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“What a horrible place to stay”
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The Verandah B&B
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The Verandah B&B
Ranked #16 of 22 Halifax B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a horrible place to stay”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Hmm...I had a very bad memory of staying in this breakfast and bed. There is no doubt, the host is the main problem. She has a bad temper, very rude and unfriendly. She always keep complain about everything. cuz we just stay in Halifax for one day, we have lots of point need to visit. When we ask for breakfast at 7:00 am, she tell us "That is ridiculous“. we compromise, let she prepare breakfast at 8:30. last night, we were terribly thirsty. We can't find any cup of water and didn't see her either. we went outside to buy some bottles of water and came back around 9:30 pm. There was a big fly in the bed when you went to bed, so we turn off the light and open the door to keep this terrible fly away. Thanks for this insect, we could not sleep well. We went to the park at 6:30 am for sightseeing. When we come back around 8:30am. She roared "what problem in your brain?". Then she said that we make so many noise in the middle night to disturb her. When we told her we came back near 21:00 and went outside around near 6:30, didn't make any noise in the "middle night". She just ignored what we said, and keep roaring. She also said here is a b&b not a hotel. we should not come back late or leave early. what we need to do is just stay inside, don't make any sound, wait her get up to make breakfast, after eating breakfast then we can go for sightseeing. What I wanna say is "what the hell". She is a rude host I have ever met. If we wanna choose this b&b, plz plz think it twice.

Room Tip: don't stay here or you will regret it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2013

The Verandah B&B Has Bad Business Ethics and Zero Heart. In February, 2012, I booked 2 rooms for August 23, 2012 at the Verandah B&B in Halifax. Upon request by hostess Joan Robillard, I promptly sent a 50% deposit ($105.25) by PayPal. According to the Verandah B&B website, the deposit is refundable, on 48 hours notice. On July 30, 2012, due to my wife’s illness, I had to cancel the reservation and asked that my deposit be refunded. I gave 24 days notice!! On July 31, 2012, Joan Robillard wrote by email: “Thank-you I will send a refund through paypal. It could take a few days” Well, here it is February, 2013, and still no refund has been received. I have reminded, pleaded, cajoled, and even offered an opportunity for Joan to confirm that the deposit was non-refundable, so I could claim it on my trip cancellation insurance. No replies to any of these pleadings, other than occasional (tongue-in cheek, I believe) well wishes have been received. I am very disappointed in this display of bad business ethics and heartlessness at the Verandah B&B in Halifax.

Room Tip: Don't Send Money to Verandah B&B!
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Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Where do I start?

Well, if you're looking for posh, spotless, and downright expensive, don't go to The Verandah.

If you're looking for a sarcastic Easterner with a sharp tongue, and an "I don't really give a crap what you think" attitude, a decent room in a quirky and creaky old home AND YOU WILL LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT, then stay at The Verandah.

So, let's be clear. I booked this place for me and my husband, and my 87 yr. old veteran Dad in May 2012 before heading off to Cornwallis for a Naval Reunion. I read Trip Advisor, and to be honest, I was really quite worried about what I'd find when I got there.

Joan communicated effectively and efficiently (is that what people mean when they say she was abrupt or short with them? puleez), and held our rooms until we got there at almost midnight - no problem. She had a helper who carried our luggage up, and had a pot of tea ready for us to have in her living room while we all chatted and watched some tv.

My Dad got the pink room, which was good because he had the small bathroom and yes it is very tiny, but it's right in the room and my Dad had NO issues with using the space (for gawds sake people - what do you want? the Taj Mahal!?) The blue room was in use by another older lady, so Joan put us up in the loft (um, cuz we're younger and can do the stairs!) and for the same cost. Yes, the bathroom needs a new shower stall as it was mouldy - big woop. I wasn't planning on living there and franklly, the space felt to me like a nice cozy cottage at the lake. So? There was dust and cobwebs here and there, and who cares, really? I only needed to sleep there!

