Halifax offers a good selection of well-run hotels, but they are quite pricey compared to some other smaller cities in Canada. I 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. My write-ups and our Pros and Cons should give you the 'inside scoop' on each hotel and it's my sincere desire that our research will pay off and help you find the hotel that is best suited for you.

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Editor's Top 8 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$200 CAD
Highly praised luxury hotel in downtown Halifax with indoor pool, hot tub and fine dining 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
This hotel is my first choice for downtown Halifax. It’s perfectly located in the heart of the city and connected to the warm and cozy pedway path making it easy to access mall shopping, the convention centre and the arena for games and concerts, rain or shine. Guests found it an easy walk to the waterfront too, only a couple of city blocks and an easy walk back, not an uphill climb which guests face at some downtown hotels.

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.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$245 CAD
Highly praised downtown Halifax hotel with harbour views, kitchenette suites and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Cambridge Suites offers a well-equipped and clean room right downtown in easy walking distance of the harbour, restaurants and many of the city’s popular attractions. Parking is appreciated for being in a secure underground lot. Guests enjoy the rooftop patio which offers BBQs and places to sit and enjoy the harbour views.

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.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$163 CAD
Popular downtown Halifax hotel on pedway with indoor pool, restaurant & pet-friendly rooms
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
I think the Delta Halifax is a great place to stay in downtown Halifax and although it’s due for a refresh, guests really enjoy their interactions with the staff, the great breakfast buffets on site and the comfy beds. Rooms are well tended to by conscientious housekeeping staff and some rooms offer balconies with harbour views and walk-out patios.

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.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$178 CAD
Historic downtown Halifax hotel with old world charm, classy rooms and well-liked dining
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
This is an older, but stately and well-managed hotel with some good offerings in a very central location of downtown Halifax. The very clean rooms and bathrooms can be on the smaller side, especially the Petite Rooms which guests say are perfect for one person, but the hotel also has larger rooms with larger beds which are recommended for taller folks and guests with more luggage or travelling companions.

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.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$502 CAD
Popular downtown Halifax hotel with kitchenettes, rooftop patio and free hot breakfast
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Underground parking is $19 per night
  • Rooms facing Argyle Street can be noisy at night when the bars crowds disperse
The Residence Inn is a solid choice for guests wanting to stay downtown. It offers spacious studio style suites with kitchenettes and larger one or two, open-style bedroom units with full kitchens for guests who want to cook a little to save on costs or those catering to younger or older family members. This hotel is recommended for its value, cleanliness and attentive and competent management. Free breakfasts are well liked for their quality and variety, again with helpful staff serving. Summertime travellers can enjoy the rooftop patio with very nice harbour views.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$152 CAD
Popular historic Halifax hotel near harbour with quaint rooms & bistro with courtyard garden
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • No elevator and some rooms accessible by stairs only
  • Parking was limited and a little tight according to some guests
Quaint and well priced, this historic boutique hotel is considered a gem by many visitors to Halifax for being an easy walk to the waterfront boardwark and downtown attractions.

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.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$148 CAD
Popular Halifax hotel near the city centre with indoor pool, rooftop patio and restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free downtown shuttle service
  • Free breakfast and appetizers for guests staying in executive rooms
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and generally comfortable
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for guests looking to access some Halifax attractions on foot
  • Across from Halifax Commons park
Cons
  • A few guests found the parking facility small
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the parking prices were too expensive ($17 per night)
  • A couple of guests complained about hearing noise from the halls
  • A couple of reviewers noted that the curtains in their rooms did not block the sunlight well

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$222 CAD
Highly praised downtown hotel on Halifax harbour with indoor pool, restaurant and spa
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and wired Internet
  • Guests staying on the Concierge level receive a free continental breakfast, free snacks, free drinks and free evening hors d'ouvres
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their professional service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring Halifax on foot
  • Many guests praised the food served at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Self-parking is $22 while valet parking is $27 per day
  • A couple of guests thought that the prices for breakfast at the on-site restaurant were expensive

2 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Halifax

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$199 CAD
Comfortable downtown Halifax hotel with harbour views, indoor pool and restaurant
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet
  • Rooms were clean and comfortable said guests
  • Location was well liked for its proximity to the harbour, restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Wi-Fi was excellent according to online reviewers
  • Staff were very friendly and helpful said guests
Cons
  • Valet parking is $22.95 plus tax per night
  • Limited parking on site proved a problem for some guests
  • Some felt the hotel was overpriced
  • Some guests claimed the hotel charged a higher room rate than quoted on the second and third night of their stay
  • Some guests complained of noise from inside and outside the hotel
  • Occasionally guests complained of not getting the room types booked
  • Some were not aware that the sofabed in the King room only sleeps 1 person
  • Guests did not seem overly impressed with the dining on site
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$247 CAD
Well-located downtown Halifax hotel with modern decor, mini-kitchens and indoor pool
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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

Tips For Staying In Downtown Halifax

Halifax is the largest and most vibrant city in the Maritimes, and its downtown core offers travellers ample entertainment, dining and cultural attractions.

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.

Some downtown Dartmouth hotels, across the harbour, offer more affordable room rates, pleasant views of the Halifax skyline, and convenient access to the Alderney Ferry. The ferry shuttles pedestrians back and forth across the Halifax harbour for $2.50 ($1.75 for children and seniors) per ride and runs daily, with departures every 30 minutes. The trip across the harbour takes about 15 minutes.

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. 

The best bus for exploring downtown, the Spring Garden Road Bus (Route #1), travels every 10 minutes on weekdays and 15 minutes on weekends and makes stops along Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road. The single-ride fare is $3.50 for adults and $2.75 for children and seniors.

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.

The country's best fish and seafood is caught off the coast of Nova Scotia and is served at many downtown Halifax restaurants. If you're in Halifax for a special occasion, I recommend The Five Fisherman Restaurant for a fine-dining experience. The historic building offers an intimate atmosphere and the menu, while expensive, features locally caught seafood. This is a go-to restaurant for locals celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, so be sure to reserve a table early.

For a more casual seafood dining experience, head to the waterfront boardwalk and grab a seat at Murphy's patio. I recommend ordering the mussels, the award-winning seafood chowder, or the classic fish and chips.

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.

While many people travel to Halifax to explore the Maritimes as a whole, there is more than enough attractions and dining in downtown Halifax to keep you entertained for weeks. 
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