Since we have an 8 year old, we spend a lot of time in different resorts, hotels and B&B's in Ontario. We didn't want to drive very far from Toronto and the Briars was offering Easter activities for kids so we decided to give it a try. Here are our findings. The food was exceptional and so was the staff that served the food. That's about it. The first thing I noticed in the Bouchier wing (which must be original from the time it was built) was the smell from what obviously were smoking rooms before. Our room was way too small which we were willing to put up with since we booked a week in advance. But it was so small that when we opened the sofa bed, it barely left any room between the foot of the queen size bed and the sofa bed. The room had a coffee maker in the bathroom which was slightly shocking and there was no ventilation in the bathroom. The bathtub had those little anti-slippery stickers which were gray and they were obviously original as well. In short, the unit was screaming for an update. When I asked the reception, I was told that they could give us a suite which was slightly bigger but everything else was more or less the same. The swimming pool had slightly greenish tint so we didn't venture there.
The Briars advertised a weekend with Easter activities such as Easter Egg hunt which we have naively thought would be for children. The special prize was a golden egg with which the lucky individual won a fall or winter weekend at the Briars. There were only 4 families with children and to our big surprise there were about 20 adults who came to participate the in hunt as well. Needless to say an adult found the golden egg and since the staff didn't mention that it was for children only and adults had obviously no shame, we came to the conclusion that the Briars had no interest to promote it to families with children. This was also surprising because most of the clientele that weekend were seniors - way beyond 65 seniors.
In addition, there was there no email follow-up and when I unsubscribed from their email and noted that we were not not happy during our visit, nobody got back to me. The Briars also offers cottages but when we found out that they have not been updated and that they cost aver $700 a night, we thought that perhaps we would like to take advantage of the newly built Trump hotel in Toronto that costs the same per night. Perhaps seniors do not care about the quality of their accommodation or perhaps they do not communicate via email but the Briars doesn't compare to any other resort we've visited in Ontario so we will not be coming back there soon.
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- Also Known As:
- The Briars Hotel Jackson`s Point
- Briars Jacksons Point
- Briars Hotel Jacksons Point
- The Briars Ontario, Canada