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The Hollis Halifax A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

9.1 | Excellent
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Well-located downtown Halifax hotel with modern decor, mini-kitchens and indoor pool

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, bottled water, newspapers
  • Rooms were enjoyed for their modern decor, ocean views, mini-kitchens and comfy beds
  • Location was excellent, near the waterfront, good dining and downtown attractions
  • Staff were well liked, kind and accommodating
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by reviewers online
Cons
  • Self-parking is $18.95 and valet parking is $23.95, per night
  • Outdoor parking was a small gravel lot and inconveniently accessed down the street
  • Guests were unable to regulate the temperature in their rooms
  • Noisy construction on Sackville a disappointment to some guests
  • Guests were of mixed opinion regarding the breakfast on site
  • The restaurant was deemed expensive and mediocre by some
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 7, 2016
Overview
This hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Halifax an easy walk to dining, entertainment and the waterfront.

The smoke-free and pet-free hotel offers 120 rooms over 8 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, free bottled water, a 42" flat screen HDTV with cable and pay movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink), a sitting area with a sofabed, a desk with ergonomic chair, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and central heating and air conditioning. 

Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a separate bedroom and a living room. Accessible rooms are also available.

Self-parking is available off site for $18.95, while valet service costs $23.95 per night.

Ryan Duffy’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 'FAX Bar offers cocktails, appetizers and a place to relax evenings and watch the game. Room service is also available.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre, dry cleaning service, a guest laundry, luggage storage, safe deposit boxes, concierge service, a 24-hour front desk, an elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms. 

The Halifax Citadel Historic Fort is a 17-minute walk from the hotel. Halifax Metro Centre is a 6-minute walk away. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is 2 minutes away on foot and the Halifax Harbour waterfront boardwalk is 3 minutes on foot. The McKay Bridge to Dartmouth is 5 minutes away by car, while the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is a 30-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on August 4, 2016: all rooms have free bottled water, a safe, pay movies and free wired Internet, windows don't open
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The Good
Guests often really enjoyed this hotel and its location.

Guests really liked the rooms. They were renovated, with modern decor and well cleaned. Guests often found their rooms spacious, especially the 1-bedroom suites with separated sleeping and living space. Some guests were delighted with impressive ocean views and many appreciated the handy mini-kitchens and large showers. Guests reported comfortable beds.

Guests thought the location was excellent. It was an easy walk to attractions, good seafood and other well-liked restaurants and bars. Guests found the nearby boardwalk great for running or a stroll along the waterfront.

The staff was highly praised. They were described as friendly, kind, accommodating and offering excellent service.

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The Bad
The hotel did have some weaknesses which guests seemed disappointed with.

Some guests were upset with the outdoor parking lot for this hotel. They described it as far away, although it was only across a small street and kitty-corner to the hotel. It was fenced in, unpaved and a little small, with the entry and exit located at the end farthest from the hotel which made it a little bit of a walk with luggage. Parking cost an extra approximate $20 and if the outdoor spaces were taken, the hotel was able to provide valet parking as well.

Some guests found their rooms uncomfortably hot with no control over the room’s air conditioning in the hotter springtime weather. Guests had to wait until the heating system was changed over to the cooling system for the hotel rooms, although the main areas were on a separate, already cool system. The inability to open windows when rooms were overly warm was an added disappointment. Spring nights could also prove cool with no heat available, according to reviews.

Junior Suites (rooms with no separated bedroom) were described as cramped when the sofabed was in use. Sofabeds were uncomfortable to some guests who called them springy and small.

Some guests were disappointed with the restaurant on site. Some said good food, poor service and others were unimpressed with the food. Several found it expensive. 

The breakfast area was described as cramped and some liked the breakfast and others were not all that impressed with it.

Recent reviewers were disappointed to have rooms across from a noisy construction site on Sackville Street at Hollis, and said construction workers could see into their rooms which faced onto Sackville. Guests said work began at 7am and that they had to sleep with ear plugs.

Some recent nitpicks were: vending machines were not all in working order and some were out of stock, hot tub was not always hot and some noise could be heard from the street side rooms on the lower level.

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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #2 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 402 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 9.3 out of 10, based on 128 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 19, 2014 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Rated 9.1/10 based on 2844 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 27 hotels in Halifax

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Map Marker The Hollis Halifax A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
1649 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS