My sisters and I spent 2 nights at the Bala Bay Inn last weekend, while in town for a concert.
Yes, the rooms are small, but the air conditioning units blast cold air, so the rooms are not hot. We stayed in room 319 - apparently haunted - but sadly did not see Mr. Sutton, but we hear he was a very nice man.
The hotel is lovely, and so charming, it reminds me of small independent hotels in Europe. A very nice lounge area, lovely winding staircase to get the to the roooms. The staff are so polite and very helpful. When we booked a reservation for dinner before the concert, we were asked if we had any allergies they should be aware of. I don't remember the last time anyone asked me that when making a reservation - at the highest end restaurants.
The on site restaurant is excellent. The food quality, preparation and price is very good. The patio is great with a view of the lake. Nice spot across the road to sit on the dock and this space is for Bala Bay Inn guests only.
The hotel doesn't deserve the bad reviews. Sadly, when concerts are in town that draw a young crowd, this can cause lots of problems. We came to see Matt Good, so an older crowd, and we slept very well.
I will definitely be returning to Bala to go back to the Kee, and will stay at the Bala Bay Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are proud that the Bala Bay Inn is 101 years old and was the first brick hotel in Muskoka, Ontario. During your stay, you can see and feel the colossal history that once took place in the hotel. After several renovations, the current owners of 7 years created a wonderful boutique hotel with 35 rooms located in the heart of Muskoka. With a #1 rated patio by "The Muskokan," you will be sure to be provided with excellent service, cold beer and great food. Bala Bay Inn has also become the perfect destination for affordable, memorable weddings, where you feel like you own the hotel for the weekend. With an exceptional wedding planner, and a great banquet team ready, you are sure to have the wedding of your dreams. We are also a great location for partygoers and concert lovers. Being across the street from the Kee to Bala, we can offer a safe and friendly place to stay after attending your favourite concert. Like us on Facebook for frequent updates and giveaways! We appreciate all the feedback that we have received, and are pleased to tell you that we have made several changes to the hotel and improved all of our departments. We look forward to exceeding your expectations and providing an unforgettable Muskoka experience. FUN. FRESH. FABULOUS. Come join us. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bala Bay Hotel Bala
- Bala Bay Motel
- Bala Bay Inn Ontario - Muskoka District