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Well-liked pet-friendly Barrie hotel with indoor pool and suites with kitchenette

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and wired internet, breakfast and parking
  • Great location near the highway and many restaurants, said many guests
  • Friendly, helpful staff according to several guests
  • Clean, comfortable and spacious rooms, according to many guests
  • Many guests enoyed the complimentary breakfast
Cons
  • The pool was too small, according to several guests
  • A few guests felt the breakfast area was too small
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 20, 2014
Overview
Located off highway 400, this hotel is close to many of the area attractions making it popular with guests looking to explore Barrie and its surrounding area.

This 100% smoke-free hotel has 67 rooms, including 15 suites. Standard rooms have one or two queen-sized beds. All rooms come with a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, a 27” TV with cable and on-demand movies, a desk and free Wi-Fi and wired internet access. Suites offer one queen or king-sized bed with a sitting area and a sofabed. Some suites also have a kitchenette or jetted tub. Rooms on the main floor have patio door access. Small to medium sized pets are allowed at a fee of $15 per night.

This hotel offers free breakfast daily, a free daily newspaper and free parking. The hotel has a fitness centre and an indoor pool and hot tub. There is also a 24-hour business centre with a computer for guest use and copy, fax and print services are available. The hotel offers a $10.00 gaming voucher and a free gift from Georgian Downs OLG Slots, which is available upon request. There is no restaurant on-site, but there are many dining options within a 5 to 10-minute walk.

Centennial Park is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Downtown Barrie, offering local theatre, restaurants and shopping, is a 10 to 15-minute drive from the hotel. Park Place (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) is a 5-minute drive from the hotel, and Georgian Mall is a 10-minute drive. Mount St. Louis and Horseshoe Valley ski resorts are within a 30 to 35-minute drive. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on November 15, 2012: 67 guest rooms, 15 suites, microwave, mini-fridge and coffeemaker in all rooms, 100% non-smoking facility, free Wi-Fi and wired internet access

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The Good
In the reviews used for this analysis, the majority were positive. These reviews mentioned the location, the staff, the comfortable rooms and the complimentary breakfast.

Many guests enjoyed the close proximity to a variety of restaurants close to the hotel. They also praised the location for being close to the highway for easy-access, but close to most attractions as well.

The staff were praised by many for being courteous and helpful with any requests.

Several guests complimented the spacious, clean and comfortable rooms.

The complimentary breakfast had a good variety and was kept well stocked, according to many guests.
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The Bad
The majority of the reviews for this hotel were positive, and most of the negative comments were one-off situations. However, there were a few remarks that did surface with some regularity. These negative comments were about the size of the pool and the size of the breakfast area.

Several guests felt that the pool was too small. It was said by some to be good for kids, but too small for adults.

The breakfast area was said by a few guests to be too small and crowded. One guest felt the breakfast room was an after-thought and therefore not built to an appropriate size.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #8 out of 20 hotels in Barrie, and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 53 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 9.2 out of 10, based on 15 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated this hotel 4.3 out of 5, based on 31 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent on November 15, 2012: 67 guest rooms, 15 suites, microwave, mini-fridge and coffeemaker in all rooms, 100% non-smoking facility, free Wi-Fi and wired internet access

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
8.2
Very Good
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3 / out of 14
hotels in Barrie

Rated 8.2/10 based on 620 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 14 hotels in Barrie

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Location
  • Barrie Molson Centre (1.1 km)
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort (12.1 km)
Map Marker Holiday Inn Express Barrie
506 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON