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Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Dartmouth
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed two nights over the New Year holiday, while visiting family in Dartmouth. The hotel has rooms with a view of the street or of the water, and with very solid walls is extremely quiet - you can hear some hallway noise, but nothing at all from neighbouring rooms.

The rooms are SUPER clean, the Oceanview is perhaps the cleanest hotel I've ever stayed in. Quick walk to the waterfront and ferry to Halifax. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Rooms are small, but extremely quiet (We stayed over New Year's Eve!) even in a street facing room.
The hotel is not overly fancy and luxurious, but has continental breakfasts until 10 am and the prices are very affordable. I give this place 5 stars because of the cleanliness, staff, and quiet room. Again, not a luxury hotel, but close to everything, cheap, clean and quiet.

The location is great - within minutes you can be on the Dartmouth ferry to downtown Halifax, letting you be in the heart of Halifax for business or fun (like the historic properties or the Citadel) without paying for a downtown hotel. And the Dartmouth ferry is something you should really do on a trip to Halifax anyway - on a nice day, for $2.50, you get the nicest view of the city, the naval yard, and the islands you are going to find.

The location in Dartmouth is also interesting - it's a rapidly up-and coming neighbourhood in Dartmouth, with a couple very funky coffee shops just two blocks away (Two if By Sea, with great pastries and coffee, in one direction, and an organic place, Big Life, in the other) and an increasing number of cool shops and restaurants nearby.

The hotel just changed management in May 2013, and seems to be improving because of it. Some of the rooms would still benefit from some TLC - our room would have benefited from a fresh coat of paint on the walls and some touch ups on the ceiling - but for the price, cleanliness, location, and quiet, it's hard to beat.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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BrianGM, General Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Dear 30SomeTraveller;
Thank you so very much for your kind words and great feedback on our hotel. It sounds like you enjoyed your trip to Two if By Sea as much as our staff does each day!
Downtown Dartmouth is indeed an amazing neighborhood for both it's location and culture. We're lucky we're right in the middle of it all.
While it's true, our building is older (built in 1975) our housekeeping department works extremely hard each day to make it shine and sparkle. Thank you for noticing. I will pass along your praises to the entire team.
Our spring plans do include some of the painting, touch-ups and TLC you've mentioned. We hope you'll visit us again soon so we can show you our progress.
Warm regards, Janet Toner General Manager, Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

This is my second time staying here and both times were great. Granted it's not the newest but the rooms have always been very clean and comes equipped with all that I need. We've always had great, friendly staff to help us with questions. I've stayed here using discounts and for that price it is worth it. I like a softer mattress and I find these ones too hard. The free continental breakfast is satisfying and parking is only $6.00 which is cheap as Halifax hotels usually charge $20.00. We enjoyed our private balcony when we stayed this past fall. Just a few minutes to walk to the ferry to get to Halifax and the Casino and took a cab back which wasn't pricey either. Not far to drive to Dartmouth Crossing and MicMac mall. I will stay here again if I get more discounted tickets.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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BrianGM, General Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2014

Hello PCBabe and thanks so much for your recent review of our hotel.
I'm happy to hear that our location provided quick and easy access to the places you needed to be in our wonderful city. We believe there is no greater value than staying downtown on the Dartmouth side!
We would love to welcome you back anytime.
Warm regards, Janet Toner, General Manager - Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We wanted a comfortable place to stay near Halifax. The Dartmouth Oceanview was great! The suite was large, clean and very comfortable. We were able to stand on the balcony and see the bridge to Halifax. Breakfast was quick and easy. The location is in the midst of Downtown Dartmouth but right off a main thoroughfare and minutes to Halifax. We did drive by it the first time as it was dark and it does not seem like a place a hotel would suddenly be despite the GPS yelling at us that this was the address! Staff was professional and friendly. Would certainly stay there again and again!

Room Tip: If you need a place to sleep and be comfortable, this is a great option. The suite was large and pro...
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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BrianGM, General Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2013

Hi Lisa

Thank you for staying with us recently, and for taking the time to provide feedback on your visit. I am thrilled to hear it was a great stay.
Many guests tell us that because the hotel is located within a block of the Halifax ferry they love our location for the convenience. I will share with our team your great feedback on our service and your overall room impression. We are all committed to ensuring our guest have an exceptional stay and a great nights rest! We hope to see you again soon. Janet Toner, General Manager Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the hotel, and while it wasn't a five star, we didn't pay or expect a five star. The staff were friendly and the place was clean. Heat was a little iffy (heater in the room), however it was so close to the ferry we were able to leave the car and walk.

