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Carriage Ridge Resort Barrie

Carriage Ridge Resort Barrie is a 3 star hotel in Barrie, Ontario, Canada 90 Highland Drive, R.R. 1, Barrie, ON, Canada
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$123
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Beautiful setting and clean, spacious rooms with many outdoor activities

Pros 
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
  • Beautiful nature setting, according to many guests
  • Rooms are large, clean and spacious, said numerous guests
  • Many guests felt there was plenty to do in the area
  • Good value for money, according to several guests
Cons 
  • Many guests were disappointed there was no on-site restaurant
  • Check-in is too late and check-out is too early, said several guests
  • Some guests found the resort hard to find
  • Rooms could use extra cleaning, said a few guests

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Nov 22, 2012
Overview
Located next door to Horseshoe Valley ski resort, this hotel is popular with guests looking for resort accommodations and ski-in/ski-out privileges during ski season.

This resort hotel has 153 rooms comprised of studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom suites ranging from 400 to 1200 square feet. All rooms have a sofabed, a microwave, a fridge, a coffeemaker, a 32” TV with DVD player, a CD player and stereo, free Wi-Fi, private or semi-private laundry facilities and a private balcony or patio. The 1 and 2-bedroom suites sleep four to eight people, and offer a living room, a dining room, a full kitchen, a gas fireplace and a jetted tub. Pets are not allowed at this resort.

Carriage Ridge Resort offers an indoor pool, an indoor kid’s pool, a hot tub and a fitness centre. There is a games room with a pool table and arcade games and an outdoor playground and BBQ pavilions. During ski season guests have ski-in/ski-out abilities and access to 68 downhill ski runs and 65 km of Nordic trails. 

In-suite aesthetic treatments and massage therapy sessions are available for an extra cost. Carriage Hills, located next door, offers an executive boardroom available for meetings. There is an internet café on site (extra charges apply). Carriage Ridge also offers a daily activities program for guests. There is no restaurant on site but there are several dining options within a 5-minute drive. A car is needed to access the various amenities at the resort.

Mount St. Louis Ski Resort is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Ghost Golf Course is a 5-minute drive from the hotel and Hardwood Ski and Bike, offering cross country skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking opportunities, is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Carriage Ridge is a 10-minute drive to Horseshoe Adventure Park at Horseshoe Valley Resort and offers ziplining, zorbing, a skate park and more. Georgian Downs is 20-minute drive from the resort and downtown Barrie, offering many shops, restaurants and local theatre, is a 10-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on November 22, 2012: 153 guest rooms, balcony or patio with all rooms, pool table and arcade room, all rooms have a fridge, microwave and coffeemaker, no pets allowed, ski-in/ski-out abilities, no restaurant on site, free Wi-Fi

The Good
The majority of the reviews used in this analysis were positive and pertained to the location, the rooms, the activities and the value for money.

Many guests raved about the beautiful nature setting surrounding the resort, saying it is a great place to escape city life.

The rooms were praised by many guests for being clean and very spacious. Several of these guests said they like to book this resort when they have large groups of people, as the large room sizes are very accommodating for everyone to socialize together.

Numerous guests were impressed with the amount of activities both at the resort and in the surrounding area, saying "there was always something to do whether it be golfing, skiing, hiking or just spending time at the pool or the Adventure Park".

Several guests felt the large rooms and great location provided good value for money. Many of these guests felt the kitchenettes were worth the extra money as they helped save on food costs.


The Bad
Most of the reviews used in this analysis were positive, however, some negative comments did surface. These comments regarded the lack of on-site restaurant, the check-in times, difficulty finding the resort and the rooms.

Several guests were unaware that there was no restaurant on site, and were disappointed when they arrived.

Some guests felt the resort would be better for long stays, as the check-in time is 4pm and check-out is 10am. These guests felt that these times did not give them enough opportunity to enjoy the facilities.

A few guests had difficulty finding the resort, apparently due to a lack of proper signage.

While far more guests complimented the cleanliness of the rooms, a few guests did mention that they found hairs and dirt in their bathrooms which displeased them.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #3 out of 20 hotels in Barrie and rated it 4.5 out of 5 based on 226 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 8.2 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5 based on 88 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent on November 22, 2012: 153 guest rooms, balcony or patio with all rooms, pool table and arcade room, all rooms have a fridge, microwave and coffeemaker, no pets allowed, ski-in/ski-out abilities, no restaurant on site, free Wi-Fi

Editor's Analysis by Candice F.
Analyzed by Candice F.
Having travelled to 25 countries on 5 continents, Candice understands what a traveller is looking for when booking a hotel. She currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but originally hails from Toronto, Ontario.


Guest Reviews
8.5
Very Good

#3 out of 15
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 8.5 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 507
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Carriage Ridge Resort Barrie is #3 out of 15 hotels in Barrie ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Burlington, ON CA rated Carriage Ridge Resort Barrie 9 out of 10 on August 19, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Teresa from St Philippe, QC CA rated Carriage Ridge Resort Barrie 8 out of 10 on June 27, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Overall it was good for a family, the kids enjoyed the pool, and the park, the only thing I was disappointed in was at reservation I was told there was a complete kitchen! but that is not true, there is a microwave only, and a small fridge, so we ended up eating out more than I had planned."

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Hotel Address: 90 Highland Drive, R.R. 1, Barrie, ON, Canada
Nearby cities...
Angus (17.0 km)
Oro-Medonte (18.2 km)
Innisfil (21.0 km)
Georgina (26.7 km)
Alliston (28.3 km)
This Hotel is Near...
Bruce Peninsula National Park (161.6 km)
Horseshoe Valley Resort (0.7 km)
Mount St. Louis Moonstone (8.9 km)
Snow Valley Ski Resort (17.3 km)

Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Cycling
  • Billiards
  • Playground
  • Hiking
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool Indoor
  • Games Available
  • Picnic Area/Tables
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Family Room
  • Self Laundry
  • Free Parking

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