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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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Guests described friendly service, but many complaints about the rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • Many guests thought that the rooms were in need of renovations
  • Several reviewers described an unpleasant smell in the rooms
  • A couple of guests complained that the beds were uncomfortable
  • A couple of reviewers said that the in-room lighting was dim
  • The free breakfast received mixed reviews

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jul 22, 2014
Overview
This property overlooks the Bedford Basin and provides convenient access to the Bedford Highway for guests looking to explore the area by car. Restaurants and the Sunnyside Mall shopping centre are about 7 minutes away by car.

All rooms are smoke free and include a TV, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Select rooms include kitchenettes with a mini-fridge, a microwave, a stove, an oven and dishes. Select rooms also include a sofabed. Pets are permitted at this hotel for an additional fee of $10 per night. This hotel offers one wheelchair-accessible rooms.

This hotel has two floors and no elevator. Free Wi-Fi service is available throughout the hotel.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 11 am. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant.

Free parking is available on site. Other on-site amenities include a guest computer, guest laundry facilities and a 24-hour front desk. Roll-away cots are not available at this hotel.

The Halifax Shopping Centre and Bayers Lake Industrial Park are both about 12 minutes away by car, while downtown Halifax is about a 20-minute drive away. Downtown attractions include the Halifax Citadel Historic Site, the waterfront boardwalk area, the Halifax Metro Centre and Neptune Theatre.

The Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is about a 25-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on May 21, 2014: In-room amenities, wheelchair accessibility, pet policy, free Wi-Fi, dining details, parking details, recreational facilities and on-site amenities.
The Good
While this hotel did not seem to be a quest favourite, among the reviews used for this analysis, there were some common compliments found.

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

Several guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable, but there were some guest concerns about the condition of the rooms (see below for more details). 

A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable.

A few guests appreciated the free breakfast, but some other reviewers did not (see below). 

The Bad
There were several common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Many guests described their rooms as rundown and in need of renovations. A couple of reviewers agreed that their rooms were "dingy", while other guests described "old and stained" bathroom fixtures and uneven flooring. Several guests described unpleasant smells in the rooms, while a couple of guests thought that the in-room lighting was dim. A couple of other reviewers found the beds uncomfortable.

As mentioned above, a few guests appreciated the free breakfast, but a few other reviewers found the food and selection poor.

While many guests complimented the front desk staff, a couple of reviewers found the service unprofessional.
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel hotel #27 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 2 out of 5, from 71 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.9 out of 5, with 66% of 143 guests recommending the property.

The author called the hotel on May 21, 2014 to verify some information. 
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
4.9
Poor
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

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Hotel Address: 636 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS, Canada
Nearby cities...
Dartmouth (4.8 km)
Bedford (9.0 km)
Fall River (17.3 km)
Porters Lake (25.2 km)
Enfield (25.8 km)
This Hotel is Near...
Halifax Shopping Centre (6.6 km)
Mount Saint Vincent University (3.4 km)
Museum of Natural History (8.5 km)

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
  • Vending Machines
  • Free Parking

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4.9
Poor

#27 out of 27 hotels in Halifax city based on 149 guest reviews

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