We've been coming to Horseshoe every New Years Eve for the last 5 years. We usually do some tubing and skiing/snowboarding, and then they have fireworks at 10pm and we catch a bite to eat in the Crazy Horse while watching the Can/USA World Jr's game. Then we stay in Orillia at the Stone Gate Inn, which is always fantastic.
This year we decided to come New Years Day instead and treat ourselves to staying in the hotel right at Horseshoe. It is cheaper to stay any night other than New Years Eve after all, so we booked two nights from the 1st.
We booked the Stay & Ski package. We arrived just after 4pm on the 1st and were greeted by a large group of people waiting around in the lobby. We had hoped to check in right away and hit the slopes.....NO SUCH LUCK. We were advised our room wasn't quite ready. Then i realized the large group of people waiting were also in the same boat. This was very disappointing. After a long drive we just wanted to settle in, unpack and hit the slopes. We were given coupons for free breakfast in the hotel the following morning which was kind.
We had the loft room with the slope side view. The only negative issue we had with our room initially upon stepping into it was the floors were all sticky right in front of the mini fridge. House keeping was still out in the hall however so we asked them to clean it up and they did quickly.
The hotel itself is very much in need of reno's. It's very dated and retro style wise. The room we had is a loft so it was two stories of bland white walls with some small art work to give some colour. It's still all very dated looking. Definitely NOT worth the price we paid for two nights there.
We do enjoy skiing/snowboarding and tubing at Horseshoe. The runs this time around were decent and well groomed. We ate at the Crazy Horse the two nights and were satisfied with our meals. Their prices are steep, for what you get, but that is expected if you don't want to drive anywhere.
Upon leaving on our last day we discovered that our Jeep had been side swiped the WHOLE length of the passenger side. We were parked in the lot just across the driveway from the (very small) hotel parking lot. We reported it to the front desk of the hotel, to the Horseshoe Medics who had to file some sort of incident report as per the protocol for people visiting there.
No note left on my vehicle. Reported to the OPP in Barrie. They suspected my vehicle was hit by a plow blade. I'm not sure if Horseshoe has their own plows or if contracted out. All i know is the repairs were over $6000 and this is the bad taste in my mouth i'm left with for our 3 days staying at Horseshoe Resort.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Hotel Barrie
- Horseshoe Resort Barrie, Ontario