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15-minute drive from Halifax, good rates, clean & comfy but dated rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's reasonable rates
  • Numerous reviewers found the hotel close to downtown Halifax, shopping and highway access
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and comfortable by several travellers
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and musty odours
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 21, 2013
Overview
Located about a 15-minute drive from Halifax's city centre along Bedford Highway, the Esquire Motel is geared towards road travellers who prefer a hotel with outside room entrance, an outdoor pool and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's guest rooms and suites comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a desk, a fan and a hair dryer. Irons and ironing boards are available upon request. Rooms with a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a separate bedroom and an additional bathroom are also available, as are smoking and non-smoking rooms.

The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, a business centre, vending machines and free parking. Pets are permitted for an additional $10 per pet, per night and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible. Esquire Restaurant (located across the street and affiliated with the hotel) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 

Sunnyside Mall and Mount Saint Vincent University are both about a 5-minute drive away, while Sheraton Casino Halifax can be found 16 minutes away by car. Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is roughly an 18-minute drive from the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets $10/pet/night, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 7, 2013)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's rates, location, rooms and staff.

Many guests praised the hotel's rates. They described them as reasonable, economical and affordable. 

The hotel's location was enjoyed by numerous lodgers. They described it as easily accessible, and close to restaurants, shopping, highway access, the airport, downtown Halifax, beaches, Tim Hortons and Lower Sackville.

Several reviewers were pleased with the hotel's accommodations. They found their rooms to be clean, spacious, well equipped and quiet, with comfortable beds, fast Wi-Fi and good water pressure. A few patrons had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by travellers, who characterized them as friendly, accommodating and helpful with recommendations. One guest noted, "The front desk girl was very friendly and even helped us plan our day trip around Halifax. All of the staff treated us like we were long time guests and tried to help in any way they could".
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms.

Although several reviewers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few guests were disappointed with aspects of their accommodations. They reported dated decor, worn furniture, no air conditioning, musty odours and some highway noise. 
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8 out of 10 from 32 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #2 of 4 Bedford hotels with an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 from 12 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.4 out of 5 with an 89% recommendation rate from 9 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 7, 2013 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
4.9
Poor
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2 / out of 2
hotels in Bedford

Rated 4.9/10 based on 76 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 2 hotels in Bedford

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Location
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (4.3 km)
  • Halifax Shopping Centre (7.6 km)
  • Museum of Natural History (9.4 km)
Map Marker Esquire Motel
771 Bedford Highway, Bedford, NS