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Budget property, central downtown location, private balconies, dated furnishings

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • Several guests enjoyed their views and private balconies
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • Many guests described the decor and fixtures throughout the hotel as dated
  • A few reviewers discovered unpleasant odours in their rooms (cigarette smoke and musty)
  • A couple of guests complained about hearing the conversations of guests in neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers complained that the underground parking facility was unable to accommodate larger SUV-sized vehicles
  • The staff and free breakfast received mixed reviews
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 15, 2012
Overview
This hotel is situated in downtown Dartmouth and is well suited for guests looking to explore this area on foot or for guests who prefer to explore Halifax via the ferry. The Halifax-Dartmouth ferry terminal is 3 minutes away on foot.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available and all 84 rooms include free Wi-Fi, a TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron and ironing board, a coffeemaker, a private balcony and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds. Executive suites offer more spacious accommodations and a work desk. Suites are furnished with one king bed, one queen bed or two queen beds.

Both underground parking and outdoor parking is available on site for $6 per night and pets are permitted in select rooms at no additional charge (subject to approval by the hotel).

A free breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 10 am.

On-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, free newspapers, meeting rooms, a business centre, coin-operated laundry machines and an ATM.

There are several restaurants and cafes within a 5-minute walk of this property. Alderney Landing (art gallery, theatre, restaurant and farmer's market) and the Dartmouth waterfront are both about 5 minutes away on foot. The Halifax waterfront area and trail system is about 18 minutes away via ferry or an 11-minute drive away (via the MacDonald bridge). Casino Halifax (table games, slots and live entertainment venue) is located within the Halifax waterfront area. The Halifax Metro Centre (sports and entertainment venue) is 9 minutes away by car.

Mic Mac Mall (shopping centre) is a 7-minute drive away, while Dartmouth Crossing (big box shopping complex) is 11 minutes away by car. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is about 27 minutes away by car.

Verified by a front desk agent on November 14, 2012: The free breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 10 am.
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The Good
Positive reviews slightly outnumbered negative reviews for this hotel among the reviews used for this analysis.

Many guests described their rooms as clean and a couple of reviewers thought that their rooms were spacious. A couple of guests thought that their rooms were well equipped with amenities such as a mini-fridge and a microwave.

Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the downtown Dartmouth area and accessing the ferry terminal on foot. A couple of guests found a few restaurants and a drug store within walking distance of the hotel.

Several reviewers enjoyed having a private balcony and a couple of guests mentioned having a pleasant view of the Halifax skyline and harbour from their guest rooms.

Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable.

A couple of guests described the front desk staff as friendly and professional, however a few reviewers mentioned concerns about the service that they received (see below for more details).

A couple of reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast, but there were mixed opinions about the free breakfast (more details below).
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The Bad
As mentioned above, positive reviews for this property slightly outnumbered negative reviews among the reviews sourced for this analysis. 

Many guests described dated decor and furnishings in their guest rooms and in the common areas of this hotel. One reviewer found the hotel in general to be "dark and dingy", while another reviewer described her room as "somewhat rundown". Guests noticed rusted bathroom fixtures, chipped caulking, and water stains or leaks in the ceiling. 

A few reviewers complained about unpleasant odours in the guest rooms. One guest smelled cigarette smoke in her non-smoking room and others complained of a musty odour.

A couple of guests were disturbed by noise from conversations in neighbouring rooms and one reviewer found the noise from public transit buses stopping outside the hotel to be disruptive.

A couple or reviewers complained that the low clearance of the underground parking facility was unable to accommodate their SUV-sized vehicles. These guests used the outdoor parking facility instead. 

While some guests complimented the front desk staff, as mentioned above, a few reviewers found some of the front desk agents to be unhelpful and rude.

As mentioned above, some guests praised the food at the free breakfast, however, a couple of reviewers complained about a lack of healthy options at the free breakfast.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.1 out of 5 with 92% of 63 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #9 out of 12 properties in Dartmouth, with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 77 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 3.8 out of 5 based on 74 guest reviews.

Verified by a front desk agent on November 14, 2012: The free breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am - 10 am.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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Rated 7.0/10 based on 255 reviews

Ranked #9 out of 12 hotels in Dartmouth

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Location
Map Marker Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel
65 King Street, Dartmouth, NS