Strike 3. A highly allergic guest had a nest of wasps in her room and was CHARGED $20 to have it removed. Strike 4. Another guest walked in to a room without a bed in it and had to have a cot rolled in. Strike 5. And now, 2 days after my wedding I have had dozens of guests calling me telling me the rate $109 +$12 tax ($121 total) is not what was charged rather all kind of charges in the amounts of $278, $139, $157, etc. are showing up on their accounts. I would caution everyone to stay far away from this hotel especially if you are using it to accommodate guests for your wedding. The cherry on top of all of this is that I have emailed them 4 times to try and resolve these issues and left voicemails of which have not been returned. This place is a literal hell hole. Stay away.
We had our wedding here at Olympia. We were married in the Gazebo and then had our reception in the Illinois ballroom. I worked with Gretchen who helped me coordinate everything since I am from out of state. Everything turned out perfectly. The rehearsal, the ceremony, the reception and the hotel staff were all perfect. Juan and the banquet staff were amazing from setup, cocktail hour and reception. Our bartender was the best! The photos with the beautiful views and landscape here are priceless. Almost all of our guests were from out of town and made a vacation for several days here. The hotel is older but clean and has such a great personal feel, everyone had such a good time. The pools, Club Indigo, the wedding, everything not only made for a great wedding but a fabulous and fun mini vacation. Thank you for giving us the perfect day for our wedding.
Hotel Room BlockReviewed on 9/19/2015 Nikki C
Olympia Resort was very easy to work with and they offered a fair price for the hotel room block.
Reception venue was great!Reviewed on 7/25/2015 Karrie G
We had their tent for the reception and the gazebo for the ceremony. Both venues were excellent! Gretchen is a rock star and made everything go flawlessly. The hotel rooms are dated but still nice.
My now wife and I had our wedding ceremony and our reception here. Everything was picture perfect from the scenery to the food, to Gretchen and the service. There was not a single reason to leave the resort once we arrived in the morning. I would not have had it any other way. Thanks guys!
Not ImpressedReviewed on 7/06/2015
We booked the Olympia so we would have use of a certain room for gift opening the following morning. The week of the wedding they called and said the AC had broken and that they switched our gift opening to a conference room. This was not an acceptable change in venue. There were plenty of hotels closer to our reception site that had generic rooms, but that wasn't what my husband and I were looking for. They were "accommodating" and put fans in the room with the broken AC so we could still use it, however; these fans were so loud many of our guests had to yell to talk to each other. Many of our guests complained about a smoky or musty smell in their room or rooms that also had broken AC units. My husband and I got to our honeymoon suite and were locked out because the keys were never activated correctly. It took 20 minutes for a staff member to get to the 4th floor to let us into our room. Generally I would not be upset about this, but after a long day, we just wanted to have some time to ourselves to relax. All in all, this hotel has many beautiful rooms, but it may not be worth your while.
Amazing!Reviewed on 12/05/2014 Katrina L
Living out of State while planning your wedding is not the easiest task. However, when I met Gretchen from Olympia she was like my savior. I was always able to get a hold of her when needed and she was there every step of the way making sure my day would be perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding coordinator. The venue was amazing and extremely accommodating to all my needs. I am truly grateful to the staff at Olympia. I would recommend this place a thousand times over.
Everything was amazing!Reviewed on 5/29/2014 Megan W
I couldn't have asked for a better venue. Gretchen and the rest of the Olympia staff did such an amazing job and the entire process was smooth and well managed. Gretchen answered emails promptly and professionally and I loved her attention to detail. She made me feel comfortable choosing Olympia as our wedding venue because she was so thorough and had answers to all my questions. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and the rooms were exactly what we wanted. My parents were also extremely pleased and said the guys breaking down the room at the end of the night were a huge help to them as they gathered our belongings. I would highly recommend Olympia as a wedding venue!
What a Wonderful Resort!Reviewed on 9/11/2013 Dale J
My best friend got married here. OMG, it was spectacular. I loved the way the kept the grounds maintained with so many great places for the photographer to take pictures. If I was getting married again, this would be the place.
Fantastic venue, great staff, EXCELLENT food!!!Reviewed on 8/28/2013 Shannon W
We worked with Gretchen. She is extremely tuned to detail and wonderful to work with. Our guests, a month later are still talking about the EXCELLENT food provided at our reception! The hall was beautiful and the staff were exceptionally super to work with. I recommend anyone having a reception to seriously consider Olympia Resort for their needs. I wish I could do it all over again and I would most definitely revisit Olympia!
