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“Good hotel; but, breakfast cue needs to be analyzed” 4 of 5 stars
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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   35 Hart Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 5M3, Canada   |  
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Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Barrie
Milton, Ontario
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Good hotel; but, breakfast cue needs to be analyzed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Our family with four children stayed overnight to attend a family function early the next morning in Barrie. Isabelle at the front desk was very helpful over the phone with booking an additional room right next door to our family suite for a last minute addition to our party. We met Isabelle at check-in and she was cheerful and welcoming. She further assisted us in finding a restaurant for dinner. Our room was clean and tastefully decorated. We chose this hotel for the family suite and the pool. We appreciate when everyone in our party of six can sleep in a bed - and the beds were very comfortable - as opposed to a pull-out couch or cot, and that the parents have their own bedroom. However, we would have preferred to have a king bed and an extra bathroom. The one bathroom was tiny and didn't accommodate all of us well. The pool was small but the kids enjoyed it. We weren't concerned about our safety at this hotel until we noticed a security guard pacing the halls and glancing into the pool area. Then, my husband overheard the front desk tell a potential patron that the hotel only accepted credit cards. In the hotel information binder in the room there was a whole page outlining safety tips for guests. When we met our Barrie relatives the next day, they laughed and told us that they referred to the area where we stayed as Barrie's "red-light district". We were thankful that we didn't run into any problems and the streets outside were quiet all night. Breakfast was frustrating. We came downstairs to see a line-up out the dining room door and down the hall. Judging by how long the guests ahead of us had been waiting in line, we estimated that it would be about 30 minutes before we got our food and sat down - if there was a table. We decided to eat out and went back to our room to pack up. Once we had loaded the car and checked out, the line-up was short, so we decided to stay. Apart from the many guests who were looking for breakfast, the inefficiency of the buffet was what had caused the long wait. One waffle maker and one toaster slowed everyone down. Having said that, the breakfast was good. The sausages got great reviews.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments. We will be sure to pass along your wonderful remarks to Isabelle. We know our family suites with 3 queen beds are a popular choice. We are glad to hear you were able to use our amenities including our indoor swimming pool.

The Best Western Royal Oak Inn is a very popular hotel with families and provides a safe and friendly environment. Barrie has a number of sporting tournaments in the area and all of the hotels host teams during these dates. During these busy weekends, we have taken the initiative to employ a security guard to ensure hotel policies, including group policies such as no mini sticks in the halls, are being followed. Our complimentary breakfast is also very popular and can be challenging. We offer the connecting meeting room to help with the overflow on busy weekends; as well as, we offer trays for those who choose to dine in their guestroom. We hope you will visit us again in the future.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

It is the best hotel in the city of Barrie. I realize this after I stayed in another hotel (which has been recently renovated) near Best Western in Barrie. The staff is very helpful and courteous. Excellent service and great value for money. Breakfast. had little choice. However, it was fresh and hot.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for ranking the Best Western Royal Oak Inn as the best hotel in Barrie! We appreciate your great comments regarding our staff and the service they provide. We do our best to offer our guests a comfortable stay and great value while visiting Barrie. The complimentary hot breakfast does alternate the choices available to guests and we are happy to hear you felt the food was fresh and hot. Please visit us again on your next visit to our area!
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Sudbury, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Great location, new, very clean, big rooms and very comfortable beds, what more can you ask for. I believe there was a boys' hockey team or two staying at the hotel but we were put in a room on the fourth (top) floor so everything was very quiet...much appreciated! However, there was a line up for breakfast the next morning so we didn't want to wait around to eat, unfortunately..maybe next time.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Your wonderful comments are appreciated! We agree that the Best Western Royal Oak Inn is conveniently located in the middle of Barrie with easy access to highway 400, close to downtown and the beautiful waterfront! Guests enjoy the size and cleanliness of our guestrooms and the comfort of our beds! We are happy we were able to accommodate you on our 4th floor during that busy weekend. We understand that our complimentary hot breakfast can be busy and we do offer the connecting meeting room for extra dining space. We look forward to your next visit!
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The specific room we stayed in offered very good accommodation and the hotel location is close to areas we were interested in. We would definitely stay there again. All the amenities like internet, business center, free breakfast service, exercise room, swimming/hot tub, and laundry facilities were very good and were well maintained.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your great comments about our property! We are happy you enjoyed your recent visit to the Best Western Royal Oak Inn! It is great when our guests can take advantage of all the wonderful amenities we offer including our complimentary hot breakfast! We hope you will visit us again the next time you travel to our area!
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Ontario, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This hotel is very clean, the staff are courteous and helpful. Our room had an inoperable cooling system and we were moved to a nicer room immediately upon informing them. The hot tub is great and the pool was ok. We didn't want to drive anymore to go out to dinner so the desk clerk handed us a good variety of brochures for restaurants that delivered to the hotel.
Breakfast the next morning was a nice perk. We would certainly go back there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
We appreciate when our guests take the time to share their comments! The Best Western Royal Oak Inn has partnered with some wonderful local restaurants and Barrie also offers great choices for dining in! We are happy that our staff was able to accommodate your specific needs and we welcome you back on your next visit to Barrie!
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Barrie, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

With someone who is Celiac in our family, having the hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. is worth the stay. If hotels only offer Continental, it means a trip to a restaurant, and added expense, to our trip. The pool and hot tub are a very nice added feature. The staff is friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for sharing your wonderful comments about the Best Western Royal Oak Inn. We are happy to know you enjoyed the complimentary hot breakfast. We do our best to ensure we are offering a great product and outstanding value! We hear awesome feedback with regards to our friendly and helpful staff! We will be sure to pass along your remarks and we look forward to your next visit!
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I was fortunate enough to get a room on the ground floor where I could park my car right outside the sliding patio doors. It was very easy to unload and load and made packing up to go really smooth.

The pool was a little small, but you don't need much when all you want to do is cool down from a hot drive. The hot tub, on the other hand was comfortably hot. Not luke warm like a lot of tubs I've been in lately. It got me ready for a good night's sleep.

The Wifi here is pretty good too. Very reliable and consistent. I would surely stay here again. My room was very comfortable, lots of blankets, which I like and it was quiet. Thank you Barrie for such a nice note!

Richard L

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anil1964, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
We appreicate you taking the time to share your comments about the Best Western Royal Oak Inn. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and many of our guests like the conveniece of our guestrooms with the patio doors. We agree that a relaxing hot tub is a great activity before having a good night's sleep! We welcome you back to our property on your next visit to Barrie.
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Address: 35 Hart Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 5M3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Barrie
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Barrie
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 77
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