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Pet-friendly Barrie hotel an easy drive to city centre with indoor pool but mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets stay free
  • The close proximity to downtown and the highway was praised by many guests
  • Many guests complimented the staff
  • The price was very affordable, according to several guests
Cons
  • The rooms were rundown, according to many guests
  • Many guests found the hotel to be very noisy
  • Some guests said the beds were uncomfortable
  • The Wi-Fi was often down, according to a few guests
  • No elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 8, 2014
Overview
With easy access to Highway 400, this hotel is also located close to downtown Barrie making it well-suited for guests looking to explore Barrie and its surrounding area.

This hotel has 96 rooms and offers smoking and non-smoking rooms. Standard rooms have one queen-sized bed, or two double beds. Every room comes with a coffee/tea maker, a mini fridge, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, a TV with cable and pay per view movies and free Wi-Fi. A Nintendo gaming console is available upon request. Some rooms have a microwave and/or a sofabed. Business class and Executive rooms also have a sitting area and a work desk. Executive rooms also include bathrobes and upgraded amenities. Pets are allowed at this hotel for free, but the hotel must be notified upon booking as pet-friendly rooms are limited.

Travelodge Barrie has an indoor pool and hot tub, and an on-site restaurant called Elaine’s. Elaine’s is open daily for breakfast, and is open Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 8pm for dinner. There are several other restaurant options within a 5 to 10-minute drive. Parking at the hotel is free.

Centennial Park is within a 5-minute drive from the hotel. Georgian College and Georgian mall are within a 10-minute drive, as is downtown Barrie, which is home to many shops, restaurants and local theatres. Park Place (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) is also a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Horseshoe Valley and Mount St. Louis ski resorts are within a 30-minute drive and Georgian Downs is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on November 15, 2012: 96 guest rooms, smoking and non-smoking rooms available, breakfast is not included, no fee for pets, limited number of pet-friendly rooms

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The Good
The reviews used for this analysis were fairly equal between positive and negative reviews. The positive reviews mentioned the location, the staff and the value for money.

Many guests praised the location of the hotel, saying it was close to the highway and easy to find. They also enjoyed the close proximity to downtown and its various attractions.

The staff were said by many to be friendly, helpful and professional.

Several guests felt the hotel was one of the more affordable hotels in the area, and thus were willing to overlook some of the negative things (such as the building being older and rundown).
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The Bad
In the reviews used for this analysis, the negative comments pertained to the state of the hotel, noise levels, guest comfort, and the Wi-Fi connection.

Many guests felt the hotel was rundown. They complained of stained carpets and towels and out-dated decor. Some felt this resulted in a "dirty, worn-out feeling" overall.

The noise was an issue for many guests. One guest said “Walls were pretty thin as you could hear practically every noise coming from other rooms.” A few guests were bothered by late night parties that kept them awake at night.

Some guests complained of uncomfortable beds. A few mentioned the beds were old and sagged in the middle.

The Wi-Fi continuously cut-out for a few guests, which was a source of aggravation.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #11 out of 20 hotels in Barrie, and rated it 3.5 out of 5, based on 47 reviews.

Expedia.com guest reviews rated this hotel 3.5 out of 5, with a recommendation rate of 58%, based on 12 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 7.4 out of 10, based on 40 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated this hotel 3.3 out of 5, based on 73 reviews.


Verified with a front desk agent on November 15, 2012: 96 guest rooms, smoking and non-smoking rooms available, breakfast is not included, no fee for pets, limited number of pet-friendly rooms

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
6.6
Fair
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13 / out of 14
hotels in Barrie

Rated 6.6/10 based on 1636 reviews

Ranked #13 out of 14 hotels in Barrie

1636
Location
  • Barrie Molson Centre (5.2 km)
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort (7.4 km)
  • Horseshoe Valley Resort (19.2 km)
Map Marker Quality Inn Barrie
55 Hart Dr, Barrie, ON