Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario  2 stars

150 Dunlop Street West, Barrie, Canada, L4N 1B2  show mapSave
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Situated in the center of Barrie, the business Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario offers spacious rooms. The building was renovated in 2010.

This hotel is located in a ski area and 1.7km from Bowlerama Barrie, Splash Canyon and Horseshoe Adventure Park. A 10-minute walk to the center of Barrie.

The vicinity of parks and lakes as well as quick access to markets, casinos and a racetrack set the hotel apart.

80 minutes' drive from Lester B. Pearson International airport.


The hotel offers 45 rooms. All of them feature Wi-Fi, individual climate control, satellite TV, a writing desk and a microwave. They feature private bathrooms with a shower and a hairdryer.


A complimentary continental breakfast is served in the dining room. Georgian dishes are served in the 24-hour restaurant. Guests can relax in the coffee bar serving complimentary drinks.


Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario offers business facilities, such as a fax, a photocopier and a meeting room and provides a wake up service, an ironing service and 24-hour reception.


Guests can make use of a hot tub and Jacuzzi or go in for golf, skiing and fishing.


Wireless internet is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

Year renovated   2010.  Number of rooms   45.

City Center Barrie - 2000 ft
Airports Lester B. Pearson International (YYZ) - 49.2 mi, Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ) - 54.6 mi
Bus stop - 1700 ft
Restaurants Kings Buffet Barrie (cuisine: Chinese) - 200 ft, Lone Star Texas Grill (cuisine: American, Mexican, Family Fare) - 800 ft
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  • Parking
  • Elevator
  • Bus parking
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Vending Machines
Dining facilities
  • Continental breakfast
  • Restaurant
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting room
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
  • Rollaway beds
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • TV



from  3 pm


until  11 am

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 13 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of CAD 15 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • One child under the age of 3 may stay for free in an extra bed. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

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            Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario LocationWhat's nearby

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            What's nearby

            Tourist attractions
            • National Training Rinks
              3.0 mi
            Popular areas
            • City Center
              3300 ft
            • Barrie Sports and Leisure
              400 ft
            • Barrie Charity Bingo
              1700 ft
            • Bayfield Billiard's
              1700 ft
            • Bowlerama Barrie
              2700 ft
            • Happy Man Arcade
              3000 ft
            • Allandale Lawn Bowling Club
              4600 ft
            • Cybercity
              5000 ft
            • Dunlop Billiards and Sports Bar
              1.2 mi
            • Mayfair Bingo
              1.9 mi
            • J D Billiards
              1.9 mi
            • Club 220 Billiard Bar and Grill
              2.2 mi
            • Kempview Bowl Ltd
              2.3 mi
            • Barrie Parks and Recreation Dept
              3000 ft
            • Barrie Koa Campground
              2.5 mi
            • Knights of Columbus
              4000 ft
            • Royal Canadian Legion
              1.7 mi
            • Georgian Manor Banquet Hall
              1.8 mi
            • Northwest Barrie United Church
              2.2 mi
            • Barrie Lion's Hall
              2.3 mi
            Universities, Institutes
            • Creative Career Systems Inc
              1000 ft
            • Academy of Learning
              4600 ft
            • Barrie Adult Learning Ctr
              5000 ft
            • Future Gateways
              1.2 mi
            • Ontario Institute-Private Inv
              2.5 mi

            Local Attractions

            • Bowlerama Barrie
              1.0 mi
              320 Bayfield Street, Barrie
            • Lake Simcoe
              1.1 mi
            • Splash Canyon
              6.2 mi
              1897 Nursery Road, Barrie
            • Simcoe County Museum
              8.2 mi
              1151 Highway 26, Minesing
            • Horseshoe Adventure Park
              11.4 mi
              1101 Horseshoe Valley Road, Barrie

            Near the hotel

            • Barrie Centennial Park
              2800 ft
              65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

            Restaurants Nearby

            • Kings Buffet Barrie

              Cuisine: Chinese

              200 ft
              150 Dunlop St W

              Phone: 750-719-2800

            • Lone Star Texas Grill

              61% likes this, based on 48 reviews
              Cuisine: American, Mexican, Family Fare
              Price Range: USD 10 - USD 25

              800 ft
              140 Park place Blvd

              Phone: +1 705-300-0010

            • Buffalo Wild Wings

              65% likes this, based on 56 reviews
              Cuisine: American

              800 ft
              139 Park Place Blvd

              Phone: (905) 853-8668

            • Casa Mia Restaurant

              62% likes this, based on 65 reviews
              Price Range: USD 2 - USD 22

              1000 ft
              88 Dunlop St

              Phone: (705) 737-3663

            • Town & Country Steak & Seafood

              59% likes this, based on 58 reviews
              Cuisine: Steakhouse
              Price Range: USD 26 - USD 100

              1000 ft
              76 Dunlop St W

              Phone: (705) 726-5241

            Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario Reviews

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            • Couple

              Room was dirty. Fell of spider webs and spiders. Air conditioner did not work. Celing dirty. Front door did not shut properly. Remote for tv did not work. Bathtub tiny

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            • Single

              I enjoyed the location to the highway and that it was close to my reason for staying in the hotel. Which was a wedding. The hotel employee at the front desk was very helpful when my key did not work.

