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A small and charming Halifax inn furnished with antiques in a prime downtown location

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed with antiques
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the food at the free breakfast
  • Many guests found the inn well located for walking to some downtown area attractions
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • A few guests found the stairs in this inn difficult to manage (no on-site elevator)
  • Some guests complained of noise from a neighbouring bar
  • A couple of guests found the rooms cramped with too much furniture
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 23, 2014
Overview
This small boutique inn, situated in south downtown Halifax, is well suited for guests who prefer more B&B style accommodations. This inn offers simply (but charmingly) equipped rooms, no on-site dining and no on-site recreational facilities.

All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, a TV, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Select rooms also include a mini-fridge, a jetted tub and/or a fireplace. There is a coffeemaker and a microwave available for guest use in the lobby, while irons and ironing boards are available on request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available on the first floor only (there is no on-site elevator).

A free hot breakfast buffet is served from 7 am to 10 am on weekdays and from 7:30 am to 10:30 am on weekends. This inn does not have an on-site restaurant.

Free parking is available on site. Other on-site amenities include a guest computer in the lobby, concierge services at the front desk, safe deposit boxes and luggage storage. Pets are not permitted at this inn.

The VIA Rail train station and the Halifax waterfront boardwalk are both within a 3-minute walk, while the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market is 8 minutes away on foot. The Halifax Metro Centre arena, the Halifax Convention Centre, the Halifax Citadel Historic Fort and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are all within a 10-minute walk, while Casino Nova Scotia is about 20 minutes away on foot (or a 3-minute drive away).

The McKay Bridge and access to Highway 111 are both 10 minutes away by car, while the Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is a 30-minute drive away. (All walking and 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.
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The Good
Most guests described pleasant and enjoyable stays at this inn, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. In fact, this inn was very highly rated by reviewers across multiple review sites.

The rooms were often described as clean, generally comfortable, well appointed with antique furnishings and decor. A couple of guests found the rooms quiet, while a couple of other reviewers said the beds were comfortable.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service. One guest was impressed that the staff helped her carry her luggage up the stairs to her room, while another reviewer described the service as more personal than what he received at other (chain) hotels.

Many guests found the hotel conveniently located in downtown Halifax for accessing some attractions and the waterfront boardwalk on foot. Several reviewers found restaurants nearby.

Many reviewers enjoyed the food served daily at the free breakfast.

Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the inn offered good value for the money they spent. Some reviewers specifically said that they appreciated the free parking and free Wi-Fi.
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The Bad
There were very few concerns or complaints found for this inn, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a few guests found the stairs to their rooms and the breakfast dining area difficult to manage, as there is no elevator on site.

A few guests complained about noise and live music from a neighbouring bar, which made it difficult to sleep.

A couple of guests thought there was too much furniture stuffed into their room.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #7 out of 29 hotels in Halifax, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 307 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this property an average score of 4.6 out of 5, with 97% of 118 guests recommending the property.

The author called the inn on May 21, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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hotels in Halifax

Rated 9.0/10 based on 481 reviews

Ranked #4 out of 27 hotels in Halifax

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Location
Map Marker Waverley Inn
1266 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS