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Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Barrie
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Holiday Inn & Conference Centre in Barrie is a convenient place for a stop-over to or from the North and/or for visiting nice places around Barrie which was my case. The hotel is standard level for Holiday Inns in general with nothing particularly good or bad to mention. In spite of proximity of Hwy 400, rooms are quiet, even when facing the highway. Good breakfast (C$ 12) and wifi. Bed OK. A lot of parking places. Convenient starting place for visiting the impressive Wasaga beach area (recommended), the romantic Bruce Peninsula (idem) or going around Lake Simcoe (less interesting). Did not notice any smoke smell as indicated in belly_14's review.

Note that there are two Holiday Inns in Barrie, one located at Fairlview Rd (this review) and another at Bryne Drive.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank Claude-George
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We stayed here while waiting for our house to be ready. We felt Like we were at home. The staff from front desk to housekeeping made our stay so memorable. Thanks to Jenny and Cindy for their excellent customer service. You both are amazing

  • Stayed: June 2012
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6  Thank kiediskesler
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

stayed at the holiday inn for a few weeks for work. Tired every night coming home but the delicious meals and great customer service helped me relax and enjoy my stay despite being away from home for so long.
Great service from Jenny and Lori no matter what meal or time of day I popped in. Im sure it helped the food and beer taste better. LOL

Room Tip: Rooms in courtyard are nice and quiet. They have a nice courtyard you can relax and enjoy.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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4  Thank sebby123
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

I never actually stayed at the hotel because our view of the "recently renovated room" was a joke. We asked to see a room first before booking and it was the best thing to happen to us. First appearances walking into the hotel is it is nice looking. Quite an overwhelming smell of chlorine as you walk to the front desk...We were taken on the scenic route (3 flights of stairs and down a long hallway) to be shown a room on the second floor that had been "recently renovated." The room had some very cheap renos done and was just not worth the $150 in my opinion. Asked again had it been renovated and he answered yes...My friend and I had a little laugh and left the room. The carpeting on the stairway and into the hallway was old, dirty and quite shabby looking. But the deal closer was as we walked to the top of the stairs we had an overwhelming smell of cigarette smoke. I asked him if the hotel allowed smoking? He mentioned that down the hall and around the corner there was smoking rooms... So again I said it is smoking in here? He didn't seem to want to answer but did eventually. I have nothing against people who choose to smoke but I will not pay that kind of money to be exposed to second hand smoke. There was alot of children in this building and his answer surprised me. Almost $150 for that? We thanked him for showing us the room and left the building. It was like it was a bother to show us the room in the first place especially when we decided to not stay, so would not recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank belly_14
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Management response:Responded July 4, 2012

The Holiday Inn Barrie thanks your for your candid review of the hotel. Im so sorry to hear that your first appearance of the hotel turned out to be a disappointment. The renovations have been completed in all of our rooms and we are pleased to announce we are just finishing up our pool and fitness area. We are disappointed to hear the decor wasn't to your taste. We do offer 14 (out of 161 guest rooms) smoking rooms at our hotel but they are allocated at the far end of our hotel on the third floor so it is definitely more then possible to have a room far away from that area. We would like to offer our apologies for your tour and your first impression on the hotel which wasn't up to the standard we usually strive to achieve and are not those expressed by our many other reviewers.

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Reviewed May 17, 2012

Check-in was quick and friendly, but went downhill from there. From dirty laundry left in the room to no elevator service, the experience was dreadful! A used facecloth was left in the tub, so I'm not sure if the room was cleaned prior to my arrival. The pool/whirlpool area was dated and the pool towels the size of hand towels. Following a fire alarm incident (not their fault), they were not able to reset the elevator (their fault). Due to being handicapped, I had to miss a hospitality party being given on the 5th floor. Breakfast in their restaurant was really bad! Had to wait at the buffet for them to bring out food which arrived COLD!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank SLStewart154992
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DonBarrie, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2012

Although we are always disappointed to hear that someone’s stay was not to their satisfaction, we appreciate knowing what issues you experienced so that we can take the appropriate steps to correct them. We have contacted you directly to discuss this and appreciate you having stayed at the hotel and hope that you will consider staying with us again in the future. You mentioned that the pool area is dated and we are pleased to mention that this area is getting renovated this summer.

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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Stayed here on business and pleased to report that you will be treated well. You will notice many upgrades that have been made at this hotel, with one exception, the pool area. That is about to change apparently as their pool/fitness area is about to be upgraded. Try to stay in the tower as those rooms are more modern.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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5  Thank RM1Paris
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DirectorofsalesHW, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

Thank you for our review, our indoor pool is getting renovated between June 17 and July 17 - we can't wait! Thank you for your kind comments about the hotel we are always looking to improve. Our executive tower guest rooms were renovated one year later than the main hotel ones so they are slightly newer but not too much difference. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Holiday Inn Barrie!

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Reviewed May 2, 2012

We had a hard night at another hotel, and went to the Holiday Inn on the next day. "Amanda" treated us like family from the moment we walked in the door. We were totally impressed with the room, rates and friendly staff. Each morning when leaving the hotel, Amanda was sure to ask us how things were going and if anything was needed. We stayed for 4 nights, and once again, our friendly staff arranged a room for us at Toronto Airport, Holiday Inn. This allowed us plenty of time to focus on our buisness at hand without having to deal with finding accomodations for our final night. I will be recommending this location to all my Military co workers in the future. Thanks again Amanda and other staff for making us feel at home!!!

Room Tip: Go with the King size, very comfortable with a choice of soft or firm pillows!!!!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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6  Thank Ron W
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: 20 Fairview Rd, Barrie, Ontario L4N 4P3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Barrie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Barrie
Price Range: $98 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel and Conference Centre welcomes you to Barrie, Ontario. The Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel and Conference Centre is a recently renovated hotel with 161 guest rooms, large indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, hot tub, business centre and Spynn Restaurant. The Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel and Conference Centre is located in the central part of Barrie Ontario, close to the business district, entertainment, great shopping, and near-by restaurants. The Holiday Inn is located directly off Highway 400, at Essa Rd. exit, #94. The hotel is located right beside the Mandarin Restaurant in Barrie Ontario. If you are traveling from Pearson Airport we are an hour drive North on Highway 400. Spynn Restaurant is located right on property where kids under 12 eat free when applicable. This full service restaurant serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre offers a "sleep-in" Sunday special to all guests who wish to extend their check-out. ... more   less 
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