My wife and I researched various B&Bs while planning a weekend getaway for our seventh anniversary. When I asked about pricing at Garden South Park Inn, we were quoted a particular price over the phone. I confirmed the information twice with the girl on the phone to make sure we understood each other. However, when we arrived that Saturday to check in, we were told the price would be double what we were quoted. Management refused to do anything about the confusion and we were forced to pay the higher rate or our cc would be charged anyway (24 hr cancellation policy). We were told the honeymoon suite was on a floor by itself; that also turned out not to be the case, as there are eight or ten other rooms on the same floor, some of which were occupied.
Physically, the property is beautiful. It is an old Victorian mansion which has been converted into a tremendous bed and breakfast. The surrounding neighbourhood is well-treed with old oaks and maples. If you're not easily spooked, you won't mind it being two doors away from a major cemetery, visible from some of the guest room windows; I kept expecting to see Vincent Price pop out from somewhere. Perhaps it is appropriately located when considering the staff, who were very cold and impersonal. No "Hello, thanks for coming to see us" or "Thanks for staying with us, come again" or "Is there anything you need?" They anonymously slipped our receipt under our bedroom door at 11 pm, after we had retired for the night.
Everyone in the house knows when people come and go because the large front door slams heavily, shaking the house.
The jacuzzi in the honeymoon suite was great. Amenities include hair dryer, shower stall, queen size bed, tv in room, internet/computer down the hall in a common room. Breakfast is served for one hour each morning. We don't know very much about their breakfast since we were so upset about the pricing of the room, we didn't feel like eating there. We ate breakfast at McD's about two blocks away. There is a major street nearby, two blocks and a five minute walk away which is full of great restaurants (Il Mercato's, Great Gatsby's Bar & Grill, Your Father's Moustache Bar, major drugstores, Smitty's Family Restaurant) so finding a place to eat nearby is easy.
I never did find out what that 'whoop-whoop' sound was just before dawn. It kept up for about half an hour. At first I thought it was a bird but it did sound somewhat human.
We won't be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 1/2 Star 23 BB Inn. 23 A/C rooms (D,Q,T) 1 room with jetted tub. All rooms has 4 pcs bath., Free Wi-Fi. Complimentary Continental Breakfast. Walking distance to the city center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Hotel Halifax
- The Garden South Park Inn Halifax, Nova Scotia