We knew Family Day weekend at Blue Mountain would be a zoo so we were pleasantly surprised at how well they handled the crowds. The Grand Georgian lobby also provides check-in for the Weider Lodge and Seasons at Blue (all 3 labelled "Village Suites"). They had about 8 check-in stations so there was no real line-up. As a guest in the Village you get free Ski Valet service and they were set up in the drive-way taking your equipment so you didn't have to lug skis & boards to your room or locker.
The hotel is really a condo so there are no porters, room service, coffee shop, etc. However, there is a quiet reading lounge, games room (coin operated video games), small gym, sauna, and outdoor patio with 2 large hot tubs and pool (closed for the winter). The hot tubs and sauna were a godsend after a day of skiing (try a visit after lunch when they're quiet)!
We had a two-bedroom suite which featured a master bedroom with it's own flat-screen TV and en suite bathroom (regular tub). Plus a second bedroom and bathroom (shower stall). No jacuzzis or soaker tubs. The kitchen was well equipped and clean. The living/dining area had a gas fireplace, second flat-screen TV & DVD player, large dining table with 6 chairs, pull-out sofa bed, and 2 easy chairs. A good sized balcony had 2 plastic chairs. No washer/dryer in the suite.
The central location is a two-edged sword. On one hand, you're very close to the Central Lodge (ski valet, equipment rental, etc.), main ski lift, and all the shops & restaurants of the Village. On the other hand, it can be noisy. We did hear party people late at night but it was no big deal. You wake up then fall back asleep. By the second night, we were so tired after skiing, we slept through the night. But a sound machine or earplugs may be an idea. We turned on the room fan for a little white noise. But there was no thumping disco and our room neighbours were quiet. A well-stocked grocery store is next to the hotel (they even have DVD rental). Personally, we liked the energy of over-looking the busy village streets.
Skiing at Blue Mountain is as good as it gets in Ontario. And during a long-weekend you just have to accept the crowds. The lift lines could be brutal but the staff did a good job of loading efficiently and if you use the Singles line you move much faster. We would ski from 9 - 11:30 AM then take a long mid-day break for lunch, hot tub, and stroll through the village. Then back on the slopes late afternoon and/or night skiing.
There's no question you're paying top dollar. Like Mt. Tremblant, if you want the village experience and quality accommodation, it costs. And although we stayed at the excellent Sommet des Neiges in Tremblant last year, we found the Grand Georgian compared favourably. The much much shorter drive means you can go for a weekend. And for our intermediate level of skiing, Blue offered plenty of challenges. Also, we liked the selection of shops in the Blue village better than Tremblant, which seemed to cater to only the super rich! We'll return to Blue and the Grand Georgian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Georgian, in the middle of the Village at Blue, is fashioned after a historic railway hotel, with 189 suites ranging in size from studios to 3 bedroom. Every suite features high-speed wireless internet access, in-room movies, a DVD player, flat screen LCD TV. Guests also have exclusive access to secure underground parking, games room, 2 outdoor hot tubs (open year round), outdoor pool (summer only), fitness room and sauna. Bachelor, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites include a fireplace, fully furnished kitchen and a balcony or patio. Studio units (regular size hotel rooms) have a kitchenette (small fridge, small sink, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishes and cutlery). Larger units (1 bedroom or larger) have a full kitchen. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Grand Georgian - Blue Mountain Hotel Blue Mountains
- Grand Georgian Blue Mountain
- Grand Georgian Collingwood
- The Grand Georgian - Blue Mountain Resort Blue Mountains, Canada - Ontario