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Overlooks the Halifax Harbour, indoor pool, guests praised modern décor & staff

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi (and wired Internet)
  • Many guests described their rooms as well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for guests looking to access area attractions on foot
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • Several reviewers praised the harbour views from the rooms and patio
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 14, 2014
Overview
Located in downtown Halifax, this hotel is situated within a 1-minute walk of the Halifax Harbour waterfront boardwalk. Offering on-site dining, a spa and a rooftop balcony with harbour views, this property is well suited for guests looking for more upscale accommodations.

All rooms are smoke free and include a flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Select rooms also include a microwave and/or a sofabed. This hotel has one room with a jetted tub. Some rooms at this hotel feature views of the harbour and private balconies. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, while free wired Internet is available in guest rooms and at the on-site business centre.

The on-site Courtyard Café serves breakfast and lunch, while the on-site CUT Steakhouse serves dinner. Room service is available for dinner only.

Self-parking is available on site for an additional fee of $19.95 per night.

The on-site Spirit Spa offers hair services, make-up application, body treatments, nail services, massages and waxing. Recreational facilities available on site include an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness centre. 

Other amenities include a rooftop patio, a 24-hour front desk, a business centre, meeting space, concierge service, safe deposit boxes, dry cleaning service, coin-operated laundry machines, elevators and luggage storage. Pets are not permitted at this property.

Many downtown attractions are accessible within a 15-minute walk and include Casino Nova Scotia, the Halifax Metro Centre, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Pier 21 and the Halifax Citadel Historic Fort. 

The McKay Bridge to Dartmouth and Highway 111 are 10 minutes away by car, while the Halifax Shopping Centre is a 12-minute drive away. The Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is about 30 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

All property details verified by a front desk agent on May 19, 2014.
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were overwhelmingly positive. This hotel came up as a clear guest favourite for the area.

The rooms were often described as well appointed with modern décor, while some guests added that the rooms were clean and spacious. Several reviewers specifically mentioned that the beds were comfortable. Several guests praised pleasant views of the harbour from their rooms (available in select room types) and from the rooftop patio.

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

Many guests found the hotel conveniently located for accessing the Halifax boardwalk and other area attractions on foot.
A few reviewers said the lobby was well decorated and inviting, while a couple of guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurants.

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The Bad
There were very few concerns or complaints found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests thought that the prices for the breakfast served at the on-site restaurant were too expensive.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #5 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 310 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this property an average score of 4.5 out of 5, with 97% of 179 guests recommending the property.

The author called the hotel on May 19, 2014 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.0
Excellent

Rated 9.0/10 based on 581 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 27 hotels in Halifax


9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 16, 2011

"pub crawl mecca"

"Close to all of Halifax downtown view of the Harbour Fantastic Location"

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10 out of 10 | Robert stayed April 27, 2011

"fantastic location and value."

"This has to be the best place to stay in Halifax. Hotel feels like new. Staff is very helpful to tourists, and it is only a couple blocks from many restaurants and bars and shops, etc..."

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8 out of 10 | Dean stayed September 28, 2010

"very nice place, near of many services and good service"

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9 out of 10 | Patricia stayed July 17, 2010

"Our room was spacious and nicely appointed, the bed comfortable, the bathroom fresh and very clean, and a view of the wharf from our window -- what more could you ask for?"

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10 out of 10 | Donald stayed March 01, 2010

"We had the unfortunate situation of unruly guests across the hall from our suite. They were partying well into the early hours of the morning. I called the front desk and management took immediate and resultant action that resolved the problem."

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8 out of 10 | Fernando stayed February 06, 2010

"The breakfast buffet is too expensive for what you get.... had too wait for a while for coffee"

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed December 19, 2009

"There was a problem with the thermostat- it was cool in the room and the thermostat didn't appear to be working. We forgot to mention it when we checked out. People who worked at the hotel were friendly and very helpful."

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10 out of 10 | Yves stayed August 12, 2009

"Excellent rate quality vs cost. Large room, all commodities. Highly secured parking garage."

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Location
Map Marker Courtyard Halifax Downtown
5120 Salter Street, Halifax, NS