Omni Bedford Springs Resort
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"Thank you co pilot Nicola and air stewardess Kathy. Feeding us and keeping us content" Sarah pilot driving "I didn't know which gas to put in so I chose the cheapest one" Nicola at Sheets gas station "They see me Rollin'" Sarah naming the song wrongly. Hilarious gangster "I stop or slow down and hit the deer slow" Nicola driving in the national forest and rain after seeing a baby ...
... cooler! Yum! Breakfast of champions! When we went to get gas the attendant told us electrical problems, no gas. So we got off in new Stanton exit for gas which was bout 30 miles down road. Our car is ford escape and getting 40 mpg. Yippee! Beautiful country up here in western PA! Truck traffic is a little much right now! Hope that ...
Stayed in the Why Motor Lodge in Duncansville, PA. This is an old-fashioned motor lodge--real keys for the door instead of "sometimes they work" key cards. Very clean, free wifi (though my portable wifi through my phone account was A LOT faster!), comfortable bed, nice staff. No breakfast. If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed, and the price was definitely right. I'd stay there again.
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... hit. That explains how he got Matt Damon and Jodie Foster for this one. Post-apocalyptic story in which the wealthy have built a space station and moved off-planet, leaving the poor on earth to manufacture everything needed to sustain Elysium (the station). Defacto slaves. Fairly predictable, but pretty entertaining and somewhat better acting than you usually get in a movie this noisy and ...
We stopped at 4 different hotels, none had any vacancy as we learned that because of some events going on, the entire area was probably all booked up. Deena and I both agreed, we were all too eager to get out of this town anyway. We decided our next best city where we would surely find some hotel options was Morgantown, WV. So, we left Washington with a careful eye on our speed at all times (and Tim was still quite...umm...shall we say disenchanted ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Omni Bedford Springs Resort
This is a fabulous resort for many reasons. The golf course is wonderful and perfectly maintained. If you are a new golfer, like me, try and book a lesson with Dylan. He was easy going and helped me learn the finer points all in one hour.
Pros: The resort itself is beautiful. Rooms are a good combination of modern amenities with historical renovations, photos & artifacts that are interesting & different. It's worth noting that the rooms with balconies (unless its in the spa wing) are not private. They are long porches that any guest can & does walk through & sit down on the rocking chairs. Cons: The staff & service! I voiced my concerns about numerous issues, but none were addressed. It appears that they're attempting to run a 4-star resort in rural Pennsylvania with only local hires who have no idea how to work in a high-end resort. Upon check-in I asked if there was a map of the hotel. The response was "I don't know. They didn't tell me." I attempted to go hiking using the map they gave me when I checked in. I went to the right on the supposed trail. There were no markers & when I asked a staff member, he sent me to a construction site. I attempted to follow the trail in the opposite direction & was fine for the first 1/3 mile or so while the trail was marked, however there was a huge fork in the trail & neither was marked. I followed what I thought was the trail & ended up deep in the woods as a solo female. When I saw fresh shotgun shells on the path, I was alarmed & decided to turn around. When I complained to the concierge she, 1) left to do something else in the middle of my complaint, and 2) make no attempts to correct the situation other than saying she would mention it at the next meeting. I went for a massage at the spa where my therapist chattered incessantly about how he used to work in construction and how his brother-in-law "screwed him over" and never paid him all the money he promised to pay him and how that was causing problems in his life. I may have overlooked this if I had been at the bar & the bartender was telling me this story, but it is inappropriate in the spa/massage context. I'm not paying you lots of money (including an automatic 18% gratuity) to listen to your problems! At dinner at The Crystal Room the service was abysmal & the food mediocre at best. I actually had to ask for a menu, wine list, & bread (which I never received). I'm a vegetarian & the waitress said the Chef would accommodate my needs because there weren't any veggie entree options on the menu or the buffet. I requested penne pasta with veggies & sauce. She asked if I wanted cheese on the pasta & I said yes. When I got up to go the buffet, I saw the exact entree I requested on the buffet. I didn't take any because I thought