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Days Inn Dartmouth

Days Inn Dartmouth is a 3 star hotel in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada 20 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth, NS, Canada
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$89
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Friendly staff, competitive rates, but the free breakfast is not a favourite

Pros 
  • Several guests thought that the staff were friendly and helpful
  • Many guests felt that the room rates were competitive
  • Many guests mentioned that there was shopping in the area and that the hotel was easy to get to
  • Free Internet, free parking, and free local calls
  • Indoor saltwater pool
Cons 
  • Many guests complained about the free breakfast in terms of its quality
  • Several guests also described long wait times at breakfast
  • Some guests complained that their second floor room was not elevator accessible

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Apr 2, 2012
Overview
The Days Inn Dartmouth is located on the north side of Highfield Park Drive and just to the southeast of Victoria Road (aka: Circumferential Highway).

Facilities at the pet friendly property (no pet fee/ground floor rooms only) include free parking, meeting space, a business centre, and a restaurant that serves free Daybreak continental breakfast. 
There are also some recreational facilities at the hotel including an indoor saltwater pool, a hot tub, and a fitness centre.

The two-story property features 144 guest rooms that include both smoking and non-smoking options. Many of the rooms on the second floor are accessible via an elevator however this is not the case for all rooms.* Bedding arrangements at the hotel are diverse and they include two doubles, two queens, one king, or one queen.

Room amenities include flatscreen televisions, microwaves (in most rooms), hair dryers, desks, and ironing equipment. Additionally guest rooms include free wireless Internet and free local calls. Refrigerators are also available at the hotel however they are on a request basis.

Downtown Halifax is about 6.3km away from the property while the Micmac Shopping Centre is about 2.7km away (distances - Google Maps).

Check in time is at 3pm and check out time is at 11am.

Verified with a Front Desk Agent: Microwaves in "most" rooms but on request in some rooms, not all rooms on the second floor are elevator accessible (it's a two building property), check in is at 3pm, and there is no pet fee.

*Note: this hotel has a "dumb-waiter" that can be used to transport luggage from one floor to the next although it cannot transport people. 
The Good
Guests that stayed at this hotel generally seemed to be happy with the property. Many guests indicated that they liked the hotel's location, the staff, and the room rates.

The guests that liked the hotel's location typically mentioned that there was shopping nearby. Many guests also indicated that the hotel was in an "accessible location" that could easily reach "many points" in the Dartmouth/Halifax region. Part of this was due to the "easy access to the bridge" that connected Halifax and Dartmouth.

The staff at the hotel were commonly described as amicable and willing to help. For example, one guest said that "everyone" was "extremely friendly and helpful." One guest felt that "they must be...motivated to provide good service."

The room rates also appealed to several guests who felt that the prices they paid were "very reasonable" or "affordable."

The Bad
Guests that were not entirely happy with their stay usually made negative comments about the breakfast or the lack of elevator service.

Guests that complained about the breakfast often did so in regard to food quality. One guest acknowledged that the meal "was free" but still mentioned "tough" eggs and bacon that he thought was both "under cooked" and greasy. Another guest said that "the so called free breakfast was a joke."

Guests also complained about the breakfast service and there were many complaints about wait times. There seemed to be a low ratio of wait staff to tables as one guest said that "there were several tables...and only one girl looking after all of us."

When it came to the hotel's facilities, many guests complained about the fact that there was no elevator serving their rooms. Some guests who stayed on the second floor found moving their luggage to be "a pain".
Expedia.ca guest reviews averaged to 4.0 out of 5 and 82% of the guests recommended the property.

Priceline.com guest ratings averaged to 7.4 points out of 10 and the site had 10 reviews.

Booking.com guest ratings averaged to 8.4 points out of 10 and the site had 13 reviews.

