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Highly praised downtown hotel on Halifax harbour with indoor pool, restaurant and spa

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and wired Internet
  • Guests staying on the Concierge level receive a free continental breakfast, free snacks, free drinks and free evening hors d'ouvres
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their professional service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring Halifax on foot
  • Many guests praised the food served at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Self-parking is $22 while valet parking is $27 per day
  • A couple of guests thought that the prices for breakfast at the on-site restaurant were expensive
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 30, 2014
Overview
This hotel is situated on the Halifax waterfront, at the most northerly point of the Halifax Boardwalk, and is the closest hotel to Casino Nova Scotia, which is connected to the hotel by a pedway. Offering on-site dining, recreation and a spa, this property is well suited for guests looking for more luxurious accommodations within walking distance of downtown Halifax attractions.

This hotel is 100% smoke free. All rooms include free Wi-Fi (and wired Internet), a flat screen TV, marble bathroom fixtures, a coffeemaker, a sitting area, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Microwaves and mini-fridges are available upon request at no additional fee. Select rooms and suites also feature a view of the harbour, a fireplace and/or a sofabed. 

Guests staying in rooms on the Concierge level receive exclusive access to the Concierge Lounge that serves a free continental breakfast, free snacks, free drinks and free evening hors d'ouvres.

Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available at this hotel. Pets are permitted in select guest rooms for an additional fee of $50 per stay.

The on-site restaurant, Harbourhouse Sea Grill and Pour House, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is also available daily from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. This hotel has a Starbucks in the lobby. 

Parking is available on site for an additional fee. Self-parking is available for $22 per day, while valet parking is provided for $27 per day.

The on-site Interlude Spa offers massage, facials, body treatments, waxing and nail services. Other on-site amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a 24-hour fitness centre, concierge service, dry cleaning service, a business centre and safe deposit boxes. 

Boardwalk attractions, including the Lower Deck bar and restaurant, Cows Ice Cream, Historic Properties boutique shopping, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and ferry service to Dartmouth, are all within a 4-minute walk. The Halifax Metro Centre and the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre are both 6 minutes away on foot, while shopping on Spring Garden Road and the Halifax Citadel Historic Fort are both a 15-minute walk away.

The McDonald Bridge to Dartmouth is 4 minutes away by car, while access to Highway 102 is about a 15-minute drive away. The Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is about 30 minutes away by car, depending on traffic. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on May 15, 2014: Parking details, free Wi-Fi, on-site dining and room service hours, on-site amenities, pool and fitness centre, pet policy, wheelchair accessibility and availability of microwave and mini-fridges.
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The Good
Many guests seemed impressed with their stay at this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis, and one guest said that this hotel offered the "right mix of luxury and friendliness".

Many guests mentioned the staff as the highlight of this hotel. The staff throughout the hotel were described as friendly, professional and accommodating. One reviewer said that the front desk agents were "extremely courteous and helpful with directions, printing boarding passes, etc", while another guest said that the staff were "quite often anticipating a need or filling a request immediately with no hesitation".

The rooms were often described as clean and well appointed with modern furnishings and decor. Several guests specifically mentioned that the beds were comfortable, while several other reviewers praised the views of the harbour from their rooms. A few guests said that their rooms were quiet, but some other reviewers disagreed (see below). 

Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring downtown Halifax and accessing area attractions on foot.

The food served at the on-site restaurant was praised by many guests, while several reviewers complimented the wait staff. Several guests appreciated the on-site Starbucks.

Several reviewers mentioned that the lobby area was well appointed and inviting, while a couple of guests described the fitness centre as spacious and well equipped.
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The Bad
There were 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 breakfast at the on-site restaurant were expensive, while other reviewers thought that the room service prices were too high.

As mentioned above, while some guests found their rooms quiet, a couple of reviewers complained about noise from the halls and from neighbouring rooms.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #9 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 520 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.2 out of 10, based on 47 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 15, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Shane L.
Analyzed by Shane L.
With ample personal travel experience and years of professional hotel work experience, Shane is prepared and determined to help travelers find what they want when booking Canadian hotels.
Guest Reviews
8.5
Very Good
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15 / out of 27
hotels in Halifax

Rated 8.5/10 based on 2523 reviews

Ranked #15 out of 27 hotels in Halifax

2523
Location
Map Marker Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax, NS