Halifax offers a good selection of well-run hotels, but they are quite pricey compared to some other smaller cities in Canada. We looked for value, paying close attention to amenities offered and the all-important guest opinion, as some hotels are worth their higher price if they are able to fulfill on guests' desires and expectations for a special holiday time.
Editor's Top 8 Picks
Finding a parking spot at a downtown hotel that is easy and efficient may prove challenging, but the Prince George Hotel offers underground parking which can be accessed by the elevator in the hotel, no gravel lots to endure and no hotel parking tickets either! Sometimes guests staying in downtown hotels find that there are no parking spots left when they arrive. This puts them on a hunt to find their own parking downtown. Public parkades require payment on every departure, increasing the cost for guests who need to use their car during their stay.
Besides these conveniences, the hotel offers well appointed rooms with climate control allowing the guest to control the in-room temperature at all times of the year, excellent on-site breakfast buffets and dining, a beautiful outdoor lounge and a well-loved indoor pool and hot tub that is open late for those relaxing soaks in the hot tub before bed. Some rooms feature harbour views and double jetted tubs. Wi-Fi is free and is rated excellent by guests and the staff cater well to their guests.
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
- Rooms were very clean, classy and well appointed said guests
- Location was excellent-an easy walk to waterfront, best restaurants, shopping, attractions
- Staff gave first-class service and went out of their way to help guests
- Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests online
- High quality gourmet food and great buffet breakfasts a hit with guests
- Pool and hot tub were very inviting
- Underground parking is $22 and valet parking is $30 per night
- Occasionally guests complained about other guests making noise in the hallway
- Crown Floor rooms and halls not as updated as the rest of the hotel said guests
All rooms include a mini-kitchen or kitchenette (with a stove top) making it easier for families to dine in. The hotel offers a free breakfast which takes some of the pressure off the family cook, allowing everyone to fill up at the start of the day. Some rooms offer harbour views.
Adding great value for guests who want to swim or have kids to entertain, the indoor pool at Prince George Hotel is also available to guests of Cambridge Suites and only a 3-minute walk away.
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, manager's reception on Wednesdays, beverage bar in lobby, local calls, newspapers
- Rooms were clean, spacious and well appointed said guests
- Location excellent--in walking distance of downtown restaurants, harbour, shopping, entertainment and attractions
- Staff were very well liked, welcoming, friendly and helpful
- Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by online reviewers
- Guests typically enjoyed the free breakfast and other dining on site
- Underground parking is $20 per day
- A few guests said the rooms were a little dated
- On occasion guests complained of hearing noisy guests in the hallways
Parking, although not cheap, is also not problematic here as in some other downtown properties. Guests report lots of places to park while checking in or out, in a nice wide driveway. Valets are well liked and there’s also a self-parking option for guests in a 6-storey parkade next door. The hotel has arranged for guests to have unlimited in-out access by validating the parking receipt through the hotel’s front desk. Brilliant!
This hotel does not look and sound as luxurious as some Delta’s, but this for now is balanced by a lower room price making this a popular choice in the downtown for budget watchers. Besides this, the warmth of caring staff, its well-liked location connected to the mall and cheaper eateries and its own delicious dining all work together to create a winning combination.
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
- Rooms were very clean and well appointed
- Location was well liked for its proximity to the Scotia Square Mall and its shops and eateries and the waterfront
- Wi-Fi was rated as very good by online surveys
- Staff were cordial and very attentive to guests
- Parking offered easy access
- Excellent breakfast buffets and very good dining on site said guests
- Self-parking is $22 and valet parking is $27
- Some guests complained of dated rooms
- Occasionally guests found a noise disturbance from AC units, elevators and guests in hallways
The location is one of its best features. Guests like being able to access the shopping and good dining venues of Spring Garden Road right outside the doors of the hotel, not to mention quiet strolls and views of the Public Gardens right across the street. Guests can walk to the harbourfront and many of the city’s points of interest in about 15 minutes.
The English pub on site is a popular spot for birthdays and evening meals and guests rave about the uniquely good Singapore Sling there.
Parking is considered pricey by guests but it’s really not the hotel’s fault and it seems they’ve done their best to obtain a discount from the nearby parkade, which is not their own property. It’s recommended to check in and unload luggage prior to parking, as there’s no elevator from the parkade to the hotel’s lobby.
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
- Beautiful historic old English ambiance in the lobby
- Rooms were very clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
- Staff were professional, polite and friendly said guests
- Guests loved the front porch for relaxing and reading
- Location was unbeatable, across from the Public Gardens, near shops, restaurants and attractions
- The pub decor, dining and drinks were well liked by guests
- Wi-Fi was rated very good by guest reviewers
- Underground self-parking is $28 plus tax and valet parking is $40 plus tax, per night
- A few guests found the rooms and bathrooms small
- A few guests found beds that were too short
- Not everyone loved the breakfast on site
- Some wished for an elevator from the parkade to the lobby
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, coffee bar in lobby, weekday light meals, newspapers
- Rooms were well cleaned and well-equipped with comfy beds
- Free breakfast was good quality and well stocked
- Location was excellent, near good restaurants, bars, the waterfront and attractions
- Staff very helpful and accommodating
- Rooftop patio offered nice harbour views and a place to relax
- Underground parking is $19 per night
- Rooms facing Argyle Street can be noisy at night when the bars crowds disperse
It offers a beautiful courtyard garden in the summer where guests can dine outdoors and enjoy a truly memorable meal at Stories Restaurant, but it’s advisable to reserve ahead as this special place fills up fast with many a guest having to return to Halifax to experience it!
