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Highly praised Halifax boutique hotel near airport with outdoor pool and in-room jacuzzis

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, parking, local calls
  • Guests loved the tranquil setting on the lake, the small beach and places to sit outdoors
  • Guests found the location convenient to the Halifax airport as well as downtown Halifax
  • The on-site dining received rave reviews
  • Guests found the rooms very clean, well maintained and cozy
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating according to guests
Cons
  • No elevator
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Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 19, 2015
Overview
Located just off Highway 102 in Halifax's Fairfield suburb and a 9-minute drive from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Inn on the Lake caters to business and leisure guests, travelling by air or car, who prefer a boutique-style hotel that offers a unique and charming ambiance with fine dining.

This smoke-free hotel has 39 air-conditioned guest rooms, all of which offer free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk with chair, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 king, 1 queen or 2 double beds. Room extras include a private balcony, a lake view, a single or double jacuzzi, a stand-up shower for 2, a claw-footed soaker tub and an electric fireplace.  Suites may offer one or two separate bedrooms, an electric fireplace, a mini-fridge and a 2-person jacuzzi.
 This hotel has accessible rooms.

Free parking is available on site. A free airport shuttle is offered, and runs daily every 30 minutes from 5 am to midnight (advance booking required). The hotel offers some pet-friendly rooms for pets less than 100 lbs with a maximum of 2 pets per room. Guests must sign a pet policy agreement at check in.

On-site dining is available at Encore Fine Dining (serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily) and Oliver's Gastropub (open daily from 2:30 pm to midnight). 

Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, a beach, a business centre, meeting/conference space, free newspapers and outdoor tennis courts. The hotel offers complimentary passes to The FitZone Gym, a 5-minute walk from the hotel. There is no elevator on site.

Shopping is available at Bedford Place Mall, which can be found about 6 minutes southwest by car. Oakfield Provincial Park and Oakfield Golf & Country Club are both located within a 15-minute drive north of the hotel. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and downtown Halifax can be found about 20 minutes south by car, while the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre is about a 36-minute drive northwest. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on July 19, 2015: all rooms have a mini-fridge and a microwave, pets are allowed in certain rooms and arrangements should be made with the hotel directly to determine availability
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The Good
This hotel was very well liked by guests who provided it with high scores in recent reviews read for this report. Guests praised the hotel's location, its rooms, staff and the excellent dining on site.

Many reviewers praised the hotel's location. It was described as being in a serene location by Lake Thomas, close to Halifax Airport and downtown Halifax. This was a great place to stay when accessing the airport due to the free shuttle (to and from the airport)  and the owners going above and beyond for guests in this regard. One guest told of how the owner picked them up from the airport and also provided free hot coffee and muffins when leaving early on a flight.

The hotel's rooms were a source of numerous compliments by guests. They were described as very clean and cozy with great views of the lake and comfortable beds. 

Several guests were pleased with the hotel's staff and characterized them as efficient and personable. 

Many guests provided rave reviews of the food on site, from breakfast to dinner, to drinks at the pub. It was described as mouthwatering and wonderful time and time again.

Guests seemed to express that this hotel provided good value, from the free parking and free airport shuttle to the quality of the dining on site.
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The Bad
While most of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there was the very occasional complaint regarding the staff, who sometimes were less than courteous at the front desk to the guests. 

Although the staff will carry luggage, guests with mobility issues should note that the hotel does not have an elevator and book a room on the main floor if possible.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 out of 1 Fall River hotels, with a guest rating of 4.5 out of 5, from 152 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.7 out of 10 from 84 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.7 out of 5 from 16 reviews.


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
9.0
Excellent

Rated 9.0/10 based on 259 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 1 hotels in Fall River

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Location
Map Marker Inn on the Lake
3009 Highway 2, Fall River, NS