As a man of business I often encounter hotels that excel in providing a comfortable room. However, few provide the extra touches that make a stay special. Cambridge Suites Halifax stands out in that regard. Along Brunswick Street, the Cambridge Suites is ideally situated near many of the city's local attractions such as the Halifax Citadel, the Halifax Metro Centre, and the Public Gardens, as well as a host of restaurants, shops, apartments, trees, pedestrians, automobiles, historical stuff, and exotic wildlife.
Upon entry one is immediately faced with choices as to how to proceed---a challenge, if you will. To the left is the front desk, the centre elevators, to the right the restaurant. There is no clear direction, nor helpful signage. There is a powerful rationale to this, however. This layout was clearly designed as an initiation rite for new guests. If one selects paths in the incorrect order, confusion, awkwardness, and big time peril may result. If one remembers to remember the acronym CRB (Check-In, Room, Breakfast) they will be successful. I fear that in writing this I have violated the sacred oaths sworn by all successful Cambridge Suites initiates. By revealing these secrets this may very well be my last review...
Provided one passes the sacred trials, they will take part in additional rituals, including the confirmation of name, the swearing that no smoking shall take place in the room, and the displaying of credit card for room deposit. Parking is $16/night.
The rooms themselves are tastefully arranged, featuring a bed, desk, coffee table, and even a couch. It is like a bedroom and living room all rolled up into a little, efficient ball of comfy. At the end opposite the window is a kitchen-like area, complete with microwave and refrigerator. My experience with the small sink also located therein was limited to pouring some coffee down the drain, but it was a clean, satisfactory pour.
At roughly 8 feet long, the counter top is the ideal surface for a number of purposes, be it placing belongings after a long day or trade and/or tourism, hosting a potluck dinner, or for playing with matchbox cars---Even if one is in their mid-30s this is a totally awesome idea. Vroom Vroom!
In one drawer is silverware. Though small, this is a powerful addition, allowing the guest to go forth and confidently order takeout from one of Halifax's fine eateries without the crippling embarrassment of having to ask for plastic cutlery.
The bathrooms were both clean and standard. However, the wallpaper stood out as a defining feature. Cloth-like in texture, and of medium dark grey hue, it was particularly inviting. It draws the guest's eye closer, demanding to be inspected...touched...savoured...When running a finger along it, if one listens closely, the wallpaper gives the sounds of low tide along Peggy's Cove. It's transcendent, oceanic.
There was also some ring on a chain attached to the tile above the bathtub. I have no idea what that's there for.
Though crime is low, it is nevertheless comforting to know that the Cambridge Suites maintains a firm commitment to the integrity of their rooms. Rather than rusty old keys or magnetic strip cards that fail if one's cell phone so much as farts, the hotel has implemented RFID technology for room access. These cards are secure in both function and appearance, being a simple white without any identifying text or logos. This simplicity is particularity useful if a guest is avoiding "The Man" and they happen to lose their card while being pursued. Even Dog the Bounty Hunter couldn't make use of a wayward room key. Instead he'll have to continue relying on prayer, free smokes, and firm yet sympathetic ear.
Such innovations may also lead to revolutionary new ways of unlocking one's room. For instance, I put my card in my back pocket and tried to bootysnap my way in. It didn't work.
Although I was unable to partake on my latest visit, the weekly social is an event I enjoyed on a previous stay. It is great that the hotel aims to not only provide a place to rest, but also foster a community of guests. At the social was complimentary beers from local brewers as well as tasty hors d'oeuvres. The mini chili cheese pies were exceptional. The staff true to form was friendly and informative in both beverages and 'the local scene.' After an hour of good cheer and fellowship among my fellow guests, I retired to my room to engage in what anthropologists call 'tipsy texting.' My significant other was impressed with the outstanding hospitality as I described it, but not so much my subsequent phoning to provide off-key, incomplete renditions of famous showtunes.
In all, the Cambridge Suites offers a strong package of hospitality, comfortable, versatile rooms and ideal location for those visiting Halifax. The very thought of my next stay makes me want to twerk. I won't stick out my tongue like Miley Cyrus though. She looks pretty dumb doing that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cambridge Suites Hotel is located in Downtown Halifax across from Citadel Hill. The rooftop patio offers a beautiful panorama of the city and you're within walking distance of many downtown attractions. Guest rooms feature comfortable beds in spacious living areas and kitchenettes to make you feel at home. Complimentary Continental breakfast helps start your day while our sauna, spa tub & fitness area lets you wind down. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cambridge Suites - Halifax Hotel Halifax
- Cambridge Hotel Halifax
- Cambridge Suites - Halifax Nova Scotia