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The Omni Homestead Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hot Springs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

We made a first time visit to The Homestead under a promotion from Livingsocial for a weekend, which turned out to be a beautiful weekend in this unique and picturesque part of the country. Bath County is peppered with various hot springs--the warmest of the ones we encountered locally was 98 degrees and moderate minerality (including sulfur) [Jefferson Pools]. The environment alone makes a trip worthwhile as there is beauty in all directions with plentiful outdoor activities, including a golf course (Cascades) in a stunning setting. We didn't partake in golf, however, that is a particularly popular and storied activity here.

Overall, the property is attractive, and the rooms are clean, spacious, and well-appointed. The property is a hodge-podge of connected wings and makes for a convoluted path from the main part of the hotel to the historic spa area. The indoor pool, heated by the hot spring and with light minerality, was large, warm, and particularly relaxing. Overall, the property does show wear and tear, which I think is simply the result of a historic property gracefully aging (for the most part, the hotel wings date back to the early 1900's while the spa and "Casino" are older). The hotel is planning a large, multi-phase renovation effort already underway and continuing well into next year, although I am not sure what exactly is planned for the hotel wings.

We found the food to be quite satisfying. We had an excellent dinner at 1766 Grille which features several items prepared tableside, including Caesar salad, Chateaubriand steak, and bananas foster dessert (all highly recommendable). The buffet breakfast in the main dining room is extensive, fresh, and well-stocked. We also visited San Snead's Tavern for dinner another night and had another good meal, which features a number of meat options as well. However, Sam Snead's is more downscale from the primary hotel options (the hotel runs the Tavern as well), and the interior is a bit dank. We dined under a breakfast+dinner meal plan (i.e. fixed-price per person per day) which seemed to be a good deal if one is not a dainty eater and were going to indulge in multiple courses for a meal. Otherwise, the a la carte prices are a bit high. In addition to the meat feature, we were pleased to see the rest of the plate filled with a nice variety of vegetable accompaniment as well. One minor strike on the menu is that the wine choices by the glass were somewhat limited and middling, and bottle prices were rather high (e.g. $45 for Blackstone Merlot!) [NB: no issue with Merlot here!]. However, the Malbec and Pinot Noir by the glass were fine and consisted of a generous pour.

The resort certainly provides one-stop shopping for food, even clothing, and for scads of activities, which is good since there really isn't a town to speak of for quite some distance around the hotel. We did an hour of horseback riding with a guide in the lead around some trails in the surrounding woods, and finished the weekend with a guided hike tracing a vigorous stream/river that sources to the main hot spring for the hotel. The hike was particularly picturesque, featuring at this time of year many wildflowers, and led by Billy, a sage and entertaining naturalist. The resort provides generous shuttle service to all points in the surrounding area.

One criticism I do have for The Homestead is that there are several service charges added in various places, which can leave an impression of some nickel-and-diming, but the activity prices seemed fair. I think they need to be more transparent as to what these service charges are paying for and what proportion is going to staff as gratuity. It seems almost deliberately unclear on that point. If there is an automatic gratuity, then simply label it as such on the bill. The website could use an update to easily provide such information on the various charges, tipping policy, and a better description and pricing of the meal plan, for example.

Overall, a visit to The Homestead makes a perfect weekend, and the resort readily facilitates filling your agenda with many activities such that you can fully partake in what The Homestead and Bath County, VA has to offer.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

Just stopped by for lunch on the way to the Jefferson Pools. The property is in the process of renovation and has a beautiful setting, but is too preppy and stodgy for my taste. I prefer a more modern, casual feel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

My husband and I went on the living social package - this definitely helped in the money department!
Check in- quick and the receptionist was very knowledgable- so easy! And gave me an itinerary ( I had already made dinner reservations prior to coming- definitely suggest doing this)
Room- I requested a tower room one bedroom suite- gorgeous and tons of room with great view and fireplace! Great!
Bars- each bar has it's own vibe- president's lounge is upscale and romantic, players pub is a great place to watch the game and play pool, casino is relaxed and laid back - each bar has signature drinks and amazing
Restaurants- all food was great! We did casino resturaunt and main dining room- huge portions - just great!
Jefferson pools - must go to this!
Horseback riding- relaxing and fun- please do!
Service- the whole staff was great- so friendly! Infact one server bought us dessert! The bartenders are friendly - we had no problem with any staff member!
I know this has no really baring on the resort but the guests are so friendly too! I guess people just are so relaxed it is easy top be friendly!


I will be back! I have been to the Greenbrier and feel this place was just as good!
You won't regret coming!

