First off, this resort is NOT a full service resort/hotel. If you stay with that understanding, you will really enjoy your stay!!
OK, we have stayed here 4 times in the last 2 years.
We have always booked a 2 bedroom, through RCI, never bought a week for more than $259 (extra vacations)!! (actually a studio with large king bed, seperated living area with double pull out couch, and an ok sized bathroom, AND this studio is combined with a 1 bedroom (the entry hall has 2 sets of doors that stay open to use the whole space..) LARGE king bedroom, large ensuite with spa tub, double sinks, seperate shower and another sink in a seperate doorway... nice sized open kitchen with 3 barstool and a dinning table that easily sits 6. opens to a living area with couch (sleeper) and 2 side chairs..TV, DVD and gas fireplace. I have done the timeshare meet, and just say no, we just walked out after our 45 minutes and our polite NO...we have friends that wanted to buy here, and went to www.buymytimeshare.com , and printed off the resale prices for this resort (reslae is about 60% less, and Carriage Hills met the reslae price!!)..don't ask, and you will not get!!
We ALWAYS ask for an upper unit, end unit...you get more windows, and a great veiw out your off living room porch, which has stairs leading to the grass area, great to start your walk off with!!
The rooms are spacious, and we have NEVER had a problem sleeping 6, even 8. The hotel has a great indoor/outdoor pool which kids love!! you swim inside, and the outer wall has a glass section which has plastic flaps which you swim under/through in the cooler months, in the warmer, they remove them completely...then, voila...you are outside!! Not great in the dead of winter, the heater can not keep up to the snow, last year the pool was 70 degrees, yikes..but, we walked over (through the back trail) to the Carriage ridge, and used their pool.
Aside from the large pool, they have 2 hot tubs and an amazing playground. Nice trails for walking and bike riding...take a left out of the driveway and enjoy the quiet neighborhood that was built around the resort, turn right from resort until this road ends, and you will see a life sized bear cub bronze statue catching a fish in the pond of the log home...beautiful.
At the pool/rec centre, you can borrow movies, games and any kitchen tools you may need. Upstairs they have 2 pool tables (seperate rooms) and a few video games.
True, the hotel does not have a restaurant, but i like to go out, so no biggie for us, and we also utulize the in room kitchen..
If you ski, drive to horseshoe valley resort day 1 and get your ski passes for the week, then on your first ski day, walk the back way from Carriage hills to Horseshoe (the rec centre will point you in the right direction) takes 4 minutes, and you are at the top of one of the Horseshe chair lifts!! When you check in, as for a room closest to this path...OR stay next door at Carriage Ridge resort (almost cookie cutter to CHills, but indoor pool, and smaller amount of units) If you have skied at HVR before, you sometimes have to walk just as far in your ski gear to get from the locker area to the lifts you want....keep you car at the hotel and walk over!! We have seen a few people wear their snow boots over, and lock their snow boots (in duffle bags) to the fence at the back of carriage hills pathway to the hill, and they "boot up" prior to getting on the HVR hill...no one else can walk this path but Carriage hill guests!!
I like it here...quiet and close to things (Abbotts restaurant is a must, IGA is 2 KM with a LCBO/Beer Store, 20 minutes to Orrilia (walmart, loblaws, etc fast foods, hospital)
Kids are always happy, and because we go often, we just walk over to use the Carriage Ridge rec centre, nicer lounge/game room, TV they give you the remote for, games and a nice pool, Just act as though you are a guest there, but they never ask. nice for a change of pace.
OH, they also have little kids crafts and activities going on (cookie decorating, face painting, game time, colouring...either at Hills or at Ridge (again, the walk is really 4-5 minutes) Kids like it, and it's free.
Enjoy your stay, go to Horseshoe for Silks for dinner, Loobies (next to the IGA) for some good home cooking, or Abbotts for a really nice variety of favourite, done a little differently. I will post photos later
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