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Clean budget hotel near Halifax city centre with free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and generally comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing area attractions on foot
Cons
  • No elevator (4 floors)
  • Some guests found the rooms to be small and dated
  • A few guests were disturbed by noisy guests
  • One guest complained of bed bugs in Dec 2014
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 20, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated in north Halifax and is about a 3-minute walk from the Halifax Commons park and a 4-minute drive to downtown. With many free inclusions, like Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast, this property is well suited for budget-conscious travellers.

All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave and air conditioning. Irons and ironing boards and hair dryers are available in some rooms and they are also available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available, and this hotel does not have an elevator.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 9 am. Although this hotel does not have a restaurant on site, it is situated in walking distance of several eateries.

Free parking is available on site. Other on-site amenities include two outdoor rooftop patios, a guest computer in the lobby, meeting rooms, luggage storage, safe deposit boxes and a 24-hour front desk. Pets are not permitted at this hotel.

The Halifax Citadel Historic Fort is 8 minutes away on foot, while the Halifax Metro Centre is a 15-minute drive away. Several other downtown attractions are about 20 minutes away on foot or a 5-minute drive away. These attractions include Casino Nova Scotia, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the waterfront boardwalk area.

The MacDonald Bridge to Dartmouth is 3 minutes away by car, while the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is a 30-minute drive away, depending on traffic. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

All property details verified by a front desk agent on May 20, 2014.
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The Good
Many guests seemed satisfied or quite happy with their stay at this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis.

The rooms were often described as clean and generally comfortable, as well as spacious. A few guests added that the beds were comfortable. However, there were a few room-related issues (see below for more details). 

The staff were frequently complimented for offering friendly and helpful service.

While the hotel is located outside of the downtown core, many reviewers found the hotel within walking distance of several Halifax attractions. However, there were a couple of reviewers who were not satisfied with the neighbourhood (see below for more details). 

A few guests enjoyed the free breakfast, while a couple of reviewers appreciated the rooftop decks.

Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent. However, a couple of guests disagreed (see below).
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The Bad
There were a few common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, as noted above, most guests were satisfied or pleased with their stay overall.

A few guests described their rooms as dated and worn, while one reviewer mentioned that some of the in-room appliances were not in working order. As mentioned above, a couple of other reviewers said that the rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations.

A couple of reviewers thought that the surrounding neighbourhood seemed unsafe. However, many reviewers did praise the location (as noted above). 

While several reviewers thought that this hotel offered good value, a couple of guests said that the room rates were too expensive.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #26 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 113 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.3 out of 5, with 84% of 99 guests recommending the property.

The author called the hotel on May 20, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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25 / out of 27
hotels in Halifax

Rated 6.3/10 based on 694 reviews

Ranked #25 out of 27 hotels in Halifax

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Location
Map Marker Commons Inn Halifax
5780 West Street, Halifax, NS