Omni Bedford Springs Resort
What We Love
- The award-winning spa features historic natural mineral springs
- Four upscale restaurants, including a steakhouse and fine dining room
- The wide range of resort activities, from cooking classes to kayaking
- The 18-hole golf course, one of the first in the country
What To Know
- The resort recently underwent a $120 million renovation and expansion
- There’s a strong focus on golf and on families
- Pets are welcome, but there’s a fee of $100 per stay, plus deposit
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This historic 220-room retreat in the Allegheny Mountains has been a hotspot since 1806, when the original hotel was built as a restorative destination for city folk wanting to “take the waters.” A major renovation several years ago brought the grande dame up to date, with state-of-the-art technology and refreshed interiors. Guests can choose from classic (though recently restored) rooms in the historic wing or more contemporary digs in the spa wing. Dine in posh surrounds at the 1796 Room and Crystal Room, or keep things more casual over craft brews in the Frontier Tavern.
In the Area
While there are plenty of diversions on-property, the surrounding mountains offer opportunities for outdoor pursuits like horseback riding with Green Ridge Ranch, located an hour’s drive from the resort. Omni can arrange kayaks and a guide to explore nearby Shawnee Lake; on the way home, sample some local wines from Briar Valley Winery, on Bedford’s main street, which specializes in European varietals like Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, and Lemberger.
How to Get There
Overall, everything was fine and we had an enjoyable time. The staff throughout the hotel was very friendly and helpful, and this made for a pleasant experience. While I understand the rooms are old, particularly in the historic wing, I do feel some upgrades are necessary to live up to Omni standards and the price you’re paying. Likewise, the hallways were frigid...again, I know it’s an old building, but it was literally freezing to the point that I had to put on my winter coat on the long walk to the elevator, even if I wasn’t going outside. At the very least, invest in some space heaters to keep the guests comfortable. Also, we found at least 8 lady bugs in our room...thankfully, ladybugs don’t creep me out like other insects, but still not what we’d expect at an Omni. On the second day, we were out of the room all day, and housekeeping didn’t come until after 4:30pm. At this point, we were back and getting ready for dinner, so it was a bit of an inconvenience. We had dinner at 1796, and both the food and service were excellent. The food at Frontier Tavern was also good, but the $7 cup of chicken noodle soup was a joke. I could barely fit the spoon in the cup it was so small! Breakfast at the Crystal Room was also delicious, but $4 for what was essentially a shot glass of orange juice was a bit ridiculous. Overall, we had a nice stay, as none of these things were a big enough deal to ruin the experience for us. However, I do believe some improvements need to be made to bring it up to Omni quality, especially for the price.
Everything about our stay at the Omni was lovely. From arriving to the welcoming valet, to our room being upgraded, delicious restaurants and an incredible spa - we loved it all! The staff is all very kind and helpful and there are lots of things to keep you busy (or keep you totally relaxed).
Lovely historic facility with a very accommodating staff. Beautiful pool and spa. Excellent in house restaurants. They have a variety of walking trails and the facility is near the quaint town of Bedford, which also offers shopping opprotunities and exploring.