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Barrie hotel an easy drive to downtown with indoor pool, kitchen suites and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking
  • Excellent staff, according to many guests
  • Numerous guests praised the location, close to the highway and downtown
  • Several guests thought the selection at breakfast was good
  • The rooms were very comfortable, said some guests
Cons
  • The pool was too small, according to many guests
  • Many guests complained about noise in the hallways
  • Guests said bathrooms needed proper updating
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 10, 2014
Overview
Located just off Highway 400, this hotel is popular with guests looking for a stop-over on their way to and from Northern Ontario, as well as guests looking to explore Barrie and its surrounding area.

This 100% smoke-free hotel has 77 rooms, including 11 suites. Rooms offer 1, 2 or 3 queen beds, or 1 king bed. Every room has a hairdryer, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a TV, a desk, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and free Wi-Fi and wired internet access. The suites also contain a kitchenette with pots, pans and dishes. Some rooms come with a sofabed. There are three king whirlpool suites as well. Adjoining rooms are subject to availability. Pets are not allowed.

This hotel offers a free hot breakfast every morning. There is an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness room on site. There is no restaurant on site, but there is an American-style restaurant adjacent to the hotel. A coffee shop, a sports bar and fast-food restaurants are within a 5-minute walk.

Business services and meeting space are available. Parking is free (and cold weather hook-ups are available).

Centennial Park/Beach, Georgian College and several local theatres are a 5-minute drive away. Georgian Mall and Park Place (previously Molson Park) are within a 10-minute drive of the hotel. Georgian Downs racing and slots is a 15-minute drive away. Mount St. Louis, a popular skiing and snowboarding destination in the winter, is a 30-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

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The Good
The majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive and focused on the hotel's staff, location, complimentary breakfast, and rooms.

Many guests praised the staff for being friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the area.

The location, close to the highway and to downtown Barrie, was complimented by many guests. They found the hotel easily and were close to everything they needed downtown.

Several guests really enjoyed the complimentary breakfast. These guests mentioned that the quality of the food was good and that there was a variety of items to choose from.

Numerous guests also commented on the comfortable rooms, especially the beds.

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The Bad
While many of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, some negative comments arose about the pool and noise disturbances.

Many guests were disappointed with the size of the indoor swimming pool with some saying it was rather small.

Some guests complained about noise in the hallways from large groups at the hotel. However, a few of these guests also said the reception staff did a great job of quieting the groups down once a complaint was made.


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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #9 out of 20 Barrie hotels, and rated it 3.5 out of 5, based on 62 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.4 out of 10, based on 84 reviews.

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guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.1 out of 5, based on 25 reviews.

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
7.8
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Rated 7.8/10 based on 273 reviews

Ranked #10 out of 15 hotels in Barrie

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Location
  • Barrie Molson Centre (5.3 km)
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort (7.4 km)
  • Horseshoe Valley Resort (19.1 km)
Map Marker BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn
35 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON