The Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn is located on the Bedford Highway in Halifax, Nova Scotia and overlooks the Bedford Basin.
All 50 rooms at this hotel include free wireless Internet, 32" LCD televisions, hair dryers, and coffee makers. Some rooms have waterfront views, desks, mini-fridges and irons with ironing boards.
Free on-site parking is available and children under 17-years old stay for free with an adult. This property is pet-friendly for all rooms and an extra charge of $10 per night applies.
The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast from 7:00am - 10:30am and it includes coffee, tea, juice, cereal, toast and bagels. For an additional fee, a hot breakfast is available.
Check in time is at 2pm and check out time is at 11am.
This hotel is 4.7km from Mount St. Vincent University, while the Lebrun Recreation Centre Arena is 3.2km away. The Bedford Sunnyside Mall is 5.2km away and the downtown Halifax city centre is about 11.2 km from this property. The Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is 26.8km from the hotel (distances: Google Maps).
Verified by a Front Desk Agent on April 24, 2012: Pet friendly $10/night, breakfast hours are 7:00am - 10:30am, and the hotel has a total of 50 rooms. Also verified the Internet was wireless and that it was available in the whole hotel.
Room cleanliness and the customer service were the most complimented aspects of this hotel.
A few reviewers found their rooms clean and well maintained, while a couple of guests mentioned that their rooms had been recently renovated or newly painted.
The customer service was described as friendly and helpful by a few reviewers. Occasionally guests praised the selection and quality of the free continental breakfast.
Some guests mentioned that they liked the LCD televisions that were in the guest rooms while other guests enjoyed the views they had of Bedford Basin. Lastly, some guests liked the hotel's location as they were able to find shopping and restaurants near the property.
Many guests had concerns with the bathroom facilities, odours in their rooms, and cleanliness inconsistencies.
Reviewers described the bathrooms as small and inadequate with mouldy tiles, leaky faucets, and rusty fixtures. Several guests also had problems with their toilets backing-up, while one reviewer found the bathroom fan noisy. Most guests agreed that the bathrooms could use renovations and upgrades.
There were also many complaints about the smell in the hotel rooms. Some guests described a damp or musty smell in their room, while other reviewers thought their rooms smelled of cigarette smoke. Negative guest reviews also included complaints about housekeeping, with a few guests saying their rooms were not tidied and towels were not replenished during their multi-night stay.
Several guests thought this hotel did not meet the standard set by many other Howard Johnson properties, while others found the price expensive for what the hotel offered. Other complaints mentioned small rooms, a lack of soundproofing and insulation between rooms, and the inconvenient location for travel to the airport (YHZ) and downtown Halifax.
gave this hotel an average score of 2.7 out of 5.0, from 33 guest reviews.
TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #26 out of 29 properties in Halifax, based on 16 reviews.
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.7 out of 5.0, with 54% of 24 guests recommending this property.
Verified by a Front Desk Agent on April 24, 2012: Pet Friendly $10/night, breakfast hours are 7:00am - 10:30am, and there is a total of 50 rooms. Also verified the Internet was wireless and that it was available in the whole hotel.