Despite several negative reviews,we booked this hotel because it was built by the Canadian National Railway in 1928 and it provided a befitting starting point for our cross Canada rail journey. The hotel is attached to the VIA Rail station and has an indoor corridor that connets directly to the VIA Rail check in. The inter city bus terminal is located outside the station.
This hotel is a pleasant 20 minute walk on the waterfront boardwalk from the popular restaurants and tourist shops. It is across the street from the Seaport Farmers Market and historic Pier 21, where the Canadian Museum of Immigration (CMI) is located. (Both of these attractions are well worth a visit). There is a large grocery store adjacent to the train station. A good wine and liquor shop is within a couple of blocks at Bishop's Landing and Murphy's Lobster shop is just 3 blocks more. All of these features made this hotel's location ideal for us. The hotel offers an "event rate" if booking is accessed from the Museum's website.
We booked a Harbour View King Bedroom. The room was pleasant and well appointed with minibar and coffee/tea sevice. Although wifi is not complementary, as SPG Gold card holders, we received wifi for no charge. Our room had a full view of Dartmouth, Georges Island the harbour, the Seaport Farmers' Market, and pier 21. The only shortcoming in the room (and common to most hotels), was that there was omly one arm chair in the room.
A glitch worth mentioning is that we had requested a transfer from the airport to the hotel and received an e-mail of confirmation. However, when we called the hotel's transfer provider, we found that there was no record of a pickup for us. The service provider did rectify this glitch but had we not called well before our arrival, we might have had to wait for a regular taxi.
Service and food at the hotel's Elements restaurant were indifferent at best. Both the seafood horsd'hoevre and main dishes ordered by my wife could have been cooked more simply to preserve flavour- in both cases, the sauce overwhelmed the seafood, and my vegetarian entre was emminently forgetable. We had breakfast on the day of departure. The overpriced buffet was so so and the service unattentive, such that we had to find the server to get more coffee and also ketchup and then again to ask for our bill.
There are great breakfast options at the Farmers' Market and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the specialized bakeries and eateries.
Bottom Line: The hotel is fine; don't eat there.
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- The Westin Nova Scotian, is located near Halifax Harbour. Steps from world-class shopping and dining opportunities, we are the ideal place to savor the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel Halifax
- Westin Hotel Halifax
- Westin Nova Scotian
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- Halifax Westin
- The Westin Nova Scotian Halifax, Nova Scotia