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Very basic amenities but a comfortable stay, according to guests

Pros
  • Free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking
  • Clean and comfortable rooms, according to many guests
  • Many guests thought the staff were friendly and helpful
  • The location, close to the highway, was praised by many
Cons
  • The hotel was worn-out, said some guests
  • A few guests complained of noisy hallways
  • The breakfast did not have many options, said some guests
  • A few guests said the location was not within walking distance to many amenities
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 23, 2012
Overview
Located just off Highway 400 and within a 5-minute drive to Lake Simcoe, this hotel may be suited for guests requiring basic amenities near the lake and near the major highway that runs straight through Barrie.

The Comfort Inn Barrie has 58 guest rooms which offer one queen bed or two double beds. All guest rooms are equipped with a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, a 32” TV with cable and pay per view movies and free Wi-Fi. Ground floor rooms have patio door access, and some rooms come with a microwave, a mini-fridge and/or a sofabed. Some smoking rooms are available and pets are allowed at this hotel for a fee of $6 per night.

This hotel offers free continental breakfast, free weekday newspapers, and free parking. Cold-weather hook-ups are available in the parking area. There is a computer available for guests use, and a barbeque area with one grill and picnic tables (open during spring and summer months). There is no restaurant on site but downtown Barrie is less than a 10-minute drive from the hotel where many restaurants can be found.

Centennial Park is a 5-minute drive from the hotel. Georgian College and Georgian Mall are within a 10-minute drive, as are many shops, restaurants, and local theatres in downtown Barrie. Georgian Downs is within a 15-minute drive. Mount St. Louis and Horseshoe Valley ski resorts are within a 25-minute drive from the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)


Verified with a front desk agent on November 22, 2012: 58 guest rooms, coffeemaker in all rooms, microwave and fridge in some rooms, BBQ open in Spring/Summer months only, smoking rooms available, pets allowed for $6 per night
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The Good
The hotel received somewhat average reviews overall in the reviews used for this analysis. Some of the positive reviews regarded the rooms, the staff, and the location.

Many guests thought the rooms were very comfortable, but offered basic amenities.

The staff were praised by many guests for being very friendly and attentive.

Some guests liked the close proximity to the highway, making it an easy stop for those just passing through the city.
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The Bad
In the reviews used for this analysis, a few negative comments were common. These included the age of the hotel, noise in the hallways, a limited breakfast and the location of the hotel.

Several guests felt the hotel was looking worn-out. They mentioned that the carpets looked worn and stained.

The thin walls, according to some guests, attributed to hearing noises through the night which kept them awake.

The breakfast was said by a few guests to have a limited selection and the eating area was too small.

Some guests liked the location in proximity to the highway, however, a few guests felt the location left something to be desired. They said there were few amenities within walking distance, so a car or taxi was needed to get anywhere they wanted to go.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #16 out of 20 hotels in Barrie, and rated it 3.5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 8.5 out of 10 based on 16 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated this hotel 4.1 out of 5 based on 21 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent on November 22, 2012: 58 guest rooms, coffeemaker in all rooms, microwave and fridge in some rooms, BBQ open in Spring/Summer months only, smoking rooms available, pets allowed for $6 per night
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
7.4
Good

Rated 7.4/10 based on 79 reviews

Ranked #10 out of 15 hotels in Barrie


8 out of 10 | Lawrence stayed March 07, 2014

"nice and clean good price"

"close to highway easy on and off. staff very friendly and helpful fast check in."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 04, 2013


6 out of 10 | Janice stayed October 22, 2012

"noisy on weekend!"

"I didn't get any sleep Sat. night because drunk people out in hallway yelling and running. Told front desk next morning, but they said they didn't hear anything. Hard to beleive. The facility was under construction which I didn't know at the time of booking.They are upgrading their breakfast meal to include hot food, which will be nice when done. The bed was comfortable."

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7 out of 10 | Janet stayed October 20, 2012


8 out of 10 | Jean paul stayed July 29, 2012

"The service was excellent, room was clean good location and we had a continental breakfast, I would not hesitate to return."

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7 out of 10 | Mikael stayed June 05, 2011

"It is near the highway yet not noisy so very convenient. Restaurants close by also so a great place if you are just travelling through."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 26, 2011

"I was unable to get a room with queen beds. At 6'7" it is a must. A double just is not comfortable."

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8 out of 10 | Francine stayed March 25, 2006

"It was quiet, we had a good night sleep. I love the drive up rooms and being on the first floor especially when we have elders with us. The staff was very polite and helpful. Thanks."

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5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 07, 2006


7 out of 10 | Marilyn stayed August 01, 2005

"Hello the only thing I would like to comment on is the price. The Motel is very nice and I do realize it was a holiday weekend a BUT $155.00 a night is just ridiclous. We could have stayed at the Travelodge next door for $99.00 and they have a pool and a restaurant. Which we will be doing next year. thankyou Marilyn from Norwich Ont."

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9 out of 10 | Frank stayed December 16, 2004

"We have stayed at a lot of hotels over the years in 7 countries around the world. We drove from Woodstock and found the hotel easily. It had everything that was needed. We enjoyed the breakfast and had a safe trip home. It was the first time I picked an hotel from the internet. Thank you again."

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5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 15, 2004

Location
  • Barrie Molson Centre (5.1 km)
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort (7.5 km)
  • Horseshoe Valley Resort (19.4 km)
Map Marker Comfort Inn - Barrie Hart Dr.
75 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON