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Holiday Inn Express Barrie
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   506 Bryne Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 6E7, Canada   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Barrie
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46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Good hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

Clean hotel with comfortable bedding and a free breakfast that was more than I expected (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage). Friendly front desk. Good location; close to nearby restaurants and the highway (400). Pool/jacuzzi is small but adequate when the hotel is isn't busy. My only complaint is that in-room internet access needs to be updated to wireless. There is a wireless signal only if you are in the lobby or nearby. About 10 minutes from the Barrie waterfront & Georgian College and 45 minutes from Canada's Wonderland.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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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Oakville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

We Booked a nights stay at this hotel due to an unusual overbooking situation for hotels in the Orillia area, and in doing so were treated to a very welcom suprise.

Our trip was not really about visiting Orillia or Barrie, but rather we had gone up to visit with family for the day and it is nice not to have to drive home after.

We arrived after 8:00 PM having previously reserving a suite. We had a little trepidation upon arrival seeing that the lengh of the hotel runs up a small incline and that the ground floor suites are in plain view to people walking by the window. We had that sinking feeling of You Know were gonna get one of those suites for arriving here at 8:00PM, and sure enough we did, and you know what they are actually pretty awesome.

We stayed in suite 113 which is on the parking lot side of the hotel and is about 1/2 of the way down the main 1st floor hallway. It is a Traditional 2 Queen Suite. Upon entering we first noticed that the ceiling on these ground floo rooms is a colossal 10 ro 12 feet, but once you settle in you forget how cavernous it is and if you don't look up you don't even think about the scale. The windows also have sun blocking and view blocking privacy curtains which we closed 5 minutes after entering.

The suite was not too large but there was enogh spacing between and beside the beds and at the window end there is a writeing desk with a swivel chair as well an easy chair.
When you first walki in their is a small counter and shelf area with a coffee maker, a microwave and a good size bar fridge. This is also where the ice bucket is located.

The bathroom to be honest felt cramped,, you either have to use it with the door closed or open, if someone is err, um occupided on the throne and someone else were to open the door to come in and wash up or use the mirror for applying make up etc. then the person on the throne would have to get their knees banged. There really is no way to fully open the bathroom door, or close it if someone is sitting there. Other than that the bahroom has an awsome comfortatble and quiet low flow toelet , single vanity counter running the length of the room and accross from that the shower with the curved shower curtain bar and the pressure is quite nice.

The TV is a traditional big Bulky CRT model but swivels nicely on a little tray that slides out a bit and is watchable from either bed. I would say that it was around 27 or 30 inches. It includes about 50 or 60 basc cable chanels as well as Movies, Adult Movies and Music on Demand for an additonal fee.Upon reading the guide to service in the room we found that one could call up and have the Adult content blocked until 12pm the following day on a day per day basis for your stay. Good for parents who want to avoid that right up front. The reception was good, and the Remote has a sleep function, as does the clock radio.

We swam, and found the pool refreshing, heated but not to hot, clorinated but not so much that it stung, the hot tub not to hot that it made your red. The only thing I would say is that it is a wee bit small, the whirlpool takes up 1./2 of the shallow end and the other half is the stair to get out. The deep end is only 5 feet and you can swim across it in about 10 strokes maximum. I know it looks smal in the pictures but it is actually even smaller when you are in it. That being said this is really first and foremost a travellers hotel and having a pool is a big plus, the families with younger kids certainily seemed to get good us out of it. For us it was just nice to be able to get wet and chill for a little bit.

There is a snack macihine in the pool lobby and we thought that it was cool that they sell boxes of condoms from it as well as pain killers. The hotel really caters to the tiered traveller who does not want to jump in the car and look for a drug store just because they forgot something. We read that we could get complimentary tolietries if we had forgot any.

If you need to pop online to check an email or get some sort of info the small single chaired business centre just off of the front desk is great and fairly private since you need to use your room key and there is just hte one computer, but still a big plus. We don't have a lap top but we did see the high speed ethernet port in our room, so you could also access the net there.

The beds were awesome and pillows are ample fromt he get go, we had 8 in total between the 2 beds and there are 4 soft and 4 firm pillows matched to pillow cases embroidered with SOFT and FIRM on the opening of the pillow casing.

Breakfast EPRESS is the real gem of the hotel, we have had some really abismal hotel breatkfasts in the past, but every thing shined here:

COFFEE wit TO GO LIDS
ORANGE, APPLE and at least one other JUICE dispenser
Fresh Fruit
Bread, Bagles, Crossaints and EGGO Wafffles to toast with jams and cream cheese
Danishes and Muffins
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Paddies, Bcaon strips in a heatedt tray
Warmed Ciinomen buns
A ceral assortment
A fridge with 100ML yogarts, peeled hard boil eggs, full 250ML cartons of milk.

