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In the midst of my preparation for my Great Adventure, I had to take a little detour to Nova Scotia (well not exactly a little detour as it is on the opposite coast of Canada to Victoria). My daughter Caitlin is starting her first year of University at Dalhousie University, so I accompanied her to get her settled in...and to be honest to help put …
... the boat for the
summer and plan our route up the eastern seaboard to Nova Scotia where we would
meet the owners for the first time since leaving Florida. After last minute
mechanical details, provisioning and stowing and an impromptu Mother’s Day
cruise with the entire family onboard, we were rushed out to sea to get our
summer trip started. We departed Miami in 4-5 foot seas and were underway for
36 hours straight, arriving a day and a ...
... and we wanted to participate in the ship’s Halloween activities. We had a few beers and watched the Cruise staff and Dancers scare and thrill us in Explorer’s Lounge and then watched some costumed characters in the Casino as we dropped a few coins in the gaming machines. Harriet was rewarded for her efforts and I just broke even. It had been a good day and we were finally ready to retire for the evening.
Where is Dan and Harriet?
... This pub dated back to 1834 and was Canada's first brewpub. We thought this was really cool so had to visit. We feshened up and headed over. We ate some terrific food washed down by local brews being McAuslan hard cider and IPA from the Propeller Brewing Company. We toasted a terrific day exploring this stunning part of Canada. We'd spent 12 hours walking, driving and exploring this neck of the woods and enjoyed every second. Another amazing travel day on this huge ...
... 11am. I called the taxi, and used the voucher to get to the tour hotel, Holiday Inn Harborview, and had the driver take me into Halifax (across the MacDonald bridge) to Commons Inn. After checking in, I was walking towards downtown Halifax before 1pm in the rain. I was soaking wet when I returned to the hotel later that day.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantica Hotel Halifax
I have just returned from a few day stay at the Holiday Inn Select, and I will never stay there again. The room was acceptable, but the cleaning staff must not have been too keen on cleaning bathrooms. My bath tub had foreign hairs the night I arrived, and plenty of the nice red and black mold on the tiles. The shower curtain was dirty on the bottom and stinky on the outside. When I notified guest services, they eventually cleaned the tiles but I had to put up with the smelly shower curtain my whole stay. The bathtub did not get cleaned once. I had to use my shower shoes. To add insult to injury, my phone service got disabled one of the nights. All of the hotel rooms face a couple of busy streets, and you cannot get away from the noise from juiced-up cars and motorcycles. NEVER AGAIN!
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Select Aug. 7th to the 10th. Hotel was very clean and nice and quiet as well. Check-in was pleasant and overall stay was good. There were no facecloths provided and when I asked housekeeping staff they said there were none available due to a shortage. I was quite surprised seeing that we were staying in a hotel in Canada and not the Dominican or Cuba. Everything was fine until check-out when I was waiting for my deposit to be refunded. There was hardly any conversation between the front desk staff and myself. Only thing asked was if I had consumed the bottled water in the room. I told them no and she said they were just printing off my detail sheet and it would take a few moments. I'm sure they had someone check the room to confirm I hadn't used the $2.99 bottle of water that was in the room. The lady who checked me out gave me my deposit back and asked me to sign a form and never so much as said thank you for staying or even asked how my stay was. The hotel is also too far away from downtown. It is only a 20 min walk or $7.00 taxi ride but I've stayed at the Delta Barrington and the Marriot Harbour front and will pick one of those next time I visit Halifax. The convenience of the pedway attached to those hotels is worth the extra price you pay for those hotels. Also, everything is so much closer to those two hotels.
Stay Away !!
The very worst. Booked a King size 2 months ago and they said they could not guarantee reservation when we arrived. Doing electrical work between 10 AM and 6 PM. NO ELEVATOR DURING THIS PERIOD. STAY AWAY...
Good for the price
Clean and safe with a staff that was friendly and helpful even through they were a bit overwhelmed by tour groups at the time. Rooms are standard Holiday Inn so not fancy but are comfortable. A good place to stay if you are on a limited budget and/or don't plan on spending a lot of time in your room. Nothing was negative about the place but nothing was outstanding either.
Pool area was full of kids who seemed to be having a good time,
Not a bad hotel for the moeny
This hotel is very clean and not to far from the downtown core. It is about 7 dollars by taxi or 20 minutes to walk. However, if you do walk be prepared to take comfortable shoes as there are many hills getting to the Harbour. The pool is nice and clean and there is an outdoor patio if you want to relax and read a paper. The room was your average hotel room. The service was good and everyone was friendly.
The only bad thing I can say about this hotel was that the bathroom door was jammed and it was hard to get out sometimes. Other then that if you are on a budget try this hotel, but if you can afford a bit more try to stay closer to the harbour!!!
Great Family Value
We decided to take our two small children to Halifax for March Break this year and we had a remarkable time at the Holiday Inn Select! Our accomodations were wonderful, you can't beat kids eating free especially in such an elegant yet friendly atmosphere. The pool accomadates young swimmers and the front desk staff couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome and valued. Definately something we will enjoy doing more often!
Just What You'd Expect from Holiday Inn.
Not a bad hotel. Clean, pleasant, like a typical Holiday Inn. The area is a bit edgy, so if you're a tourist, I would recommend something a little closer to the waterfront. But for just a clean, quiet place to sleep, this is a good bet.
I stay at the holiday inn twicw a year. everytime I come I'm always welcomed by my fav front desk agent jl. staff are excellent, restaurant is beautiful and very taste. service at front desk is outstanding. rooms are always clean, an excellent choise for a nice romantic gettaway.
My b/f and I used to do a long-distance relationship between New Brunswick and Cape Breton, and we would often meet in Halifax for a getaway. We always stayed at the Holiday Inn Select on Robie St. because of the great location, exceptional service and affordable luxury. In 2001, we stayed there on the weekend following Valentine's Day and were treated to valentine shortbread cookies in our room with our names on them...both of us believing that the other had set it up! This is just one example of the "above and beyond" service offered by this establishment. I have now moved to Halifax, but my b/f and I still reminisce about our times at the Holiday!
Poor Service for Women
I have stayed at this hotel many times and it always used to be friendly to women travelling alone.
My last two visits here have given me the impetus to seek a new hotel. The clerk was very snarky with me when i was checking out. On the second occasion, I was put on the second floor in a smoking room despite the fact I cannot tolerate smoke. This was done even though I specfically requested a non-smoking room. I was made to feel very unwanted!