We decided at the last minute on a long weekend away. We didn't want to deal with the hassle of flying, so we looked for something within easy driving distance and somewhere we haven't been previously. We decided to try The Homestead. It was nice, but I don't think we'll go back.
We stayed Saturday-Tuesday morning. As a previous reviewer mentioned, over the weekend there were tons of kids and many did run wild. That did not bother us so much, likely because we did not spend a lot of time in the public areas. Monday the place was QUIET and very different. When we booked our reservations, we were told that the spa was under renovation, so we were prepared for that. The alternate arrangements seemed fine. They had taken over an entire hall and converted the rooms into treatment rooms. Obviously, not as nice as an actual spa, but it worked.
We booked a suite and the two rooms we were given were huge! We had a sitting room with a couch, chair and table and plenty of room to move about. The bedroom and bath were also huge! We were right over the main entrance, but up several floors.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful.
The skiing was very nice, with good conditions although really more for beginners and intermediates, not experienced skiers.
Swimming outside in the heated pool next to the ice skating rink and then sitting in the spring fed hot pool were great fun. Of course, we went in on Monday, not the weekend.
Our second spa appointments were very good.
When we checked into our room, there was a light bulb out in the bathroom and the sitting room TV did not work. In the evenings, there was a very strong wood fire smell in the hall and in our room. This was disturbing, and a few times uncomfortable.
The food was average. We had dinner in the main dining room one night. It was tasty but not hot, which was surprising since the dining room was less than half full. The menus are relatively mundane and very similar in all restaurants. Sam Snead's Tavern had the best food and the most innovative menu. The Casino Restaurant was good, but the menu is the same for lunch and dinner.
Our first spa appointments were not great. We both said that the therapists we each had seemed to be "counting strokes" and they had little creativity. However, as noted above, the second appointments were really good!
This is a place to go where you do everything on property. The town of Hot Springs is quaint, but has a coffee shop, a couple of other shops and that's it.
- 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