We were quite impressed, we had even bought milk at the 24 Walmart that is located in besied the Highway and only a 1 or 2 minute drive from the Hotel assuming from experience elsewhere that we may not find MILK on the menu in the breakfast nook and we wanted milk in our morning coffee.

I would recomend this hotel to weary travelers on thre raod who need to stay somewhere for the night and have the same expectations as us in levels of cleanliness, availabity if needed of addtional amentities such as a swin, a little jog, checking up someting on the net and not actaully ventruing into the city centre of Barried in ary way.
It's location is very convienient to all of the BIG box style stores you find pretty much in any built up urban area.

All in All big recomend.
I would recomend this hotel to my own MOTHER (says MR.)

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

I stayed twice at this hotel. The first stay was just great, very friendly staff, hotel in great shape, no problems at all. Three weeks later, I was in Barrie again and learned some new things about this hotel. To me, the measure of a good hotel is when it is at its capacity. This was the case with my second stay. The hotel was full and it simply cannot handle this. The noise was unbelievable, the wait for the elevator was unreasonable, you could not move in the breakfast room, and the pool was overcrowded (probably unsafe). Staff were definitely harried and the friendliness I encountered the first time was missing....for good reason, I would say as they were very likely understaffed.
I would not stay here again unless certain that they were well under capacity.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

We have stayed here before and as with prior stays, we were happy with this hotel.

When we arrived, we were told that they were fully booked and that since I was a Priority Club GOLD member, they had upgraded us to a 2 bedroom suite. I tought that to be an excellent way to show their apprceiation for my business.

There isn't much to say about this hotel except that the location is good, it has a swimming pool which kids like and a free breakfast which is fine.

Overall it serves it's purpose and we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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colborne ontario
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

While booking our hockey team they divided us up into 2 floors. Why I don't know. Then amongst the 10 rooms one the one floor they put a couple that was not part of our team. Not too brilliant. Of course when 20 of us sat in one room and the couple was across the hall the couple complained. I don't blame them for complaining but had they been down the hall they would not have heard anything. I understand the staff's responsibilities to respond but they were very rude to us. I would not stay here again because of the staff's rudeness. There is a way to politely speak to you paying guest who had 45 people booked there for 2 nights.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Kalamazoo
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

The hotel was clean and comfortable. The check in process was quick and easy, and everything was processed correctly. The front desk person was friendly, and even checked to see if he could lower the rate as HE thought it seemed too high!

The room was clean and comfortable. The pull out couch was also clean and felt fine for sleeping on. The bathroom was also immaculately clean.

One reason that the hotel was not perfect was due to the hyper, rude breakfast host on duty. It was New Years day, and the hotel was busy, however she was running around the room saying "We do close at 9:30, I am not cooking any more food". This was not a friendly reminder, she was visibly flustered and aggravated.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Port Elgin
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2008

Our team stayed elsewhere and didn't heed the warnings on TripAdvisor about the motel on Bayfield St where they booked...too bad for them! We stayed here and loved it...clean, great breakfast, and friendly people, certainly would stay again.

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — No Wireless Internet
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 506 Bryne Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 6E7, 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Barrie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Barrie 2.5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Superior Comfort in Barrie, Ontario For the comfort and amenities you deserve, reserve a room at the pet - friendly Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites of Barrie, Ontario. Our hotel is convenient to Highway 400 to keep you connected to the attractions and businesses of downtown Barrie. Lodging here puts you minutes from exciting attractions, like a Colts game at the Barrie Molson Centre or a shopping trip Park Place, Tanger Outlets or to the 400 Market. For an exciting night out, you can visit one of the restaurants or other entertainment in the area or ask us about our free gaming package! In Barrie, you'll also find numerous outdoor attractions, such as the Georgian Downs Racetrack or fishing at Lake Simcoe. Are you traveling on business to Barrie, Ontario? Our hotel is convenient to many corporations, such as Mueller Canada Inc., Canplas Industries Ltd., Royal Victoria Hospital, Georgian College, YOM, Wolf Steel, and Can-Save. You are invited to use the computer and copy, fax and print services in the 24-hour Business Centre near our hotel's lobby. Barrie, Ontario's growing tourism calls for a versatile hotel like ours. We meet the needs of travelers by offering spacious rooms and with triple-sheeted bedding, microwaves, mini-fridges, Flat Screen Televisions and work areas with free high-speed Internet access to keep you connected while traveling in Barrie. Our hotel's Fitness Ctr, indoor pool and whirlpool ensure that you'll enjoy a relaxing stay. ... more   less 
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