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Great service, reasonable rates, downtown location with free parking on site

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rates were described as reasonable and cheap by numerous guests
  • Several guests praised the hotel's proximity to Casino Rama and highway access
Cons
  • Some guests reported worn rooms, old fixtures and cleaning issues
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few reviewers
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated May 22, 2013
Overview
Located in Orillia's downtown and about a 2-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway, the Econo Lodge Orillia is popular with road travellers who prefer a centrally located and well priced hotel with easy highway access and a free continental breakfast.

This hotel has 53 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free Wi-Fi, a desk, a microwave, a mini-fridge, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a jetted tub and/or a sitting area with a sofabed are also available. Smoking accommodations are available.

The hotel also offers free parking, free coffee 24 hours a day, free weekday newspapers, vending machines, a business centre and a free continental breakfast. The hotel does not offer wheelchair accessibility. Pets are permitted for an additional $7 per pet, per night with a two-pet limit per room.

Theo's Eatery is located across the street, while Lakehead University's Orillia Campus is a 5-minute drive away. Casino Rama is approximately a 15-minute drive northeastward, and Muskoka Airport (YQA) is about 40 minutes north by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted for $7/pet/night, not wheelchair accessible. (Call date: May 22, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments commonly going to the hotel's staff, value and location.

The hotel's staff were the source of numerous compliments by lodgers, who characterized them as efficient, pleasant, accommodating and helpful with restaurant suggestions.

Many guests were pleased with the hotel's value. They described the rates as outstanding, reasonable, low and cheap.

Several reviewers praised the hotel's location. They described it as easy to find, as well as close to highway access, Casino Rama, Orillia's downtown and several restaurants.

Some guests also praised the hotel's accommodations, and found their rooms to be spacious, clean and well equipped, with comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that some guests were disappointed with their rooms (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of critiques consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

While several guests were pleased with their accommodations, some reviewers had complaints about their rooms. They reported worn bedding, pillows and towels, as well as worn decor, old fixtures and some cleaning issues (mainly dirty carpets).

Noise transfer was a problem for a few lodgers, who reported loud guests partying in adjacent rooms. The majority of reviewers did find their stays to be quiet, however.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.2 out of 10 from 128 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #10 out of 16 Orillia hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 85 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.3 out of 5 with an 83% recommendation rate from 76 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 22, 2013 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
6.4
Fair

Rated 6.4/10 based on 315 reviews

Ranked #11 out of 14 hotels in Orillia


7 out of 10 | Homer stayed June 09, 2013

"Barrie Flea Market"

"I use this motel for the event of the Barrie Flea Market. This is not my first stay at this motel. There have been several times and each time I was satisfied with the service."

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 28, 2012

"Sorry - Not good!"

"I did not go there thinking it was going to be fabulous - I was looking for something cheap and close to Casino . . .But it was really bad. Dirty, smelly, uncomfortable bed, crappy pillows and bedding. Nothing left at continental breakfast (only 1/2 way through) and cold coffee. Staff was pleasant, but that was about the only decent thing about the place."

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8 out of 10 | Antonio stayed September 18, 2011

"acceptable"

"The location was great near restaurants. The selection for Continental Breakfast could be much better. 3 rooms down they had a party all night till 5:45 AM. The staff could have told them to keep the music and rowdiness down. The rooms where comfortable . I would stay again at this hotel."

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3 out of 10 | Lynne stayed August 28, 2011

"Not Satisfied with this hotel"

"The non-smoking floor smelled like cigarette smoke as did the bedding. There was no hair dryer and the towels were too thin. One pillow case was yellow even though that was not its' colour. A definite re=do of this property is needed."

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7 out of 10 | Barbara stayed July 10, 2011

"Good value makes up for poor pillows."

"The mattress and pillows are getting old (the fibrefill not very fluffy). The website states check-in is 3:00pm but when we arrived we were told it is 4:00pm. The room price and proximity to food and shopping makes this hotel a good choice. The hotel was clean and the staff helpful."

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4 out of 10 | Ken stayed October 30, 2010

"the shower was discusting there was mold in the grout needed to be cleaned, pillows may well have not even been there."

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed September 19, 2010

"Online excuses"

"I booked online for a room with a King Size bed and a pull out couch. What I got was a small room with a King size bed. They "claimed" because I booked online, it wasn't their issue. I had my neice, my mother, my step-dad, and my one year old with me. They also claimed that I had put 2 adults for the room and that's the reason they had put me in that particular room. Regardless of what the computer said, I feel that if you book a king size bed and a pull out couch - you should get a king size bed and a pull out couch! My mother did rent the only room available in the place but it was only available for one night and we were staying for 2! The room she got that night . . . had a king size bed and a pull out couch!"

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10 out of 10 | Rosemary stayed August 19, 2010

"we needed a hotel room that we could pull up to with our car to unload or cooler into the fridge overnight. In the morning, we leave early for a fly in fishing trip. The coffee pot is on and there are always really good fresh donuts..as well as other healthy choices. There is plenty of hot water, and the room is always clean, fresh and quiet...the towels are a bit limp..but clean..We had asked for a non smoking room, but we didn't get it...it is more than we need though...."

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8 out of 10 | John stayed July 04, 2010

"It was very noisy out side on sat. night but overall it was"

"We liked our room and the desk clerk remembered in our phone confermation that I would like two queen size beds if possible and after our call ended another room became availible with two queen size beds and she remembered that is what I wanted so she kept them for me. The location was easy to find. I didn't know there was a place to have breakfast on the main floor, I looked in the information in our room and there was no mention of it."

