Travel Blogs from Hot Springs
Finally after 11 years in Virginia, I am playing the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course. Arguably, it is the best golf course in Virginia. The other contending course for this title is the Upper Cascades Course at Homestead Resort. I played the Cascade course last year so I will be able to compare the two and decide for myself. Right away, the Golden …
... American style is to cut up the food and then put down your knife and then scoop the food only with the front of the fork.
After dinner John and Sharon took us on a night tour of Washington DC. The most amazing experience was visiting the Pentagon Memorial for the 184 people killed in the plane and in the Pentagon on 911. We also visited the Lincoln Memorial again, so beautiful at ...
... conditioning for a while. In the afternoon one of the tents is serving beer so we stop in for a drink. We meet a nice man named Glenn from DC who has travelled the US extensively and he gave us so much information on where to go. We got along so well, we went off for dinner together to an Irish restaurant a couple of blocks away.
We return to Washington Monument to watch the fireworks at 9:15pm and it was a memorable experience, one we will always ...
Today we woke early to make our way to Washington DC. It was a 6 hour ride with stops so we were off by 7am. The weather has been very dicey the last few days with rain and thunderstorms on and off. Sometimes we see lightning and hear thunder as we are going down the road. Today was no exception. We rode till it rained and then ...
... proceeded to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. No closing hours here so we wandered around for quite awhile, took some pictures and read a lot of markers from old Lexington families.
Then on to Winchester, Va, where we spent the night. Up early July 1 and now driving an hour and a half to Gettysburg.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Homestead Hot Springs
I was alarmed at the negative reviews, particularly the vomit story but our experience last weekend was very different. I do congratulate tripadvisor on publishing such blunt reviews and it's become my new favorite travel website.
My husband and I spent two nights at the resort thinking we would be pampered. We were wrong. We were told by the front desk upon check-in that the ridiculously high service charge (my words, not his) did not include bellman tips. After settling into our room and reading the hotel information, bellman tips were included.
We have made many trips to the Homestead and we have loved each one. We just returned today from a visit and loved it. The Homestead's staff is always friendly and accommodating. When I booked our room, I made no special requests. When we arrived, my wife asked if there were any rooms with a porch available. Without hesitation, the young lady checking us in serched the rooms to find us one with a porch. She gave us the room, an upgrade, without changing our rate. The facilities are beautiful and are reminiscent of a time gone by. The great hall, with its large pillars, is impressive. We took advantage of many activities while there. My daughter loves horses so we naturally spent a lot of time at the Equestrian Center. The meals at the main dining room were wonderful as always this visit.
After winding throught the mountain roads, upon pulling into the Homestead my 13 year old son opened his door and vomited on the driveway. This was an apt commentary on our stay at the resort. At over $600/night we expected a first rate resort, I wouldn't even classify it as third rate. Although the suite was large it was not at all as represented. There was no balcony or access to the outside and there wasn't a sofa bed. Turn down service was not provided unless you called and asked for it. We quickly found that the resort failed to hire enough help for the summer. Those who they hired had no business working in the service industry. The few who were good were over worked. Maids worked as waitresses in the evening. Servers worked all three meals. Servers continually failed to serve drinks, forgot orders and generally gave poor service. The outdoor pool was small and over crowded. The indoor pool was very relaxing and fed by the hot springs. Unfortunately no staff was there to police kids whiping balls off of the walls and and smacking kickboards off of the water creating firecracker like sounds which echoed off of the walls and ceiling. My wife had a spa service. She said it was overpriced and not that great. The workout facility was slightly better than a budget motel. Food in the dining rooms was average at best. Our best meal was at Sneads. By the last night I was thinking of escaping the grounds and eating at the Subways in Hot Springs.
Loved it, but book your restaurants carefully
My husband and I and our 14-year old son stayed at The Homestead in June, 2004. We loved our room and the hotel, overall. We'd go back again, but two things to watch for: 1) Avoid Sam Sneads. We found the service to be slow, and the restaurant was a MESS--literally every table had dirty dishes that were waiting to be picked up. The "filet mignon" as billed on the menu was no such thing--more like a skirt steak. 2) My son was looking forward to paintball more than anything, and the event was cancelled with just 2 hours notice because no one else signed up. Then, the spa gave me a lot of trouble about cancelling out of an appointment I'd booked. I didn't want to go since it was my son's birthday and with paintball cancelled, he wanted to do something else with his dad and me.