Breakfasts were great, and she said 830 for brekkie. If you're late that's your tough. Eat it cold, or you know where the microwave is. Like - make yourself at home, that's the way Joan is.

My Dad and her had some terrific conversations, and she was never at a loss for words. I especially liked her sarcastic Maritime humor as did the rest of us. But make no mistake, Joan has a heart and she was very kind to my Dad, even took a lot of his B.S. talkin' too!

Anyway, it took me forever to write this. And I'm glad I did, because you have only one life people. If you don't want to enjoy your life, go with the flow, experience someone and something interesting, different, unique and fun, then go stay at 4 Seasons. You get out of things what you put in to them...

Thanks for a great stay Joan. If we get back to Halifax again - we'll be giving you a call!

Chris and Larry, and Al

Room Tip: The pink room has an attached bath. The blue doesn't, but there's one right outside the roo...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The location of the Verandah B&B was fantastic for my needs - it is located just around the corner from the Rebecca Cohn and I was in Halifax for a performance there. I wandered into the Verandah and was lost for a few moments as I was standing alone in the entry way and before being greeted by Joan (I assume Joan anyway as she never did introduce herself). Joan was relatively friendly and offered/told me she was putting me in the basement apartment. She walked me to the apartment and as I looked around all I could think was that this place needed some TLC. Upon leaving Joan told me breakfast would be served at 8:30AM and I said that I would be gone (checked out) before then to which she told me she could only offer me coffee if I could not wait till 8:30AM to eat.
Upon the completion of the performance my wife and I returned to the room and took a closer look around the room and at this point I realized how dirty and unkept the room actually was/is. The window sills looked as if they had never been wiped - the bathroom appeared to have water damage and the fridge had left over food in it.

Room Tip: Avoid the apartment in the basement!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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La Crescenta, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2012

We planned on staying at this B/B for 2 nights but we decided to leave 1 hour after we checked in - we had paid a one night deposit via Pay Pal so we lost the money but it was well worth not having to put up with Joan the owner. I had called her that morning to advise her that we would be arriving around 7:00pm....We arrived around 6:45pm and the first words out of her mouth were "You are too early!" We wanted to turn around and leave this chaos - she was hosting a family dinner which obviously was more important than her paying guests. Joan should retire from hosting a bed and breakfast - she has no people skills what so ever - she throws temper tantrums and makes the guest feel like it is your fault she doesn't understand you! Three different times she told us that she would like to eat her dinner! We had a tour to make at 8:45am the next morning and she insisted that breakfast would be served at 8:30am....she told me to "eat and run" so we could make the tour. She never showed us around the home, never took us up to our room or showed us the bathroom, never told us there was on premise parking for our car....indeed, she never told us anything about the place! She was more interested in her family dinner than in her guests. If she didn't have guests, she would not be able to keep this place going and the way she handles herself, I am surprised she is still in business! This house is in run down section of Halifax and is about 1/2 hour walk from the water front. On the door to the bedroom she has a sign "Bed and Breakfast" You do Both! DO NOT BOOK THIS PLACE - YOU WILL BE SORRY! We guarantee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2012

We chose The Verandah because of it's proximity to our activities but arrived to a most unpleasant welcome. Joan met us at the door and without even opening it told us how exhausted she was; we should have come earlier someone else had our room;and claimed we hadn't paid. We did get another room and she discovered we had paid but her rudeness continued when we tried to negotiate a breakfast time. She told us to go away and come back later! Her house was great and so was the Loft-but we did not feel welcome to stay another night. She should not be running a B&B-not as the host.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2011

i had to cancel a reservation because a family member passed a way and she had no sympanthy shes out for money money money doesnt give a $%##@ about anything else wouldnt reccomend it unless your rude

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Property: The Verandah B&B
Address: 1394 Edward St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3H6, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Halifax > South End
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Ranked #16 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Halifax
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