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BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake Hotel
Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Halifax
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Toronto, Canada
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156 reviews
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“Nice but cramped”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Although we had a booking problem, the hotel manager Jen was helpful through out the problem. The hotel restaurant is fantastic (seafood showder), a lot better than you would expect from a Best Western Hotel Restaurant. The restaurant view to the Chocolate is amazing. The Queen Bed room is extremely small and cramped. The washroom is so cramped you don't have room for nothing more than tooth paste and cologne on the sink counter top. The location is perfect to access any place in downtown Halifax.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and there's not much negative to say about it! The whole place is clean and tastefully decorated. The room was large and very clean. The complimentary breakfast buffet was awesome (though they ran out of eggs, meat and french toast one morning leaving a long line of people waiting about 10 minutes for more). The employees were friendly and helpful. The location was also fantastic as it was close enough to downtown, yet being in the suburbs meant we didn't have to worry about traffic when leaving the city for a daytrip to Peggy's Cove. The downsides were: 1. people leaving their dogs off the leash outside, unattended (I love dogs, but when a couple that you don't know come running at you, barking, it can be a little uncomfortable!); 2. the fact that the floors were broken in to different levels, meaning that we could not take the luggage cart from the elevator to our room as there were some stairs in the way; and 3. there does not seem to be enough parking for all of the rooms (arriving back to the hotel at about 1030 each night saw us get the last parking spot in the back lot). So all in all I highly recommend this hotel, just be sure to request a room on the same level as the elevators if you have mobility issues.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northern Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

This hotel i what you would expect from a best western hotel. The rooms were lovely, the staff helpful and the breakfasts nice (we didnt have dinner).

The hotel is on Chocolate lake in the centre of Halifax which makes it a lovely setting yet you are nearly in the centre of town.

You couldnt fault this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

My friends and I stayed here for a couple of nights while we visited Halifax. Great hotel - it smells like chocolate in the lobby, and they even have a chocolate lab named Cocoa! Room was clean and functional, especially with the 2 sinks (girls LOVE this idea!). Convenient location to downtown (about 10 to 15 minutes). Breakfast buffet was great, as it had both hot and cold food choices; it also overlooked the lake-a very peaceful way to wake up. Only major concern was the parking situation - we came back between 10pm and midnight each day, and there was absolutely no parking. Both nights, we ended up making our own parking spots on the ramps, or near the garbage cans.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We arrived in Halifax to travel and had booked this hotel before leaving Scotland. We were given an upgrade to a beautiful room with a view of the Lake. The welcome was wonderful and the staff were all very friendly. Check in was a pleasure. Alex in the restaurant was really nice.

Room Tip: View of the lake is recommended
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Great home away from home place. The staff are all very kind and the dog makes it all the more fun. The food is great - i'm amazed at the quality of their food. They have an amazing view - it's truly the best - and it's essentially "right" downtown. It's also easily accessible when you come into town. Great.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in mid-August for 3 nights. The hotel is conveniently located just outside (about a 10 mins drive) of the downtown area. The hotel is quite modern and nicely decorated, but the rooms are a bit cramped, especially the bathroom. Our room was on the second floor, but we were adjacent to the parking area, which was extremely noisy at all times, especially late evening and early morning. Since there was a wedding taking place that weekend and the hotel was sold out, it was useless asking to be moved as they would not have been able to accommodate us. The breakfast was pretty good also.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake Hotel
Address: 250 St Margarets Bay Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3N 1J4, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Halifax
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Halifax
#3 Green Hotel in Halifax
#5 Business Hotel in Halifax
#6 Romantic Hotel in Halifax
#6 Family Hotel in Halifax
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia is newly redesigned, offering you exceptional comfort in a gorgeous, convenient location. Visiting Halifax for business or pleasure? BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake is the ideal hotel for you. We have everything you need and more, all in a tranquil lakeside setting. So trust the brand that makes travellers feel comfortable worldwide. This Four Star Canada Select property offers Free Hot Breakfast Buffet, Free Parking, Free Wireless and Hardwired internet, Games Room, Saltwater Pool, Hot Tub, Exercise Facilities, Conference Facilities and the Lakeside Grill. We complete the experience with a resident Chocolate Lab named Cocoa. ... more   less 
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