05/11/04 My wife and I just returned from a three day trip to The Homestead that included a business meeting. If you are into golf, this place is absolutely FABULOUS ! The Spa and pools are well worth it as well. The hotel staff is most accomidating and friendly. The room that we stayed in was located on the North Wing of the hotel. It felt like staying at Grandmas house when I was a child. King bed, large balcony with two cushioned wicker chaise lounges, a loveseat, ceiling fan and french doors opening into our rather smallish room. Nice bath (although some wallpaper was peeling and a bit of peeling paint), mini bar, and nicely decorated, this hotel has been "restored", not renovated to maintain the original feel of a hundred plus year old builting. Decent sized closet with safe. If you can get a balcony room or a patio room, grab it ! It makes the place ! Gorgeous spring nights falling asleep to the candle lit background of the cool Virginia mountains is one of the most relaxing experiences you will ever have. The public areas are beautiful. The grounds perfect ! We were not so impressed with the food however. Breakfast was absolutely wonderful though. Fresh and sweet berries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mangos, sugar sweet pineapple, melons that melt in your mouth. Freshly squeezed orange juice, and lots of my favorite, grits, prepared just perfectly. Lunch at the Casino was acceptabable but predictable. Sandwiches, and bar food. The wait staff was most attentative. Dinner, however, could use a little help. The staff is great, but the food is very "hotelish", not what I expected from this resort. Although there were less than 25 people in the dining room on Sunday night, our food arrived cold. I had an appetizer of mussels that was luke warm and very fishy tasting. We both ordered tenderloin of beef. Mine was ordered medium rare and arrived medium well. My wifes was ordered medium and came out well done. Both cold. The vegatables were also cold. Salads were very good, crisp and delicious dressings. My dessert was nondescript although it sounded excellent on the menu. A frozen strawberry, bannana's foster cake. It tasted like it just came out of a box in the freezer, which I am certain it did. The ice cream with chocolate "crust" that my wife had was much better. On Monday night, the menu had an asain infulence. We both had shrimp cocktail which was quite fresh and tasty. The salad was again very good with a ginger or lemon dressing. Both excellent. Again, the main course arrived cold and rather nondescript, with rather strong sauces masking the flavor of the meats. A bright orange (looked like sweet and sour sauce) sauce was overpowering the chicken breast that was nesting in the sauce. I ordered the prime sirloin steak (medium rare) which arrived cold, medium, and in a very rich dark reduction sauce that again overpowered the flavor of the meat. The vegatables were baby green beans, baby carrots, and pastry bagged whipped potatos, all of which were cold and bland. The zuccini was also cold, but quite tasty. I skipped dessert Monday night and just had coffee, which was served with plenty of cream and piping hot. The wine list is quite good, and offers many excellent selections by the glass if you do not want an entire bottle. Overall, the experience was superb, but the dinner left a bit to be desired. Afternoon tea on the front porch and great hall is a welcome and refreshing treat. Even though The Homestead went through a major renovation just several years ago, I feel that attention to small details such as peeling paint and wallpaper detract somewhat from my expectations of a world class resort. I would certainly return to the Homestead, but hope they improve their evening dining venue
The Homestead is a famous resort in western Virginia. It is expensive in one way of looking at it, but if you factor in the value of the meals and if you take advantage of some of their special rates (such as package deals, seasonal rates, etc.) plus the included amenities it becomes at least a little more realistic. The Homestead uses the Modified American Plan, meaning that breakfast AND dinner is included in the price. This includes room service, and room service can be from any open dining room menu as well as the regular room service menu.
This is the perfect place to elope and get married. My husband and I were married on 12/1/03 in a little white church in Hot Springs and we stayed at the Homestead for our marriage celebration. The Romance Package was wonderful. We arrived at the resort, changed into our wedding attire, went to the church for our ceremony, then returned to the resort for a photography session. The entire resort was decorated with Christmas trees and beautiful flower arrangements. The Great Hall fireplaces were warm and inviting. Our wedding dinner was the best we ever ate, and we even danced in our wedding attire on the dance floor.
A splurge, but good value. Our anniversary package included breakfast, dinner carriage ride, photo, wine, flowers, and more. The price was high but the accommodations and service were superb. We were upgraded to a one-bedroom suite with a beautiful view and lovely furnishings. The golf was excellent, the spa treatments divine. We even took dance lessons! We'll be back.
The Homestead is a Superb Resort
On a four day visit to the Homestead in January/February of 2003, I had a fabulous long weekend - an elegant hotel with beautiful furniture, lovely and comfortable rooms, a wonderfully gracious afternoon tea in the main foyer, great spa facilities, riding, ice skating, skeet shooting, great library with card tables, hot spring baths and pool, bowling, and much more. One of the most beautiful dining rooms I have ever seen in a hotel with truly great food. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room price. Shuttle vans from the Roanoke Airport.