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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
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 29, 2015
Overview
This hotel is located near the intersection of two main highways, in between Dartmouth and Halifax, making it ideally located for guests who are looking to explore the Halifax-Dartmouth area by car.

This property offers both smoking and non-smoking rooms. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 32" flat screen TV and DVD player, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Room extras include a sofabed, a microwave, a sink with counter, a dining table, a separate living room and a private bedroom with a second TV and DVD player. Accessible rooms are also available.

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. Pets (1 only per room) are permitted in select rooms for $10 per stay.

A free hot breakfast is served from 6 am to 9:30 am on weekdays and from 7 am to 10:30 am on weekends. There is no restaurant on site but the Ship Victory Restaurant and Lounge is a 6-minute walk away and Fan's Chinese Restaurant is 4 minutes away on foot.

Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, a business centre, a guest laundry, an ATM, dry cleaning, foreign currency exchange, ice/vending machines, safe deposit boxes, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

Downtown Dartmouth, which features restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and Alderney Landing (theatre, farmer's market, access to the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry, and art gallery), is about 8 minutes away by car. Mic Mac Mall (shopping centre) is a 7-minute drive away, while Dartmouth Crossing (big box shopping complex and movie theatre) is 10 minutes away by car.

Downtown Halifax, which features the Halifax Metro Centre (sports and entertainment venue), the World Trade and Convention Centre (meeting and event complex), the waterfront trail system, Pier 21 (historic immigration site) and the Halifax Casino is 15 minutes away by car. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is at least a 21-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)  

Confirmed with the front desk on October 29, 2015: one pet per room is allowed in certain rooms for $10 per stay, the hotel still has a 3 smoking rooms available at this time
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The Good
Many reviewers found this a comfortable and good value hotel, judging from online reviews read for this report.

Service received high scores in the reviews. Guests described the front desk agents as friendly, genuine, fun, polite and knowledgeable. They were reported to be helpful in solving issues that sometimes arose.

Many guests found comfortable rooms. Guests described the rooms as very clean, quiet, spacious, nicely decorated and well maintained. Some mentioned comfortable beds and pillows and great views of Halifax.

Guests seemed to appreciate the free breakfast. Guests usually described it as good or as having a good variety of choices and delicious coffee. One guest wrote, "Complimentary breakfast is a bonus, clean and tidy dining area, I enjoy my thick toast, fruit, and hot tea, but there is a nice variety of breads, cereals, a hot dish, and a pancake machine as well!"

Guests found the location convenient. Many mentioned having good access to both cities, the Burnside Industrial Park, the bridge to Halifax, shopping and the highway.

Guests gave high scores for value. Reviewers seemed to consider the hotel to offer above average accommodations for a reasonable price. Adding value for some were free Wi-Fi, a nice hot breakfast and a very good exercise room.

Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guest reviewers overall.
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The Bad
Occasionally, guests pointed out what they considered to be the hotel's weaknesses in recent reviews.

With regard to the location, some guests found the hotel difficult to access from the highway, and lacking a selection of restaurants in walking distance.

A couple of reviewers complained of noisy AC units in their rooms.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.2 out of 5 with 96% of 517 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #3 out of 12 properties in Dartmouth, with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 523 reviews.




Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.3
Very Good

Rated 8.3/10 based on 1944 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 12 hotels in Dartmouth

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Location
  • Dartmouth Crossing (3.0 km)
  • Mic Mac Mall (3.2 km)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (4.1 km)
  • Museum of Natural History (4.6 km)
  • Halifax Shopping Centre (4.7 km)
Map Marker Travelodge Suites Dartmouth
101 Yorkshire Ave Extension, Dartmouth, NS