The Omni Homestead Resort
What We Love
- A two-acre waterpark area with a lazy river, waterslides and whirlpools
- Onsite activities galore (think tennis, carriage rides, hiking, biking and falconry)
- Healing hot springs and even more healing treatments at the sprawling Canyon Ranch SpaClub
What To Know
- Dress codes vary between resort activities and restaurants
- A 15 percent resort fee per night is added to your rate and includes WiFi, in-room coffee, afternoon tea, valet and more
- Rollaway beds are available for $10 per night
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The 15,000 acre Homestead resort has treated guests (including 22 US presidents) to healing waters and a whole lot of southern charm since the 18th century. The 483 luxe rooms mix old world class—custom mahogany furniture, historic Virginia art, plaid throws beside floral curtains—with modern comforts, from feather beds to flatscreen TVs. Many have fireplaces and porches with rocking chairs. The Canyon Ranch Spaclub’s ahh-inspiring treatments — many of them teen-friendly — spell afternoon bliss indoors, while two acres of outdoor waterpark space include a lazy river and 100 feet of waterslides. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the onsite activities — we’re talking clay tennis courts, two golf courses, miles of trout-stocked streams, 100 miles of riding trails, bowling, ice-skating, croquet, billards, downhill and cross-country skiing, oh and falconry (yes, falconry). Seven on-site eateries offer a range of opportunities to refuel with everything from classy fine-dining to historically inspired tavern bites.
In the Area
Since the mid-18th century, Hot Springs, Virginia, has offered a genteel escape for city dwellers. The homey mix of country estates, quaint inns and resorts make for scenic country drives. Take in the healing waters of the hot springs or find your peace in another kind of water — the Jackson River’s 14 mile trail is great for hiking and fishing. Play a round at The Homestead’s Alleghany-view Cascades Course, designed by William S. Flynn and consistently rated among the best in the country. Rotating exhibits of landscape paintings and multimedia sculptures grace the trendy Warm Springs Gallery. And locals love tucking into continental fare at John’s Steakhouse, especially from its Appalachian-view patio.
How to Get There
Can’t say enough good things about The Homestead. My family was celebrating a birthday, and from the moment we arrived, special attention was given to the birthday girl.
Every aspect of our stay was outstanding. We look forward to another stay.
Spent the weekend at the Homestead. I love old, historic hotels so this place made me happy. Husband golfed both courses while I spent the day wandering around the Homestead. No complaints about our room...clean and comfortable. The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. The outdoor pool and lazy river were fun. The hotel itself is neglected and worn. Sad! The carpet throughout was stained and filthy. Torn, stained upholstery in the common areas, etc. We found a billiard room behind the Lobby Bar but the few pool cues that were there were missing tips or warped, etc. Could have been a fun room to hang out.
Breakfast both days at Martha's Market which was friendly, quick, easy and didn't break the bank. Lunch at the Subway across the street. Beers at the cool brewery across the street (Bacova Beer Company) and dinner both nights at Woody's.
Would we go back? YES. All employees we met were friendly, helpful and made us feel at home. The resort fee is absurd and the place is falling apart so you need to lower your expectations. Lower them a lot.
My husband and I are torn about how we feel about this hotel. We were there for 3 nights, at the end of the July 4th weekend, for an adult getaway. We arrived on the 6th and the resort was PACKED - somewhat expected, but not relaxing in any way. Our check in was smooth and the front desk staff was wonderful - no complaints there. We can appreciate that the property is historical, and didn't expect it to be "modern", but Omni really needs to start renovations - the condition of the common spaces, furniture, carpets, elevators, rooms, etc really detracts from what this hotel could potentially be. The grounds are beautiful though, and walking around the property is pleasant. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful.
There are two different ways to approach a stay here: Families with kids will love the main pool and wide open lawns for children to play - plenty to do. Most restaurants were kid friendly. There were a TON of kids during our stay... That brings me to your other option if it is an adults only trip for you - use the Serenity Garden pool, located at the spa - very quiet and relaxing. It is well worth the $130/couple daily rate - you get to use all the spa has to offer (booking treatments is extra of course) and guaranteed loungers. Of course there is golf,or hiking, or tennis too! I would have to think twice about coming here with our 16 year old - she isn't old enough to use the Serenity Garden pool, and we wouldn't want to fight for a lounger and deal with splashing kids...so, we would only consider a non-holiday, or weekday stay with her.
