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Historic downtown Halifax hotel with old world charm, classy rooms and well-liked dining

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Beautiful historic old English ambiance in the lobby
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Staff were professional, polite and friendly said guests
  • Guests loved the front porch for relaxing and reading
  • Location was unbeatable, across from the Public Gardens, near shops, restaurants and attractions
  • The pub decor, dining and drinks were well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guest reviewers
Cons
  • Underground self-parking is $28 plus tax and valet parking is $40 plus tax, per night
  • A few guests found the rooms and bathrooms small
  • A few guests found beds that were too short
  • Not everyone loved the breakfast on site
  • Some wished for an elevator from the parkade to the lobby
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 17, 2016
Overview
This historic landmark hotel is located across from the Public Gardens on Spring Garden Road, a popular shopping and dining district in downtown Halifax.

The smoke-free hotel offers 262 rooms over 9 floors. All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a 32” flat screen TV with cable and pay movies, a coffeemaker, a combination mini-fridge/mini-bar, a desk with chair, a laptop safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 double beds, 1 queen bed or 1 king bed.

Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a living room, an electric fireplace, a mini-kitchen, a kitchenette (includes stove top), 2 bathrooms, bathrobes and turndown service.

Self-parking is $28 plus tax in an underground lot and valet parking is $40 plus tax per day. Pets are welcome for $40 each, per stay. Limousine service is offered weekday mornings for the downtown area and can be pre-arranged for the airport.

The Arms Restaurant features English pub fare and international dishes. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Room service is available from 7 am to 11 pm.

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

Spring Garden Place and Park Lane shopping malls are both 2 minutes away on foot. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Halifax Metro Centre arena, the Alexander Keith's Brewery and the Halifax harbourfront boardwalk can all be accessed within a 14-minute walk. Dalhousie University is an 18-minute walk. QEII Health Sciences Centre is a 15-minute walk away and the IWK Health Centre is a 12-minute walk.

Access to the MacDonald Bridge to Dartmouth is 6 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 15, 2016: pet fees, free amenities offered, fireplaces are electric and some suites have a kitchenette with a stove top
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The Good
This historic hotel was well liked for its old fashioned elegance and nostalgic ambiance.

The lobby offered a sense of grandeur with ornate high ceilings, chandeliers, polished wood columns and large arched windows.

The rooms were nicely modernized, well maintained and very clean. Beds were comfortable with quality linens and some enjoyed large rooms and pretty views. Some had Petite Rooms that guests found cozy for one person. Guests often praised the clean wood floors.

The outdoor front porch with flower gardens offered a place to read or relax with an afternoon tea.

This was the best of locations, across from the Public Gardens for a peaceful stroll and surrounded by some of the city’s best dining and shopping on Spring Garden Road. Others used it to access Dalhousie University, the nearby hospital, the Tattoo festival events and the waterfront.

Staff were well liked. Guests described them as very hospitable, polite and friendly. Guests who were attending to loved ones at the hospital appreciated the kindness of both the staff and management for being so considerate and kind.

Guests were often pleased with the décor and dining of the restaurant and pub.

Some reviewers thought this hotel was reasonably priced. Adding value to the stay were: a well-equipped fitness centre, a wonderful happy hour on their balcony overlooking the gardens, great bar service, a great business centre and printer and great concierge service.

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The Bad
The hotel had its weaker side.

Some felt the rooms and bathrooms were a little small. Some missed having a bathroom fan and found the AC units noisy. Occasionally guests said the rooms were dated and some recommended getting a renovated room.

Some complained of smaller than average beds and said their feet overshot the length of the bed.

Although many seemed to appreciate the parking at the hotel—it was nearby and had a higher clearance than some of the other hotels in the city—guests often complained of having to pay extra for it and for not having elevator access from the parkade to the lobby. It seems they were not pre-warned to drop off luggage first of all and then park.

Although guests often praised the breakfast on site, it also received a few complaints regarding slow service from the wait staff, mediocre food presentation and dry or not sufficiently warm items on the buffet. Occasionally guests found the lighting gloomy or a bit dark.

Sometimes guests felt the staff and hotel could do more to welcome guests upon arrival. One guest wished for a complimentary coffee bar in the lobby and cookies to welcome guests.

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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #11 out of 28 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 998 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.7 out of 10, based on 1250 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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Rated 8.4/10 based on 4010 reviews

Ranked #16 out of 27 hotels in Halifax

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Location
Map Marker The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS