Halifax is a treasure trove of good hotels. It's hard to find cheaper ones, though, as the prices are quite high on the eastern borders of Canada!

I like to challenge myself to find hotels that fulfill well on the value proposition, those that provide great value for the price and those which most travellers consider affordable. One thing that is a definite plus in Halifax, is that most hotels are highly rated by guests which generally means they are well-maintained properties that have good customer service.

If you're looking for something extra special, I recommend the Prince George for traditional luxury or the Delta Halifax for modern luxury, both connected to the Halifax pedway system, thereby accessing major attractions such as Scotia Square Mall, Metro Centre, and the World Trade and Convention Centre by means of a covered walkway or underground--good for those chillier days on the eastern coast!

A little farther from the downtown core, but still within walking distance is the elegant lady of Nova Scotia, the historical heritage property now known as the Westin Nova Scotian located at the Halifax Seaport, the second largest natural seaport in the world--where my parents (and many others) landed when immigrating to Canada.

My picks below reflect good value hotels in Halifax that are a little easier on the pocketbook and should provide guests with comfortable and more affordable stays in Halifax.
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Editor's Top 8 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$152 CAD
Popular historic Halifax hotel near harbour with quaint rooms & bistro with courtyard garden
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, light breakfast buffet, parking, coffee in lobby, DVD movies, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and quiet with comfortable beds
  • Location was excellent, an easy walk to much of downtown
  • The staff were kind and considerate and willing to help
  • The restaurant on site received rave reviews
  • Breakfast was satisfying and well liked by many guests
Cons
  • No elevator and some rooms accessible by stairs only
  • Parking was limited and a little tight according to some guests
Someone I know from Halifax said that if you're looking for a smaller inn or boutique-style property, the Halliburton Inn is the best in the city. Many reviewers seem to agree. According to guests this is a wonderful old historic hotel in a great location with extremely pleasant staff. There's a courtyard with a garden and bistro tables, and an on-site restaurant serving a free breakfast with freshly-baked muffins and cakes. They also serve dinner that many reviewers raved about.

The location of the hotel is greatly appreciated by guests for being within walking distance of the waterfront boardwalk, restaurants, shops and other attractions. Guests enjoyed their clean and quaint rooms with comfortable beds and included in the room rates are breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking. Because the property does not have an elevator, it is not recommended for those who cannot manage stairs and luggage (although the hotel is willing to help out in this regard).

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$148 CAD
Popular Halifax hotel near the city centre with indoor pool, rooftop patio and restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free downtown shuttle service
  • Free breakfast and appetizers for guests staying in executive rooms
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and generally comfortable
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for guests looking to access some Halifax attractions on foot
  • Across from Halifax Commons park
Cons
  • A few guests found the parking facility small
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the parking prices were too expensive ($17 per night)
  • A couple of guests complained about hearing noise from the halls
  • A couple of reviewers noted that the curtains in their rooms did not block the sunlight well
The recently renovated (2014) and popular Atlantica Hotel Halifax is located on the west side of Robie Street to the south of Quinpool Road. Nearby attractions include Halifax Common, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, the Halifax Citadel, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

The rooms are very clean and well-maintained and the staff are hospitable and attentive, according to guests. There's a well-reviewed restaurant on site. Some people have commented on the comfort of the beds and said they had a great sleep at the hotel.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$222 CAD
Highly praised downtown hotel on Halifax harbour with indoor pool, restaurant and spa
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and wired Internet
  • Guests staying on the Concierge level receive a free continental breakfast, free snacks, free drinks and free evening hors d'ouvres
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their professional service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring Halifax on foot
  • Many guests praised the food served at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Self-parking is $22 while valet parking is $27 per day
  • A couple of guests thought that the prices for breakfast at the on-site restaurant were expensive

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$178 CAD
Historic downtown Halifax hotel with old world charm, classy rooms and well-liked dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Beautiful historic old English ambiance in the lobby
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Staff were professional, polite and friendly said guests
  • Guests loved the front porch for relaxing and reading
  • Location was unbeatable, across from the Public Gardens, near shops, restaurants and attractions
  • The pub decor, dining and drinks were well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guest reviewers
Cons
  • Underground self-parking is $28 plus tax and valet parking is $40 plus tax, per night
  • A few guests found the rooms and bathrooms small
  • A few guests found beds that were too short
  • Not everyone loved the breakfast on site
  • Some wished for an elevator from the parkade to the lobby

