The Omni Bedford Springs is a high-class old-style hotel. My wife and i booked a room here for a last hurrah before out baby arrived. As the website advises, you'll want to book spa services in advance because the spa books up quickly. Do the same with the fine dining onsite. The bar and tavern is typically the only place you can just walk in to and get a table.
Anyway, two great experiences right off the bat. First, we were running late and weren't going to make our afternoon massages, but we called the spa and they were able to move us back (it was a Thursday, so not too busy). Then, we were given a room in the historic wing of the hotel. The historic wing is a long walk to the main hub of the hotel - and my wife being pregnant... Well, our porter called and get us a room in the spa wing, which was much closer.
The room was very nice - about what you would expect of an Omni hotel. King-sized bed, mini-fridge, flat screen TV, very nice bathroom, etc.
The Bedford has several different dining options available onsite. The 1796 Room is a chop house with great steaks. The Crystal Room is a fine dining room that serves a variety of items. The tavern pub has a great selection of sandwiches, salads and other entrees. There is also Che Sara Sara - which is open all day and you can get cold sandwiches, sodas, chips, etc. In the summer, there is another restaurant outdoors.
The spa center was fantastic. Yes, you need to have an actual appointment with the spa (i.e. a massage) to partake in the water treatment...I don't know why someone would think differently, but I digress. The water treatment is always great at any spa. Here, there is the deluge shower, the steam room, the cool plunge pool, and hot tub. There are also individual showers with soaps and shampoo as well. Then there is a quiet room where you can lounge before or after your massage. They have hot tea or cool water, and assorted trail mix and fruit available.
The masseuses are all very professional and do a great job of ensuring they are meeting your needs.
The emphasis of the Bedford is relaxation and there are plenty of areas for you to just sit and rest, read a book, play a game of cards, etc. There are also numerous hiking trails, and a great golf course. There is also an indoor pool, which is awesome.
A few points:
- Food and other items are more expensive here than what you'll find in town or elsewhere. This is how it usually is at hotels that have dining onsite. You're not a captive audience, so head into town if the menus seem too pricey for you. Just know that the food is fantastic.
-Every member of the staff - from the porter to the doorman to the spa personnel - were all very nice and courteous. Like I said, our first room didn't work, and they were more than happy to change it for us.
-The spa can be very busy on the weekends. Some guests (usually from certain cities from what I could tell) have no regard for being quiet in the ...quiet room. Periodically, the staff would have to come through and instruct these groups to break up and that if they want to sit around and talk, they can do so out in the main hotel. Anyway, for best results, either schedule your spa service first thing in the morning or come during the week when occupancy is lower.
-Bring a bathing suit and flipflops. You'll need a bathing suit for the spa area (the water services). You'll need both a bathing suit and flip flops for the indoor pool.
-High Tea is a paid event (shocker). You are paying for tea, tea sandwiches, scones, etc, and for the whole experience. This is optional.
-There are other things to do; cooking classes, history tour, and so forth. The history tour is fun and you'll really enjoy learning about the resort.
Sorry to have to address some of the complaints, but I sometimes do this when I feel other negative reviews are unjustified.
So, if you are looking for a relaxing retreat, the Omni Bedford is the way to go!
- 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
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