We traded for this unit through RCI. After reading other reviews on TripAdvisor, I was reluctant to go, but couldn't change the reservation without forfeiting most of the points I used for the trade.
I didn't think it was as bad as the other reviewers did. After having greatly lowered expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. Although the things mentioned in the other review were mostly true, I didn't find them to be as much of a problem as other guests did.
We had unit #385, which was at the back and very quiet. Having a detached unit was nice. The grounds were beautifully kept and there were modern gas grills for guests to use, as well as a pleasant patio with a picnic table and some chairs. We called maintenance for some minor issues and a very nice man came and fixed everything. He said the units are due to be re-furbished in November during "down-time".
We didn't use the facilities at the Cranberry Inn, but the staff there was more than helpful. Guests have use of the local YMCA, which had a nice pool and gym, not crowded during the day. The spa across from the Cranberry Inn was great.
We didn't find a lot to do in Collingwood. Wasaga Beach was more dirt than sand on the beach, with muddy water and a few tacky shops. We went up to Scenic Caves, which were interesting, and did an "Eco Adventure Tour" with a treetop walk and short zipline. That was fun. We went to "Village at Blue" which is mostly upscale shops for those who want to shop. They have a gondola to the top of the ski run, and music in the evening. We went to a play at the local theater which was quite good for an amateur production. We went into Toronto for a day, which was a disappointment.
My biggest complaint was the beds. I was sleeping in the loft and the beds were so uncomfortable, I was waking up in the middle of the night with a backache too bad to let me sleep. My sister in the master bedroom said hers was okay. I called to ask if the matress and box spring could be replaced and they said it would require approval by the board of directors. I ended up putting the mattress from the sleeper sofa on the floor and was not comfortable, but less miserable.
One more note. The lady that comes with a welcome basket will try to schedule you to come to the office for customer satisfaction feedback. Don't go. It's a scam to get you to a sales pitch for timeshare resales.
- Also Known As:
- Mountain View Villas At Cranberry Hotel Collingwood
- Mountain View Villas At Cranberry Collingwood, Ontario