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“Pretty good motor hotel between airport and city.” 3 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Halifax / Bedford
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   133 Kearney Lake Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 4P3, Canada   |  
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Ranked #19 of 29 Hotels in Halifax
Vancouver, Canada
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85 hotel reviews
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503 helpful votes 503 helpful votes
“Pretty good motor hotel between airport and city.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2006

Halifax airport is a very long way from the city (35 km). Looking for a place to stay that would enable me to catch a morning flight, this Holiday Inn Express was a welcome site.

It is right beside the highway at one of the exits into Bedford, an old suburb of Halifax. The hotel is first on a short commercial strip that has a large 24-hour gas station, a reasonably priced family restaurant, a drug store, a Tim Horton's, and a few other services. Beyond the strip, there is little along the old roads and neighbourhoods that line Bedford Basin on your drive into Halifax. Better to take the highway. I suppose one could use this place as a low-cost base to explore the Halifax area, but if your focus is downtown I would suggest staying there and exploring on foot.

The weekend rate of $117 for a double bed and breakfast was just right. That price included high-speed internet and coffee any time. My room was adequate. It was quiet -- it overlooked the parking lot at the rear and it was on the top (3rd floor). The queen bed was ordinary, if a little stiff. The air conditioning was too noisy, but I was able to turn it off and open the windows for ventilation. With a room key, I was able to enter through one of the rear doors and use the stairs, since the single elevator was too slow for a hotel this size. I enjoyed a decent breakfast in the pleasant lobby dining area. The staff were few but efficient, as befits this type of hotel. There is a lot of parking space.

On the negative side, the common areas smelled poorly. As if the carpet cleaners had used too strong a disinfectant. In general, the decor felt old and a little musty, as if the ownership was contemplating an upgrade but hadn't got around to it yet. Finally, the road access into the hotel is an awkward turn across two lanes of traffic. The lane up to the hotel is poorly marked and doubles as access to the Tim Horton's drive-thru window. This made for some awkward encounters as I returned in the evening and again when I left in the early morning.

Overall, this is a decent, middle-aged motor hotel that offers good value on the dollar for car-oriented travellers.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Collierville, TN
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2006

This the best experience I've had in a hotel of this class and price. The employees are the most professional, helpful, and friendly I've experienced in some time. Because of them we had a wonderful stay. During most of our stay the hotel was completely booked with many many kids. When they got a little rowdy on our floor, we were offered a room in a much quieter part of the hotel. The employees were very helpful with directions and suggestions. No effort was spared keeping the breakfast area stocked and pristine. We'll stay in this hotel again.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salmon River Nova Scotia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2006

We recently stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and were more than satisfied.The rooms are large with queen size beds, mini fridge, clean and last but not least friendly helpful staff. The free breakfast was more than adequate with boiled eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt, bagels and fresh pasteries. The pool and exercise room also very nice.I would certainly recommend staying here.

Joan

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nova Scotia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2006

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express for two nights with my husband and two children. The double queen rooms were all occupied so we had a corner room with one queen bed and a pull-out. I thought the room was a very good size and there was also a small refrigerator. For us, we used part of the room as living room during the day. The room was very clean and the queen bed was very comfortable. There was a duvet on the bed with a floral cover. There was a great shower and lots of towels, extra pillows. Hairdryer in the bathroom and soap etc of fairly decent quality. The breakfast was very convenient and included in the price. My husband loaded up in the morning and brought the food up to the room as we were getting ready to start our day.You can also sit in a sitting area close to the food if you like. Ample choices for us. The pool was small but fine as well. The staff were friendly and helpful. They have CAA rates. Very close to Costco and Bayers Lk. which is one exit away. Restaurant (Brass Rail) and Tim Hortons across the driveway and gas stn across the street. Good access to Mount Saint Vincent Univ. (5 min. drive)just turn left from the driveway and brings you out to the Bedford Hwy. I also noticed they have a laundry room if that is of interest. I have stayed at most downtown hotels and feel this is better value with the inclusive breakfast and equal comfort. There is also no fee for parking of which there was plenty. The new Quality Inn is within sight across the road and you could see the big water slide but the hotel did not look near as appealing from the outside. Hope this is helpful.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stratford, Canada
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2006

Just off the Bi-Hy on Kearney Lake Rd, this place is the most conviently located, most "Pet Friendly" hotel we've ever had the pleasure to stay in. The staff are efficent and friendly, the buffet breakfast is outstanding and the rooms, although a little worn, are spacious and comfortable.
And, they treated our dog like a member of our family!
We've stayed here many times over the last couple years and even during a recent blizzard and power outage, they delivered outstanding service.

  • Stayed October 2005, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merrickville, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2005

We stayed for two nights while travelling with friends and their children. The rooms were large and had queen beds and a mini-fridge. The staff were excellent and the pool and whirlpool were warm and clean. The continental breakfasts were amazing with eggs, hot cinnamon buns, fruit, yoghurt, bagels, juices, cereals. I have stayed at a lot of hotels in Halifax and this is the best one yet. There is a free Internet terminal in the lobby which the staff monitor so that everyone has a chance to use it. The hotel is right off the 102 Highway and next to a Tim Hortons. This hotel will be our first choice the next time we come to Halifax

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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794 helpful votes 794 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2005

This hotel is nice, however it was very noisy the night I was there. I would expect the front desk to calm down people in the corridors after 11pm. The pool area has a very small hot tub, which is too bad. The Tim Hortons next door is very convenient.

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Address: 133 Kearney Lake Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 4P3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Halifax
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Halifax
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Halifax / Bedford 2.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We Welcome You to the Holiday Inn Express Halifax Bedford HotelLooking for Halifax hotels near Bedford? Look no further than the Holiday Inn Express Halifax Bedford, located at Exit 2, off Highway 102. Our hotel in Halifax is just a short drive from many attractions in the Halifax Regional Municipality. When you stay in Halifax, Nova Scotia hotels, stay at the Holiday Inn Express Halifax Bedford. Just minutes from historic downtown Halifax, our hotel is near the Hemlock Ravine Park and historic Peggy's Cove. Are you a prospective student visiting colleges near our hotel? Halifax has many nearby colleges and universities, including Dalhousie University, St. Mary's University and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.Among hotels in Halifax, the Holiday Inn Express is the best solution for your business needs. Our hotel is located near Bayers Lake Business Park, Atlantic Acres, Lakeside Industrial Park and Ragged Lake Business Park. Our business centre offers copy, fax and print services as well as free high-speed, wired and wireless Internet access. For the corporate traveler looking for event space, our hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia features three meeting rooms.At our hotel in Halifax near Bedford, you can enjoy swimming in an indoor pool, relaxing in the whirlpool and burning calories at our fitness centre. With the high-speed Internet access available throughout our hotel, you can keep in touch with friends and family. ... more   less 
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