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“Great Getaway -- Better than the Greenbrier”

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The Omni Homestead Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hot Springs
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11 reviews
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“Great Getaway -- Better than the Greenbrier”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

My wife and I spent one night at the Homestead in February 2014. We went to the resort primarily for skiing, and it was a terrific place to spend a night away.

The main bar area is a good place to have a drink/appetizers/lunch. We had dinner at Sam Sneads, which was very crowded and somewhat disappointing.

The breakfast buffet was hands-down the best I've ever had. This includes various buffets at Four Seasons around the world and, closer to home, the Greenbrier.

Living in Virginia, for us the debate has always been Greenbrier vs. Homestead. I always wondered why anyone would go to the Homestead, when you could go to the Greenbrier and take advantage of the casino. Although the casino is a big draw at the Greenbrier, I liked the Homestead better. It's less pretentious, better value, and the food is about the same (I think the food at the Greenbrier is overrated). So unless you're going to gamble, consider the Homestead as a better alternative, especially if you ski.

There is a quick, easy shuttle from the lobby to the Homestead ski area, which is less than 3 minutes away. We went early on a Saturday morning, and it didn't get crowded until around 10:30. The ski area is great for beginners like me (and really good for small kids just learning to ski), but my wife still enjoyed the skiing for the more accomplished skier.

The heated outdoor pool was a lot of fun as well.

FYI, the hotel has very good perks as part of the Amex FHR program, which is another reason I put it a notch ahead of the Greenbrier.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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HomesteadResort, Manager at The Omni Homestead Resort, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
What a wonderful review! We're pleased that you enjoyed the skiing, heated outdoor pool, and the ambiance of the resort, which makes The Homestead so special. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you will return soon for another relaxing visit! Next time, we suggest you plan a longer visit so you are able to experience more of what the legendary Homestead is all about.
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

fabulous resort, beautiful grounds, fantastic people who care for the individual. I have been coming to the Homestead since 1973, it is always wonderful. The staff makes the experience, especially for someone like me who is disabled

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HomesteadResort, Manager at The Omni Homestead Resort, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Thank you for posting your kind review and for taking the time to recognize our team of associates who try their best each and every day to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. It is so good to hear from our long-time repeat guests as your opinions are valuable to us. We look forward to your next visit and to welcoming you home!
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

The hotel was wonderful. Staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. Wonderful experience for kids and adults. The meals were a bit pricey and there were only a few options for meals. Ski slopes were great for children learning to ski or snowboard.

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Troutville, Virginia
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We don't live far from this area, so traveling there was convenient and easy. Our stay happened during a winter storm - there is no better place to be "snowed in". The outdoor heated pools and mineral pools are wonderful! The Spa experience is outstanding as well. Meals were delicious and the service staff are all wonderfully friendly and welcoming. Peaceful, quiet and restful.

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Ashburn, United States
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We just arrived back from a 3 night stay at the Homestead with our two children (7 and 5). It was such a wonderful experience! The hotel was beautiful and we spent lots of time exploring. There were so many activities that we participated in: skiing (with ski lessons for the kids), snow tubing, indoor pool, kids club, outdoor heated pool while snowing(!), spa services (for mom), arcade/bowling, and meals at the on-site restaurants. Every single thing was top notch: the food, the activities, and the amazing service. Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? YES! The kids (and us) will remember this vacation forever.

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richmond, VA
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

My husband and I just returned from a visit to the Homestead. We have been following the renovations and management changes on the website for some time and felt it was time to see what they had done to our "favorite place on earth." If you have not been to the Homestead Resort in a while, (or ever) GO! The Omni has done a lovely job renovating the hotel to make it current and family friendly without losing a bit of the historical flavor or class that makes it such a beauty! There is a new energy to the place, as well as extended and welcome options to recreation and dining! We will be back!

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HomesteadResort, Manager at The Omni Homestead Resort, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
We are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Clarksburg MD, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The resort itself is lovely but i had the worst service I've ever encountered in a hotel during my stay. From dirty dishes left in the hall for several days to dinner service so horrid I was compelled to speak to managers two nights in a row. Given the expense of this hotel I was horrified. DONT BOTHER with The Homestead .

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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HomesteadResort, Manager at The Omni Homestead Resort, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
We are sorry we did not meet your expectations during your visit. It is our goal to provide each guest with a first-class experience and Southern hospitality. We value input from our guests and use all comments as tools for improvement. We hope that you will return to The Homestead again so that we may regain your goodwill and confidence. If I may be of assistance to you in the future, please don’t hesitate to call me at 540-839-7570.
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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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