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“Feels like I was back in 1766” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Homestead

The Homestead
U.S. Route 220 Main Street, Hot Springs, VA 24445
540-839-1766
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Type: Historic Sites, Golf Courses, Spas, Outdoors
Activities: Golfing, Horseback riding
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“Feels like I was back in 1766”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

Had a three night stay. Room not ready when we arrived (we were arrived at 1, so it was reasonable room not ready. Room ready at 4, standard room in which there was a 14 inch step up to get in the bathroom. We both have knee issues and expected the middle of the night trip in going in the bathroom, but thankfully no issues. Furniture was dated and room was right over the entrance way to the hotel. Golf was pretty good except nobody moves along the idiots who play golf once a year and need to hit three shots off the tee box followed by 15 minutes looking for the first two shots. Five plus hour rounds are normal. Dinner on Friday night in the ballroom was quite the experience - arrived 15 minutes late for an 8:00 reservation and was told since we were late, no tables were currently available in the main ballroom. Finally seated at 8:45 and every course was awful- oysters Rockefeller were cold followed by a tasteless bisque, then the lamb shank was bland.

Checked out on Sunday and received my $3,000+ folio. Questioned a $65 charge which turned out to be a breakfast the Friday morning (yes it is 30+ a person for an omelet). I specifically asked on check in when the meal plan started and the desk clerk said Friday morning, so we went and enjoyed the omelet. The clerk at check out explained my meal plan began Friday night, not Friday morning, and was not moved by my explanation that we were told meals began on Friday morning. So, I paid the additional $65 with a promise that was the last straw for the Homestead. Imagine in business arguing over that charge when the customer just spent over 3k.

So in summary, old and outdated, poor service and way over the top pricing - what more could you ask for on a vacation.

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Cherry Hill, NJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Great vacation with tons of activities!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Wonderful experience overall but the food and food service were terrible. We advise to eat off property.
Tons of activities, but sign up early!

Visited August 2012
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Horse back riding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

My daughter and I took a one hour trail ride with Ashby and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ashby was engaging and very helpful. Neither of us has ridden in a number of years and her instruction was clear. She let us decide at what pace we were comfortable. The horses were well kept had calm demeanors. The trail was in the woods and very peaceful.

Visited August 2012
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

I just feel it is not worth the money,and you get more privacy at a bed and breakfast

Visited August 2011
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Buffalo, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Homestead 1766 Exceeded Our Expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We vacationed at the Homestead the early part of May. From check in to check out our stay was perfection.Make sure you bring your camera the hotel and grounds offer many photo opportunities. There is outdoor construction going on but for the most part you’re unaware of it and it didn’t affect our stay. The indoor pool area is remarkable as well as the banquet rooms shattered throughout the property. Tea time was held in the Grand Hall Lobby it was a nice way to unwind from a full day of activities by having a snack kicking back and listening to piano music. Dinner in the Main dining room was excellent, a band was playing, the room itself is magnificent and the food was outstanding

Visited May 2012
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