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Older, pet-friendly Barrie hotel near Hwy 400 with free breakfast and jacuzzi suites

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, pets stay for free
  • Many guests found clean and comfortable rooms
  • Location convenient to Hwy 400, restaurants and downtown Barrie
  • Guests usually found helpful and friendly staff
  • Many found the price right at this hotel
Cons
  • No elevator to 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Guests often complained of smelling smoke at the hotel
  • Many complained of dirty and stained carpets
  • Dated rooms in need of updates a complaint of many guests
  • Guests offered mixed reviews of breakfast
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 21, 2016
Overview
This hotel is located just off Hwy 400, and a 6-minute drive from downtown Barrie. It offers a budget stay in a convenient location with some updated rooms, close to a Tim Hortons and Wendy's.

Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a sitting area, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a microwave, a separate bedroom, a second TV, bunk beds, a living room, a fireplace, a work space, a dining table and a double jacuzzi. Accessible rooms are available.

Free outdoor parking is available for cars and oversize vehicles, with cold-weather hook ups. Pets are allowed free of charge in rooms with 2 double beds.

A free continental breakfast of boiled eggs, sausage, toast, bananas, yogurt, juices and coffee is offered to guests. The hotel is next to a Tim Hortons, then Wendy's and Pizza Hut.

Hotel amenities include a business centre, copy and fax machines, dry cleaning, free newspapers and meeting rooms. There is no elevator at this hotel.

Centennial Park is a 4-minute drive from the hotel. Georgian Downs, Georgian Mall, Georgian College and several local theatres are an 8-minute drive away. Horseshoe Valley and Mount St. Louis (ski resorts) are a 25-minute drive away. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)


Confirmed with the front desk on January 21, 2016: some rooms have a fully separated bedroom, all rooms have a sitting area, pets can stay free of charge in certain rooms
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The Good
Reviews were mixed. Positive comments focused mainly on the location which guests liked for its convenience to the highway, fast food restaurants like Tim Hortons and Wendy's, and downtown Barrie.

There were also positive reviews from guests who had been given large, clean and comfortable rooms at a reasonable room rate. Some mentioned that their rooms were updated.

These guests found the staff to be cooperative, friendly and helpful, and often enjoyed the continental breakfast for the variety it offered. 

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The Bad
There were a lot of mixed opinions about the hotel. Guests who had negative comments usually were focused upon a few displeasing issues at the hotel.

Guests often complained of smelling smoke at the hotel. They claimed that the smoke from guests smoking in their rooms wafted up to their rooms on higher floors. Guests could often smell smoke in the hallways as well.

Hallway and in-room carpets were dirty and stained and guests often said that the rooms needed updating as well. Some recent complaints about the rooms were: saggy or lumpy mattresses, old TVs and furniture, smelly room, no shower curtain, stains on walls and ceilings, AC took forever to cool room, loud fans, key cards did not work reliably inconveniencing guests, bedding smelled like smoke, room heater did not work and was freezing cold with windows that did not shut, and pillows were soft and small.

Because there was no elevator, guests had to climb stairs to get to the second and third level with luggage. Sometimes their key cards deactivated and they had to go back to the front desk with bags in hand.

Some guests complained of staff that were not that helpful or friendly.

Sometimes guests were given rooms that were not well cleaned.

The breakfast, liked by some, often received negative comments for having a basic selection and sometimes limited quantity.

Some guests did not get the rooms or prices they had booked online.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #16 out of 19 Barrie hotels, and rated it 3.5 out of 5, based on 107 reviews.

Expedia.com guest reviews rated this hotel 3.4 out of 5, with a recommendation rate of 87%, based on 312 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 7.3 out of 10, based on 189 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
6.9
Fair
#
11 / out of 14
hotels in Barrie

Rated 6.9/10 based on 1280 reviews

Ranked #11 out of 14 hotels in Barrie

1280
Location
  • Barrie Molson Centre (2.9 km)
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort (9.4 km)
Map Marker Comfort Inn & Suites Barrie
210 Essa Rd., Barrie, ON