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Downtown hotel on pedway system, on-site dining, pool & hot tub, excellent staff

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms and the hotel in general as well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their professional service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing the pedway system and exploring downtown on foot
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub
Cons
  • A few guests said that they had difficulty accessing the hotel from the parking facility
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Free Wi-fi
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 14, 2014
Overview
This hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Halifax. With multiple on-site dining, ballrooms, an indoor pool and private balconies, this hotel is well suited for guests who prefer more upscale accommodations and amenities. Also, as part of the downtown Link Pedway system, guests may access several downtown attractions without going outside, including Scotia Square Mall, the Halifax Metro Centre and Casino Nova Scotia.

All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi (available throughout the hotel), a flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. 
Microwaves are available upon request, free of charge. 

Select rooms also include a private balcony and/or a sofabed. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $35 per five days.

The on-site restaurant, the Harbour City Bar & Grill, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is also available daily from 7 am to 11 pm.

Recreational facilities offered at this hotel include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness centre.

On-site parking is available and costs $19.95 for self-parking or $23 for valet parking. Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a business centre, meeting space, dry cleaning service, concierge service, safe deposit boxes and luggage storage.

The are many downtown attractions, shops and restaurants within a 15-minute walk of this hotel, including the Halifax Citadel Historic Fort, the Halifax Harbour waterfront board walk, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Halifax Shopping Centre is 10 minutes away by car, while access to Highway 102 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)

Verified by a front desk agent on May 20, 2014: All property details.

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The Good
Several aspects of this property were complimented by guests, among the reviews used for this analysis, and the staff were the most frequently praised.

Many reviewers described the staff throughout the hotel as friendly, helpful and professional service. Staff were also described as genuine, welcoming and accommodating.

The rooms were often described as generally comfortable and well appointed, while several reviewers agreed that the beds were comfortable. A few guests added that the rooms were clean and spacious.

Many guests found the hotel conveniently located for exploring downtown area attractions on foot and accessing the pedway system.

Several guests enjoyed the on-site pool, fitness centre and sauna.

A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent.

The food and service at the on-site restaurant was praised by a few guests, while a couple of guests appreciated the free Wi-Fi service.
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The Bad
There were no notable concerns or complaints found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a few guests mentioned that the route to the hotel from the parking facility was convoluted and difficult to navigate.
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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #17 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 249 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.6 out of 10, based on 97 guest reviews.

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
8.1
Very Good

Rated 8.1/10 based on 638 reviews

Ranked #19 out of 27 hotels in Halifax


9 out of 10 | Vicki stayed October 28, 2013

"Would return"

"This is a great location -- downtown, walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars, which my adult kids, nieces and nephew enjoyed. Front desk friendly and ccommodating - getting a harbour view and 2 rooms on the same floor as requested. Valet service excellent. The exercise room was fairly well equipped, and connected to the pool area - all were clean with access to drinking water and towels. Pool and whirlpool well maintained. Female sauna was too hot (110F) to enjoy. Both rooms were well maintained with comfortable beds and sheets. Had in-room food service - prompt, only complaint was the house salad did not come with all the ingredients listed on the menu. Went out for the day, upon our return there was a wonderful surprise - from in-room service - they knew we were there for a Celebration of Life -- they had given us a wonderful chocolates mousse ball with 2 glasses of wine in the fridge and a beautiful note from them. Outstanding. Dining room food was very good - though a bit over priced. Would definitely return."

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10 out of 10 | Ian stayed July 24, 2013


7 out of 10 | Mark stayed July 13, 2013


9 out of 10 | Robert stayed July 21, 2012

"Great comfortable place to stay"

"The customer service was great very friendly upon check-in and out. The hotel was close to all downtown restaurants, bars and shopping."

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8 out of 10 | Garry stayed July 04, 2012

"A very good experience overall"

"Great location. Didn't like having to pay for parking and the AC didn't work great in our room but everything else was fine"

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8 out of 10 | Jim & natalie stayed September 30, 2010

"Our room had a direct view of the harbour which was requested at time of making the resevation. Many excellent dining facilities including the hotel restaurant. Room service was excellent. A casino is in walking distance via pedway."

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6 out of 10 | John stayed July 25, 2010

"Halifax Barrington"

"Although having a confirmed reservation for a King Size front desk staff insisted that there were only double beds left..finally on the 3rd try they apparently relented and granted me my confirmed reservation of a King...fourth floor hallway carpets were flithy and stained...room 406 wallpaper was peeling off wall...comfortable mattress...good location."

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9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 25, 2006


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 11, 2006


8 out of 10 | Mr geoffery stayed September 15, 2005

"Front desk staff, specifically Melissa and Tina were an absolute delight. Professional, courteous and also very personable. Looked forward to passing the desk. The lady that took care of my room, #612, I beleive her name on the sheet was listed as Tina G., did a great job. I left her a note and a little tip for doing such a good job."

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8 out of 10 | Jim stayed September 16, 2004

Location
Map Marker Delta Halifax
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS