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Carriage Hills Resort
90 Highland Drive | RR 1, Barrie, Ontario L0L 2L0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
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“Great service and friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

Room spacious and clean
Staff efficient, cheerful and friendly
Situated close to many lovely small towns
All special requests carried out
Special thanks to front office - especially Jacqueline, Dee, Nicky and Denise.
Rates well with many other resorts we have stayed at in USA

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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St. Catharines, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We have been owners at Carriage Hills for 8 years. This is the third time we have spent a week there in the summer, and the weather this summer made it the best. The two-bedroom lock-offs are terrific for traveling with family. My mother and daughter shared the studio while my wife and other daughter took the one bedroom. Everyone had enough room, and the two balconies were nice to have. We were in a newly-renovated unit (a week earlier), and the renovations are great. If anything, the quality of appliances, cabinets, countertops and so on have been significantly upgraded, including flat-screen TVs in living area.
Overall the property is as nice as always, but the pool will need to some significant renovation in the next few years. In the meantime, it's still a great place for kids to hang out. I don't golf, but clearly the golf courses in the immediate area are beautiful and look challenging. The development of the resort in the valley is good, but I wish they would create some trails from the ridge to the valley, so it wouldn't be necessary to either walk down overgrown ski hills or drive around. The community has just built two new tennis courts at the corner of Horseshoe Valley Rd, and these are available provided you purchase a "membership" for $10 at the pool house, and in return you get the combination to the door. This is a great deal, and the courts are in great shape.
One thing I couldn't help notice is that the roofs and exterior of some buildings clearly needed work. Some work was being done already, and some had been done, so I am assuming it's just a matter of time.
As for location, we used it as a base to take trips out to Midland, Coldwater, Orillia, Barrie, Collingwood and many to Wasaga Beach. The beach is truly one of the world's great beaches: powdery-soft sand that extends at least a kilometer out into the lake before it reaches above 5' deep. Great for young kids, families, all ages really. Beach Area 1/2 has loads of attractions nearby, while Beach Area 6 is much quieter, but all beaches have the same great sand, and the water in August was at least 82-85° F (29° C)--warmer than the pool at the resort! Of course, if you're interested in going farther afield, Toronto is only about 75 minutes drive away.
All in all, we are still happy spending time at Carriage Hills. In fact, the units are so comfortable that even when stuck inside because of rain they feel spacious and comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

Stayed here with family & friends in August 2011. Between the 2 familiies we had 4 children ages 4,5,6 & 7. We had a 2 bedroom unit which was a 1 bedroom plus a studio together. the rooms were large & clean. This resort is perfect for relaxing with a book or playing golf or if you want a quiet vacation. There is a nice indoor / outdoor pool which was a little crowded. We did not go to the kids craft activity and opted to take the kids for pony rides instead off site at Highview Farms which was about a 15 minute drive away. If you like horses, Highview Farms is a beautiful equestrian facility and I would recommend a visit there. We actually spent 2 days there walking around & petting the horses. There were
no other activites at Carriage Hills so we went to Horseshoe resort which has a kids activity park. But the activities were geared to older kids and the zip line was full. You also can only reserve the zip line in person and not on the phone. There are no restaurants at the resort so be prepared to cook and clean up after yourself or travel into town to eat. There are also no elevators which made moving all of our suitcases and coolers into our 3rd storey unit quite a task. Housekeeping is only mid week but there are washer and dryers with the unit which was very handy. Overall a nice quiet place for a relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
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60 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Not sure if all the rooms were like this but we were stuck with a room that was extremely small. It was nothing like the photos (this is what I thought it would be like http://www.shellhospitality.com/hotels/carriage_resort/gallery/tn/hills_bedroomth.jpg). It must have been half the size of what was in that photo. We had one king bed with a crummy sofabed across from it. The kitchenette was even smaller than shown, it was one sink and that was pretty much it in the corner by the door. And to confirm, I don't have the family larger suites vs. room I booked confused. I would recommend checking in earlier to have the option to pick a larger room.

On that note, the room was very clean and the bathroom was more spacious than the room.

The pool looked cool with indoor outdoor concept but it was gross by the time we got there (end of the night). The water was cold and there was flaky oily layer on the surface.
The outdoor hot tube was busy but once we found room it was very nice (maybe because it was so dark we couldn't see any nasties in the water.)

Staff was friendly. Overall, good for a one night stay.
Note, horseshoe resort is NO walking distance, it was about 10 minute drive at the Carriage Hill Resort. I believe the Carriage Ridge Resort is ski in/out.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Eventhough this property is older than carriage ridge next door, we felt that the ambience, customer service and facilities are better here! We love the huge 2 bedroom units. It is tastefully decorated and it did not disappoint our visiting Australian friends. Clean, beautiful and the people are lovely. Also, the customers are also of a descent breed. No riff-rafts here. Very good for families with small children. My only problem with this place is that the fireplace was kept on even in the middle of summer. It is such a waste of energy!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chicago
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Have a wonderful time at this resort. We had a two bedroom villa My sister came with me and my husband It was great that she have her our apartment. The bathroom in the master bedroom was great a huge jaccuzzi tub .The villa was very clean and nice the pool was a indoor/outdoor. We travel to niagara falls about a 2 hours drive what a wonderful place also when to toronto took the subway train. Drive to yorkdale mall you can park there for free took the train for 10.00 dollar all day pass the same 10.00 dollar pass is good for the bus for all day recommend this resort to anyone comming to canada service and staff was excellent and very nice

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newmarket, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

make sure all the hotel as all the items you require ..

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 90 Highland Drive | RR 1, Barrie, Ontario L0L 2L0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Barrie
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Barrie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 153
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 
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