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The Homestead

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Southern luxury
  • outdoor activities
  • even the spa has history

    Cons

  • daily resort charge
  • everything costs extra, even coffee
  • size can be overwhelming

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The Homestead Review

For centuries, American glitterati have retreated to this genteel Southern resort to soak in the healing springs and pursue their recreational passions. While the grand lobby still reflects the elegance and formality of the early 19th century, The Homestead has a casual atmosphere that caters to outdoor enthusiasts. Daytime activities include far more than shuffleboard: there are three championship-grade 18-hole golf courses, 4 mi of streams stocked with rainbow trout, 100 mi of riding trails, skeet and trap shooting, and nine ski slopes (The Homestead was the site of the South's first downhill skiing in 1959). The venue has evolved from a country spa to a 15,000-acre resort-and-conference facility. Rooms in the sprawling redbrick building, built in 1891, have Georgian-style furnishings; some have fireplaces. European-style meal plans are a better value than paying just the room rate.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

The 15,000-acre, historic Homestead is the perfect place to make your own history. Wedding planners here can organize anything: your menu, spa or salon appointments, romantic carriage rides, fireworks shows. Luxurious accommodations, Southern hospitality, a dramatic mountain backdrop, and endless activities will keep everyone on your guest list happy. Plus the 400 guest rooms mean you won't have to turn away your mother's best friend's cousin.

    Hotel Details

  • 429 rooms, 77 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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    The Homestead Review

    Stayed here one night on the way to the Greenbrier. Was pleasantly surprised at the great last minute rate which was very economical. Pulling up to the hotel is a breathtaking experience. This place exudes class. We were greeted and in our room within 5 minutes, then jumped on the shuttle to their casual pub which sits at the entrance to the hotel driveway. Had a great casual dinner and enjoyed our comfortable room. Had breakfast on the front porch courtesy of the bake shop which sits off the lobby. Although we did not stay long enough to enjoy the beautiful pool and activities, we took a walk around the beautiful grounds. We'll be back for sure!

    by DaniTravels, 7/1/12
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    Hotel in Decline

    We've stayed at The Homestead several times over the past five years and it is a hotel in clear decline. The service was terrible. We did not receive the room we reserved and after we were promised that it would be corrected, the front desk indicated that it wasn't even aware of the problem the next day. The room needed maintenance and the cleanliness was not consistent with a $550 per night room. The food was mediocre, at best, although the room service was prompt. The spa was, as always, first rate, but the rest of the hotel is showing its age.
    We've noticed that, since the hotel began pushing an affiliated residential development, it has taken on a "club house" approach, with little attention to hotel guests.
    There are many other superior alternatives in the region, including the Greenbrier Hotel in Lewisburg, West Virginia; Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania; and Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, any of which will provide a better experience for comparable rates.
    We had planned to stay two extra days and had dinner reservations to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but we were so displeased with the hotel that we checked out two days early. I noticed a number of other guests who were likewise complaining about the decline in this hotel, as well as its tendency to place unauthorized charges on one's bill. Indeed, although breakfast was part of our package, the hotel tried to charge us for breakfast on our last day and then deducted it from our bill marking it "guest not happy" as if it was our fault. Of course, any guest would be unhappy to get stuck with a charge for an item that was supposed to be free.
    In any event, if you are thinking about staying at The Homestead, don't.

    by rameyag, 9/4/07

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