Olympia is fantastic!Reviewed on 8/15/2013 Jessica M
Gretchen, the event coordinator, went above and beyond to make sure all of our needs were met. It's a beautiful site with a lot to offer.
Olympia Resort Tent (Olympia Gardens) WeddingReviewed on 8/07/2013 Heidi K
First & foremost, you will NOT find a better in-house wedding/event coordinator than Gretchen S. at Olympia! She is hands down top notch. She took a lot of the worry out of the day and she was on top of everything for my entire wedding day (ceremony was in the gazebo & reception in the majestic tent). Knowing she was as detail-oriented as I provided me with great relief. I planned my day at Olympia with her for well over a year. She was super fast ALL the time in her response time with all of my emails and phone calls. Gretchen was even willing to meet with me at her house when driving all the way to Oconomowoc wasn't convenient for me. The day, under her supervision, went off without a hitch. Without her Olympia would not be as renowned without her. The bridal suite, wedding suite, etc. were all wonderful. I got so many compliments on the great tasting, beautifully catered food and prompt serving team. The location is also beyond gorgeous for pictures and was the 1st thing that attracted me to this venue for my big day. Gretchen & the other staff of Olympia went above and beyond to make sure my guest, family & wedding party were satisfied & content. Gretchen was very composed as well as well aware of the entire wedding timeline before & during my wedding day. The only qualms I have, keeping in mind that Olympia is going through some changes & construction, were the tables in the tent - the wood on the tops of some tables was a bit rough in spots so they snagged some of the rented linens; there were a few unstable spots on the flooring inside of the tent that didn't accommodate heels very well, and some of the front desk staff were not very knowledgeable (keeping in mind there were a few new individuals). Overall though, my husband & I give Olympia & it's staff an A+!! This venue was well worth the price.
Excellent ServiceReviewed on 11/02/2012 Rhiannon P
Gretchen at Olympia Resort made planning my wedding seem easy. She was available to answer any questions I had (and there were a lot of them) and she was prompt. Even when I was going a little crazy, she took care of everything I asked for. The venue was beautiful, the food was delicious, the service was great and my guests were happy. What more could you ask for?
EXPECTATIONS EXCEEDED!!!!!!!Reviewed on 10/30/2012 Catie P
My wedding was October 20, 2012 and we had our reception in the tent (Olympia Gardens). I was a little worried about the weather in the tent considering it was October and could be a little chilly, but the temps inside the tent were perfect as promised!! From the onset of our meeting with Gretchen, she was fantastic to work with! She responded quickly, kept me on track, very professional and made the whole process comforting. There were no hidden fees that you hear about at other venues, no 'suprises' just plain honesty from the start! The tent was beautiful with the uplighting. The wait staff and bartenders were amazing and friendly! We had so many compliments on our venue. There is nothing else in the city that compares, in my eyes! This is a classic, elegant and modern venue. Very pleased with the whole experience! I can look back and know I made the best choice ever!
June Olympia Gardens WeddingReviewed on 10/18/2012 Samantha S
We had our wedding at the Olympia Gardens in June and had a wonderful time. The ceremony was in the gazebo and the reception was in the tent. It was so easy having everything all in one place. We had lawn games set up in the grass and all of our guests loved that. The day was extremely hot and humid, though, and we were under the impression that the tent would be a bit more climate-controlled. However, the fans inside of it didn't do as much as we thought they would to relieve the heat, so that is something to keep in mind for summer weddings. Gretchen was wonderful to work with and was always detailed and responsive. We had a buffet and the food was also wonderful. Our guests kept talking about how great it was. Overall, we were very happy with the venue.
outdoor tentReviewed on 10/16/2012 Jennifer G
We used the tent at Olympia Gardens for our reception. It was beautiful! Our guests loved the dinner choices. Gretchen is wonderful to work with. I can't imagine having our wedding anywhere else. Although the price was a little higher than we planned, the tent was so much prettier than having a regular ballroom.
Block of roomReviewed on 9/15/2012 Natalie R
When I reserved a block of rooms, the cost was discounted from the price at the time they were blocked. Now, 4 months later, the regular price is cheaper than the discounted wedding block price and people are paying more to use the block of rooms reserved for the wedding.
