A friend loaned us his condo at the Grand Georgian for the weekend. We drove up to Blue Mountain quite easily, and then got slightly lost since it was dark (9 p.m.) and the signage is not the greatest.
Check-in staff were friendly - though they forgot to give us a dashboard parking tag.
The condo was <500 sq ft and the layout is quite satisfactory. It was a ground-floor unit and the sliding doors lead out to a patio beyond which was a messy parkette (for want of a better word).
Amenities inside the condo are just like any service apartment setting - fridge, cooking range, dishwasher. The fireplace was nice - adds a cozy touch. Furniture was adequate - the couch upholstery was a bit rough and uncomfortable. The queen bed was comfortable.
Two things stand out - the front door is not well-soundproofed. You can hear every footstep in the corridor outside and all conversations. And the security magic-eye needs a flap - the light from the exterior light of the opposite unit creates a beam of bright light in the room, once you settle down for the night.
The "village" outside is a pedestrian plaza (like the European ones) and was quite busy which creates a nice atmosphere. There are choices for meals - and the Sunset Grill is a delightful place for breakfast (open only until 3 p.m.).
Our best meal was at the Tholos restaurant - a noisy, busy, Greek place. Though they promised a bellydance performance, they neglected to let us know that the dancer wasn't showing up that evening! However, the bouzouki player kept the music going nicely and once guests and staff gathered in the lobby to dance (Greek-style) and plates crashed to the floor, the evening became entertaining. Be aware that this place is NOISY. If you have sensitive ears, you may want to consider this.
Staff informed us that this was a busy time - after ski season come the conferences. So we had to leave by 11 on Sunday which was a letdown. A late departure would have rounded off the weekend nicely.
The underground parking lot is one of the most confusing we've ever seen!
Outdoors, there's much to do. We drove up the mountain, past the Scenic Caves entrance to a delightful lookout perched on the hillside. That had access to a lovely walking trail and a beautiful view of Collingwood and the lake beyond. Wandering in the resort "village" with outdoor chess, checkers etc was also very enjoyable. The Irish pub has live music too. Since we both enjoy live music, this worked well for us.
The decor of the Grand Georgian (corridors, door frames and trim, elevators etc) is looking a bit dated and worn.
Overall a satisfying weekend trip. Driving to/from Blue Mountain to the west-side of the GTA was easy (follow Hurontario/Highway 10, to Highway 124 and you're there).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Georgian, in the middle of the Village at Blue, is fashioned after a historic railway hotel, with 189 suites ranging in size from studios to 3 bedroom. Every suite features high-speed wireless internet access, in-room movies, a DVD player, flat screen LCD TV. Guests also have exclusive access to secure underground parking, games room, 2 outdoor hot tubs (open year round), outdoor pool (summer only), fitness room and sauna. Bachelor, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites include a fireplace, fully furnished kitchen and a balcony or patio. Studio units (regular size hotel rooms) have a kitchenette (small fridge, small sink, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishes and cutlery). Larger units (1 bedroom or larger) have a full kitchen. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Grand Georgian - Blue Mountain Hotel Blue Mountains
- Grand Georgian Blue Mountain
- Grand Georgian Collingwood
- The Grand Georgian - Blue Mountain Resort Blue Mountains, Ontario