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Carriage Hills Resort
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
Peterborough, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“This hotel has lots to offer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

We have stayed twice at the Carriage Ridge and once at the Carriage Hills and we have really enjoyed ourselves every time. The rooms (even the studio suites) are very spacious and extremely well designed. We have stayed in a studio suite as well as a one bedroom and two bedroom suite and each of them has been fantastic. They all come with a small kitchenette and the one and two bedrooms have a full kitchen.

During our recent trip to Carriage Hills we were able to use a beautiful green space surrounded by trees behind our room to play catch with our boys. We used the large indoor/outdoor swimming pool on a daily basis which also has two hot tubs and a sauna (the outdoor hot tub was under repair at the time of our visit). We all used the Jacuzzi tub which was in our one bedroom suite.

There are trails leading into the forest where you can see the true beauty of the area as well as watch tourists using the Tree Top Trekking equipment.

There are a couple of good restaurants and a grocery store nearby. There are several golf courses within a very short distance of the hotel. The staff were welcoming and friendly and quickly responded to any concerns we had about our room. The only complaint I had was our inability to access the shared BBQs as there were huge groups using the entire space during our stay. More BBQs would be beneficial.

Overall, a great place for couples, families or people on business and terrific value for the money.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

The units are a bit dated (the kitchen looked like it was circa 1980s) but overall it was very nice. I believe they are in the process of renovating the buildings and the units so ask for a newly renovated one if you have a chance. We were in a 1-bedroom unit with a fully equipped kitchen which allowed us to cook most of our meals. With 2 young kids, it's not too enjoyable to eat out anyway. there are BBQs everywhere so you can BBQ too if you wanted to.

We went during off season (mid-June) for one week. The resort was pretty empty and the 2 times that we asked for service (A/C broke down and TV didn't work), the maintenance guy came within 15 minutes. We ended up having to switch rooms because the A/C broke down but it was okay.

We got in-room massages every other day (thanks to health benefits and a great local RMT recommended by the resort!) and went swimming at the resort's indoor/outdoor pool almost every day. I even fit in a couple of workouts on the treadmill.

Since there's not much to do at the resort itself (which is a good thing!), we drove ~30 minutes each day to nearby destinations including Wasaga beach, Elmvale Jungle Zoo (we got up close to lots of animals), and Centennial Park (accessible playground and beach in Barrie). We ate at restaurants that were recommended by tripadvisor including Tiffins Curry in a Hurry and Casa Mia.

The best part: we were able to do most of our laundry before we came back with the washer/dryer there so I don't have to do a week's worth of laundry after coming back home!

Room Tip: Ask for a newly renovated room. There are no elevators so tell them you want a ground level room if...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank bipy
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CarriageHills, Director of Sales at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this review, June 18, 2012
Dear biby,
Thank you for sharing comments about your recent stay! Your Room Tip regarding requesting a renovated unit is becoming popular. We're delighted to learn that you explored our beautiful region including Wasaga beach and our team met your expectations regarding response time. We appreciate the time you took to describe your experience and we hope to welcome you again soon.
Kind regards,
Tara
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

A beautiful resort amidst greenery and peaceful surrounding with all opportunities to relax. Very comfortable rather luxurious accommodation and good kitchen and other amenities.

Room Tip: Choose a room closer to reception unless you wish to take long walks. Otherwise all rooms are the sa...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Promila B
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

This is a good place for families with young children and adults who want quiet, peaceful prdeictable pursuits

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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3 Thank CA-Yyz
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mississauga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Despite that there was no snow it was still worth it. Relaxing.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Typical time share resort, all the units stacked. rooms where clean...grounds where clean, a bit noisy at times only because there is always that one loud mouth who feels he can yell to his buddy on the other side of the resort..so the noise carries somewhat. Staff were great and polite. Everything was close by. The only thing that was annoying was the time share pitch. We went in the spring, ski hill closed by then...but looked like it would be an awesome place in the winter!

Room Tip: ask for a room in the back...facing the forest, otherwise your balcony will be facing parking lot
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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6 Thank 0rbis25
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CarriageHills, Director of Sales at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this review, June 18, 2012
Hello Orbis25. Thank you for your comments and sharing a great "Room Tip". It is our 1- and 2-Bedroom Condo-Suite room types that face forested trails, golf course or ski slopes. We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the winter season - it's a whole new world with great activities and packages.
Kind regards,
Tara
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Chesterfield, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

I have to say that this is one of the nicest places I have stayed! The rooms are so spacious and have every amenity you could want! What I loved: Lots of space, huge bathroom with jacuzzi and two hair dryers, balcony, gas fireplace, very friendly and helpful staff, washer/dryer, two casinos within 1/2 an hour, comfortable bed. What I loved a little less: A little far from downtown Toronto. It was just the two of us, but it looks like it would be great for large families. The pool area looks like it will be really nice when the renovations are done, there were play areas for children and outdoor grill areas for picnics. We were given a schedule of the planned activities (for kids and adults) for the week, but unfortunately didn't have much time to participate. Overall I just loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone!

Room Tip: There are stairs to reach the upper rooms, which didn't bother me, but you may want to ask for g...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Jeannine D
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Property: Carriage Hills Resort
Address: 90 Highland Dr | 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:
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels 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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