Halifax has a lot of great hotels to choose from that are right downtown and in walking distance of the Halifax arena. In fact the beauty and quaintness of Halifax makes me want to visit there someday soon!

If you happen to be taking in an event in the colder months, the city has provided a climate-controlled walkway that stretches its way around the city's core sometimes above the ground and sometimes underground, to help keep you warm. It's called the Halifax Link and four of the hotels listed on this page are connected to the Metro Centre by this pathway. You might want to consider staying at one of them in the winter months. The Link not only connects these hotels to the arena, but to Scotia Square Mall and Purdy's Wharf (and some other buildings). It's advisable to have a map to navigate your way around as it's easy to lose your bearings in the underground sections of the pedway. The hotels that are linked are: Delta Barrington, Delta Halifax, Prince George Hotel, and Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

In my analysis of the hotels closest to the Metro Centre, I compared prices, freebies offered, available amenities such as on-site restaurant and indoor pool, desirable extras such as microwaves and mini-fridges, guest ratings, recent reviews online, and the cost for Wi-Fi and parking (if surcharged). My picks are the hotels that I think offer the best overall value.

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Editor's Top 9 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
The Prince George Hotel is my pick for best service. It's an excellent hotel with very high ratings and a beautiful ambiance in a perfect downtown location. In the words of an online guest reviewer, "It's an easy walk to restaurants, shops, museums and waterfront", and if the weather becomes contrary you can walk underground along the pedway. It's also the hotel nearest the Scotiabank Centre arena and concert venue, a 1-minute walk.

There are lots of happy customers reviewing online sharing why they feel this is an exceptional hotel. Some of the highlights that I picked up were warm and caring staff who give service which is above expectations, modern clean rooms, a top-notch pool, plus great food and service at the restaurant. All rooms come with a mini-fridge. And a microwave is also yours for the asking at this hotel.

Parking is extra as in all the downtown hotels on this page, but at $22 a night, it's not outrageous, and the hotel provides excellent Wi-Fi for free. One reviewer who had parked in the hotel's underground facility, reported how the staff came and gave his car battery a boost, once he discovered that he had unwittingly drained it. Now I'd say that's service that goes above and beyond!

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
The Cambridge Suites is my pick for great value. This is a repeated theme among guest reviewers online who have given it very high scores with an equally high recommendation rate. Guests liked the location for being close enough to walk to lots of good restaurants and bars. It's only a 6-minute walk to Spring Garden Place for shopping and in the other direction, the boardwalk along the harbour. It's also only 4 minutes on foot to the arena.

This hotel's rooms are clean with modern interiors and comfortable beds, separate sitting areas and kitchenettes with stove top or mini-kitchens with microwave, mini-fridge and small sink which makes it more convenient to order in, store food and heat up last night's leftovers.

There's no restaurant or indoor pool on site, but guests can use the well-liked indoor pool and hot tub at their sister hotel, the Prince George Hotel, just a 3-minute walk away. They offer a free basic continental breakfast and have a fitness centre that guests seem to feel is adequate for keeping up one's exercise regime. There's a sauna, hot tub and outdoor roof-top patio with pleasant views on the 6th floor, along with a BBQ which guests can use to eat-in on occasion.

Wi-Fi is excellent and included in the room rate, and secure, heated, underground parking is ~$19 per night, which guests seem pleased to pay in order to have their vehicle safely tucked away out of view. And last but not least, are the friendly and very helpful staff who provide prompt service, according to guests.
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

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

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

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

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

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 ~$129 CAD
Popular Dartmouth hotel near MacKay Bridge with pet-friendly rooms and free hot breakfast 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well maintained
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent overall by guests
  • Location convenient to highway, bridge to Halifax, Dartmouth and Burnside Industrial Park
  • Many judged the hotel to provide good value
  • Staff and service rated excellent by guests
  • Many guests liked the free hot breakfast
Cons
  • A few guests found the hotel difficult to locate from the highway
  • Not many restaurants in walking distance

4 Other Hotels Close to Scotiabank Centre

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$250 CAD
Pet-friendly downtown Halifax hotel on pedway with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi
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
  • Some guests said the rooms were dated
  • Valet parking is $21.95 plus tax
Location
Located in downtown Halifax, this hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Metro Centre and can be accessed by the Link pedway system.
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
Location
Located on a small one-way street in Halifax's downtown, this Radisson is an approximate 8-minute walk from the Metro Centre.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$236 CAD
Downtown Halifax hotel near shopping and nightlife with indoor pool and on-site dining
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
Location
The Four Points hotel is 9-minute walk from the Metro Centre 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
Location
Within walking distance of the waterfront, the Courtyard  Halifax is an 10-minute walk from the Metro Centre.

Tips For Staying Near Scotiabank Centre

Location
The Halifax Metro Centre is located in downtown Halifax just below the old Town Clock and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site at the foot of Citadel Hill.

It's Atlantic Canada's largest multi-purpose facility and the region's premier venue for concerts, sports and special events.

The stadium is home to the Halifax Rainmen (NBL) basketball team, the Halifax Mooseheads ice-hockey club (QMJHL) and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoos (royal patronage military and civilian performers).

The Halifax Metro Centre has hosted basketball, curling and CHL games, Canada Games, Juno Awards, as well as concerts by Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush.

A current schedule of events can be found on their website.
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Getting Around
All of the below-mentioned hotels are less than a 10-minute walk of the stadium, and four of them are linked via the Downtown Halifax Link pedway system which is handy in bad weather.

Public transit is available. A single adult fare on the conventional bus is $2.25, while prices go up to $2.75 for the premium express bus, or $3.25 for the airport express.

The ferry terminal, connecting foot passengers to Woodside or Dartmouth (Alderney), is a 6-minute walk from the stadium. Ferry fares are also $2.25. Information on schedules, fares and the ferries can be found on the Metro Transit website.

Highway 111, Circumferential Highway, can be reached in a 9-minute drive, while the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is an approximate 30-minute drive away.
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Parking
While there is no parking available directly in the Metro Centre, guests can find lots of options in the surrounding downtown neighbourhood, or park on the street at a maximum 7-minute walking distance from the stadium. A good resource for parking lot maps and fees can be found at parkopedia.caAccessible parking is available on the street.
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Dining
Aside from typical stadium food stalls serving up pizza and fries, and an on-site Sports Bar, guests can find a number of other dining options within a 3-minute walk in any direction surrounding the stadium. 

The Metro Centre is a proud supporter of the Budweiser Good Sport Program for designated drivers, and enrolls registered guests in a prize draw after pledging sobriety for the night.
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