Downtown Halifax is compact, walkable, and easy to navigate. The city also offers a wide range of accommodation, from basic hotels and funky hostels to historic B&Bs and luxurious national chain properties.
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Westin Nova Scotian
The grand dame of Halifax, the Westin Nova Scotian is the city’s oldest hotel. Originally opened in 1930, it was recently renovated and received the AAA Four Diamond designation.
It sits in a prime position steps from the waterfront, close to the Pier 21 Immigration Museum and the Seaport Farmer’s Market.
Rooms start at around $150 per night and offer the usual Westin amenities: a Heavenly bed, LCD TVs, wired and wireless internet, and room service. There’s also a business center, fitness center, spa, bar, comedy club, tennis courts, and kids club onsite.
Cambridge Suites Hotel
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Located on Brunswick and Sackville near the Citadel, the Cambridge Suites are in the heart of downtown Halifax. Rooms start at about $160 per night and offer free continental breakfast and internet, with kitchens that include microwave, coffeemaker, bar fridge, dishes & flatware. There’s also a fitness studio, onsite bar and restaurant, business center and rooftop patio.
The boutique Halliburton Hotel offers 29 rooms and suites spread out over three townhouses on Morris Street in downtown Halifax. Each room is unique, but all feature pillow-top mattresses, flat panel TVs, iPod-enabled radios, complimentary breakfast and wireless Internet access. Rooms start at around $120 per night.
Bed and breakfasts/small inns
The Waverley Inn
The Waverley Inn offers affordable luxury in 34 uniquely decorated guest rooms offering amenities like canopy beds, oversized jacuzzi baths, free parking , free wireless internet, and free breakfast. Rooms start at just $105, with frequent specials and packages that add value.
On a quiet cul-de-sac in the South End of Halifax, The Pebble is close to the action and attractions of Halifax but a bit more quiet and relaxing. With just two rooms in the inn, guests are treated to personalized service, including a free daily breakfast. The property is pet-friendly and rooms offer private baths and luxury bedding. Rates start at $125 per night.
Close to the waterfront and the city’s best pubs, the Heritage House Hostel offers free wifi, a well-equipped common kitchen, and a BBQ area. There’s no curfew and private rooms area available. Dorms start at $27 per person, private rooms start at $57 per night.
With free internet, free towels, and frequent social events, Halifax backpackers is a great budget option in the city. Dorms start at $20, private rooms are as low as $57, and family rooms can be had for about $80.
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