|◘ Rodeway Inn||◘ Comfort Inn||◘ Casino Rama||◘ Highwayman Inn|
|◘ Best Western||◘ Econo Lodge||◘ Stonegate Inn||◘ Knights Inn|
265 Memorial Avenue,
Orillia, ON L3V 5X8
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The Econo Lodge is located is a somewhat commercial/industrial area in Orillia. Along Memorial Avenue it is very close to a number of the fast-food restaurants (right next door is Burger King) and is across the road from one of Orillia's fine dining establishments (Theos).
If you head towards downtown (about 3 mins by car) you'll pass a large strip plaza with a drugstore (Ben's) and a dollar store (where you can buy forgotten necessities for $1) Hill's Family Restaurant and more small restaurants, a park and ball diamond (McKinnel Square), and the Dairy Queen. Just past the Dairy Queen Memorial Avenue ends and the local hospital is right in front of you (Soldier's Memorial Hospital). If you turn right at the hospital you are almost in the downtown core (see are map below for location markers).
Heading towards the highway from the Econo Lodge you'll pass some more fast food restaurants (Macdonalds), the local bowling alley (Rainbow Lanes), East Side Marios (great Italian-style restaurant) the highway 12 junction, then you'll find Tim Horton's, Wendy's, Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey's Restaurant.
The hotel itself is a 2-storey building with sufficient parking behind the hotel, and some of the first floor rooms open onto the parking area. The lobby has some basic seating and a small dining area. The staff are friendly and helpful according to everything I've seen.
The rooms are clean, and they will accept pets. While one report I found indicates the entire hotel is non-smoking, others show that the main floor is non-smoking while the upstairs has smoking rooms (need to check that out). The rooms are air-conditioned, with TVs and cable, free wi-fi.
I don't know anyone personally that has stayed at this hotel - at least not recently. We did have friends who stayed here before it was bought by the Econo chain (it was "Knight's Inn" back then). They found it's location handy to local events and the highway, so if you are looking for a hotel to attend any of the local events near the downtown area at a really reasonable price, you might want to have a look at this one, as it appears to be one of the more economical options. Since it's also near a lot of the kid's favourite food places, it might be a good choice if you are travelling with the little ones.
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