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
We had a family reunion here this past summer. Prior to arriving we tried to divie up everyone's individual room bills since as a group it needed to be paid in advance. The accounting/billing dept here is incompetent. There's just no better way to say it. On the original bill # of guests, # of nights, room type $, should be simple math to get a total. They were way off in our favor. Being honest people we brought it to their attention and were treated with arrogance and hostility thereafter. I am serious about this.
Now to the Resort itself, very beautiful but in need of serious upkeep. Moldy smell, clogged toilets, room keys not working. This is a family resort for sure, for the wealthy. $70 for a S'mores kit!
Long ride to get there, winding your way up and around the mountain roads, but beautiful once you arrive. It's stunning and majestic! Walking the hallways makes you think back to what was happening there 50 or more years ago...who has been there to stay? My goodness it's worth the trip if only once in a lifetime! So beautiful with snow covered grounds or in the spring with all the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs!
I have stayed at the Homestead many times mainly for conferences, but it is beautiful setting and very upscale. You feel taken to a time when guests were valued and appreciated. The location is somewhat remote, but that may add to the allure of the facility.
Such a nice place tucked away in the beautiful surrounding of the west side VA mountains with plenty of outside activities. And later on we enjoyed the up scale dinner and drinks by the fire side and a game of chess. What more can you as for? A hidden diamond in Virginia.
Our stay as far as staff friendliness and being helpful was good but our room had a heat and bug issue they did upgrade us to a suite which was very nice. The food quality overall was a disappointment for the price point. Amenities were a disappointment as the indoor pool was closed indefinitely and the inability to get a cold drink after 6 or 7pm and no place to keep drinks cold in your room was a disappointment. We did enjoy the wood burning fireplaces in the lobby for relaxing and the high tea offered each day from 3 to 4. Our spa experience was pleasant..