The Westin Nova Scotian
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JOE: Things get off to an difficult start when Sam texts on Friday night at 11:45 before we leave to say he's overslept and missed his flight in Valencia. Lots of texting. Ultimately he is rebooked the next day...$1600. Not very much sleep in Washington. JOE: Drive to airport. Fly to Halifax, cab to westin Nova Scotian. Farmers market and a walk …
... welcome center & accommodates tour buses, RV's and individual visitors. It was very breathtaking to see the scenery, many bays with some sailboats still in the water and of course, the many trees turning gorgeous colors.
The rest of our purchased excursion was Hop On / Hop Off of 3 different double Decker buses throughout Halifax. With our late start in the morning, we really only had time to go on 1 bus line where we got off at the 2nd stop ...
... I have great expectations for this trip and have no doubt whatsoever that it will be the experience of a lifetime. I can't wait to perfect my Spanish skills, in speaking and writing and listening. I can't wait to meet new people from all over the world. I can't wait to eat everything in front of me like a big fat pig, but, hey, the cuisine is a big part of the experience, right? And I can't wait to get the chance to travel the country ...
... Museum offered free entry at five-thirty I decided to watch another of the street performers, this time in the form of an Australian bloke juggling a chainsaw climbing poles. Alakazam was his name, and whilst it may have been impressive how many times he managed to avoid severing his hands when throwing the chainsaw, it was most definitely stupid; watching him squeeze through a squash racket was another highlight, but as he said to those who jeered when he ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Nova Scotian Halifax
Great hotel experience.
We spent 2 nights at the Westin Nova Scotian in June and loved it. The hotel and staff were excellent. I was afraid that we would not be well treated because we had a Priceline reservation but that was not the case. Parking was convenient and it was not a long walk to the harbor area with shops and restaurants. Would definitely stay here again!
Very elegant hotel
Our stop at the Westin Nova Scotian was one of our last stops before ending our trip to the East Coast. From looking at the exterior of the building, I knew I wanted to stay there and was hoping the price would be reasonable. We did indeed end up staying in this beautiful hotel. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They even gave my son a ride on the luggage cart. Our room was beautiful and the beds exceptionally comfortable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and will definitely stay there again the next time we're in Halifax.
Loved the Westin
We stayed at the Westin Hotel in early August. We got in very late, but check-in was a breeze. The room was nice, but not luxurious. The next day we asked and were given an upgrade to a suite. The suite was on the 8th floor, had two bathrooms and a large, walkout balcony overlooking the city. The bed was truly heavenly, as were the pillows. Housekeeping was impeccable, and the room itself was spacious. There were a few steps to negotiate between the elevator and the suite that might pose a problem for a disabled person. Staff were friendly and efficient, and checkout went fine, though, as usual, the video checkout didn't work.
The hotel bar is a classy cocktail spot, with great barkeeps, and the prices aren't over the top. It is a nice place to unwind after a day of tromping around the citadel or the waterfront.
The location is maybe not quite as central as the Casino Nova Scotia, but all the waterfront attractions, including the Casino, are within a 20-minute walk (most are much closer). Pier 21 (Canada's Ellis Island and a very worthwhile stop) is just a few minutes away. Point Pleasant Park has great trails and is about a 15-20 minute walk. You'll see lots of devastation here from Hurricane Juan, which took out a ton of trees). We were also a comfortable walk to the Citadel, the Maritime Museum, Keith's Brewery, and the shopping and restaurants of Spring Garden Road. Bishop's Landing is very nearby, and contains a nice wine shop, chocolate store, cigar store, and the best restaurant we sampled, Bish. A great blues spot, Bearley's, is just around the corner.
Overall, while it is not a brand, spanking new hotel, it was a pleasant Oasis. We stayed one night at the Casino Nova Scotia Hotel due to Northwest Airlines, and while that was a decent hotel in a great location, the Westin is a superior property.
Rooms need updating, but it's a decent hotel
The hotel is beautiful from the outside. The staff is very friendly, especially the valets. (You can self-park also). The valet took the time to show me on a map where I needed to go, and gave me a guidebook...all while wearing a kilt.
My room was small and awkward. Tiny closet. Had a nice harbour view. It's close to the touristy area, but not in the heart of it.
Not quite so Heavenly !
The Westin was our first port of call in Nova Scotia and from the exterior it looks impressive. The lobby and reception area are of an extremely high standard which creates a good initial impression.
The staff were very professional and friendly. Plenty of private hotel parking at a small cost.
Our room was adequately sized, however we were slightly disappointed with the dated decor, as this is not how the rooms are portrayed on the website etc. We had booked a harbour view, but this was spoiled somewhat by the dated Cruise ship terminal building and an unsightly concrete power station. Although this is outwith the hotels control we felt that what was advertised is not what you get bearing in mind this is a 4 star hotel.
Great Staff, Building in need of Maintenance & Decor
Very helpful and courteous staff. And yes, the Heavenly Beds are wonderful, but what about the rest of the room? Blank walls, no pictures. Baseboard under airconditioner leaking and peeling off the wall. Unattractive decorating scheme. This property needs a serious renovation and upgrading of its decor. Soundproofing non-existent.
Friendly but dated
This is a very friendly hotel, but frankly, I had higher expectations. The hotel promotes its "Heavenly Beds" and they are quite good. However, the bathroom had decaying/flaking fixtures and no fan. The carpet was stained. The TV center did not have retractable doors (just hinged) and they kept swinging shut. THEN, because we were near the elevator on the 6th floor, the band playing on the first floor was clearly (and distressingly audible). For the price, things should have been better. (In Halifax for dinner, try OPA - a Greek place on Argyle street. They make a fabulous rack of lamb and a dessert to die for.....
I stayed at the Westin with my 2 kids, and let me say, that the Westin was one of my best experiences. It was absolutly spectacular!!! The people were very nice and fast and sufficent. And the room was gorgeous!!! I LOVE THE WESTIN and the staff. There were so many things to do to keep me and my children happy. I definalty reccommend hoping in the Heavenly Hummer and getting a ride down town. Getting on a tour like the Harbour Hopper. And just explore just how beautiful Nova Scotia is. Even though I live in NS, I learned a lot and had great fun. I can't wait to go back. Miss the beds at the hotel!
My wife and I spent two nights at the Westin on our honeymoon while in Halifax. We found all aspects of the hotel exceptional for our time there. The staff was very accomodating to all our needs as well as the ammenities that the hotel has to offer. It is very convenient to all Halifax has to offer, all within a short walk or cab ride. I would highly recommend this hotel while in Halifax.
LOVED The Westin
I stayed at the Westin Halifax last month for three days and loved every moment of it. Though removed from downtown Halifax, the hotel is still fun because it is very beautiful, right by the water, and has the great Heavenly Beds that I have come to love. Employees are evry friendly and they even have a Hummer that will drive you around Halifax. So I definitely recommend it.