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Bala Bay Inn

3063 Muskoka Road, Hwy 169, Bala, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
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Bala Bay Inn
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We attended a friend's birthday party at the Bala Bay Inn and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an historic building, so has a lot of character. The rooms are very comfortable and the staff is very helpful and friendly. The food was excellent, the patio and bar areas were a lot of fun. Would definitely return!

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Orillia, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This 100 year old plus, hotel is past it's glory days however it does retain much of its historic charm. Much of the old dining areas inside remain the same as does the lobby. The bar areas are slightly renovated but still have that old ambiance. In the summer a large outdoors deck provides plenty of umbrella dinning. Friendly service... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The Bala Bay Inn is a great place to host a weekend getaway wedding out of the city. Our guests filled up the hotel for the weekend, giving us the perfect setup for an intimate wedding in October. We had our ceremony outside on the lake at Windsor Park just a couple hundred meters down the street. Our cocktails followed... More

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I have stayed at the Bala Bay Inn twice and after the second time there is NO way I would stay here again. The rooms are mediocre at best, but not very clean and definitely not worth the price of the room. The front desk staff were rude and uninformed about hotel policies. The main issue I had with the... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

My partner and I spent an amazing weekend at the Bala Bay Inn during the Cranberry Festival. The heritage hotel far exceeded our expectations and we were incredibly impressed by its charm and character. We would return in a heart-beat. The staff were absolutely superb! I was truly stunned by the attention to customer service, the friendliness and genuine care... More

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This May 25th Bala Bay Inn hosted our wedding. The staff at the Bala Bay Inn (particularly Tania, the event planner) were amazing. They were on top of everything which meant we just got to enjoy our wedding instead of worrying about the details. The hotel itself was a wonderful place to have our wedding as it is unique. The... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
11 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

With the very limited options in Bala, this is obviously the nicest and best choice, especially it being a few steps away from the Kee. This is the reason we went up to Bala. If it weren't so difficult to find alternatives, I would rather stay somewhere else and save some money. The room was nice, it was quiet, and... More

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Minden ON
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

A group of four stopped in for lunch while on a Motorcycle trip. I recommended the place because I was so pleased the first time I was there last year.. Excellent food at a reasonable price.Very nice location. Patio available.

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
21 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed here every year usually on Labour day w/e to go to a concert at the Kee, so we know what to expect- it has a lot of character, but it’s not very clean, it’s kinda smelly- and the halls are dark and the carpet is stained- but we book room 203- at the top of the stairs, its... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

My wife and I had an overnight stay at the Bala Inn, in Bala Ontario. From what we saw and the way it was described on the internet and it appeared to be a very nice place. When we got there, the exterior of the hotel was quite nice. The lobby area showed it to be an older Inn with... More

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Also Known As:
Bala Bay Hotel Bala
Bala Bay Hotel
Bala Bay Motel
Bala Bay Inn Ontario - Muskoka District
Address: 3063 Muskoka Road, Hwy 169, Bala, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Bala
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Bala
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are proud that the Bala Bay Inn is 101 years old and was the first brick hotel in Muskoka, Ontario. During your stay, you can see and feel the colossal history that once took place in the hotel. After several renovations, the current owners of 7 years created a wonderful boutique hotel with 35 rooms located in the heart of Muskoka. With a #1 rated patio by "The Muskokan", you will be sure to be provided with excellent service, cold beer and great food. Bala Bay Inn has also become the perfect destination for affordable, memorable weddings, where you feel like you own the hotel for the weekend. With an exceptional wedding planner, and a great banquet team ready, you are sure to have the wedding of your dreams. We are also a great location for partygoers and concert lovers. Being across the street from the Kee to Bala, we can offer a safe and friendly place to stay after attending your favourite concert. Like us on Facebook for frequent updates and giveaways! We appreciate all the feedback that we have received, and are pleased to tell you that we have made several changes to the hotel and improved all of our departments. We look forward to exceeding your expectations and providing an unforgettable Muskoka experience. FUN. FRESH. FABULOUS. Come join us. ... more   less 

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