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9 out of 10 | Maria stayed March 26, 2010

"A friendly and comfortable hotel"

"The hotel had a very friendly atmosphere specially the breakfast room which was airy, bright and intimate. I was also very pleasantly surprised to find a mini fridge and a microwave. As a diabetic, these items are important to me for storing medication and special food."

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2 out of 10 | Lenore stayed November 14, 2009

"The hotel smelled of cigarette smoke. Manager was not very polite.The girl at the front deck was very helpful she found use a new hotel to stay at the same price."

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4 out of 10 | Thomas stayed September 06, 2009

"the stafff was freindly and curtious .the room was fine but the sheets and towels were grey in color and mattress was very much stained on each side...the continental breakfast was something to be desired ,there was not very much to look at other than donuts and muffins .abowl of cereal would have been nice and no decalf coffee,we ended up going next door for a breakfast...there are travellers with special diets that would have expected a little more as we are travellers and have stayed at many hotels and had continental breakfasts .i would rate econ-lodge with a zero..."

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8 out of 10 | David stayed April 29, 2006

"Bed was uncomfortable(too firm). Continental breakfast was excellent."

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6 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 15, 2006

"The Bath tub was terrible and shower too wobblily ! the bottom needs to be redone over. The back door key didn't work either we were on the ground floor."

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9 out of 10 | Karen stayed March 19, 2006

"I reserved a smoking room, but none were available..I think they are "doing away" with all smoking rooms...but the clerk was very helpful and gave us a room with an outside entrance to accommodate our smoker! Other than being cold..this worked out well! We would definitely stay again...in fact, we have booked another room in June."

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8 out of 10 | Janice stayed March 19, 2006

"The bed was a little uncomfortable. Small for my liking and didn't think the mattress was in good shape."

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2 out of 10 | Aly stayed February 11, 2006

"The hotel hallway and the room itself had a very stale and pungent odor, which made it quite unappealing. Also, I noticed some really strange looking insects crawling around in the room. It was pretty gross. The television looked like it was purchased at a garage sale."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 29, 2006

"My reservation had a room which was complete with a microwave and fridge...when we checked into the room it was without those two items. Although we managed fine without them, those ammenties would have been nice to have when we brought items to use them."

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8 out of 10 | Lynda stayed September 03, 2005

"More comprehensive information about the shuttle bus would have been benefical. if I hadn't seen a small flyer, I wouldn't have know a shuttle would be going to the casino i.e. length of time it would take to get to the casino, pick up area and bus"

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7 out of 10 | Jennifer stayed August 27, 2005

"I didn't really have strong feelings one way or the other."

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4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 02, 2005

"Qualityof pillows was very poor but breakfast buffet was very good."

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10 out of 10 | Joe stayed January 16, 2005

"We stayed at your hotel last August when we were in Orillia for a concert at the casino. It was strictly a random choice as we did not know the area. We were in Orillia again on Saturday for a concert at the casino and this time you were the hotel of choice. We were pleasantly surprised when upon arrival we were offered an upgrade at no cost. We were also pleased to be told of the continental breakfast that we were not told about in August. We will definitely stay at your hotel the next time we are in Orillia."

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6 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 14, 2004

"Not every room has the same ammenities. Some rooms have coffee makers, microwaves or fridges but yet others have none of them. Smoking rooms and non-smoking rooms are alternating down the upstairs hallway, so you can still smell the smoke even if you are in a non-smoking room."

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7 out of 10 | Marilyn stayed October 23, 2004

"What we like most about Econolodge is the discount rate for visitors over 50, the king size bed, the little fridge, the microwave and the coffee maker. (They don't have fridges, microwaves or coffee makers at the Casinorama Hotel.)"

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9 out of 10 | Ann stayed October 17, 2004

"The most comfortable bed I've had the pleasure of sleeping on......by far!!!"

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5 out of 10 | John stayed July 11, 2004

"We had a non-smoking rooms with 2 queen beds. The desk clerk was very friendly and efficient upon check-in. Had a comfortable night's sleep. Bathroom was clean and the shower had great water pressure, which made showering enjoyable. The room had very basic amenities, which we expected at this price point. One negative to mention---the water was undrinkable---we had to go out and purchase bottled water because of the odour and flavour of the hotel's water. It was nice to have the services of a free shuttle to the nearby casino---very convenient."

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8 out of 10 | Walther stayed April 18, 2004

"Room card didn't work on outside door."

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4 out of 10 | Louise stayed February 24, 2004

"I had a very basic, basic room but it was very clean and exclusively non-smoking. Nevertheless, as a business woman traveller, I expect nowadays to have an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, coffee pot and an alarm/radio. A full mirror and a magnifying mirror in the bathroom would also be appreciated. The only necessities in the bathroom consisted of soap and shampoo, period. To access the use of long distance calls, the phone lines had to be unlocked (??) by the front office. The Internet is available but only by modem; since Internet providers are mostly in major cities like Toronto, the use of the modem would have meant a long distance call. There is no meeting room. The breakfast on the first morning was orange juice, coffee and only glazed donuts. This is not what I consider being a continental breakfast !! The second and third morning, though, they added muffins. The staff, however, was very, very pleasant and helpful as they found an iron and ironing board and answered all questions politely. They all had a smiling disposition, which is always welcomed."

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7 out of 10 | Patricia stayed February 14, 2004

"I would only recommend this hotel if someone didn't want any "extras" and didn't care about the room they were in. It was clean, but I am used to more for my money."

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9 out of 10 | Isabel stayed November 23, 2003

"Staff was wonderfull and friendly. The shuttle service to the casino was a plus. Recommendable."

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Location
Map Marker Econo Lodge Orillia
265 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, ON