Hotels Near Georgian College in Barrie

by Baldwin Ellis

Georgian College is a public institution located in the heart of Barrie Ontario, approximately one hour outside of Toronto. However, Barrie is more than a college town; it is also a popular year-round destination that is teeming with a wealth of outdoor activities, including water sports on picturesque Lake Simcoe, Centennial Park water park, hiking and biking trails, and ski resorts. The city is also home to a range of hotels near Georgian College that offer amenities for travelers of all ages.

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Harbour View Inn

Harbour View Inn is an intimate property that overlooks the shores of Kempenfelt Bay and Lake Simcoe. The hotel is within a five-minute drive of Georgian College and its downtown location provides access to street-level shopping, a farmer’s market, MacLaren Art Centre and lakefront activity trails. The property is housed in a renovated 19th-century home that features individually decorated suites with a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi access and lake views. The hotel also offers a penthouse suite with a jetted Jacuzzi tub and leather sofa.

Horseshoe Resort

Horseshoe Resort is a sprawling property approximately 20 minutes north of Georgian College. Although further from the college and area attractions, the resort is a self-contained facility that offers championship golf courses, a 600-acre children’s playground, horseback riding, fitness classes, paintball, lap- and children’s wading pools, and sports courts. Guest accommodations are highlighted by the multilevel “Loft Suites” with fireplaces, spiral staircases and whirlpool tubs. Hotel dining options include a family-style pub serving up burgers and hot wings and Silks Dining Lounge, a gourmet eatery that offers glazed duck, steaks and lamb shanks.

Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario

Howard Johnson Express Inn Barrie Ontario offers budget-friendly accommodations in the heart of downtown. The hotel is within a five-minute drive of Georgian College and a short walk from street-level boutiques, restaurants, the MacLaren Arts Centre and riverboat cruises and activity trails at Lake Simcoe. Hotel accommodations consist of standard guest rooms with complimentary high-speed Internet access, while property amenities include a full-service restaurant, complimentary breakfast buffet and free parking. Pets are allowed for a fee.

Monte Carlo Inn

Monte Carlo Inn offers southern European-inspired accommodations within a 10-minute drive of Georgian College. The hotel is adjacent to the ON-400 highway and is also near Centennial Park, a lakeside water park offering family beaches, a children’s pool with sprinklers and a rest area for parents. Accommodations consist of standard guest rooms and whirlpool suites with fireplaces and two-story mezzanines. Hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an indoor saltwater pool with glass atrium and Scarpaccio Grill and Wine Bar, a full-service restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.

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About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Baldwin Ellis has been a writer since 2007. He covers fitness, mental health and travel, with work appearing in print and online publications such as Scazu Fitness and USA Today Travel Tips. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in community psychology.