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Carriage Ridge Resort
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
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Ontario, Canada
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51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Pretty nice place to stay”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Now I have not stayed here during winter but we spent a weekend during late September. The place was clean and the rooms were roomy. We liked the BBQ in the courtyard with picnic tables that we could use. The BBQ area was very clean and the BBQ grills (2 of them) were extremely clean so we had no worries using them. I would definitely recommend getting a suite with a balcony. The mattress bed is not so comfortable. The suites had all the kitchen utensils and cutlery.

Room Tip: Highly recommend getting a suite with a balcony
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Shell W, Social Media Team at Carriage Ridge Resort, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Thank you for providing this feedback. We apologize that your mattress was uncomfortable. We will share this information with our staff. We are glad you enjoyed the resort amenities made available to our guests. We hope you come back to stay with us.
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We enjoyed our stay here. The inside are very nice, and have everything you'd want: Comfortable beds, Jacuzzi, full kitchen,gas fireplace, nice tables. The outside definitely needs painting and other work. This resort had lots of activities planned everyday, which they need since there isn't a lot to do around the area in the fall (when we were there). We especially liked the aqua fitness in the inside swimming pool. There are many good golf courses close by. Most of the good restaurants are a 30 minute or more drive -- in Midland or Barrie.
Resort employees were enthusiastic and very helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanover
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Spacious rooms with some nice touches such as jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace. One bedroom units come with full kitchens with most utensils you will need included. Pool facility is decent but nothing out-of-this-world.

Check in/check out times are an issue. The 4 pm check in isn't too bad, but it is ridiculous to have a 10 am check out. It's supposed to be a holiday. Noon would be a much better idea.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Hanover, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have stayed at this resort several times over the past 8 years. I will say the decor has never changed and it is starting to show. The check is 10 am, which I have never stayed any where that is that early. Typically it's 12pm at most hotels/resorts. So since we were travelling with family for a birthday party, we thought we would pay the extra $35 to check out later at 1:00. However, while we were all at the pool, our room keys were de-magnetized so that none of the 4 keys would work. The front desk claimed someone just didn't have it marked for our late check out. That however did not fix the fact that we all had to wait outside in our wet bathing suits with a baby until someone in our group went back down to get them recharged. We were on the top floor which is challenging when bringing up suitcases, toys, cooler etc. Beds were very uncomfortable in both rooms. New mattresses are definitely needed. However, there is a great kitchen area and laundry facilities.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for late $35 for the late check out. Otherwise, check out is 10 am.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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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Oakville, Canada
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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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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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