We booked 2 "premium" rooms (5th floor) in the Slopeside Tower (504 & 505) but I would not say it was a "premium" experience. We had booked for 3 nights & 4 days (Thur to Sunday) as a family fun filled weekend. As others have noted, the rooms were not available until 4:00 pm. Front desk staff were nice.
Our first impression of the "premium" rooms was of a bit of disappointment. While there is a small room/area just inside the entrance, suitable for ski equipment there was not a coat hook in either of the 2 units. Now one would expect to be able to hang damp or wet ski coats and pants and this room would have be perfect, or when people come over a place for them to hang their coats. Even the closets in the 2 bedrooms only had 4 hangers in each. So, where is a person supposed to hang indoor and outdoor clothing? One of our rooms (505) was a bit better than the other (504) but not much. Dishes were somewhat mismatched, they might have started out as all the same but they were not now. The kitchen chairs in our unit (505) were nice with cushioned seats with arms but the chairs in the other unit (504) were metal, no arms, the type I might have outside on a patio (not premium). The quality of the workmanship in the up grade to "premium" was poor, the vanity in our master bathroom (505) was somewhat askew (maybe someone sat on it at some point) but I doubt it had been mentioned to maintenance by housekeeping. The dishwasher in 505 had to be worked at to get the door to close so it would work (I am not sure the door was actually closed tightly when it was working, but there was not water leakage so I over looked that issue).
We didn't find out until we were leaving that the fireplaces could have been used. The doors in both units were tied together by a plastic bag and so we presumed that we could not use them and what further lead us to that conclusion was the storage area built to hold firewood was clean and showed no signs of wear and tear.
On a positive note, the skiing was good and ideal for young skiers and those who want to improve their skills. The lift operators were very friendly..
The x-country and snowshoe trails are good, my wife spent her time on those.
We ate most of our meals in our room but did do the Saturday evening dinner at the Crazy Horse, the food was good, maybe a bit slow to come out of the kitchen.
Would we go again, yes, but not pay for "premium" rooms, not worth the expense.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's 4 seasons of adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort, only one hour north of Toronto. Whether you're here for family fun, an inspired meeting at our Conference Centre or a romantic getaway, there's a whole world of things to do. Imagine 26 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 35 kms of groomed double track set Nordic trails, terrain park with over 20 features, two full championship golf courses, three restaurants, Shizen Spa, hot tubs, saunas, Segway Off-road Adventures, Yamaha Riding Adventures, Advenuture Buggie Tours, Treetop Trekking, Horseback riding, Hummer Tours, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness facilities and weekly classes, a 10 acre driving range, putting green, hiking and biking trails through the breathtaking Copeland Forest, Kids Korral and the Horseshoe Adventure Park! ... more less
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