This was my fourth visit to the Homestead and I have to admit that sometimes I wonder what it is I like so much about the place. It is "Shabby Chic" and sometimes the shabby is a lot more prominent than the chic. Case in point was the first room they showed us...the white bedspread had a noticeable stain (I am hoping it was dried up make-up), serious scuffs on the wall, lime stains in the shower, as well as some disturbing stains of unknown origin above the head post. The room also had two double beds when we requested a king and the hotel quickly moved us upon request to a room that was clean and lovely.
The food at the Homestead is expensive and...fine. I've never had anything unforgettable to eat there, but I also have never had anything bad. It is all very expensive.
That being said, there is just something about the Homestead that can't be duplicated. It is like living in a piece of history. I love feeling like I am a part of a living tradition. It is so fun to walk around the resort and see room after room each with its own decorative flair that has housed historic meetings and family events. When I am there I feel like I am walking through an imaginary rich relative's country estate in a place from another time. I love walking through the Great Hall and just looking from end to end and reflecting upon all of the different presidents who have enjoyed the same views as me. It is also so gratifying to help support a local industry that employs so many folks from the area. So many resorts must hire from other countries, but the Homestead still seems to have lots of locals on the staff.
I also appreciate the shops at the Homestead. While there are only a few, I can actually find affordable and unique items within the shops. So many resorts have nothing that an average person could consider buying. I always leave the Homestead with a little something special. My husband loves the trout fishing and walking by the Cascades.
My only REAL disappointment is silly, but the Homestead changed their soap line! My whole family used to say "Everything smells better at the Homestead." My parents used to order the shampoo to be shipped to them for Christmas. What they have now is nothing special. I didn't even take what was left in the small bottle from my room.
All in all, I LOVE the Homestead, but you have to understand that it is different when you go. Don't expect it to be like any other place you have ever been in the US and just let it get under your skin. Soak in the relaxation and enjoy!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Homestead Hotel Hot Springs
- Homestead Hotel Hot Springs
- Homestead Va
- Homestead Hot Springs Virginia
- Homestead Hot Springs Va
- Homestead Resort Hot Springs