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Highly praised Barrie hotel with indoor pool, hot tub, well-appointed rooms & free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, newspapers
  • Excellent staff, according to many guests
  • The salt water pool and hot tub were praised by many guests
  • Spacious, clean and comfortable rooms, said numerous guests
  • Several guests liked the location off the highway
  • Linens were luxurious, according to some guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good by reviewers overall
  • Many guests thoroughly enjoyed the free breakfast buffet
Cons
  • A few guests missed having a restaurant and bar on site
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 18, 2016
Overview
This is a popular budget hotel just off Hwy 400 and 8 minutes south of Barrie's downtown core. It offers a saltwater indoor pool, well-kept rooms and a tasty, free hot breakfast.

The hotel has 104 smoke-free and pet-free rooms. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, a 32" flat screen HDTV with cable and on-demand movies, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, wet bar) and a sitting area. Accessible rooms are available.

Free parking is available on site.

A free hot breakfast is available to guests daily from 6 am to 10 am. The hotel offers a free coffee, tea, hot chocolate bar with cookies and fruit available all day in the lobby. Tim Hortons is a 9-minute walk from the hotel and there are many dining options by car in 6 minutes.

Hotel amenities include an indoor saltwater pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a business centre, 24-hour convenience store, a guest laundry, safety deposit boxes, free newspapers, elevator and meeting rooms. 

Centennial Park is a 6-minute drive from the hotel. Georgian College and Georgian mall are a 10-minute drive, as is downtown Barrie which hosts many shops, restaurants and a local theatre. Park Place (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) is a 7-minute drive from the hotel. Horseshoe Valley and Mount St. Louis ski resorts are within a 25-minute drive and Georgian Downs is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Wasaga Beach is a 40-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)


Confirmed with the front desk on February 17, 2016: breakfast hours, all rooms have individually-controlled air conditioning and heat, free wired Internet in the rooms, ethernet cables available at front desk
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The Good
Many guests were very pleased with their stays and the hotel received full marks from lots of reviewers.

Guests were comfortable in their well-maintained rooms. They found them clean with comfy beds, nice linens and towels, and newer TVs. Not all rooms had mini-fridges, but guests were able to request one from the front desk.

Breakfast received a lot of positive comments from guests. Many felt it added value to the stay and offered a very nice selection of hot and cold choices, with some changes from day to day.

Some took note of the free coffee, tea, cookies and apples in the lobby and bagged breakfast to go for guests in a rush.

Guests liked the location, near the highway, but quiet. Guests said it had easy access to the 400, several affordable restaurants nearby and a grocery store just down the street.

There was lots of free parking, a strong Wi-Fi connection, well-maintained grounds, a nice view and a clean and new pool and hot tub. 

Staff were exemplary.
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The Bad
Many felt positively about the hotel and its services, but there was the occasional negative feedback.

There were some nitpicks over the free breakfast which included the use of paper plates and cups and powdered eggs, and the need for more fresh fruit. One guest pointed out that the seats in the breakfast room were stained and should be recovered.

Some guests missed having a restaurant and bar on site.

Housekeeping or management sometimes dropped the ball and the front desk assigned rooms that had not been serviced. There was also the occasional area in a room that had been overlooked by the maids. These by far were anomalies, though.

One guest was irritated with the loud sound of doors closing, another said his mattress should be replaced and yet another guest complained of drapes and sheers being hard to close.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #1 out of 19 hotels in Barrie and rated it 4.5 out of 5 based on 137 reviews.

Expedia.com guest reviews rated this hotel 4.8 out of 5, with a recommendation rate of 98% based on 50 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 9.2 out of 10 based on 13 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
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hotels in Barrie

Rated 8.9/10 based on 1639 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 14 hotels in Barrie

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Location
Map Marker Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Barrie
74 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON