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Carriage Hills Resort
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 12, 2014

We used Interval International to exchange for a studio. The area is beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing. The indoor/outdoor pools/hot tubs were great. The staff was helpful. The environs were interesting. The food in Barrie was great. We visited the longest freshwater beach in the world, took a tour of their 30,000 lakes in Georgian Bay, and ate at two excellent raw restaurants, one in Barrie and one in Collingswood. The studio was comfortable inside. Sadly, the tiny 6'x6' deck was in need of repair and, interestingly enough, part of the deck was used by the air conditioner unit which blew hot air across the deck. Not that pleasant, we had to turn the A/C off to use the deck. The free wi-fi was sooooooo sloooooow as to be unusable, but hey, no email is not a bad thing.

Room Tip: Make sure to ask for ground floor if you need it, there are no elevators to the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Cliff R
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2014

Hello Cliff R,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay. We are pleased to learn you enjoyed your condo-unit, on site pool and area attractions including Wasaga Beach. We look forward to improving the condition of the balconies this year with fresh paint and we are always seeking ways to provide more consistent wifi service. Thank you for sharing your comments and tips. We look forward to your return.
Kind regards,
Tara

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have stayed here often as owners. Staff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms are large and have fireplaces and large whirlpool bathtubs. You can use just a small unit though with a partial kitchen -it depends on your needs. It is generally very quiet and the trees offer privacy as well as the impression of being in the forest when you look out your window if in the right unit. We like being on the top floor so we do not hear anyone walking above us - this is the one area the units are a little weak, especially if there are children in the unit above you.
There is a golf course across the street and of course, Horseshoe Valley below with their course as well as numerous others close by. The place has a pool that is indoor and outdoor and a nice size hot tub. Games are available as well as DVDs for rent.

Room Tip: We like the top floor so no one walks above your head.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BDL999_12
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Hello BDL999_12,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay and highlighting the peaceful surroundings and nearby golf. It looks like you enjoyed your time at the pool and hot tub and thank you for noting the games and DVD's that are available.
We appreciate you as an owner and we hope to welcome you back soon!
Kind regards,
Tara

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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had the most fabulous holiday at this resort, we had 2 x 2 bedroom units as there were 8 adults and 4 children, we stayed in the newly refurbished ones and they were gorgeous, very spacious and the kids loved being able to just go next door to see each other.
The staff in this resort cannot do enough for you from the lifeguards to the reception ladies, all of them are so helpful and friendly and really know how to treat their customers well.
The pool is lovely and we made use of the barbecue areas and the activities
The small supermarket 10 mins away is really good
Our favourite restaurant was Settlers ghost, really good food and great service and prices, also Abbots was the same standard and very nice
We went to crazy horse restaurant but found this overpriced and very average food, we would not recommend that one
We would look forward to staying again at this resort

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank MollyPortsmouth
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2014

Dear MollyPortsmouth,
We are delighted to learn you enjoyed your stay and found the condo-suites spacious for you and your family. Thank you for commenting on your experience with our associates as we take pride in putting our 'Count On Me' service philosophy into action. Your comments about the pool, grocery store and activites will be helpful to future guests.
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and for being our guest. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Kind regards,
Tara

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Reviewed May 23, 2014

This is a tricky review to write. This is located in a lovely part of Ontario countryside. People need the jobs this establishment offers. I dislike posting negative feedback. So, some context: I've used this venue as a training base (for trail running) for about three years. It has been OK for that. I just train, eat, sleep. However, increasingly, with each visit one receives a very intense sales pitch to but a condo. This last time gave me the experience of what it must be like to have a pit bull on your throat and not letting go. This despite a request to not be contacted during my stay. So aggressive are their tactics that a long line - up formed as a condo sales agent interrupted check in to encourage a couple to participate in a free meal / presentation / showing, while an uncomfortable check in person looked on.

So....lots of young families enjoy this place (can be noisy). It is situated beside a modest and pleasant ski hill. For athletes (runners), the trails surrounding the property are pristine, plentiful and shrouded in nature.