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$245 CAD
Highly praised downtown Halifax hotel with harbour views, kitchenette suites and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, manager's reception on Wednesdays, beverage bar in lobby, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and well appointed said guests
  • Location excellent--in walking distance of downtown restaurants, harbour, shopping, entertainment and attractions
  • Staff were very well liked, welcoming, friendly and helpful
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by online reviewers
  • Guests typically enjoyed the free breakfast and other dining on site
Cons
  • Underground parking is $20 per day
  • A few guests said the rooms were a little dated
  • On occasion guests complained of hearing noisy guests in the hallways

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$502 CAD
Popular downtown Halifax hotel with kitchenettes, rooftop patio and free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, coffee bar in lobby, weekday light meals, newspapers
  • Rooms were well cleaned and well-equipped with comfy beds
  • Free breakfast was good quality and well stocked
  • Location was excellent, near good restaurants, bars, the waterfront and attractions
  • Staff very helpful and accommodating
  • Rooftop patio offered nice harbour views and a place to relax
Cons
  • Underground parking is $19 per night
  • Rooms facing Argyle Street can be noisy at night when the bars crowds disperse

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$163 CAD
Popular downtown Halifax hotel on pedway with indoor pool, restaurant & pet-friendly rooms
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed
  • Location was well liked for its proximity to the Scotia Square Mall and its shops and eateries and the waterfront
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good by online surveys
  • Staff were cordial and very attentive to guests
  • Parking offered easy access
  • Excellent breakfast buffets and very good dining on site said guests
Cons
  • Self-parking is $22 and valet parking is $27
  • Some guests complained of dated rooms
  • Occasionally guests found a noise disturbance from AC units, elevators and guests in hallways

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$200 CAD
Highly praised luxury hotel in downtown Halifax with indoor pool, hot tub and fine dining 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean, classy and well appointed said guests
  • Location was excellent-an easy walk to waterfront, best restaurants, shopping, attractions
  • Staff gave first-class service and went out of their way to help guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests online
  • High quality gourmet food and great buffet breakfasts a hit with guests
  • Pool and hot tub were very inviting
Cons
  • Underground parking is $22 and valet parking is $30 per night
  • Occasionally guests complained about other guests making noise in the hallway
  • Crown Floor rooms and halls not as updated as the rest of the hotel said guests

2 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Halifax

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$139 CAD
Well-liked and pet-friendly budget hotel in west Halifax with indoor pool & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Guests found the staff exceptional at this hotel
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Some guests thought the hotel provided good value
  • Guests found good dining options in walking distance
Cons
  • A couple of guests said that the dining area for the free breakfast was small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$160 CAD
Good value north Halifax hotel overlooking Bedford Basin with indoor pool & jacuzzi suites 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi (and wired Internet), free breakfast and free parking
  • Many reviewers praised the food served at the free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Several guests praised the views of the Bedford Basin from the property
  • A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
  • A few guests found the rooms small

Tips For Staying In Halifax

Choosing A Hotel in Halifax

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Halifax: where the Metro Centre and many other attractions in Halifax can be found

Halifax Airport: the airport is about 30 minutes' drive from the downtown core


Where to stay and what to do in Halifax
Downtown Halifax is where you'll find most of the attractions Halifax is known for in a relatively small area. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a prominent feature that is surrounded by the downtown core and is most definitely worth a bit of your time to explore. In addition, nearby you'll find the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (largest of its kind in Canada), the Alexander Keith's brewery (a no-brainer site to visit, of course) and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The Maritime Museum is home to many artifacts of the Titanic. In fact, Halifax played a major role in a recovery mission for the ill-fated ship and is the final resting place of many victims from that tragedy.

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Just outside the downtown core
If you need to pay a visit to Dalhousie University your best bet is to find a hotel downtown. The university, while not located in the core, is only about a 10 minute drive west of downtown.


There are a handful of hotels scattered along the the outer regions of the city for travelers looking for quick access to some of Halifax's many lakes as well as Long Lake Provincial Park. However, downtown is probably where most will want to stay.


Surrounding Area
Dartmouth is just a short car or ferry ride (or slightly longer swim) across the Halifax Harbour. Take the MacDonald Bridge Road by car or hop on a ferry from downtown to take you across.


Acadia University is located in Wolfville, about an hour's drive from Halifax.

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