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Ascendence Harbourside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Halifax
Ranked #4 of 22 Halifax B&B and Inns
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Whata crazy place”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

I would not recommend a stay at this b&b, the furnishings are extremely eclectic, nothing is new, much of the furnishing is "second hand". There is minimal parking which is very tight. They charge "top dollar" for a second class accomodation. It is at least a 20min drive to downtown harbourside, where all the attractions are. The owners are not very professional, in that they tell you about their struggles in life and problems they are facing. A very strange experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2011

Regrettably, we only had time for one night in this refurbished 1891 mansion. The earnest, upbeat, and hard-working young couple who manage this B&B greeted us warmly with welcoming beverages and lively conversation. This is their second season operating the business and they are determined to succeed. They do everything possible to please their guests, e.g., asking about food allergies and preferences to make sure breakfast (ample, gourmet quality, and delicious!) is just exactly right. They offer free WiFi and safe, off-street parking. We were very impressed with our hosts' energy and responsibility and would not hesitate to return and/or recommend this B&B highly to family and friends. This isn't just good value, it's *great* value.

We were amazed at some of the 1-star reviews we saw posted and concluded that those folks must have mixed up this outstanding place with another B&B. The owners were dismayed to get low ratings when they go the extra mile to insure guests' comfort. We told them that every place we review starts with 5-stars. Then we take points off for serious shortcomings. So we joked with them, playing the fussy, chronic complainers, saying that they lost one star for a burned out light bulb in the dining room chandelier. Another star was lost for a weed we observed by the front step. Another for the towels folded in half instead of thirds, and so forth, until we warned them they were now in "negative star territory." Another couple at the breakfast table joined in the fun with their own list of silly infractions. We started the day with laughter and family-style camaraderie. That couple, too, had a memorable, wonderful experience at this B&B. I hope they write their own 5-star review.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

I stayed only one night at this B&B, but wish I could have stayed longer! I had a meeting at the university campus that turned out to be practically next door, so the location was extremely convenient for me. The house is beautiful, the rooms very comfortable. The bed linens and towels are high quality, the place is impeccably clean and tidy and the bed was good as well. The young couple who run the place are friendly and accomodating and the breakfast was very good as well. I highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised to discover the Ascendence Harbourside Mansion B&B to be charming from the warm greetings from our hosts Katherine and Danny who went out of their way to accomodate my husbands diabetic needs and give us great suggestions for things to do and places to go and restaurants to try. Our suite was the Royal suite which has a chaise lounge, king bed and a great double jacuzzi. Katherine is a wonderful cook and makes freash breakfasts that vary daily and include a yogurt and fresh picked berries and fruit starter followed by made from scratch waffles or crepes or Polish egg dishes. The house is a heritage property, very charming and the furniture, china and cutlery all work together. it was like visiting friends and family.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2011

Very personal touches add to the enjoyment of the stay at this quaint and charming B&B. The owners were very personable and attended to our every need. Very knowledgeable about the area and were able to provide insight that I don't believe you would get from a hotel type atmosphere. Breakfasts were extraordinary and very delicious. Fresh coffee, juice, etc at every breakfast. We will definitely be making a return trip and recommending this to our friends.

All around a lovely experience.

Rich and Lori

Room Tip: We stayed in the royal suite and enjoyed ourselves very much.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2011

It has a great home atmosphere and each guest is treated with such personal care as if family. Coming from Jordan, they even provided a Middle Eastern breakfast to make me feel at home. I would definitely recommend this B&B with no hesitation.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 10, 2011

Danny is a charmer and hard worker. His particular strength is in his breakfasts which are complete, decorative, and with a lovely yogurt dish--french toast, lovely scrambled eggs,etc.
Danny advised our itinerary--knowledgeably. The rooms were old fashioned and with antiques and a view

Generally modest, but complete, and very flexible.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Halifaxbandb, Manager at Ascendence Harbourside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Halifax, responded to this review, September 17, 2011
Thanks David I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Ascendence Harbourside I have really devoted my life towards my business at my B&B. We plan to make our B&B the best place to stay in Halifax. A place where you feel like your home but on vacation at the same time. We will continue to provide outstanding services for all clients. It is number 1 priority for me Kasia and Austin. Thanks a lot for the positive feed back
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Additional Information about Ascendence Harbourside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Halifax

Property: Ascendence Harbourside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Halifax
Address: 24 Northumberland Lane, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 1R7, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Halifax
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Halifax
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ascendence Harbourside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Halifax 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious Victorian registered Heritage Property (c1981). Right in Halifax, by the harbour, only 5 km drive along the water to downtown. Deluxe two course Hot Breakfast, Parking, Wi-Fi, Laptop to use in room, Concierge, Kids Corner, Media room with small library and Business Corner -fax, printer, computer, local calls, Trip Planning - ALL Free! Extras: (please reserve) Makeover Studio in house, Childcare,Gift Baskets, Champagne, Limo Service. ... more   less 
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