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Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites

Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites is a 2 star hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 636 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS, Canada
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An older property with guest concerns about bathroom fixtures and room odours

Pros 
  • Children under 17-years old stay for free
  • A few guests found their rooms to be clean
  • Some guests thought that their rooms were recently renovated
  • Free wireless Internet throughout the hotel, free breakfast, and free parking
Cons 
  • Many guests found the bathrooms in need of repairs
  • Guests often complained of a damp or musty smell in their rooms
  • Multiple guests thought that their rooms were below standard in terms of cleanliness

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Apr 27, 2012
Overview
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.
The Good
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.

The Bad
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.
Hotels.com 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.
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Guest Reviews
4.9
Poor

#27 out of 27
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 4.9 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 149
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites is #27 out of 27 hotels in Halifax ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Ryan from King's Point, NF CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 4 out of 10 on July 31, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Mediocre"
"To start off with we got there at check-in time(2pm) and were told our room wasn't ready. One lady sort of avoided why it wasn't ready and another flat out told us it had been sprayed for ants! She said it wasn't toxic but it was an unpleasant smell still in the room. So reassuring. Still seen ants in the room that night! Bathtub had paint scaled off of it and repainted with an off color white,really classy. Went to get our breakfast the next morning and the waitress was unfriendly, and forgot our orange juice and had to be reminded twice to bring that and the ketchup we asked for. The restaurant only had two tables occupied besides our's so there excuse is not that they were busy. We checked out before breakfast also and weren't even told thanks for spending the night at howard johnson. Before the clerk was done speaking with us she had moved on to chat with another co-worker."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Andrea from Victoria, BC CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 6 out of 10 on May 30, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The perfect place for our purposes. Yes, there was a musty odour, but we found leaving the bathroom fan on and door closed dissipated it. Not luxurious, but the restaurant was good (a basic breakfast included), staff friendly, and the 24 hour laundromat very convenient. We were out sightseeing and visiting in the area from 9 to 9 everyday, and just needed a place to sleep and this was great. As for location, it's convenient if you have a car."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Mike from Port Hood, NS CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 9 out of 10 on September 29, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Robert from Moose Jaw, SK CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 6 out of 10 on June 10, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Winnipeg, MB CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites on July 23, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Pictou, NS CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 6 out of 10 on June 26, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The staff here was excellent, super welcoming and friendly but it is an older place."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Owen Sound, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 6 out of 10 on June 03, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"It was listed as a "2 star hotel" and it was. It was an older motel in need of upgrades but the bed was cofortable, the sheets clean, towels fresh and the room was well cleaned each morning. The Cont. breakfast very basic but was there every morning. All the staff were excellent to deal with."
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Patricia from Barrington, NS CA rated Howard Johnson Bluenose Inn and Suites 8 out of 10 on September 25, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review


Amenities

  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Photocopier
  • Disabled Parking
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Cots
  • Vending Machines
  • Free Parking

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