We just returned from a trip of the Homestead in Hot Spring Va. This is a nice property, you get the old world feel of yesteryear which is part of its charm and also part of its problem. The property is grandiose and I am sure back in the day was the place to be. However, it feels a bit dated for the price that you pay to stay here. The staff was wonderful, the food was average, and the resort fees (of $25 a day) were a bit outrageous for what you get (use of the gym, an afternoon tea, swimming pool, and a few other things that would be free in a normal hotel). During our stay it was mostly multi generational families…kids, parents and grandparents it seems. There is not much to do on the resort property, and wandering into "town' serves no purpose, there is a liquor store, a subway, a restaurant and I believe a pharmacy and post office (not open on the weekends). If you want to take advantage of the "hot springs" pool its $25 a day. If you get a spa treatment its free. The afternoon tea was a nice touch.
There is a coffee shop that was pretty good, and there are many nooks and crannies within the hotel to relax and have quiet time. Overall it was a pretty average stay, with some overpriced amenities. For a hotel this size and of this stature they should provide bottled water in the rooms for free…there is my tip.
Would I go back, for the windy drive through the Allegheny mountains…probably not. I will opt for the Gaylord or somewhere else closer to civilization. I felt giving it three stars was a bit harsh because it is a lovely property, and four is probably too high…3.5 feels just right.