              I was very dissapointed in the amenities of the room. Some of the tile was coming apart from the wall in the bathroom. Also the toilet had some kind of stains all over the bowl. There was supposed to be complimentary shaving cream and razor, but I never found any. I also found in upsetting when I was allowed to stay up untill 11:00 am, yet housekeeping kept wanting to clean my room before I left. I defininately will not stay at this particular hotel again.

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            • Older travelers

              The price was right. Location good.

              The bathroom shower curtain was filthy and stained. It should be changed every so often. Disease control please.

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            • Couple

              We were very suprised when we came back to our hotel room at 11pm and found that the maid had taken all of our towels, had not replaced any of them, and had not cleaned or touch our room. It took the front desk over 35 minutes to come to our room with new towels, after my husband had called twice. The towels seemed warm but yet not completely dried.....our bed was a mess as it had sheets on it that did not fit the bed ( we had a queen). The sheets seem to be made for a double in that they couldn't be tucked in.....very bad experience, compared to other years. My husband and I will not be staying there next year...

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            • Older travelers

              Not much, the facility is run down, old, needs upgrade; was not comfortable and will not come back

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            • Couple

              The staff, although misguided and out of touch, sincerely made an effort to make us comfortable. We complained of an intense overpowering smell of air freshener and the staff were very helpful in suggesting solutions such as leaving the door to the outside open, turning up the air conditioning, and opening the curtains. The location was very good; just a short walk to the main drag downtown and very close to all kinds of shops and restaurants.

              The King suite had a very intense smell of cleanser, perfect for those with no chemical sensitivities. The suite had a red heart shaped tub which was nice except for the residue of some kind under the faucet, but we were more concerned with the swarm of fruit flies. Although some of the surfaces in the suite seemed clean, I would not recommend placing anything on them because the film of oil left from whatever they used to clean with definitely rubbed off on everything. Also the bed was very nice and big and only slightly larger than the sheets that they tried to cover it with, leaving the mattress exposed around the edges.

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            • Couple

              We were able to walk to our destination so we didn't have to worry about parking and traffic. I was able to bring my dog for no additional charges.

              The room was very small, also not sound proof at all, we could hear the traffic outside all night long.

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            • Single

              Problems with registration Inn did not have my information

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            • Group of friends

              I have nothing positive to say about my recent stay at the Howard Johnson Express Inn in Barrie. It was without a doubt, the worst hotel experience I have ever had. I will definitely tell everyone I know, not to stay there!

              The first sight of the hotel made me skeptical.... and it only got worse as I entered the check-in lobby. The office smelled offensive, the two men working were rude and dismissive and also reaked of body odour. At 2:55 p.m. I was told I would have to wait until 3:00. When he realized the absurdity of this he relented and allowed me to check in. I requested a cot but was told the room wasn't big enough. The stairs leading to the 2nd floor room were very steep. The room was appalling; one double bed which was sloping to the right, stained bedding (which looked fresh), hairs on the sheets which were supposedly freshly laundered, dirt and filth everywhere.... I have pictures to prove it all!!! My sister and I were in Barrie for the CMT festival so had no choice but to stay there as it was the only room available in Barrie!

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            • Family with children

              I have to be honest, I was really disappointed. I has to have my room changes twice. The first reason, the room we entered was unclean, had an awful smell, and was next to a room where their was a party of sorts. When I brought this information to the Front Desk, they thought it was quite funny and charged me more money to swtich to an other room. This other room was not much better. The beds were made, but had cigarette burns into the comforters and the sheets, it didn't have an alarm clock, it had an awful smell to it and was simply put, unkept and therefore unwelcoming!! It didn't live up to the expectations that a"Howard Johnson hotel" would carry, which is regrettable at best.

              Please see above

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            • Older travelers

              I didn't like the reception, the room, the people staying there (drunk).

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            • Couple

              Neighbourhood was not nice. The rooms were at best minimal accomodations. Was dark and scary. The curtains burn holes in them the bath tub are 2ft by 2ft. I was not impressed. As a Delta employee I would never recommend this hotel to anyone for any reason.

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            • Single

              It was awful. The room reaked of smoke and the other guests did not seem to understand that you sleep at night.

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            • Single

              It was pretty crappy compared with the Best Western down the street but with similar rates. The internet wireless was not working, and I would bet that the internet was not working period - maybe they don't have it. The guy at the desk said he hadn't received my booking. When I called to ask about the internet I was told that the night manager would try to fix it when he came in at 11, and the desk person didn't have access. The place is pretty old and run down to begin with. I'm not sure if I've ever stayed at a Howard Johnson - I thought that I had. That place is definitely not doing any good for your brand image. I would be unlikely to consider Howard Johnson again while travelling unless the prices were incredibly discounted. In comparison to the Best Western down the street, which I believe offered a very similar internet rate - maybe a few dollars more - the experience was terrible. If the Best Western was a 10, this Howard Johnson would be in the neighborhood of a 2 or 3.

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            • Older travelers

              Near the highway, convenient distance from restos, dancing, bars

              Area somewhat creepy with homeless abound. Maid banged on the door asking if we needed the room, yes. Then, she never cleaned it nor changed the towels. It was the second time we were asked if we needed the room cleaned...

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