As far as food on site - we weren't necessarily impressed. Save yourself $30/pp on breakfast buffet - very standard, basic fare. You can pick up quick breakfast items (and better coffee) at Martha's Market. There just wasn't enough variety for dinner, and a dinner jacket for my husband??? No. We always dress "resort/country club casual", but I'm not packing heels, dinner jacket, etc. for a relaxing getaway. Rubino's restaurant is at the Cascades golf course, so you have to drive or take the resort shuttle. And, quite honestly, food was just average. You can always take a quick walk into town for dinner (quickest way is to exit property on the spa side). Oh, the "tea" or "social hour" was a disappointment. People actually stood in line to get a free scone and a glass of tea...No variety, no nothing - a folding table set up in the front hall for staff to dole out your free pastry.
All in all we had a nice stay, but it wasn't a "wow" stay. If the property was renovated and addressed
the food options it would enhance
We are currently considering the Omni in Bedford, PA to compare. If you're on the fence, try the Homestead, just set your expectations and know it has the potential to be a pricey trip.
The Omni has ruined the Homestead. Disrepair is evident everywhere and the level of service has taken a nosedive. It is heartbreaking. We have been coming for more than 10 years and the decline has been getting worse. Waited more than an hour to be served a drink at dinner and it took about 50 minutes to even place an order. Then, the order was wrong. This would never have happened in the past. Have also heard that several organizations have pulled their events from here due to the poor service and moved to the Greenbrier. So sad to see such a gem falling apart.
This was our first stay at the Homestead Resort, and we weren’t sure what to expect based on the mixed reviews we’d seen. Giving this place 5 stars for the overall experience, although there are areas that are less than that. First of all, every staff member we encountered was top notch - a rarity in most of our travels. The facility is hopefully going to have some additional restoration in the near future as there are areas that could use it, but that did not detract from our stay. The room itself was also dated, but pretty much what we expected and the bed was comfortable and bathroom very functional. Overall cleanliness was a little lacking (dirty windows in room, cobwebs and dust in several common areas, visibly worn carpets, etc.). As far as activities, there was plenty of things included in the daily resort fee and then many optional things if your budget allows (we felt that most of the optional things such as horseback riding etc. were priced higher than they should be). The outdoor pools including water slide and lazy river were in great shape. Lots of outdoor space for the kids to play and have FUN. Regarding other reviews about costs to enter the pools, that is for the spa related pools - the kid friendly pools are all part of the recreation fee. The outdoor areas and landscape were all in excellent condition. Dining is a little pricey as expected, and for families traveling for leisure the dress code is a bit of a stretch. We were not impressed with the dining options. You can grab something quick at Martha’s or you can take a 5 minute walk off property to the village of Hot Springs where there’s a couple of small restaurants.
1. If you want to relax by the outside pools be sure to get there early to claim a chair if you’re there on a day when hotel is high occupancy. Be aware that there are no lockers at the changing area so again if you don’t claim a chair you’ll have no place to store your belongings while there.
2. Set aside 3pm daily for social hour, it’s just tea and a pastry but takes you back in time to when this was a really big deal.
3. Suggest you bring any essentials you might need as Hot Springs is very remote and hotel stores are inflated. Review dress code in advance if you plan on dining out on property. There’s a Walmart & Food Lion in Covington about 30 minutes away if needed.
4. If traveling with children they have 100 board games for free check out if you ask. Bring a frisbee, football, etc. as this place is perfect for getting them off the electronics and outside for recreation.
5. There’s an arcade (video games, small bowling alley, etc) accessible by going down the stairs as you enter the Jefferson restaurant. You buy a token card for any amount you want to spend.
6. S’mores by the fire pit nightly. $15 buys you a generous box of ingredients or you can bring your own if you prefer.
7. If you enter the lobby bar (where all the presidential portraits hang), go through the door on far left (just past the Bush’s) and you’ll find a nice lounge area to unwind with a couple of (free) pool tables.
8. Suggest a minimum 2-3 night stay to fully appreciate all there is to do at the Homestead Resort.