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
- 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
I have been a guest for 20 years. I went for a business meeting and extended my stay for one evening. There was a mixup with another guest with the same exact name. We all finally figured this out. No problem. Weird things happen. I personally visited the front desk several times to get reassurance on items that popped up on my bill and pending charge card. The way I was treated was a concern. I went home and we were still trying to get the billing corrected. A man from the Homestead called me and had heard that I was not treated well by front desk. Said he would like to give me a certificate for one night stay. Confirmed my address. It’s been 3 weeks now and nothing. Do what you say. I thought it was good customer service and thought is was a fair resolution. Don’t feel that way now. Have other functions there and will let others know why I won’t attend anymore.
Wonderful, relaxing experience. Particularly enjoy sitting in front of the fire enjoying an evening cocktail. Lovely spa and gym. Fly fishing was a fun and unique experience. All the staff is marvelous and friendly; they make you feel right at home. Wide variety of activities and food choices, including healthy selections especially in Martha’s Market. Will return soon.
For a four diamond resort the Homestead fell way short! We have stayed at the Omni in Asheville many times and love it! The Hommestead, however, is in need of repair and updating. Our suite had a moldy shower and soiled sofa. The public areas had numerous grungy areas and evidence of water damage. The food in the Jefferson Lounge was terrible! We couldn’t even finish eating it. We had prepaid for a two night stay but we left after the first night. We will NEVER go again and will tell others to stay away. I will say, however, the service personnel were wonderful!
When any facility has 4 or 5 diamonds you come to expect a certain level of service, knowledge, and care. This resort is nostalgic. The history and the architecture is really neat to include the common lounging and meeting areas. Rooms are spacious and décor is fine. Bedding is very comfortable.
This was a weekend to relax and simply get away. with many options within the same 3 hour drive time, we decided to come from what we have heard and read.
This is truly one of those "good to great" commentaries. The service was either lacking or just as one may receive in a mid range hotel where you just don't expect much. We had room service requests that never materialized. We had differing staff from the spa providing us differing information on the same item... no one was ever rude by any means, but at this level of hotel, one would expect a little more interaction from staff and knowledge level.
Dinner was good, but not truly worthy of the pricing. Breakfast buffet is extensive and done well.
We met a lot of neat people, many that have been coming there for years. Many love the place, others felt it had slipped a bit. We expected more, and again were simply overall disappointed.
We travel often with the Omni (I'll Be at Omni Championsgate next week) , Ritz, Boutiques in NYC, Westin, and others, so you get accustomed to a certain level when you decide to travel and again while the all was good, we definitely do not feel the need to return when we know other locations within an hour that can live up to the expectations.
Sorry we can't provide more promissory input.
Oh my goodness! We had a girls weekend and had the BEST time!! EVERY single person was friendly and there to make sure your stay was the best! The property is absolutely gorgeous with a lot of history! Even though it was cold outside, we ventured out to the hot tub. It was a wonderful weekend and would definitely recommend for anyone to take time to go and see for yourself!