First, a picky trivial thing: I know it's tough to make money running a ski hill, and Intrawest has a formula for success. So I appreciate the revenue model is to gouge little extras out of people, but this isn't downtown Toronto. When I am paying a premium to stay at a nice hotel on the slopes, then don't charge me extra to park at the hotel. I know it's only $10 a day, but this got my hackles up, and I therefore chose to park in the regular day-use parking lot. My own stubborness maybe, but I didn't feel very special for staying here.
My wife and I were there for a 2-night stay midweek. I rated this hotel a 4 out of 5, which is pretty good for me. Really nicely designed room, with a gas fireplace and kitchenette. They have done some modernization upgrades, such as a new TV, but the appliances are getting old. The small appliances like the coffee maker in particular needs to be upgraded. The bathrooms are due for an upgrade soon, but overall, we liked the room.
The check-in experience was very confusing. Poor signage for first time guests, but we figured it out eventually. The reception was warm and professional. Our room was on the ground floor with a patio door to the outside. I was a little dismayed when I picked an embedded roach out of the burn mark on the rug near the patio door (skiing and recreational drug use happens). But because of that, I started to notice other little cleanliness things - then I got picky, which is never good. My wife is usually the barometer of cleanliness, and she didn't have a problem, so maybe I got a little too picky.
On my original reservation, I had bundled in a spa day for my wife, which they issue upon check-in, but my wife decided she didn't want to use it. I thought I might have a hard time getting a credit, but I had no problem getting a credit for it on my final bill, and the checkout otherwise went smoothly. It's hard not to have a good time when you're staying at a ski hill, and we had a good time. It is not a five-star experience by any means, but I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Georgian, in the middle of the Village at Blue, is fashioned after a historic railway hotel, with 189 suites ranging in size from studios to 3 bedroom. Every suite features high-speed wireless internet access, in-room movies, a DVD player, flat screen LCD TV. Guests also have exclusive access to secure underground parking, games room, 2 outdoor hot tubs (open year round), outdoor pool (summer only), fitness room and sauna. Bachelor, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites include a fireplace, fully furnished kitchen and a balcony or patio. Studio units (regular size hotel rooms) have a kitchenette (small fridge, small sink, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishes and cutlery). Larger units (1 bedroom or larger) have a full kitchen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Georgian - Blue Mountain Hotel Blue Mountains
- Grand Georgian Blue Mountain
- Grand Georgian Collingwood
- The Grand Georgian - Blue Mountain Resort Blue Mountains, Ontario