We exchanged for an efficiency at Carriage Hills Resort July 28-Aug 4, 2013.
Check-in was slow. We arrived a bit before 2 PM. We were told the room should be available before the 4 PM normal check-in. Our keys were set to unlock the door at 4 PM. We were told to stop by prior to 4 PM for status. Others were getting into rooms, but not us. We entered our room at 4 PM and it had not been touched. We called requesting service, and had to call again. Maids came at 4:20 PM and we were in at 4:45 PM.
Although the room was swept and bathroom cleaned, little effort has been made on deep cleanings. We placed a sheet over the filthy sofa. The carpet didn't look any better. Shelves were dirty. And the balcony had not been touched for months.
The balcony had a nice view, and two chairs and a table. Both the chairs and table were too unstable to use.
Our smoke alarm chirped several times between 3 and 4 AM on our fourth night. Maintenance was called, and we were told it was due to a loose wire. The next night it again chirped between 12:30 and 2 AM.
We brought our bikes and asked the front desk for nearby trails for other than mountain bikes. Personnel were not aware of any. But we found a great trail between Barrie and Orillia that spans over 20 miles. Knowledge of restaurants at the front desk was negligible.
WiFi was a bit slower than dial-up. I ran a speed test, and it came in at .04 mg. Very difficult to use except for very early AM when others were sleeping.
On the bright side, Personnel were friendly. The area is pretty and the views are wonderful. The efficiency itself was larger than other timeshares we have visited and provided ample room for two.
Note: If you plan to go, Carriage Hills is preferred, as the Carriage Ridge buildings have much of the back siding removed and are in the process of remedying what appears to be significant mold issues.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Carriage Hills Hotel Barrie
- Carriage Hills Barrie
- Carriage Hills Resort Barrie, Ontario