The Halliburton’s charm and pleasant staff add to the wonderful hospitality that is Halifax, but guests should note that only ground floor rooms do not require stair access, so be prepared for a work out or reserve a ground floor room. The hotel provides a free light buffet for breakfast and free, but limited outdoor parking.
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, light breakfast buffet, parking, coffee in lobby, DVD movies, local calls, newspapers
- Rooms were clean and quiet with comfortable beds
- Location was excellent, an easy walk to much of downtown
- The staff were kind and considerate and willing to help
- The restaurant on site received rave reviews
- Breakfast was satisfying and well liked by many guests
- No elevator and some rooms accessible by stairs only
- Parking was limited and a little tight according to some guests
Currently, a free downtown shuttle service is available on weekdays in the early morning and early evening, but you’ll have to make your own way back. Guests say that a taxi is only about $10 from downtown. It’s close to Dalhousie making it a perfect choice for the yearly university student drop off or visit and QE2 for guests visiting the hospital.
There is good dining on site (guests recommend it for the best seafood chowder in the area) and a comfortable lounge. Guests also enjoy the pool with added children’s pool toys and deck and Wi-Fi works well here. The underground parking lot has a 6’ clearance which makes it tight for larger vehicles but an easy pass for regular cars. Staff are attentive and kind.
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, downtown shuttle service, pet stays, newspapers
- Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
- Location was convenient to area restaurants, public transit and a healthy walk to downtown
- Staff were very accommodating and effiicient said guests
- Guests often enjoyed breakfast and other meals on site
- Wi-Fi was rated as very good by guests online
- Underground parking is $20 per night
- Some found the underground parking lot a little tight for larger vehicles
- Some felt the hotel was a little dated
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, newspapers
- Rooms were clean and spacious with mini-fridges and comfortable beds
- Located in a prime spot on the harbourfront boardwalk, near shops, restaurants and attractions
- Breakfast buffet was enjoyed by guests for its variety
- Outdoor patio offered nice views and a place to relax
- Staff were friendly and helpful, according to many guests
- Self-parking is $24 and valet parking is $30 per day
- Rooms were somewhat dated and due for a refresh
- Guests were often dissatisfied with their harbour view rooms
- Staff were not good at making sure guests were satisfied
- Some felt the hotel was overpriced
2 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Halifax
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, bottled water, newspapers
- Rooms were enjoyed for their modern decor, ocean views, mini-kitchens and comfy beds
- Location was excellent, near the waterfront, good dining and downtown attractions
- Staff were well liked, kind and accommodating
- Wi-Fi was rated excellent by reviewers online
- Self-parking is $18.95 and valet parking is $23.95, per night
- Outdoor parking was a small gravel lot and inconveniently accessed down the street
- Guests were unable to regulate the temperature in their rooms
- Noisy construction on Sackville a disappointment to some guests
- Guests were of mixed opinion regarding the breakfast on site
- The restaurant was deemed expensive and mediocre by some
- Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and free parking
- Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed with antiques
- The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
- Many reviewers enjoyed the food at the free breakfast
- Many guests found the inn well located for walking to some downtown area attractions
- Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
- A few guests found the stairs in this inn difficult to manage (no on-site elevator)
- Some guests complained of noise from a neighbouring bar
- A couple of guests found the rooms cramped with too much furniture
Tips For Staying In Downtown Halifax
Choosing the Best Hotel in Downtown Halifax
There are many hotels to choose from in the downtown, including boutique hotels and mid- to high-end chains. While waterfront hotels offer some of the best views and convenient access to the boardwalk and summer festivals, they are often the most expensive. Room rates are especially high during the summer tourist season when Halifax hosts the Bluenose Marathon, the International Tattoo military display, the Tall Ships Festival and Buskerfest.
If you're driving into the city, you can expect to pay around $25 per night for parking at downtown hotels. However, with many attractions nearby, you will be able to leave your car parked to explore the city on foot, avoiding limited street parking and the many one-way streets.
Cheaper Hotels are Available in the West End and in Dartmouth
There are no budget chain hotels in downtown Halifax. If staying in the downtown core is important to you, but you need more affordable accommodations, look for hotels in the west end of downtown, farther from the shoreline. Our Editor's Pick for this area is the recently renovated Atlantica Hotel Halifax. If you're staying in Halifax on weekdays, the hotel provides a free car service to downtown destinations from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This hotel also offers valuable amenities, like free Wi-Fi, on-site dining, a fitness centre and an indoor pool.
Getting Around Downtown Halifax
Halifax is essentially one large hill, the waterfront area being the bottom and the Citadel Historic Fort the top. While many attractions are within a 20-minute walk of downtown hotels, travellers with mobility concerns should find hotels near their desired destination or plan to use public buses or taxis for travel.
For guests travelling to Halifax in the winter, the city has an indoor pedway system that connects several attractions, including the Halifax Metro Centre and Scotia Square Mall. The highly-rated Prince George Hotel is part of this pedway system. Guests love this hotel for the luxurious furnishings, the indoor pool, and the exceptional service. Finally, don't miss the popular Sunday Brunch served at the hotel's on-site restaurant from 12 pm to 2 pm.
Wine and Dine with the Locals
Argyle Street, popular among locals, has more than 10 restaurants and bars. As a Haligonian myself, I highly recommend the Economy Shoe Shop on Argyle Street that is renowned for its eclectic décor, tapas menu and award-winning nachos. Many Halifax bars also offer live entertainment, and you can find complete listings in the The Coast newspaper.
Other Downtown Attractions
Fans of live theatre should check out the offerings at Neptune Theatre. You can hear the cannons fire at the Citadel Historic Fort every day at noon from anywhere in downtown Halifax, and the fort itself is worth exploring during one of their guided tours.