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
This was our first trip. We went with our three kids expecting a luxury, amazing experience like we've had at Nemacolin, Hotel Hershey, etc. Wow - we were wrong. The crux of the problems was that this is off-season. The hotel and staff were in no way prepared for guests - most restaurants on property are closed, hours for shops and activities are very limited, inadequate staffing led to horrible service, the room was old/dirty/smelling of mold. We also paid for an upgraded suite on days where the hotel was only 16% occupied. I wouldn't have minded the extra +$160 per night but the room was not at all worth it. My advice: only go during peak season, have them send you activity/restaurant hours BEFORE you book and prepare for how old and unkept the hotel is. Or better yet, go to a different resort.
We booked the Homestead as we had previously stayed here. Hotel is excellent although I would personally like to have better (read higher quality) breakfast options. We golfed at Cascades and the course was soggy from previous but still played well.
Service was excellent. Rooms need some TLC - like updated access to outlets (my phone charged behind the couch every night). Despite the resort fee, there is an extra charge for almost everything — even for things they don’t tell you about (and that gets exhausting). Staff seems eager for a tip every time you turn around. Beautiful grounds, great spa, very cool historic place.
Fabulous time, beautiful Resort and wonderful town to visit! I highly recommend and hope we get the opportunity to return very soon! Every detail was taken care of from the minute we pulled in until the day we left. The service and staff were "out of this world" fabulous!
Elegance, charm hospitality make this resort an exceptional choice. Activities to fit just about anything you would like to do. The food is, as expected, for a resort of this caliber. We will always consider Omni when traveling.