Front Desk Agent: Microwaves in "most" rooms but on request in some rooms, not all rooms on the second floor are elevator accessible (it's a two building property), and there is no pet fee.
Editor's Analysis by Shane L.
Analyzed by Shane L.
With ample personal travel experience and years of professional hotel work experience, Shane is prepared and determined to help travelers find what they want when booking Canadian hotels.


Guest Reviews
7.2
Good

#10 out of 12
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.2 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 181
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Days Inn Dartmouth is #10 out of 12 hotels in Dartmouth ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Greg from Dominion, NS CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 8 out of 10 on April 21, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Days Inn Stay"
"Overall, the hotel is a good value. I would suggest larger TV's in the rooms (I believe the current size is 32"). I would also suggest having additional options for the included breakfast. When we stayed the only option was scrambled eggs and bacon. For me, I would rather a continental breakfast with more options than a hot breakfast. For instance, my kids would rather have cereal or waffles for breakfast instead of eggs and bacon."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
David from Canning, NS CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 8 out of 10 on October 19, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good"
"The service was great, friendly, hospitality was wonderful. Hot breakfast included"
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Klaus from 52349 Dueren, DE rated Days Inn Dartmouth 6 out of 10 on July 24, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Service very good but cleanliness of room 107 was not so good."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Chris from Village Of Gagetown, NB CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 7 out of 10 on August 14, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Lunenburg, NS CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 3 out of 10 on June 04, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Ants, Desk unresponsive to noise, slow restaurant service"
"1. The rooms seemed pleasant but a group arrived around midnight & apparently wished to change some of their rooms. We were awakened by very loud talking & general noise in the hallway right outside our room. Phoned to tell the Desk who explained that "yes, it will be over with soon; they want to move rooms and a desk clerk is there with them. Right after this, people were having a very loud conversation outside my door & I opened the door to find the desk clerk who said "sorry, we'll try to talk quieter" but did not move away from my door. The noise did not stop until about 1:30. The Desk staff did Nothing! 2. In the morning, we discovered ANTS in one of the rooms & mentioned to desk at checkout as I thought they would want to take care of this. She didn't seem at all surprised or concerned, which made me wonder if they already knew about the ants. 3. We went in to get the complimentary hot breakfast but it took so long to even get the waitress to take our order that we had to leave to get to our morning's appoinment. We had left ample time for breakfast. It is NOT a complimentary breakfast if you cannot get served!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Audrey from Boieftown, NB CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 10 out of 10 on May 01, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Yarmouth, NS CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 5 out of 10 on November 05, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Aaron from Ellsworth, ME US rated Days Inn Dartmouth 8 out of 10 on September 20, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Nice place to visit"
"Friendly service and clean rooms. I was looking for a place close to a Halifax College to see my kids. This was about 15 minutes away from the school."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Lois from Fort Saskatchewan, AB CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 9 out of 10 on June 20, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Roger from Stratford, PE CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 8 out of 10 on May 02, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
William from Melbourne, FL US rated Days Inn Dartmouth 10 out of 10 on August 12, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The hotel and staff were great! It is in excellent shape and I could not think of any way to improve on it. The staff at the front desk were unfailingly helpful and friendly."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wendy from Cochrane, AB CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 7 out of 10 on June 27, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"desk clerk gave me my key and loudly said my room number. Other people in the Lobby easily heard. I requested another room and she seemed mystified as to why it would matter..."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Meghan from Baddeck, NS CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 7 out of 10 on May 04, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Charolette, PE CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 5 out of 10 on April 09, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"no elevator"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Sally from Albany, PE CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 8 out of 10 on April 09, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Moncton, NB US rated Days Inn Dartmouth 8 out of 10 on July 30, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Denman Island, BC CA rated Days Inn Dartmouth 7 out of 10 on July 01, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The hand basin was cracked around the drain area and a haven for bacteria.......this should have been replaced when it happened.Attention to detail in the hospitality industry is critical as you well know."


Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Bar / Lounge
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Jacuzzi
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Pool Indoor
  • Cots
  • Vending Machines
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry
  • Free Parking

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