The price point is such that you don't expect top line comforts (beds and linens are passable), but that's OK. A lovely feature is the balcony, which allows for quiet (sort of) and pleasant contemplation.

i sense the management is high pressure (an assumption) to sell, sell, sell and use the lower price point to attract customers so they may sell, sell, sell. It is akin to those old Florida deals where you'd be offered free flights and rooms in exchange for going to a presentation. Except nothing is free, and you still get a relentless pitch.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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3  Thank Peter B
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2014

Hello Peter B,
Thank you for the review. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced. We are a timeshare business, however we understand you should never feel uncomfortable while on vacation. Your comments will be shared with the proper department to improve the process for future guests.
If you wish to talk further, I welcome your call at 705-835-5858 ext. 2626.
We appreciate your business and thanks again for sharing your comments.
Kind regards,
Tara

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have stayed here a few times in the past 10 years, and generally it's a nice little getaway.

Overall, our stay was enjoyable. Staff was super friendly, helpful, attentive. Our one-bedroom unit had a full kitchen, was spacious, and clean, though you track in a lot of sand in the winter months. The bathrooms are also super spacious.

A few things that are not so great:
1) paper-thin walls/floors/ceilings, there were elephants staying above us, we could hear their every move as they stomped all over their room!
2) wifi: though free, is very poor
3) the pool area closes at 10PM - There is nothing better than an evening soak in an outdoor hot tub... but when we arrived just before 10PM on a Friday night, we were disappointed to know we'd missed the window for a hot tub and again on the Saturday, we we had to race back from dinner to ensure we made it back on time to be able to enjoy it. Most resort pools/hot tubs are open until 11PM
4) the living room furniture is not very comfortable - this matters to us night-owls because since the pool area closes so early, it's nice to be able to lay back and watch a movie.

The setting is beautiful. We opened up the windows, and sat out on the back porch with our coffee and the birds were chirping away. A nice escape in the off-season.

We took advantage of the very few amenities/restaurants in the immediate area:
1) Loobie's - great hearty comfort food
2) Settler's Ghost restaurant - good food, nice menu, small, charming, yet brightly-lit dining area, not very romantic.
3) Silk's - buffet breakfast ($14 pp)
4) LCBO - very convenient location to the resort

Other than going into Barrie, there is not much else to do there in the post-ski season. Ski hills are closed, and hiking trails are not yet passable. We'd likely return during the ski-season.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank briiidge
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2014

Dear Briiidge,
Thank you for posting a review and letting us know about what you found enjoyable and areas for improvement. Your restaurant listings will certainly help other guests.
We appreciate the opportunity to welcome you to the resort on several occasions. We hope you will visit again very soon.
Kind regards,
Tara

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Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was our first time here, and it won't be the last.
The rooms are nice, was in #2006. But they are, sandy. the floor part at least, not the carpet.
The convenience store(FOODLAND + LCBO) is under 10mins away. as this is not a hotel, it is required that you bring your own food.
Lots of activities for everyone, special thanks to Leslie, and Peggy Jo (I am unsure if her name was Peggy Ann r Peggy Jo)The in-and-out pool was nice, I found the outdoor one was way warmer.
LOVED IT!!

Room Tip: The Hansom section is good.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Katherine D
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2014

Hello Katherine D,
Thank you for taking the time to share positive comments about your stay with us. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed your stay and time at the pool. We are always looking for ways to control the sand on the entrance floors in the winter months. Thank you for letting us know about associates that provided Count On Me service.
We appreciate the opportunity to welcome you as a guest.
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Tara

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We have been owners at this beautiful resort since before it was actually built. It is like our "cottage" and we have had wonderful visits in every season. Whether we are doing day trips to Wasaga Beach, visiting the Adventure Park or Tree Top Trekking in the summer, or skiing and tubing in the winter, we are never bored! The rooms are big and beautifully appointed with everything you could possibly want -- a Jacuzzi in the master bathroom and a fireplace for the cold nights. If you need something "extra", like a blender or muffin tin, chances are they have it for borrow. I love the indoor-outdoor pool. Even in the winter, it's nice to swim outside. They had tons of planned activities -- many free or for a nominal charge. Our favourite special place to visit, for sure.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank CherylChaytor
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Tara W, Manager at Carriage Hills Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2014

Hello CherylChaytor,
We are delighted to learn you enjoyed your stay in the Fall. Thank you very much for taking the time to post comments about all of the wonderful activities around the resort. We appreciate you as an owner and guest and look forward to your return very soon.
Kind regards,
Tara

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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
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Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
Price Range: $72 - $280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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