A little pricyReviewed on 5/23/2012 Mackenzie R
for a place that was having construction go on during our stay. But the bar was a lot of fun, and the breakfast buffet was very yummy.
Very accomodating!Reviewed on 11/11/2011 Katie H
We are so glad that we went with Olympia as our venue! The service was great and whenever we had a question they were very prompt and eager to answer it. The room was set up perfectly and they really went out of their way to make sure that everything was exactly how we wanted it. The only complaint I had was that the hot water in the hotel rooms took a little long to get warm and some of the rooms were a little outdated. That was minor compared to the amazing wedding that it turned out to be!
Beautiful outdoor wedding at OlympiaReviewed on 11/08/2011 Amanda S
We had our ceremony at the gazebo and reception in the tent at Olympia and it was fantastic! We loved having everything in one place and a hotel right there so our guests did have to worry about transportation at all! The food was amazing. The staff was awesome to us, our families, and our guests. The wedding coordinator at Olympia was fantastic. She was very responsive with my questions and made the whole process really easy and laid back. We are SO happy we made the choice to have our wedding at Olympia!
Great Wedding DaYReviewed on 10/25/2011 Jill L
The wedding day was amazing. The service was great and everything went on with out a hitch.
Great Place!Reviewed on 10/09/2011 Gina M
This venue lived up to my expectations. There was some confusion with the hotel rooms (there were a few other events going on the same weekend) and the olympia went above and beyond to make sure everything worked out perfectly. The food was awesome and they had the best deal for alcohol packages of any place we looked at. The service was top notch and I would recommend them to anyone!
decorate like crazy and avoid staying in their rooReviewed on 8/03/2011 Kelly G
Due to the popularity of our wedding date we were limited to available reception locations. We chose Olympia because of the guest rooms for safety and convenience. The minimum was a bit steep considering the lack of privacy for our guests. Shared bathrooms, packed hallways with multiple events and *gasp* tacky wedding crashers! I will say working with Gretchen was one of the highlights. She's thorough, reponsive and knows what she's talking about when it comes to weddings. Jerry, a terrific server, worked our wedding and was an absolute delight catering to our needs and our family's. Our food was delicious - I highly recommend the buffet! The ballroom room layout is conducive for a good sized wedding but you really need table linens, chair covers and ideally your own lightning to make it beautiful. Thank God for my wedding planner! My main reason for disappointment lies in the accommodations that were so important to us in the first place. I stayed the night before (guest rooms are severly outdated and pricy considering we negotiated a lower rate at the Hilton across the street!) and was woken up by large drips of water coming from my ceiling right before a large chunk of popcorn wall fell to the floor with a bunch of water nearly hitting my wedding dress! I called the front desk to get a new room for my wedding party to get ready in and they had nothing! A guest even offered up her suite to me as she could see my frustration. Keep in mind they not only ruined my wedding morning but they wouldn't reimbuse me for the terrible room experience. Then to top off our wedding night, as we walked to our suite (they do not guarantee you a nice room even though you drop tens of thousands of dollars so demand it), we had dogs barking throughout our hallway all night. On our departure we had to make sure to avoid not only bumps/folds in the wearing carpet, but dog crap all throughout the hallways. The name should not have 'resort' in the title because it is far below holiday inn express standards!
Loved it!Reviewed on 7/18/2011 Ashley J
I had my wedding ceremony at the gazebo outside and the reception in the big white tent. It was great I decorated the whole thing to the way I wanted it lots of freedom when you start from white instead of an already decorated ballroom! The only thing I didn't like about the venue was that the hotel itself needed a little updating. It looked and was decorated in the 80's... not a deal breaker though my wedding was amazing and the coordinator there was very helpful!
The good and badReviewed on 6/27/2011 Chelsea C
We had our reception at Olympia Resort and it was in the Olympia Center. Unfortunently the a/c wasnt working and it was 95+ degrees outside so it was about 82+ degrees inside, they fixed it with swamp fans, only after we had to say something. With elderly people there it couldn't be that warm! By the end of the night we were almost froze out of the room because of the fans. Also we didn't start clearing the tables off until about 12 and the staff had already started throwing our candles into the garbage!! They threw at least 100 votive holders and candles away, who throws glass candle holders away!!! But Gretchen is who we worked with and she helped out with everything!! She was AMAZING!!!