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Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Sydney
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135 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“New Holiday Inn, right on the waterfront.”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

This was the old Delta so I expected it to be roomy and well laid out.

The new reno to a Holiday Inn is modern if not a little over the top.
Rooms are great, beds new and comfortable.
Internet is a little on the weak side so don't expect to do much beyond basic surfing the web.

Hotel has an older gym and decent pool with water slide. No sauna or any of the perks usually associated with a Delta so they must have removed them during the reno.

The hotel is close to many things...Flavours being the best place to eat.

  • Stayed May 2013
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Doc D,

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We do have a great location right on the waterfront in downtown Sydney! Hope to see you again!

Sincerely,

Lindsey Joe
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

My family had a great time in the pool and on the waterslide. The exercise room was well equiped with new machines and lots of them. The room was nice except that it was beside the stairs and we could here everything that was going on. The restaurant was just ok but there are lots of choices around the hotel. The hotel is in the middle of a much needed make over and update but it was still clean and quite. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Do not pick a room by the stairwell, it was really loud. We had the king room with sofa bed and it h...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear 795stevec,

Thank you for your review! I'm happy to let you know our lobby and restaurant renovations are complete! It's wonderful you and your family enjoyed the pool and waterslide and we would love to welcome you back soon!

Sincerely,
Lindsey Joe
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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I stayed for business in early March 2013 and the hotel was under renovations. The staff were amazing and I didn't find the construction impacted my stay other than having to use another elevator. However, the signage to point you in the right direction was easy to follow. My room was beautiful...with a spectacular view of the harbour. The food at the Crown and Moose Pub was consistently good and reasonably priced.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a suite if you can afford it...worth every penny!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Lisablue154964,

Thank you for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed the Crown and Moose pub and we could accommodate you well during our renovations. Good news...renovations on our lobby area and our new SaltSpray Restaurant are now complete! I will pass on your great comments to the staff and we hope you can come check out our new look and restaurant soon!

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Lindsey Joe
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I had to do some business in Sydney and was somewhat unaware about Hotel options in the Region.

As the Title mentions, the place was under Reception Desk renos, yet the people were absolutely wonderful about how they went about things.
I cannot express now much the people were so incredibly outstanding!
The room was very comfortable with pillow options.
One caveat: There is little noise options between rooms...

Great Price/Quality with great soothing water views.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Ron C
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear Ron C,

Thank you for your review. I'm glad we could make your stay comfortable for you during our renovation process! The project is now complete and we are very excited about our new look! We hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to Sydney!

Sincerely,

Lindsey Joe
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Garfield, Arkansas
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I have stayed here when this was the Delta, and it's a great hotel. It can be pricey but it's the best hotel in the area - if you're not going cabins or bed and breakfasts, this is your best choice. Other inns and hotels in town are poorly renovated and some are really just not good at all. I lived in the area eventually for a few years - it is where I'd recommend for anyone who asks me for a personal preference!

Room Tip: corner rooms are awesome.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Nwakris,

Thank you for your review. We are proud to be your choice hotel in Sydney! We would love for you to come again and check out our amazing renovated lobby and our new SaltSpray Restaurant!

Sincerely,

Lindsey Joe
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Nova Scotia
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at the Holiday Inn for two nights over March Break. We had a fantastic time, and would not hesitate to recommend the hotel to anyone. In fact, when my parents came to visit us at the hotel, they ended up booking a room down the hall and staying there as well because they were so impressed (they had stayed somewhere else the night before, and were planning to go home that day - they ended up staying instead).

Room: We stayed in one of their beautiful suites. We are a family of 5, and space is sometimes an issue - not the case during this stay! The suite was awesome, and had a perfect layout for our family. The main area of the room had a large entryway, a separate powder room (sink/toilet), a kitchenette (bar fridge, microwave, bar sink), table/chairs, pull-out couch, TV, and a desk. Two of our children slept on the pull-out, and we had ample room to bring in a cot for the third child. It was a great space, and the kids loved having their own little area. The master bedroom is separated from the living area by two doors. It had a king bed, another TV, and a large ensuite bathroom (with jetted tub). The bed was really comfortable! We thoroughly enjoyed the suite - it was in a quiet corner of the top floor in the hotel, and had a great view. Everyone slept well, and the kids were equally enthused about the room. My parents had booked a regular king room down the hall, and they said it was the best sleep they have ever had in a hotel - they were also equally impressed.

