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Budget hotel near Lake Micmac, clean rooms, friendly service, free breakfast

Pros
  • Free parking, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing shopping destinations in Dartmouth
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • Many guests complained about dated decor
  • A few reviewers complained about a lack of water pressure in their bathrooms
  • A couple of guests mentioned that their in-room air conditioning units were not in working order
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 15, 2012
Overview
This hotel overlooks Lake Micmac and is about a 3-minute drive from the Circumferential Highway (Highway 111) which is a major thoroughfare in Dartmouth. This property is best suited for guests who plan to explore the area by car, however, there is a grocery store and a wine store within a 3-minute walk of this property. 

This property is 100% smoke-free and all 54 rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a coffeemaker, a desk, a TV with a DVD player, an iron and ironing board, air conditioning, a mini-fridge and a microwave. Rooms are furnished with one queen bed, two queen beds, or one king bed. 

Free parking is available on site and pets under 25 lbs are permitted in select rooms at no additional charge.

A free breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am.

Other on-site amenities include a fitness centre, a business centre, dry cleaning (extra fees apply), coin-operated laundry machines, meeting rooms, currency exchange, safe deposit boxes, free newspapers and free DVD rentals.

There are several restaurants on Main Street, about a 2-minute drive away. Mic Mac Mall (shopping centre) is 6 minutes away by car, while Dartmouth Crossing (big box shopping complex and movie theatre) is a 9-minute drive away. Downtown Dartmouth is 4 minutes away by car and features the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry terminal, Alderney Landing (theatre, art gallery, and farmer's market) and the Sportsplex (sports arena).

Downtown Halifax, including the Halifax Metro Centre (sports and entertainment venue), the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and Casino Halifax (table games, slots, and live entertainment), may be accessed in an 11-minute drive. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is 26 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on November 14, 2012: The free breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am.
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The Good
Positive reviews 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 said that their rooms were "spotless". Several reviewers found their rooms to be quiet. A few guests thought that their rooms were spacious and a few other guests found their beds to be comfortable. A couple of guests praised the pleasant lake views from their guest rooms.

Several reviewers appreciated the in room amenities, such as the TVs, microwaves and mini-fridges. One guest said that the in-room appliances appeared to be new.

The staff were frequently complimented and guests described the front desk agents as attentive and helpful. One guest described the service as "excellent".

Many guests found the location convenient for accessing Highway 111, Mic Mac Mall and Dartmouth Crossing by car. Several guests also found the nearby grocery store to be an added convenience. One reviewer noted that the trail system around Lake Micmac was pleasant for walks.

Several guests praised the food and selection at the free breakfast.

Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and reviewers mentioned the following amenities as value-added features: on-site laundry facilities, pet-friendly policy (pets stay free), and free parking.


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The Bad
As mentioned above, positive reviews for this property outnumbered negative reviews among the reviews sourced for this analysis. However, there were a few common concerns and a few isolated complaints mentioned by guests.

Many guests described the decor throughout the hotel as dated. One reviewer thought that the halls were "dingy", while another guest said that this hotel was "showing its age". Guests described worn carpeting, unpleasant cigarette smoke odours, and a phone that was not in working order.

A few reviewers complained about a lack of water pressure in the bathroom.

A couple of guests said that their in-room air conditioning units were not working properly and that it was difficult to cool the room to a comfortable temperature. One reviewer also found the air conditioning unit in her room to be noisy and disruptive.

While many guests described their rooms as clean, a couple of reviewers noticed dusty surfaces in their rooms.

Isolated complaints included: unreliable Wi-Fi, no ventilation fan in the guest room, and one guest was disturbed by a housekeeper vacuuming the halls at 8 am in the morning.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.6 out of 5 with 82% of 17 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #10 out of 12 properties in Dartmouth, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 4.1 out of 5 based on 20 guest reviews.

Verified by a front desk agent on November 14, 2012: The free breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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8 / out of 12
hotels in Dartmouth

Rated 7.1/10 based on 353 reviews

Ranked #8 out of 12 hotels in Dartmouth

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Location
  • Mic Mac Mall (0.8 km)
  • Dartmouth Crossing (2.6 km)
  • Museum of Natural History (4.7 km)
  • Halifax Shopping Centre (6.6 km)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (7.5 km)
Map Marker Hearthstone Inn Dartmouth
313 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, NS