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This morning we were treated to breakfast by our wagon masters and tail gunners. They served us a delicious meal of eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, with Marionberry jam from Oregon.
After breakfast, we headed back into Halifax to see the Citadel.
With the founding of Halifax, in 1749, the first of four forts was constructed on the high ground behind the original town site. The second fort was completed during the American Revolution, though it was ...
... had a guided tour around the exhibits. The
guide was very well informed and told a lot of interesting stories mostly from
people who had been through pier 21 and come back many years later to where
their Canadian journey began. There was a massive cruise ship outside as well
so it was very easy to imagine what it might have been like, although
conditions on the cruise ship would have been much better than those of ...
... Jack are channeling Journey so they Won't Stop Believing. An hour and a half to boarding for Frankfurt. After a few hours we are all hot and more than ready to get going. With a wistful glance at the First Class pods, we all got settled into our seats. Much playing of musical chairs but soon everyone was relatively happy with their seat mates and we eagerly awaited takeoff. Ooooops! The oxygen masks right above the seat next to Alex's dropped! ...
... worth a million dollars. He used these gains to form the Halifax Banking Company which is still a bank in the region. As the closest port to the site of the Titanic Disaster, Halifax was the first responders to the sinking. Many of the casualties of the sinking are buried in the city of Halifax. Several years ago we had visited the Port of Cobh, or Queenstown as it was known when the Titanic left Europe on its ill-fated Maiden Voyage. On April 1, 1996, Halifax merged with ...
... alone. The unfortunate part was when exited the tour it was 17:00 and the pier 21 site was closed. So, we decided to take a walk down the boardwalk. Which allowed all of us to drool over several privately owned yachts. When the bell rang 18:00 we headed back up the hill to our rig and started driving to Cape Breton Island . Come 9pm we decided to call it a night and pulled into the Irving truck stop in Port ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Commons Inn Halifax
This was the worst experience ever. Nevermind that it is not over looking the commons like it implies, nor that we were to scared to walk out side, nor that the shower had mildew in it and no hot water, and the keys did not work properly in the room, nor that we almost had a fire in our room, but the service was unacceptable. We had booked 2 nights. On our first...by the way only...night, we had two power outages by simply plugging a hairdryer and hair starightener in the same socket. At 11pm, recpetion called and decided we should be put in another room...this is 2 hours after the outage, but they only had 2 single rooms which would not accomodat the 4 of us. We moved rooms in fear of burning anyways at which time i was told that a refund would be given.
Please don't even consider staying at the Commons Inn. It was honestly the worst accommodation experience I've ever had in my life! It's located in the slums of the city which is actually kind of fitting because that's exactly where it belongs. The rooms are dirty, dingy, with old paper-thin walls. And the staff/management...the rudest and most unprofessional group of people I've ever dealt with. Do yourself a favor and stay in a higher-end hotel in Halifax, you won't even end up paying much more. We had intended on staying two nights and I wouldn't have even stayed the one night but they were making me pay for it anyway because it was less than 24 hours notice. We were out of there in a hurry and found a much better place at the Sheraton in Halifax for the second night. You'll regret every penney you spend on this disgusting place, so go elsewhere!
I booked this hotel online after reading some favourable reviews.
We booked the Commons Inn for one night mainly because of its proximity to the car rental place where we were to pick up our rental car, but also because of not too bad reviews on this website. We were glad that we did not have to stay there for more than one night!!
The overall atmosphere was pleasant but...
We had planned to stay here for two nights at the end of a ten-day visit to Nova Scotia, based on an extremely misleading recommendation in the Moon travel guide. We checked out after the first night. It wasn't the funky neighborhood that bothered us (although two blocks north of the inn the environs turn from funky to Skid Row), nor was it the simple accomodations (we travel a lot in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World). It was the low value. The rooms aren't just small, they're small by Manhattan standards, as well as dark and dingy. Our bathroom had a funky, mildewy smell. The bed was small and sagged in the middle. Our room was on what they called the "second floor", which was in fact at street level; to get any air we had to keep the window open, which meant little privacy. We were offered a different room on the top floor that was darker than the first, with an airconditioner but no openable window, and who comes to Nova Scotia in August to breathe airconditioned air? "Free" breakfast is standard in all the Nova Scotia hotels in which we stayed, although none had the mushy bread or dishwater coffee of this place. (Though there's a friendly little coffee shop across the street.) After checking out we spent our second night in a deluxe suite right downtown, near the Citadel and the Public Gardens, for only CAN$40 more than we spent at the Commons Inn -- and I'm sure we could have done better had we booked in advance rather than just walk through the doors.
Basic, clean, great price
We had 4 rooms here on a Friday night. They were basic and clean, only 1 had airconditioning, but I didn't feel I needed it. The windows open in this older hotel to let in a nice breeze. The front desk provided us with fans upon request. Some of the beds creaked a bit and felt like they could be firmer. The parking was free, the breakfast was fine and included in the price of our room. We paid about $100. less for our rooms than at most other properties in the city. We enjoyed sipping wine on the rooftop decks in the evening. It was a funky neighborhood, plenty of young people out at night, but quiet.
The name says it all
The Commons Inn is what it is--Common--Nothing extraordinary, nothing offensive. Our room was very affordable ($89/night I think) for a last minute reservation on a Saturday night and the room, although small, was very clean. Breakfast consisted of basic breads, cereals, and fruit, but coffee was good and best of all it was free! Not in the most lovely part of town, but the staff was helpful and parking was convenient (and free, again). So overall, good value, surprisingly clean, and convenient.
Quaint basic hotel.
This was a very good basic hotel. The inn is an atrractive cedar shake building about a 15 minute walk from downtown or the university. Very clean and comfortable rooms. Breakfast included. There is communal Internet access in the lobby and wireless Internet available for laptop users. We enjoyed our stay, and I would stay there again. The only negative was that our room was right by the lobby so it was a bit noisy in the morning. A room anywhere else in the inn would avoid that problem.