My family of five including two children (9 and 12) and grandma stayed last week in a fifth floor, fully renovated condo. The condo had two bedrooms, the master with its own bathroom and king bed, a second bedroom with a queen bed, and it also had a new pull out sofa bed in the living room. There is a second bathroom across the hall from the back bedroom. The back bedroom is off the condo entrance and access balcony walk and comes with room darkening plantation shutters. FYI there is another empty small room with a window as you come into the condo which is carpeted and can be used to store empty suitcases, any equipment for hiking, etc. or could even be used for another bedroom in a pinch. The condo has a full kitchen with mostly everything you would need to prepare meals. It is one of the better ones I have used while on a holiday and has a stove, oven, microwave, full sized fridge, dishwasher, big sink, toaster....dishes, pots and pans, coffee mugs, glasses of all description, cutlery, and dish soap all provided. Bring your own paper towels/napkins though. The bathrooms had a small quantity of shampoo and conditioner and two full towels in each bathroom so you may want to bring a few of your own or ask for more as there is no maid service provided during your stay in the condos. A hairdryer was provided as well. There is a washer and dryer in the condo and after requesting laundry soap, we were able to take care of keeping our towels fresh and wash some of our clothes and swim suits. The condo is spacious and we didn't hear any noise during out stay, the beds were new and comfortable, and the televisions were new as well. One is in the master bedroom and one is just behind it in the living room. Our condo had a fireplace which we didn't use so I won't comment on and beyond a sliding door was a glassed in, mosquito netted balcony room equipped with chaise loungers and overlooking the pool and ski hills. These condos look to have been finished quite quickly in time for the season so a few small details have been missed like a vacuum cleaner or broom for clean-ups would be nice (a broom was provided upon request), extra dish clothes and towels, some windex for cleaning up the bathroom mirrors. We stayed for five days so without such cleaning items keeping the condo clean was a bit of a challenge. There needs to be a toilet roll holder put up in the master bathroom as well, the hairdryer needs to be affixed to the wall as well, and a doorstop would be great in the front door of the condo. When we arrived we weren't able to access the internet in 506 but they fixed the problem the next day. The condo was well situated and very comfortable for my family of five.
While at the resort, we went to the Adventure Park and both my girls had a good time. We all had a zip line ride but didn't make it to the OGO balls unfortunately as we ran out of time. On another day, we all went tree top trekking although we broke into two separate groups as my youngest wasn't tall enough to do the "adult" course and my mom wouldn't have been able to do it either so we climbed the "child" course and it was challenging enough for us. My husband and eldest daughter thoroughly enjoyed their adventure on the bigger course. On another day, we learned how to ride dirt bikes at Yamaha Adventures and while it is a bit more of a hit on the pocket book, we had a brilliant time learning that skill. We were fully covered in protective gear and all the instructors were professional and patient. The Segways were also pretty cool according to my husband and eldest daughter who spent a half day learning how to navigate the trails around Horseshoe. My girls both went swimming in the condo pool and had a great time and neither mentioned it being cold.
Barrie is about a twenty minute drive away if you want to pop out for a movie or shop, and there is a grocery store five minutes down the road as well. A few other restaurant options are also about five minutes by car from the resort. We had a fabulous time and will return another time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's 4 seasons of adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort, only one hour north of Toronto. Whether you're here for family fun, an inspired meeting at our Conference Centre or a romantic getaway, there's a whole world of things to do. Imagine 26 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 35 kms of groomed double track set Nordic trails, terrain park with over 20 features, two full championship golf courses, three restaurants, Shizen Spa, hot tubs, saunas, Segway Off-road Adventures, Yamaha Riding Adventures, Advenuture Buggie Tours, Treetop Trekking, Horseback riding, Hummer Tours, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness facilities and weekly classes, a 10 acre driving range, putting green, hiking and biking trails through the breathtaking Copeland Forest, Kids Korral and the Horseshoe Adventure Park! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Hotel Barrie
- Horseshoe Resort Barrie, Ontario