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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