my dish would be coming separately. What I got instead was two dishes: 1) veggies and 2) baked pasta, of a sort I've never seen, with a bit of cheese on top. I guess I should have clarified that the pasta and the veggies should be one dish! The waitress was very slow & the hostess had to ask her to come over & take my order. The table next to me waited over 20 minutes for their wine & when it arrived, the waitress couldn't even open the bottle. The customer had to do it for her. Additionally, she was attempting to serve their table from between my table & their table, which meant that her posterior was in my face every time she came to the table. They never refilled my water glass. They ran out of napkins. The sous chef at the carving station started serving prime rib in bowls because he didn't have plates. Did I mention that the restaurant wasn't that busy? At the pool bar, I ordered Grey Goose & Grapefruit juice. Once the drink was $4.65 (charge was for grapefruit juice) and the second time it was $12.00 (vodka) + $2.50 (mineral water) = $14.50. When I mentioned to the bartender that I didn't order mineral water, the response was "I don't have a button for juice", which was clearly untrue. Finally, the morning I left I chose not to go back to the Crystal Room for the $24 breakfast buffet and chose the only other breakfast option -- a muffin at Che Sara -Sara. It was 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The cafe was open, but no one was working. I stood there for 10 minutes before a manager happened to walk by and helped me out. I'm not sure that I can bring myself to go back and pay that kind of money for this ridicuolous lack of service. I wouldn't suggest that anyone visit for at least another 6 -9 months. Maybe they'll have their acts together by then!
Not ready for prime time
Nice (not great) renovation and property, however the management of the resort leaves much to be desired. It started at check-in where they demanded to see photo-id to prove that the credit card was mine. I don't expect this type of request at this level of hotel. Made us feel like we were checking into a Motel 6 in downtown Philly. 45 minutes to get our car from the valet, 1 hour to get drinks at the pool, key cards not working in the outside entries to the hotel, miss marked hiking trials, disorganization galore. Dinner in the major restaurant was a buffet, not chief orientated dishes. The staff is friendly and nice (we felt bad for them), but at $400 per night one should expect much more, needs better management.
Great resort, amazing food, fantastic golf. Not much to do in Bedford, but the resort was phenomenal. The beds were so comfortable and the bath towels so plush! I loved every moment and will hopefully return soon.
My husband and I stayed at Bedford Springs Resort in early August 2007. We were there for three nights but got an early check-in and a late check-out to extend our time. When we were there, the resort had only been open a few weeks since completing a major renovation. We thought the resort was VERY NICE, despite the fact that they were still working out the kinks. Below I've listed the pros and cons, some kinks that they will probably work out over time, and a few other tips.
Spent three nights at Bedford Springs to celebrate our anniversary. The hotel is very beautiful--everything is decorated like Pottery Barn! It's also very relaxing and quiet.
Just got back from 3 days at the newly opened Bedford Springs Resort in PA and was extremely satisfied with my stay. Everything was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Took advantage of the spa package and was not disappointed. The spa was gorgeous and very well thought out. My 80 minute massage was the best I've ever had, and I've had quite a few in the past. The baths at the spa were very enjoyable. Everyone working there was friendly and helpful. I must say for only being open a month, they really were up to speed with everything. The exterior was gorgeous both day and night. The interiors were absolutely breathtaking with all the bright colors and fabrics. They did an exceptional job recreating the look and feel of the original resort. I honestly felt like I was stepping back in time to another era. Stayed in the new wing and the room was perfect down to the last detail. Ate in all the restaurants and they were all delicious. The 1796 Room is a must and the food and wine we ordered couldn't have been any better. The waiter we had was on cue as well. The new pool is fabulous and overlooks the stunning golf course and mountains in the distance. There is also a pool bar and a small grill where they cook burgers and hot dogs outside. After staying at the Bedford Springs Resort I honestly feel as though drinking and bathing in the mineral waters restored my very soul. I wondered if I had died and gone to heaven it was that nice. Have already booked another stay in the fall and can't wait to get back there.
