For years back in the 1980's, my family and I would go to the original Bedford Springs Hotel before it was bought out by Omni. I would always explain it to people as "Chautauqua without the lakes." We have such fond memories there! We decided to return this past early August for my Mom's 80th birthday to "re-live" some old times. It has changed a lot. I could go into details about what used to be, and what shocked me with so many changes, but I will just say that although the facility is lovely, it has lost some of its original charm with the upscale renovations. For some of you, this is not a bad thing. But for those of you who "remember it when" it is different, with more of a hotel chain like feel and fewer nooks and crannies, places to discover, the old soda fountain, Bingo night, the outdoor walkway...OK I told you I would not reminisce...In a nutshell, that is one reason I give it a 4 star rating because I am feeling old and unable to accept too much change. LOL...BUT another con is the place is pricey. I am not sure if we are permitted to include rates in reviews, but we paid $405 for one night, my friends. And then I received an e mail coincidentally from a discount travel web site for $169! How does that justify the value? Another Con: Pillows were foam and not high quality. No duvet comforters. Expected a little more upscale bedding but bed comfortable. Bathroom amenities kind of skimpy and not special either for the price of the room (defined as a "Spa Room.") OK, you're planning your trip and you want to know: How is it to stay here? Pretty awesome and magical. Good for families and weddings and yet a romantic getaway would be perfect, too. We ate in the Dining Room which was really expensive and the food was good but I was not overwhelmed with anything outstanding. Nicely presented. I remember the old days of a 5 course meal and I miss that. I just do! Nice staff. The walk over the bridge to see the Mineral Springs is an improvement. You can fill your water bottle easily. Lots to do here but the only thing included in your $400 night is the room, swimming, hiking and tennis. All else you pay for: massages, golf, etc. I am so glad this place survived. It helps the community and it really is a beautiful place to stay.
- 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