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Residence Inn Halifax Downtown

Residence Inn Halifax Downtown is a 3 star hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1599 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS, Canada
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Centrally located property consisting entirely of suites with full kitchens

  • Free wireless Internet and free breakfast buffet
  • Full kitchens in all suites
  • Most guests found their rooms clean and spacious
  • Most guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown restaurants and entertainment venues
  • Many guests found the staff friendly and helpful
  • Indoor parking available at an extra charge
  • Some guests were disturbed by traffic noise and patrons leaving nearby pubs and bars

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on May 14, 2012
The Residence Inn Halifax is located on Grafton Street in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. This property is centrally located within walking distance of many dining and entertainment venues. Maxwell Plum's English Pub and Neptune Theatre are both within a 1 minute walk from the hotel.

This property is 100% smoke-free and has 92 suites on 6 floors. All suites include air-conditioning, alarm clocks, coffee makers and tea service, irons and ironing boards, pull-out sofas, and hair dryers. The suites at this hotel are also equipped with full kitchens that include conventional ovens and stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, toasters, pots and pans, dishes, and silverware.

Pets are allowed at this property with a $100 fee, per stay (fee for steam-cleaning).

On-site heated underground parking is available for $19 per day. Additional on-site amenities include coin-operated washers and dryers, fitness centre, business centre (extra fees may apply), and two meeting rooms.

The hotel offers a free continental breakfast buffet (served from 6:30am - 9:30am on weekdays and  7:00am - 10:00am on weekends). Every other Tuesday night the hotel manager hosts a complimentary reception from 6:00pm - 7:30pm and includes crackers, cheese, dessert, and juice. On Wednesday evenings (from 6:00pm - 7:30pm) the hotel offers a free barbeque meal which includes items like hamburgers and hot dogs, while on Thursday evenings (from 6:00pm - 7:30pm) complimentary home cooked fare, such as lasagne and chicken pot pie, is served to guests. Room service is also available daily from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.  

Check in is at 3pm and check out is at 11am.

This hotel is 160m from the Grand Parade area of downtown Halifax and 400m from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the waterfront boardwalk. The Citadel Hill National Historic Site is 800m from this hotel, while the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is 32.8km away (distances: Google Maps).

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on April 25, 2012: Pets are allowed at a cost of $100 per stay, Manager's reception and breakfast buffet hours.
The Good
This hotel received compliments for many aspects of the guest experience.

Many guests agreed that their rooms were clean, inviting, and spacious. A few reviewers described the rooms as well appointed and colourful. One guest was impressed with the size of their room and said it "was furnished like a small, modern apartment and I felt quite at home for the week I stayed [sic]." A few reviewers also appreciated the full sized kitchen and found it to be an added convenience for their longer stays.

The location of this hotel was often praised by guests for its proximity to restaurants, pubs, and entertainment venues in downtown Halifax.

The staff was thought to be helpful and friendly by most guest reviewers and compliments extended to staff throughout the hotel, including the front desk agents, housekeeping, and general manager. 

Other positive reviews for this property included the well-equipped gym, reliable wireless Internet, and the value for money spent. 

The Bad
Negative reviews for this hotel were rare and included only a couple of common concerns.

Of the negative reviews, a few found that noise from traffic and nearby pubs permeated their rooms and a couple of reviewers mentioned that this street noise was more bothersome during the weekend.

Some reviewers were not pleased with the parking fees and a couple of guests said they opted for free street parking during the weekends to avoid the additional hotel charges.

Other negative comments by guests included the lack of an on-site pool as well as an unappealing view from the guest rooms. ranked this hotel #8 out of 29 properties in Halifax, based on 95 reviews. gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5.0, from 22 guest reviews. gave this hotel an average score of 8.5 out of 10, based on 64 guest reviews. gave this hotel a score of 4.6 out of 5.0 with 96% of 26 guests recommending the property.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on April 25, 2012: Pets are allowed at a cost of $100 per stay, Manager's reception and breakfast buffet hours.
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Guest Reviews
Very Good

#7 out of 27
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Rating: 8.8 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 327
Guest Recommended: Yes
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Residence Inn Halifax Downtown is #7 out of 27 hotels in Halifax ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Newtown Square, PA US rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 9 out of 10 on September 19, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Excellent quality in mediore neighorhood close to attraction"
"Good quiet location near the city center. Initial reception was excellent, person had a very good sense of pleasant low key humor. On check out a staff member was friendly and very helpful. The desk seemed a trifle off hand. The room was nice and quiet. Amenties were excellent to the usual standard that unfortunately one has come to expect from Marriott. The location was very good as could be gauged from proximity to the Citadel. After a long drive from Philadephia the hotel was a welcome place to stay and begin a very good holiday in Atlantic Canada."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Brian from New Waterford, NS CA rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 8 out of 10 on July 28, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Victor from Moncton, NB CA rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 9 out of 10 on April 24, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Nice place to stay in Halifax!"
"The room was the best! We were walking distance to restaurants, the waterfront walking path, a shopping plaza, specialty stores, the Casino, etc... Excellent location."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
John from Ottawa, ON CA rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 10 out of 10 on March 14, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Great Locale"
"This was an excellent place to stay for our purposes. It was within easy walking distance of all points of interest for our stay."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Nicholas j from Dingwall, NS CA rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 8 out of 10 on March 06, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Sheryl from Victoria, BC US rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 8 out of 10 on August 21, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Lynn from Alder Point, NS CA rated Residence Inn Halifax Downtown 9 out of 10 on October 04, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"great service and very comfortable rooms made our stay very pleasurable. thanks"


  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Currency Exchange
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Secretarial Service
  • In Room Movies
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • CD Player
  • Laundry service
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Courier
  • Full-service catering
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Bathtub/Shower Combination
  • Grab bars in bathroom
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Picnic Area/Tables
  • Luggage Storage
  • Vending Machines
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry
  • Pillow Top Mattress
  • Bedding/Pillow Choices

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