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Bala Bay Inn

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Ajax, Canada
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

we went up to Bala for our annual Thanksgiving Blue Rodeo show. This was the first time staying at the hotel - in the past we have stayed at a motel and bed and breakfast. The hotel room was small, but suited our needs, as we were only staying one night. I read some of the reviews regarding the rooms... More 

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Thank Ajaxphish
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of places were fully booked for the long thanksgiving weekend and Bala Bay Inn had one room left facing the lake. It came with one queen and one twin bed and suited my family of 3. The rate was $174 + tax. The pictures on the website gave me a funky vibe. Bright green walls, colored towels etc. It... More 

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Orillia, Canada
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Being by myself, I decided to treat myself to their buffet dinner at 24.95 - the only good thing about the meal was the pumpkin cheesecake and the ribs. I never saw my server, was not offered a drink - soda or otherwise and had to flag down a completely different server after waiting 30 minutes, with my napkin on... More 

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Longueuil, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Upon arrival, the clerk was very friendly and helpful. We went straight to our room and found it quite small and the TV was the size of a computer screen and outdated. While watching TV, the channel would go off air. No fridge, no microwave. Had an alarm clock but nowhere to plug it in. One socket was behind the... More 

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Thank Terrytony
toronto
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29 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Stayed here for one night over Labour day weekend- were going to the Kee for a concert and BBI is the only place to stay that is close The hotel needs a lot of work and updating. We had some drinks and some dinner in the bar- the menu is NOT what is on their website- it’s very limited, however,... More 

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1 Thank d-ray-toronto
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

My husband went for a drive looking at different spots for a permanent summer home. Went into Bala and decided to have lunch since the weather was not very nice. Went to Bala Bay Inn saw cars out the front thought well that's a good sign. We enter the foyer not even acknowledged by the desk staff, found our way... More 

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1 Thank Littlebritt
Ontario
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Stayed there for one night, as many do for a concert at the Kee. Looks beautiful from the outside and the lobby is OK but has too many signs telling you what you can't do! The room was small but that is expected in an old hotel. The bed was comfortable. This the best I can say about the place.... More 

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3 Thank Bradylesso
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

The hotel is in DESPERATE need of a major overhaul. Rooms are in very poor condition, bathrooms circa 1975, and cleanliness not a priority. We needed a place in Bala and there's not much choice. Extortionate price for such a poor hotel and the stand alone AC unit made you feel you were sleeping on the runway of a busy... More 

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3 Thank Wiaruz
Huntsville, Canada
1 review
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Our trip started with a little bit of chaos. There were thunderstorms the night before and the power went out in Bala. We received and email the night before saying they 'hoped' to have the the room ready by 4pm and they were still out of power. Of course we got lost(we always do), so we got there shortly after... More 

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2 Thank takhisis30
Gravenhurst, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Stately old building... in need of some TLC, but comfortable! Stayed in Rm 312, reputed to be the most haunted room in the hotel --- did get some good activity footage and EVPs (Paranormal Investigator!) The room was clean, the bed very comfortable, the staff very friendly, and the food excellent. My only complaint is the insane smoking policy! It... More 

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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 

Additional Information about Bala Bay Inn

Address: 3063 Muskoka Road, Hwy 169, Bala, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Bala
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Bala Bay Hotel Bala
Bala Bay Motel
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“There are "good" rooms?”
 of 5 bubbles Bradylesso, 5 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the cleanest room.”
 of 5 bubbles Wiaruz, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If you smoke, book the first floor rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles elainem349, 20 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the rear are quieter, but don't have a view. Staircases are narrow and dark, so if you have a lot of luggage avoid 3rd floor.”
 of 5 bubbles brant585, 22 May 2016 | Read review
“sleep in your car, it will be better”
 of 5 bubbles williamv907, 6 Sep 2015 | Read review
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