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Carriage Ridge Resort
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We recently stayed here for a week as a timeshare exchange. The resort is nice. There was a woman(don't remember her name) in the activity building that was helpful planning excursions to Toronto & Niagara Falls. We actually didn't spend much time at the resort-we were always out doing other things, so I can't comment on the activities,etc.

Room Tip: The building we were in had 3 floors & no elevators,so be sure to ask about room location if sta...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We arrived mid-week on a combo ski package. Downhill for her and cross country for me. We were well greeted and well treated at this location and found good value in the WagJag coupons we got for the downhill portion. Located behind the ski hill and the "other" nearby resort, we found restaurants in nearby Barrie and Orillia. The resort was quiet (mid-week) and the rooms were large, clean and had well stocked kitchenettes.

Room Tip: There is a difference in age and location between the "ridge" and "hills" rooms.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Just got back from a 4 night stay at Carriage Ridge as a mini getaway from the city. We had a studio on the third floor (no elevators and the stairways are in bad need of a paint job - hence I had low expectations). When we opened the door to our accommodations I was pleasantly surprised. The studio was spacious, and clean with a well equipped kitchenet. The pool facilities were spotless. We made use of the barbeques on site and took advantage of the free laundry facilities as well.
My only disappointment was in their customer service. Check-in staff was cold and unwelcoming. Made us feel like they were doing us a favour. Thank goodness for Natasha who was the only warm and welcoming check in staff. The staff at the pool distributing the towels was cold and kept reminding us to keep our pool towels and return them at check out. Now why would we want to take 5 chlorine smelling towels back to our room for the next few days? We chose to hand them back at the end of each swim. This got us a few dirty looks from the distributor as we deposited the towels into the "towel return" bin.
Finally after signing off on housekeeping the first 2 days of our stay, we decided our room could use a clean. We returned to our room mid afternoon only to find it exactly as we had left it - beds unmade, towels on the floor. When we asked why we didn't get any housekeeping services we were told it was because we had signed off on it for the first 2 days so they assumed we didn't need it that day either. When we asked for at least fresh towels we were told we would get them the next morning. Thank goodness there was a helpful cleaning staff who rose to the occaision, climbed the 3 flights of stairs to our room and provided us with clean towels, quickly made the beds and wiped down the bathroom counters.
Despite these minor complaints, we really enjoyed the resort, its facilities and the great value. We plan to return in the winter for a ski weekend!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We visited the resort May 2013 for a long weekend getaway. A friend is giving up her timeshare for free (only have to pay legal transfer fee of $700) so I wanted to check it out beforehand. Check-in was smooth and the welcome room was nice and modern so that was what I expected for the rooms. There are no elevators and we were on the 3rd floor and the stairs were dirty with paint flaking everywhere. We got to the rooms which were very spacious and decently clean but very outdated. We had the 1-bedroom plus studio. The resort really needs to do a major remodel upgrade. Our porch had great views but all old and rusty as if it was going to fall apart. The only facility we used onsite was the pool which had a nice hot tub. For all our meals we had to go for a drive into the little town and for more options, all the way to Barrie since there is nothing onsite. It was a nice getaway but it made me decide not to take the timeshare. I couldn't see us going back there again regularly.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We loved the Carriage Ridge Resort. It was very reasonably priced, and our one bedroom unit was very spacious. It was clean, nicely decorated, had a full kitchen, use of free washer and dryer machines, had airconditioning, a fireplace, and a porch. As others have mentioned, if you plan to cook, pick up groceries enroute as there is no place to buy them once you are up on the ridge. There was, however, a nice place to eat next to the golf course.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We go to Carriage Ridge / Carriage Hills a few times a year and last week's visit was the best. We booked a bedroom for two nights and was pleasantly surprised to have the studio offered complimentary. We always have a great a experience and staff are helpful and friendly. A great escape from Toronto.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Discovered this tidy gem 15 minutes up the road from Barrie. Great rec facilities, lots to do outdoors and friendly staff. It's a bit isolated so stop at the Foodland Grocery Store 4 minutes away. Suites are equipped with cooking facilities and there are BBQ pits if the desire so arises. Staff were friendly and helpful and this place definitely provided value for dollar. Great stay and we will be back.

Stayed: July 2013
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Additional Information about Carriage Ridge Resort

Address: 90 Highland Dr, 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 Kitchenette Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Barrie
Price Range: $93 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carriage Ridge Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carriage Ridge Resort in Horseshoe Valley just 1 hour north of Toronto, a four-season natural playground with rolling hills, lakes, rivers and forested trails. At Carriage Ridge Resort you’ll find all the comforts and amenities of home in a spectacular country setting. One bedroom and two bedroom condominium accommodations feature fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces and jetted hot tubs, making Carriage Ridge Resort absolutely ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways and golf and ski groups to Ontario and the Horseshoe Valley. Whether you want to ski meticulously groomed trails through snow-laden forests of pine, tee off at one of eighteen area golf courses, hike or mountain bike one of several picturesque trails, or just relax at the end of the day, Carriage Ridge Resort in Horseshoe Valley is your very own base for fun and adventure. ... more   less 
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