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Atlantica Hotel Halifax

8.0 | Very Good | #21 out of 26 hotels in Halifax
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Popular Halifax hotel near the city centre with indoor pool, rooftop patio and restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, downtown shuttle service, pet stays, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was convenient to area restaurants, public transit and a healthy walk to downtown
  • Staff were very accommodating and effiicient said guests
  • Guests often enjoyed breakfast and other meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good by guests online
Cons
  • Underground parking is $20 per night
  • Some found the underground parking lot a little tight for larger vehicles
  • Some felt the hotel was a little dated
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Review
Updated Sep 14, 2016
Overview
This hotel is situated across from the Halifax Commons park in walking distance of area cafes and restaurants. It’s a 7-minute drive or 18-minute walk to the city centre.

This hotel offers 230 smoke-free rooms over 14 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control.

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 2 bunk beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a separate bedroom, a living room, a mini-fridge, (a microwave on request), a desk, free bottled water, bathrobes and views. Accessible rooms are also available.

Guests staying in Platinum rooms also receive free hot breakfast and appetizers in the Seasons Lounge, turn-down service and free bottled water.

Underground parking with a 6’ clearance is available on site for $20 per night. This hotel provides a one-way free shuttle service to downtown on weekdays only from 5:30 am to 7:30 am and evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Pets are welcome at no extra charge.

Seasons by Atlantica restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers views of the Halifax Common. Room service is available daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness centre, a rooftop patio, a business centre, dry cleaning, a guest laundry, concierge service, safe deposit boxes, luggage storage, elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

Dalhousie University is a 4-minute drive. QE2 Health Science Centre is a 5-minute walk away. The Halifax Citadel Historic Fort, the Scotiabank Centre and the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre are all 15 minutes away on foot or a 5-minute drive away. Other downtown attractions, including the Halifax Harbour waterfront boardwalk, Alexander Keith's Brewery and shopping on Spring Garden Road, are all within a 20-minute walk.

Scotia Square mall is a 5-minute drive and the Halifax Shopping Centre is a 16 minutes away by car. VIA Rail train station is a 9-minute drive. Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is 33 minutes by car. Peggy's Point Lighthouse is a 50-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the hotel on Sept 14, 2016: guests can request a mini-fridge or microwave at no extra charge, parking clearance is 6’, shuttle hours, room service hours, all rooms have climate control

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The Good
This hotel was very well liked by its guests for providing a pleasant stay.

Guests liked the rooms. They were often described as very clean and spacious, with comfortable beds in a well-maintained facility. Many spoke of pretty views from their rooms and some could see the harbour from higher floors.

Guests liked the location. It was a short walk to neighbourhood restaurants, easy to access public transit, across from a park and a short drive to Dalhousie University, QE2 Health Sciences, downtown, attractions, shopping and the waterfront.

Guests enjoyed meals on site. More than one recent reviewer recommended the seafood chowder and another wrote, “Bar in the hotel has a great lounge with a full menu and a great relaxed, friendly environment."

Guests liked the staff. Guests often reported great treatment by awesome staff members and others called them incredibly accommodating, efficient and friendly.

Adding value were: high-end toiletries, a nice heated pool with deck and hot tub, pool noodles and toys for the kids, well appointed public spaces, a guest laundry that included soap and dryer sheets, and a free shuttle to downtown.

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The Bad
Guests who complained were in the minority.

Some were disappointed at the extra parking charge of $20 as they considered the hotel to not be in the more central downtown area. Others found the underground lot to be a little tight.

Some found the walk back from downtown to be challenging and a little far (about 20- 25 minutes), as it was uphill.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to downtown in the morning and early evenings on weekdays. One guest complained that this service was only one-way.

Some felt the hotel was a little dated overall and were disappointed that there was no mini-fridge or microwave in all rooms.

Occasionally guests complained of noise disturbances from other guests, as sound travelled through the doorways.

Some felt the hotel was too expensive, although some felt the hotel offered better value comparatively, in an expensive Halifax market.

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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #15 out of 28 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 820reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.1 out of 10, based on 526 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.0 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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21 / out of 26
hotels in Halifax

The average guest rating for Atlantica Hotel Halifax is 8.0 out of 10 based on 4865 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Atlantica Hotel Halifax at #21 out of 26 hotels in Halifax.

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Map Marker Atlantica Hotel Halifax
1980 Robie Street a Quinpool, Halifax, NS