Stayed here in June 2007 for business. Found it to be just fine; clean, quiet, and largely friendly staff; but overall I think it is overpriced when compared to other hotels in the area.
This hotel is located in a business park in a commercial area of Dartmouth -- a minimum 15-20 minute drive to the tourist spots in Halifax. It doesn't therefore have a lot going for it in terms of ambience or proximity to cafes, restaurants, shopping, or points of interest. Parking, however, is free.
Found the room to be clean and comfortable, but the fixtures were starting to look a little tired. In-room coffee maker was available, plus standard hairdryer and basic iron. Clock-radio available, but 80s vintage. Complimentary soap, shampoo/conditioner, and bodywash were available, but in self-dispensing containers. (This is probably far better for the environment than those little bottles, but you'll have no opportunity to restock your overnight bag!) Rooms also had basic cable TV and wireless internet. No DSL cable ports; but wireless bridges could be rented for $10/day. Overall, though, the general sense was no-frills. For example, the local newspaper was delivered to the door, but at a $0.44 charge which you could decline by calling the front desk. A bit cheap, I thought, for rooms starting at $130. Heard the gym was great, though. : )
Only went to the restaurant once, for breakfast; buffet was satisfactory with quite a lot of choice, although service was sparse. It took a while to get seated, and no one actually ever came to took our order. We were eventually offered a coffee refill almost at the same time as the bill. The bar is small, but the barkeep (Pam) was just excellent -- very attentive and warm without being overbearing.
In general, nothing wrong with the stay, but this hotel doesn't really deliver the amenities or experience one might expect for the rate charged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park Place Hotel & Conference Centre, Ramada Plaza is a four star property renowned for its five star service, friendly, welcoming staff and a location that puts you where you need to be. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Dartmouth
- Dartmouth Ramada
- Ramada Plaza Dartmouth Park Place Nova Scotia