We spent one night at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort during our drive from Ohio to Maryland to spend Thanksgiving with family. We have a four-year old and a one-and-a-half-year old, and an 8 hour drive requires stopping somewhere. We could not have done better than Bedford Springs. This beautiful property was decorated for the holidays; beautiful trees, silver reindeer, and more nutcrackers that I could count. Multiple fireplaces were always lit giving a warm and cozy vibe amidst leather club chairs and puffy ottomans. This is the sort of resort where the bookshelves are lined with real books, and there are partially-completed puzzles on tables and old ledgers scattered about, encouraging guests to wander and discover. We stayed in a single room with porch access - the room was quite large allowing my wife and I to order room service and talk quietly in the sitting area while the kids fell asleep. The kids loved the porch and rocking chairs in the morning.
Aside from the beauty and fun of this resort, the hotel is distinguished by excellent service, great food, and a remarkable lack of preying on guests. I'll address each in turn.
Service: from the moment we checked in (we had no reservations because we weren't sure where we would stop), the staff was wonderful, always inquiring if we had any needs or requests, without being obsequious.
Food: room service was prompt and excellent (the burger is terrific!). Breakfast in the Crystal Room was also quite good (the buffet is impressive).
Not Preying on Guests: In my experience, the fancier the property, the more I expect to be upcharged at every turn. Resort fees; $20 wifi connections; water bottles in the room for $6 each; etc. This resort is completely different. (We did not need wifi, so I don't know the details on that). But, there was no resort fee. Room service prices were reasonable (this is not to say cheap - it's room service - but the prices don't make you feel like the management knows you're in a remote valley with no other options). The kids ate free at the breakfast buffet. That didn't surprise me so much, but when they ordered orange juices and they weren't charged I was surprised. Again, in a hotel of this quality I would have expected OJs to show up at $6-8 each (silly, I know, but that is so often the case).
Oh, and the pool is great. One of the oldest indoor pools in the country - it's clean and beautiful, lit by windows in a two-story atrium.
This place is a find. We could not be more happy with our stay and we're already planning to stop again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located within a two hour drive of Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA the Omni Bedford Springs is the ideal destination for rejuvenation. The resort recently completed a $120 million restoration and features 216 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. This historic resort boasts the number one golf course in Pennsylvania, the 30,000 square foot Springs Eternal Spa, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 5 restaurants, two pools, 25 miles of hiking trails and a variety of other on-site activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Omni Bedford Springs Hotel Bedford
- Bedford Springs Resort