Stayed at the historical Bedford Springs Resort over the second weekend in August in a 'stone house' room. The entire resort has been lovingly and painstaking renovated and reinvented to surpass its original grandeur. With the outward appearance of a southern plantation, the interior reflects the past with all the conveniences of modern times. Rain showers, 32" flat screen HD tv and slate floored baths with french doors. Plus a bay window and handcarved walking sticks (there are lots of hiking/biking trails and the property is pretty big). The linens and bedding were amazing - as good as, if not better than Ritz Carlton. Super plush bath towels with Caswell Massey toiletries. From the main building there are two wings, each three stories tall (not including ground level). Those rooms on the front of the building have access to the porches that run the length of the resort. There is a balcony/porch for each floor with 2 rocking chairs and table outside each room. The ground floor (no rooms on this level) is the same style. Quite relaxing to rock away the afternoon with a glass of wine and a view of the surrounding mountains. There are two pools - indoor and outdoor. Indoor is connected to the spa and I agree that it was definitely the quiet pool. Seemed to be many families at the resort and while the kids in general were well behaved, the outdoor pool could get a bit loud. The pool areas have several private cabanas, an elevated lounging area with lilly pond and jacuzzi by the cabanas. Food and drink service is available until 5pm or so. Didn't golf or visit the spa for treatments but both looked beautiful. We did visit the stone fire pit at night (just outside the tavern on the lawn) and loved sitting in the rockers checking out the stars next to the crackle of the fire. You can make smores - just ask the bartender (Kelley - he's a good man) for the marshmallows and chocolate. Just outside the main lobby area (with dual grand staircases) is a library with floor to ceiling built in shelves and a chess table. Amazing crown molding, window treatments, period chairs and loungers coupled with chic leather pieces here and there. The interior decorations of the entire property are what I would describe as Ralph Lauren meets Gone With the Wind. Though we completely enjoyed our stay, the resort does take a little patience as they have only been open a few weeks. Our only real issue was with valet. There is no self parking option so all guests and anyone coming for lunch, dinner, golf etc must valet their car. The weather was perfect and it was quite busy over the weekend. There were times that the small valet staff had way more going on than they could handle. Not that the employess weren't extremely kind and sincere, but believe me, it was a zoo at times. Had room service for all meals and thoroughly enjoyed the food. I would suggest menu items from either the Crystal Room or 1796, as the tavern food was good but not so much of a gourmet experience as it was standard fare. I would definitely suggest setting aside time for dinner at 1796 as the ambiance can't be beat. Also, I recommend reserving the chef's table. A culinary package that puts you alongside the executive and sous chefs, dining is in the enormous kitchen where you get to see all the action and taste the best from a personalized chef's menu. Though service overall was extremely friendly, those of you who are accustomed to luxury will find that there is a bit of polishing to be done here and there. Again, the resort has just opened and I expect that it will only get better. We totally enjoyed our time at Bedford Springs and will be back (probably this winter - several ski resorts are close by) and will recommend. FYI - $18 daily resort fee per room is NOT included in the room rate (covers valet parking, daily paper, etc) and will be on your bill at checkout.
We spent last weekend at Bedford Springs to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday. It was only the second weekend the resort was open, so we expected a few hiccups. First, we booked the weekend through the resort's website. The website really does not to the place justice. There is a lack of photos and explanations which I hope management will correct soon. We arrived on Friday afternoon, a bit early. But, our rooms were ready. The rooms are beautiful - extremely comfortable beds, tastefully decorated. Our bathroom was huge and one of the nicest I have seen. Actually, the entire resort looks like it stepped out of the pages of a Restoration Hardware catalogue. We traveled with our children, so after exploring the resort, we headed for the outdoor pool. It can be a far walk if your room is on the other side of the hotel, so bring flip-flops to wear, although there are nice and clean locker facilities at the outdoor pool should you want to change there. The outdoor pool was beautiful, nice lounge chairs and even cabanas to get out of the sun. No complaints there -- they even cooked lunch poolside on Saturday which was a big hit with the kids.
Awesome resort - forgiving the hickups
The Bedford Springs Resort is an awesome historical setting. They have only been open for a couple of weeks so don't expect 5 star service. I was impressed that all of the staff was ready and willing to help although there is an obvious lack of polish in their presentation. Awesome historical setting, first rate indoor/outdoor pools and a nice spa. Our visit started out with a lost reservation which Kelly in reservations made work out OK. Our visit had significant bumps in the road but the people at the Bedford Springs made us feel welcome and we will return.