Recommended for people looking for a bed in a friendly place and not much more.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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BrianGM, General Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2013

Dear mcmils2005

We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Our team is committed to providing our guests with a 5-star level of service at that very affordable 3-star price. Many guests tell us, after their stay, that being so close to the ferry terminal was a definite plus! Thank you for the feedback on your heating concerns. We will have maintenance address it immediately. Winter is here and we place guest comfort at the top of our priority list. Thanks so much for staying with us and we hope to welcome you back soon. Janet Toner; General Manager, Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Staff very friendly some rooms need refurbishment, think some are in progress of having
Public area not that welcoming
Continental breakfast very good lots of choice
Pretty good ovation for ferry, which at 3 dollars return is very good value also covers buses

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank flynnheat86
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BrianGM, General Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2013

Dear flynnheat86

Thank you for your recent review of our hotel and for staying with us on your trip to the Halifax area. As a new GM I am so pleased to hear you found our staff very friendly. Having a team that is dedicated to an overall exceptional guest experience is one of the reasons I love working here. It is true, we are working on some room conversions. We have newly installed kitchenettes for travelers who are looking for added convenience. Our property has also just launched it's new brand ( Dartmouth Oceanview) and we anticipate many exciting changes in the future. One thing that won't change is our outstanding view of the Halifax skyline and our convenient location to the ferry that takes you there! We hope you'll visit us again soon. Janet Toner, General Manager, Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel.

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Stayed at this hotel on Sept 21,2013. First time at this location as it was close to a Wedding Reception we were attending. Some comments...Reception staff must of been under some stress it appeared were having dispute between themselves about some reservation in front of app 6 customers,not the way to make a "good first impression". our room was spacious and clean,hotel is dated. We were trying to meet up with friends staying at the hotel but were told by front recption staff that they hadn't booked in yet or that they were on a cordless phone and not able to help us at this time.We found out this was also told to many customers in our group when in fact, all of us were checked in! After a few hours we did all connect but with no help from the staff. I observed the older front counter attendant being rude to a customer when asked to repeat the directions to the off-site parking lot. with words like 'Listen to me!..drive down to stop sign etc" not a good impression.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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BrianGM, General Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2013

Dear 55TomS123

Thank you for your review of our property and for staying with us for the wedding reception you attended in September. My apologies that you experienced service levels that were below our standards. It doesn't seem like we made a very good first impression. I understand that there were many guests staying with us that evening for the wedding reception. Upon reflection it appears we could have done a better job by having a few more people here to assist with their check-ins. When many guests arrive around the same time, a few extra sets of hands can make all the difference. I do hope you were able to enjoy the event, despite your check-in experience. As a team, we have reviewed the details of that night, in an effort to ensure we stay focused on providing an exceptional level of service to all our guests. If you are in the area again please contact me personally before you arrive and I'll do what I can to make your stay exceptional. Janet Toner, General Manager, Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Room was booked 3 months ago we get there no room was held for us, we went up to our smoking room on the 7th floor and there was a drunk party going on with most doors open, went to get another room and nothing was available but a non smoking room so we took it, the 2 front desk clerks promptly accommodated us with a great view and with a discount for our inconvenience, I applaud the 2 clerks efforts and they bent over backwards for us. As for the unit itself? Well its no grand hall but its an ok place to stay since the owner of the franchise needs to seriously update the rooms. Went to have a shower and the white nicely folded towels were looking like they were dragged on the floor with dirty spots all over all the bath towels and had to use a hand towel to dry off from our shower.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chantale N, Guest Relations Manager at Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay! We apologize for any issues you experienced during your stay with us, but I am glad to hear the staff responded to your concerns. We are currently in the process of upgrading many of our rooms and would be happy to have the opportunity to show these to you if you have the opportunity to return.

Best Regards,
Chantale - Guest Service Manager, Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel

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Additional Information about Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel

Address: 65 King Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 4C2, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Dartmouth > Dartmouth Centre
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Dartmouth
Price Range: £57 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minutes walk to the Halifax Harbour ferry. A 12 minute ride to everything in downtown Halifax without the parking or traffic congestion. Clean, comfortable rooms and suites, close to great restaurants, 20 minute drive to the airport. Also near Mic Mac Mall and Dartmouth Crossing. Downtown value & convenience without downtown prices. ... more   less 
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