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Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview

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Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview

Hoping to visit Halifax this summer and stay at the Holiday In Harbourview. One of things that is appealing to me is its outdoor pool. Seems it a rarity in those parts. We are flying there are do not plan on getting a car. How hard is it to get around, see the sights, take tours, etc

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1. Re: Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview

It's across the street from the main bus terminal in Dartmouth (called Bridge terminal). Lots of buses going across the bridge to Halifax and others spreading all over Dartmouth. Take a look at: halifax.ca/metrotransit/Schedules/index.asp

It's also the only Dartmouth stop for the airport bus. However, there aren't many restaurants around, except for fast food ones. For a decent meal, you'll have to either eat in the hotel or walk down hill or take one of many buses to downtown Dartmouth - about 5 minutes by bus - where there's lots of choice.

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2. Re: Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview

I've had great meals in that hotel... but you will soon tire of it. There's a great vietnamese restaurant that I eat at probably once every 2-3 weeks that is close by, but other than that, you are going to be travelling for food/entertainment. You will find cabs expensive, as they charge you to cross the bridge ($10-15 for a close ride).

Right now, metro buses are on strike. They have been for 3 weeks, with no end in sight. It will take you 40 minutes to walk across the bridge, and then another 40 to walk to the downtown core. You must *really* want that outdoor pool if you want to sacrifice other conveniences.

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3. Re: Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview

Your best bet for easy access to get around, take tours and see the sights of Halifax without a car is to stay in downtown Halifax. Most of the traditional Halifax tourist places are located in downtown Halifax - the citadel, historic properties, Public Gardens, boat tours, Harbour hopper, waterfront boardwalk, casino, many bars and restaurants with seafood and east coast music, art gallery, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Metro Centre, dinner theatres, Neptune Theatre, Pier 21, etc are all within walking distance if you stay right downtown at a hotel such as Delta Barrington, Delta Halifax, Prince George, Westin, The Citadel, Etc.

That being said I lived in Dartmouth close to the Holiday Inn Harbourview for many years and every day took the bus or ferry from Dartmouth to Halifax. It is very easy. The bus terminal across the street from the hotel runs very frequently across the bridge to downtown Halifax. You also have the option of walking down the street a bit to the Dartmouth Ferry and taking the ferry across to The Halifax waterfront. Your other option is to take a taxi, which will cost you at least $10 each way or more. You could walk across the bridge to Halifax but you will not want to do that more than once. I routinely walked home from work in downtown Halifax and across the bridge to Dartmouth for exercise and it does take quite some time.

I have had a few meals at the Holiday Inn Harbour and it was pretty good. There is a nice view of the Harbour from the hotel. You could walk down the street a bit and check out a few decent places to eat in downtown Dartmouth near the ferry terminal which would be okay. But honestly, I lived in Dartmouth for six years and downtown Halifax for three years and from a tourist perspective they don't compare. I love both but for different reasons. If you are wanting the stereo typical east coast city feel with convenience out your door to tourist stuff downtown Halifax is it. If you don't mind taking a bus or taxi or ferry and being slightly removed from the night life and restaurants and tourist stuff then Dartmouth will be fine, and will also probably be slightly cheaper per night. I have friends that have stayed at that hotel and liked it.

The other thing to mention is that the Halifax Airport is quite a ways from downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. You will need to arrange a shuttle or take a taxi or possibly a bus (I'm not sure on the buses that run there) in order to get to your hotel. Not sure on exactly how far away it is, but I imagine at least 20 to 30 mins on the highway.

Halifax is a wonderful city. I am sure no matter where you choose to stay you will enjoy it and not be disappointed.

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4. Re: Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview

Assuming the transit strike is settled by then, there will be a bus running to the airport. There is also the airporter shuttle bus which goes to the main hotels.

http://www.airporter.biz/

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