My husband and I were looking for a place to catch some sleep late one night while driving from Toronto back home. We came across Barr's Motel shortly after turning off the 400. It wasn't the greatest looking place from the outside, but the price was right ($63 tax included). I should have started to worry when I noticed a sign attached to the front desk that stated several different times (in bold capitalized letters) that there were absolutely no refunds once you give them your credit card - no matter what. But it was past midnight and we were both exhausted, so we took our chances. Bad idea. My husband and I found our room (which was an adventure since the majority of the room numbers had fallen off the doors), and were greeted by a tiny, dirty room, with several resident spiders. The floor was disgusting, there were stains on the walls, cobwebs in the closet, and the bathroom was filthy. The shower (if you can call it that) was literally a little hole-in-the wall located behind the bathroom door (we didn't even notice it until one of us went to the bathroom and closed the door), and was so dirty that we both opted to drive home the next day un-showered, rather than step foot in it. We both slept fully clothed on top of the sheets, and had an extremely restless night due to the taxis coming in and out at all hours of the night, and the noises coming from the other rooms through the paper thin walls - we could not only hear people in the room adjacent to us, but those who were staying in rooms 2 or 3 over. The fact that the door lock was very flimsy too, and pretty much useless, didn't help us feel at ease either. We finally decided there was no point in pretending to sleep any longer, and got up shortly after the sun did. As we were getting in our car, a woman (whose attire left little to the imagination) came out of a room a few doors down and asked if she could catch a ride across town. That was the last nail in the coffin of the Barr's Motel. We will never stay there again, and recommended you do the same. There's a Comfort Inn just down the street. Pay the extra $ and stay there.
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- Barr's Motel Barrie, Ontario