Pool: Our kids LOVE this pool - it is a decent size, and has a great waterslide - just be warned that it can be a bit fast. We love it because the water is a comfortable temperature - very much appreciated by parents who have to be in the pool as well because of the younger ages of our children! Our family spent hours at the pool, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. There is also a little hot tub in the corner. I would like to commend he hotel for being proactive re: safety during a busier March Break time of year - they had hired lifeguards to be there while we were there, something that is rare at hotels. As a parent, I applaud them for taking this initiative during a time when they will obviously have +++ kids in the pool. Our only minor "blip" about the pool was that they seemed to run out of pool towels often, and it took us 45 minutes to get some when we called the first time we went swimming. However, the pool was obviously very busy/popular that weekend, so it might have been a supply/demand issue.

Food: The hotel was still undergoing renovations when we were there, so the only place to eat was the Crown and Moose Pub. The food was excellent! We ate a delicious supper there on Friday night, then breakfast there both mornings. We were thoroughly impressed, and with the "Kids Eat Free" program, you can't go wrong. The servers were very friendly and efficient at all 3 meals, and were very thoughtful and attentive to our kids. We would (and will!) eat there again in future without hesitation. We want to give a very special mention to Bobby Currie - he was the entertainer who was singing in the Pub on Friday evening when we went for supper. Our 2 year old loves music, and loves to dance whenever she hears music. We were seated in a booth near where he was playing, and she was dancing/clapping along. It was pretty cute as it was (I think he could tell how much she was enjoying his music - as were we all!), but next thing we knew he was playing her an adorable little "pub style" version of "Itsy Bitsy Spider/Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". At 6 pm in a pretty busy pub on the Friday night of St. Patrick's Day weekend! He also came over and gave her 2 CDs when he was on his break (she was proud as a peacock about those all weekend!). Talk about going above and beyond!

Service was great at the hotel - Cyril went out of his way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible, and Joan in reservations is a gem! Alison at the front desk was great, and was super helpful. All in all, it was a top-notch stay, and we look forward to returning again to see the completed renovations.

Room Tip: Suite offers great space for families - rooms on highest floor are very quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank mdnrn
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear mdnrn,

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that we could take part in a great March Break for your family! Our suites are a great and spacious and ensuring a great sleep in very important, it's great to know that everyone slept well! It's wonderful to hear that your family thoroughly enjoyed a large portion of what our hotel has to offer, including the pool, Crown and Moose pub and one of our regular entertainers Bobby Currie (and the special show for your little one), as well as many of our incredible staff members. We also have live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. I will be sure to pass on your amazing review to all of the staff and hope to welcome your family back again soon!

Sincerely,

Lindsey Joe
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Nova Scotia
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I stayed here 1 night. It is easy to find the hotel and parking was easy. Check in/check out was pleasant and quick. The hotel has been/is being renovated and the lobby looks good so far. My room was on the 6th floor. very nice view of the harbour. Close the blinds if you dont want the sun shining to wake you up. Room was very nice. Clean and comfortable. I received a complimentary breakfast(good thing because eggs,bacon and toast was $11.00....that's right $11.00) All in all I'd stay here again if the price was right.

Room Tip: Might want to pack a breakfast..... I liked the south rooms for the view
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Mollyg
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LJHOLIDAYINNSYD, Manager at Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear Mollyg,

Thank you for your review! We have completed our lobby renovations and are very excited about our new look! Our complimentary parking lots are well appointed for your convenience, and I will be sure to pass on your pleasant check in/check out experience with our guest service team! We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon.

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Lindsey Joe
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Property: Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront
Address: 300 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A7, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 152
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Delta Hotel Sydney
Delta Sydney
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