HOT SPRINGS, Va. – The Omni Homestead Resort has officially begun a $120 million, property-wide renovation. Marking the latest chapter in the storied history of the resort, the extensive restoration will include façade work, a new event facility, associate housing complex, updated guest rooms, refreshed public spaces, infrastructure improvements, and new amenities.
“These projects are more than just improvements to the resort. It’s an investment in our associates and our community,” said Mark Spadoni, managing director. “We are very excited about these plans and are especially pleased to be doing so in a manner that preserves our resort’s history, extending its legacy for generations of families to come.”
As a top meeting site in Virginia and Washington, D.C., The Omni Homestead Resort will be adding 4,000 square feet of meeting space to the resort’s existing 72,000 square feet of function space. A new event pavilion, located at the north end of the Old Course driving range, will host weddings and special events. With a capacity of 225, the new venue will have the full capability to create a hybrid indoor/outdoor experience with views of the Tower, East, and West wings. It will also feature a bridal suite and prep kitchen. The design of the space is modeled from the pre-1902 buildings on property with whitewashed wood-clad walls, brick pathways, stained concrete floors, and lantern-like light fixtures.
Façade improvements, including brick repointing, painting, and window restoration will begin in late October. Guest rooms in the main building, Tower, East, West, and Garden Wings will all be updated as well. Martha’s Market, the property’s grab-and-go café, will be entirely remodeled with a new coffee counter, ice cream display, and bistro-style design opening to the updated Washington Library. The lobby bar will expand into the Georgian Room with a new speakeasy-style lounge.
“We have amazing plans for this resort but first, we want to keep it looking historic. This renovation is about restoring a piece of American history. This iconic resort, in the hills of Virginia, is going to be restored to its grandeur that it once was,” added Peter Strebel, president of Omni Hotels and Resorts. “We have hired some of the top historic preservation and rehabilitation teams to ensure that we preserve this grand dame.”
Another key component of the project is the construction of a new associate housing building. Located in downtown Hot Springs, the building will include 50 two-person units, community living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, and fitness facility, as well as a half-court basketball court and an outdoor picnic area with grills. Construction will begin in early 2022 and be completed in spring 2023.