Rented 2 x 2 bedroom condos for myself, family and friends 2nd week in January. An e-mail to the resort 4 weeks before arrival was good enough to negotiate adjoining condos. Main purpose of holiday was to ski, so with plenty of snow there, we were not disappointed. Nearby Horseshoe Valley Resort (5 minutes drive) is ideal for intermediate skiers but 1 week there lost its challenge for the experienced skiers in our group. Good value ski rentals and lift passes, though. Most of the slopes were open and uncrowded (never had more than 4 people in front of me for the ski lift lines).Try the great snow-tubing hill for something different.
The Carriage Hills Resort condos were extremely spacious, well equipped and comfortable. A huge king bed in each of the huge bedrooms and a jacuzzi bath in the master room. Everyone in the family managed to get connected to the free wi-fi except me, but their connectivity was a little intermittent. The only negative about the resort was the half hour wait in the check-in line. We'd only travelled 2 hours from Toronto airport but others had been on the road for several hours more, so the wait in line at resort reception (which was too small to accommodate all arrivals), tested the patience of some.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The only two maintenance problems we encountered (a wobbly table and no pilot light on the fire) were dealt with extremely efficiently. We loved the gym (although any more 5 people using it felt overcrowded) and the indoor/outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub, which were a novelty to bathe in when its snowing and -10C!
The nearest town of note was Barrie (25 minute drive) or the smaller (and prettier) Orilla - both with big malls for 'retail therapy' shopping and restaurant choice. However, groceries and booze could be bought 10 minutes from the resort at a Foodland store in nearby Craigshurst. We only tried two 'local' restaurants and recommend both: Settlers Ghost Golf Club (small, but with excellent service and delicious, not-too-expensive food), and the Crazy Horse (located in the heart of the Horseshoe Valley ski area and which was ideal for a hearty lunch).
I'd love to go back to Carriage Hills Resort but not to ski - to golf! There seemed to be sign posts for golf courses everywhere and the terrain looked ideal. I won't choose January, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Condo-Suites only 1 hour north of Toronto only minutes north of Barrie. Family vacations, golf & ski getaways, romantic retreats, excellent nightly rates and more! Oversized Studio suites (400 sq ft) with private balcony and kitchenette. 1- and 2-Bedroom suites (800-1200 sq ft) with fireplace, jetted tub, balcony, laundry. On site pool, hot tub, kids pool, fitness room and activities program 7 days a week. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Carriage Hills Hotel Barrie
- Carriage Hills Barrie
- Carriage Hills Resort Barrie, Canada - Ontario