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BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn

BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn is a 3 star hotel in Barrie, Ontario, Canada 35 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON, Canada
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$116
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Comfortable rooms in a good location but sometimes noisy, according to guests

Pros
  • Free parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi and wired internet
  • 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
  • Several guests felt the carpets could use a deep-cleaning
  • Some guests felt the breakfast room was too crowded

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Nov 16, 2012
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)

Verified with a front desk agent on November 7, 2012: pets are not allowed, hotel is smoke-free, hot tub was down for 1-month maintenance, but is working now, room layouts
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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.


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

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.

There were some complaints regarding the cleanliness of the carpets as some felt they were dirty and could use a thorough cleaning.

A few guests felt that the breakfast area was too small. One complained that the eating area was overcrowded and they had trouble getting into the room.
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.

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

Verified with a front desk agent on November 7, 2012: pets are not allowed, hotel is smoke-free, hot tub was down for 1-month maintenance, but is working now, room layouts.
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
7.9
Good
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.9 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 146
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn is #9 out of 15 hotels in Barrie ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Fuad from Etobicoke, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 9 out of 10 on February 14, 2014 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Pre Valentine's ski get away"
"Hotel near to 400, minutes from downtown, very clean, spacious room, loved the jacuzzi. Very helpful and efficient employees."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Algonquin Highlands, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on April 27, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Perfect for an over nighter passing threw town"
"Service was good, breakfast was alright if u stick with cereal and toast. Girlfriend slept well, myself i found the bed stif and wore out. Did not sleep the best. HAve stayed at other best westerns and slept great."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Steve from St. Catharines, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 9 out of 10 on January 01, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Jeff from Wendover, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 7 out of 10 on March 22, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Bradford, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on January 01, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Blanum, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 10 out of 10 on March 24, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Richard from New Market, ON US rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on March 05, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"We really enjoyed our stay at the Best Western Royal Oak Inn. Staff was courteous and attentive. The Hotel is easy to find and well located."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Paul from St. Thomas, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 10 out of 10 on December 26, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I have always stayed at another Hotel on my visits to Barrie, however, your hotel has become my hotel of choice. The only disappointment was that there was no channel on which to select and pay for a movie of my choice to watch."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Midd, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 9 out of 10 on December 09, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good location. Easy access from highway. Very comfortable room."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Cory from Orillia, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on November 27, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"My wife and I had a great stay. We would recomend it to any one who would like to stay in the area."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Pamela and olia from Barrie, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 7 out of 10 on September 04, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Sarah from Corbeil, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on April 29, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Chelmsford, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on April 09, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"MOVIES AND PILLOWS WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Marg from Kitchener, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 7 out of 10 on July 10, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Frances from Hamilton, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 7 out of 10 on June 18, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Please advise people that the breakfast ends at 9:30am. We were not aware of this and almost miss it as we came down at 9:45am."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Ottawa, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 7 out of 10 on April 20, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Fred from Saint Catherines, ON CA rated BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 8 out of 10 on February 16, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Should have two chairs at the table for eating (there was only one) The love seat in the room was very uncomfortable, should be replaced with one with some support in it as I couldn't even use it, I just sank down in it."

Map
Hotel Address: 35 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON, Canada
Nearby cities...
Angus (16.8 km)
Oro-Medonte (18.5 km)
Innisfil (20.7 km)
Georgina (26.6 km)
Alliston (28.0 km)
This Hotel is Near...
Barrie Molson Centre (5.3 km)
Horseshoe Valley Resort (19.1 km)
Snow Valley Ski Resort (7.4 km)

Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Photocopier
  • Ticket Service
  • Jacuzzi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Vending Machines
  • Family Room
  • Self Laundry

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7.9
Good

#9 out of 15 hotels in Barrie city based on 146 guest reviews

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