Room Tip: Go to Jefferson pools
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

My husband and I recently spent the weekend at this resort taking advantage of a Living Social voucher. Using this package made this trip very affordable which is why I gave it favorable ratings on value. The room was comfortable and the place was very well kept. There were a lot of activities to chose from for all fitness levels. I thought the service at the resort was excellent. We only had one bad experience with the individual checking us into one of our activities, but that was hardly enough to spoil our great weekend and the rest of the staff who were outstanding. I was, however, a little disappointed with the Spa. While the facilities at the Spa were very clean, the treatment rooms made me feel like I was going to a doctor's appointment versus getting a massage. The treatment rooms were very small and sterile feeling versus warm and inviting. The relaxation lounge had wicker furniture which as well worn in some areas. It was just not what I expected from a resort facility with this price point.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JTZ04
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

Our room was on the 10th floor in the front—in the Historic section with a fabulous view, although the rooms are smaller than the newer rooms in the wings. The Homestead is very beautiful and historic with a grand old Southern country feeling. Just walking around this resort is magical and atmospheric.
Our family (parents + girls age 12) purchased the activities pass for the weekend, a very nice option that gave us the freedom to try many activities. Although it was a busy weekend, there was enough staff and space to fill our schedule with activities.
The horse back riding was nose-to-tail, the horses were well trained and suitable for beginners and the trail was lovely and peaceful.
We also tried the paintball. Since we had three girls, we just did target practice. The staff instructors were very helpful and set us up in a safe and enjoyable way. Our 12 year olds had never before shot a pistol—big fun experience.
Also golf, hiking, tea --so many fun things in a beautiful setting with very nice staff.
We had a very good dinner in main dining hall. Country gourmet—standards with a twist by the new chef. We also ate at the snack bar and had the afternoon tea. Sitting in front of the Homestead having tea is very memorable.
We fell under the Homestead spell and had a great time.

Room Tip: Historic room in front on 10th floor--fabulous view
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Julia C
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Madison, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

My husband and I spent four nights at The Homestead as part of a company work trip. We had a fantastic time enjoying the resort and the activities it had to offer. The resort grounds were very pretty and had a relaxing atmosphere. Lots of chairs inside for tea or on the porch for coffee. So many places to sit back and unwind.

Our room was very cute and comfortable, although the bathroom was pretty small. We weren't there much, however, since we had so many activities planned. We tried the fly fishing, golf, canoeing, Jefferson Soak and Gorge hike. Loved all of them. All the guides were very nice, helpful and fun. Also used the pool one afternoon and the bowling ally. We were so busy, but had a great time.

We tried a couple of the restaurants in the area when we had nights off from the group. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and food at Sam Snead's.

I think The Homestead would be a great stay for a family. So many things to do all in one place. I'm not sure about the cost of things, since our trip was paid for. I'm assuming the activities could get kind of expensive. Regardless, we loved our stay here. Beautiful historic hotel in a gorgeous setting!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank widivegirl
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Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

This was our first visit to The Homestead. We had a 2-night package that included one activity for each, and we chose to play golf. We each had a lesson, too, which was not included in the package, but the cost was only a bit more than we pay at home for lessons at our local country club. It was good to have a new set of eyes look at our swings, etc. We couldn't have had a nicer day to play, the "Old Course" wasn't crowded, and we loved every minute of our afternoon. Everyone on the staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was in the Garden Wing and was very nice. Comfortable bed, quiet room, and spacious considering it's the entry level-type room. We chose the continental breakfast in the main dining room which was something like $15.95 per person, but it included hot cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, and pastries which was plenty for us. We had dinner at the Casino because we didn't want to dress up, and it was good with fine service for less than $50.00 total. We also ate at Sam Snead's and it was pretty good but pricey for what we ordered. We went to Martha's Market our final morning and just had coffee and pastry for about $9.00. All in all we spent around $650 for a very enjoyable couple of days and would go back again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Omni Homestead Resort
Address: 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA 24445-2775
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Location: United States > Virginia > Hot Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Omni Homestead Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 483
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open since 1766, The Omni Homestead is one of America's most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality and southern charm in a 2,000-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Renowned for its natural hot springs, The Homestead is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, an expansive spa, championship golf courses that include one of the nation's finest mountain courses (The Cascades), Allegheny Springs, a two-acre family-friendly water attraction complete with lazy river, water slides and water play zone. The resort also offers the South's first downhill ski area, an Equestrian Center, top-rated Shooting Club, archery, canoeing, falconry, Segway tours and a wealth of other recreational attractions. ... more   less 
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