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We arrived in Halifax late Friday night to snow and cold even though we were told the previous day was sunny and +10. I hope that our history of bringing bad weather with us does not extend to Europe!
We walked around the city on Saturday, stopped in at the farmers market and walked along the waterfront in the snow. It was really cold so …
... many of sites of Halifax including the harbor area, the cemetery in which victims of the Titanic were buried, the modern downtown section of town, homes on the outskirts of the city and the Welsford-Parker Monument to the fallen Canadian soldiers of the Crimean War (it is the only monument honoring the sacrifices of soldiers in the Crimean War on the North American Continent), and we also visited the Halifax Citadel a fortress on a hill overlooking the old town clock. It is the latest ...
... eleven meals, and bus and ferry transportation.
I added three extra days in Halifax because I love to walk the cities of new destinations, but unfortunately, my flight to Halifax between Denver and Newark was delayed by over three hours because of an hydrolic leak, and I missed my connecting flight to Halifax. The ...
... in the same vehicle? Maybe, maybe not. One thing is for sure; when it comes to overlanding there is no perfect vehicle in our opinion. If one is going to venture off road for much of the trip (and why not?) then a seriously tough 4x4 is the answer.
If one is going to stick to reasonable roads then a campervan along the lines of a Mercedes Sprinter or similar seems like a good option. Some of these derivatives one can get in 4 wheel drive versions too ...
take off Zürich airport on time Monday Aug. 26, 10h10
9h flight to Newark (New York); 6h regular stay - finaly waiting 8h... because of tire change on plane :(
take off past 22h, arrival Halifax Tuesday 1h instead of Monday 23h
Brunos trip journal of the entire trip: see last entry
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.