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Highly praised downtown Halifax hotel with harbour views, kitchenette suites and free Wi-Fi

  • 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
  • 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
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 7, 2016
This hospitable hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with kitchen facilities in walking distance of downtown Halifax restaurants and attractions.

The smoke-free hotel offers 200 rooms over 6 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-kitchen, (mini-fridge, microwave, sink), a desk, iPod docking, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, windows that open and climate control. 

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen bed or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a kitchenette (full-size fridge, 2-burner stove top, sink, microwave, dishwasher, cookware, dinnerware) a dining room, a living room and harbour views.  Accessible rooms are also available.

Underground heated parking is available on site for $20 per day. (Oversize vehicles may also be accommodated by calling the hotel.) 

Pets are welcomed with a treat, blanket/bowl and toy, for $25 for the first week and $50 for subsequent weeks.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 10 am. The free breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant, Canvas, which also offers a hot breakfast items for an extra charge and is open for dinner. Room service is available during breakfast and dinner hours. A free beverage bar is available all day in the lobby.

There is a manager's reception every Wednesday at 5 pm with free appetizers, wine and beer.

Hotel amenities include a rooftop patio with harbour views and BBQs open from  5 am to 11 pm, a 24-hour lobby market with snacks and drinks for sale, a rooftop fitness studio, a rooftop hot tub, a sauna, a business centre, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, luggage storage, safe deposit boxes, ice machines, elevators, free newspapers and meeting rooms. 

Off site, guests have access to the indoor pool at the Prince George Hotel, a 3-minute walk.

Centrally located in downtown Halifax, there are many attractions, shops, restaurants and bars a 3- to 7-minute walk away. Attractions include the Halifax Harbour waterfront boardwalk, the Halifax Metro Centre, the Halifax Citadel Historic Fort, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. 

The Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market is a 15-minute walk away. Point Pleasant Park is a 9-minute drive from the hotel. Access to Highway 111 and the McKay Bridge to Dartmouth are both an 8-minute drive away. The Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is at least 28 minutes away by car. (All travel times: Google Maps)
The Good
This hotel was very well liked by its guests for providing a clean and comfortable stay in a great downtown location.

The location was considered prime. Guests could access so much on foot, the harbour boardwalk, the Public Garden, shopping, restaurants, groceries, sports facilities, theatre and various attractions.

The rooms were spacious and comfortable. Guests found well maintained and clean rooms with comfortable beds. Guests also appreciated having kitchen facilities in their rooms (either a mini-kitchen or kitchenette).

Staff were well trained, welcoming and very helpful and guests sometimes called them superb and exceptional.

Although some thought the free continental breakfast was a little basic, guests usually appreciated having this added perk and those who wanted some hot breakfast foods could add side dishes to their meal at a very reasonable cost.

Those who dined on site mentioned enjoying their meal and one guest was quite pleased with happy hour--a glass of wine for only $3.50.

Although some were unhappy to pay extra for parking ($20), some were pleased that it was affordable and secure.

Adding value to the stay were: a very nice rooftop patio with pleasant harbour and citadel views--the perfect place for some quiet relaxation, the rooftop hot tub, rooftop BBQs, free breakfast, free apps and drinks and meeting folks at the manager's reception, 24-hour coffee in the lobby, secure parking and the free use of the pool facilities at Prince George Hotel.

The Bad
There was some negative feedback, although the hotel had very high scores overall.

Recent room complaints included: double beds instead of queens offered less luxury, rooms nothing special and overpriced, room was lacking a table, furniture getting old, no AC in the room, the room was too hot, the room smelled humid or musty, the room was a little dated, the room needs a second armchair, uncomfortable sofabeds, rooms by elevators noisy from guests, bathtub didn’t drain, and pillows all too thick.

Other complaints found in recent reviews: elevator door closes too quickly.


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Sources ranked this hotel #5 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 1,498 reviews. gave this property an average score of 9 out of 10, based on 380 guest reviews.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Map Marker Cambridge Suites - Halifax
1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS