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Historic waterfront hotel in city centre offers a park setting and harbour views

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free downtown shuttle service
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring the downtown on foot
  • Several guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Several guests said their rooms and bathrooms were small
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 23, 2014
Overview
This historic waterfront hotel is a landmark in south Halifax and is located next to the VIA Rail train station. This property offers classic furnishings throughout the hotel, on-site dining, a spa, indoor pool area, a fitness centre and event/conference space. This hotel is well suited for guests looking for more elegant and luxurious accommodations along the waterfront.

All rooms and suites at this hotel are smoke free and include a flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, a safe, windows that open, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Most rooms also include a mini-bar, a refreshment centre and a mini-fridge. Some rooms also feature views of the harbour, while select rooms and suites also include a sofabed, a jetted tub, a fireplace and/or a balcony. Microwaves are available upon request.

Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available at this hotel. Pets are permitted in select rooms at no additional fee. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and Wi-Fi service may be upgraded for an additional fee of ($7.95 to $11.95 per 24 hours).

The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This hotel also has an on-site lounge and 24-hour room service. This hotel is also connected to the Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

The on-site Sykea Spa offers hair salon services, massage, body and facial treatments and nail services. Guests must contact the spa directly to make an appointment. Other on-site recreational facilities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness centre. This hotel also rents guests New Balance clothing and sneakers ($5.25 per day) and jogging strollers.

Parking is available on site for an additional fee of $18 per day. A free shuttle service to downtown locations is available daily from 8 am to noon and from 4 pm to 8 pm (pre-booking is required). Other on-site amenities include a business centre, event and conference space, concierge service, safe deposit boxes, dry cleaning service, a guest laundry facility and luggage storage.

Pier 21 museum and historic immigration site is a 7-minute walk away. There are also many shops, restaurants, bars and attractions accessible within a 15-minute walk of this hotel. Attractions include the Halifax Citadel Historic Fort, the Halifax Metro Centre, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Halifax Harbour waterfront boardwalk. Casino Nova Scotia is a 20-minute walk away or a 4-minute drive away.

The McKay Bridge to Dartmouth and access to Highway 111 are both 11 minutes away by car, while the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is about a 30-minute drive away. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on May 20, 2014: All property details.

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The Good
Many guests seemed happy with their stay at this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial, and the customer service was the most complimented aspect of this property.

The front desk agents were frequently complimented for their friendly, accommodating and professional service. A few guests specifically praised the valet staff, while a few other reviewers complimented the wait staff at the on-site restaurant and lounge.

The rooms were often described as clean and well appointed with both modern and classic furnishings. One reviewer described her room as charming. Many guests added that the beds were comfortable. Several guests found their rooms spacious and praised the views of the harbour from their rooms, however, some other reviewers complained about the room size and views (see below).

Many guests found this hotel conveniently located for exploring the downtown area and accessing the waterfront on foot, while a few reviewers found a grocery store and liquor store nearby.

Several reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant.

A couple of guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent.

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The Bad
There were a few common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, as noted above, most guests seemed happy with their stay at the Westin.

A couple of guests complained about hearing conversations and noise from neighbouring rooms and the halls.

As mentioned above, several guests described their room and bathroom as small, while a couple of reviewers complained about having a poor view (not all rooms overlook the harbour, as noted above).
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #16 out of 29 hotels in Halifax with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 890 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.5 out of 10, based on 45 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 20, 2014 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.1
Very Good
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20 / out of 27
hotels in Halifax

Rated 8.1/10 based on 4126 reviews

Ranked #20 out of 27 hotels in Halifax

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Location
Map Marker The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS