Editor's Top 8 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$216 CAD
Popular downtown hotel on Halifax harbour and pedway with indoor pool, restaurant & day spa
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
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Book from ~$163 CAD
Popular Halifax hotel near the city centre with indoor pool, rooftop patio and restaurant
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
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Book from ~$276 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
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Book from ~$161 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
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Book from ~$231 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
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Book from ~$147 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
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Book from ~$176 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
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Book from ~$175 CAD
Popular downtown Halifax hotel with kitchenettes, rooftop patio and free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, lobby coffee bar, weekday light meals, grocery shopping, 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

4 Other Hotels Close to Halifax Casino

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Book from ~$167 CAD
Pet-friendly downtown Halifax hotel on pedway with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi
Location
This hotel is an approximate 2-minute drive or taxi ride, or a 7-minute walk, from the casino, and is located in downtown Halifax. There are many shops and restaurants close to the hotel, including the Scotia Square Mall across the street and at the Barrington Place, which is connected to the hotel. The hotel is also a 1-minute walk from Halifax City Hall. 
Parking
Parking at this hotel is valet-only, and the daily rate is $19.95.
Money-saving
There is a casino-themed package available at this hotel that includes complimentary parking at the hotel or the casino, dining and gaming credits, earlier check-in and later check-out times and entries into giveaways held by the hotel. Wireless Internet is also free at the hotel. 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet
  • Guests typically found the rooms very clean and comfortable
  • The location was perfect for exploring the downtown area
  • Staff were nothing short of wonderful
  • Guests enjoyed the lounge and meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to reviewers
Cons
  • Valet parking is $25 per night
  • Some guests said the rooms were dated
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Book from ~$133 CAD
Well-located downtown Halifax hotel with modern decor, mini-kitchens and indoor pool
Location
This hotel is a 4-minute taxi ride or drive from the casino, or 10 minutes away on foot. It is directly across the street from Ryan Duffy's restaurant and shares the rest of the street with office buildings. The Halifax Waterfront and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are within a 5-minute walk, and many of the other attractions in downtown Halifax can be reached within 5- to 10-minutes on foot.
Parking
Valet parking is available at the hotel at a rate of $18.95 per day. Self-parking is not available.
Money-saving
Wireless and wired high-speed Internet is free at this hotel. There is also a complimentary shuttle service that routes through downtown Halifax available Monday to Friday from 8 am to 10 am. 
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
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Book from ~$132 CAD
Downtown Halifax hotel near shopping and nightlife with indoor pool and on-site dining
Location
This hotel is a 13-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from the casino. It is located in downtown Halifax and is across the street from a cafe and a spa. The Halifax waterfront is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, as are many shopping and restaurant options within downtown. 
Parking
Self-parking is available at this hotel at the rate of $19.95 per day. 
Money-saving
Wireless high-speed Internet is complimentary at this hotel.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and wired Internet
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found the beds comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for exploring downtown Halifax on foot
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A couple of guests said that the housekeeping service was inconsistent during their stay
  • A couple of reviewers said that the free Wi-Fi service was unreliable
  • A couple of guests found the indoor hot tub too small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$158 CAD
Comfortable downtown Halifax hotel with harbour views, indoor pool and restaurant
Location
This hotel is located on the Halifax waterfront and is an approximate 2- minute drive or taxi ride or 13- minute walk from the casino. The front of the hotel faces the waterfront and is across the street from a parking lot. There are several restaurants and bars close to the hotel and it is within a 5- minute walk of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. 
Parking
Parking at this hotel is $19.95 per day for on-site or valet parking and off-site parking is available close to the hotel at the rate of $2.50 per hour.
Money-saving
High-speed wireless Internet is complimentary at this hotel.
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

Tips For Staying Near Halifax Casino

Location
Halifax Casino, or Casino Nova Scotia, is located in downtown Halifax and is one of two locations, the other being in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The casino is located right on the shore of the Halifax Harbour, with a view of downtown Dartmouth across the harbour. 

Directly behind the casino is an overpass leading to the main streets of Halifax as well as several government buildings and hotels. The heart of downtown Halifax is an approximate 5-minute drive or taxi ride or 8-minute walk from the casino. 

The closest airport is Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ), which is an approximate 30- to 40-minute drive or taxi ride away.
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Parking
The standard parking rate at the casino is $3 per hour and there are no daily or weekly rates. Complimentary parking will be validated for Player's Club members who take part in the following:

1. Spend at least $14 on gaming at the casino
2. Spend at least $14 on food and beverages in the casino
3. Pay for a ticket for entertainment or a show at the casino

To receive complimentary parking, guests must present their Player's Club card and receipt from either the restaurant, bar or ticket from the show attended to Guest Services. A membership to the Player's Club is free, and the application form can be filled out on the casino's website.
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Getting Around: Walking
Many of the hotels closest to the casino are within a 5- to 15-minute walking distance. Depending on weather, walking may be an inexpensive or time-saving alternative to taking transit or a taxi. 

All of the hotels located closest to the casino are in downtown Halifax, with many amenities within a 5- to 10-minute walk, so walking may be the preferred method to access any nearby shops and restaurants, or for sight-seeing. 
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Getting Around: Public Transit
There are both bus routes and a ferry close to the casino for travelling around Halifax or across the river to Dartmouth. The closest stop to the casino is a 3-minute walk away at Upper Water Street in front of Purdy's Tower, which is a stop on routes 5 and 82. The Halifax Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute drive or taxi ride or an 8-minute walk from the casino and offers two routes to Dartmouth and Woodside, Nova Scotia.

There are several bus options in Halifax, and fares vary based on which type of bus route you are travelling on. One-way fares range from $2.25 to $3.25 for an adult fare, with 10-ticket or MetroPass options.

There are not many late-night routes on the bus line, and taking a taxi or walking may be a better alternative to get to your hotel if the bus is not running late enough for your needs.
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Getting Around
There are several taxi companies in Halifax, however, Casino Taxi is recommended by the casino and drivers are always parked outside of the casino for easy access. Casino Taxi's meter rate is an initial charge of $3.20 and $0.13 for each 76.7 metres and $0.70 per each additional passenger. 

Based on the rates, the taxi ride to many of the hotels closest to the casino will be approximately $5 and will take about 2 minutes. 
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Dining
The casino houses one full-service restaurant, Trapeze, and a cafe that serves lighter meals called Casino Cafe. There is also a coffee cart that serves beverages and a self-serve coffee kiosk on the gaming floor. 

Trapeze restaurant offers views of the Halifax waterfront and its hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 12 am. A late-night menu is available Friday and Saturday from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am, and the bar at the restaurant is open nightly until 2 am. The restaurant also takes reservations for parties.

Player's Club points can be used by members for food purchases at Trapeze and those who redeem points receive a 25% discount on their food purchase. 
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Entertainment
Gaming

The casino has over 550 slot machines ranging in denomination of $0.01 to $100 machines. The machines take Canadian paper currency and give winnings by tickets rather than coins. Slot tournaments are held for those looking for social gaming.

There are eight poker tables, three roulette tables, three baccarat tables and 12 blackjack tables, all with varying types of games and limits. Mini craps is available on weekend nights and there are also electronic table games available with five-player stations. Full gaming details, including types and limits, can be found here.

Entertainment

The casino hosts many special events, including musical and comedy performances. The casino also hosts regular events, including New Music Fridays, which is a free event showcasing three bands every Friday night at 9 pm.
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