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The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Ranked #11 of 28 Hotels in Halifax
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Litchfield, Connecticut
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“Exrcuciating hallways.”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

Should a hotel be dropped a full star just because of the decor in its hallways? Well I did.
The front of the hotel and the main public areas present the hotel as a traditional wood and brass, grandish hotel. Bell boys, a concierge, walnut everywhere, etc.

There is little to warn you about the assault on your senses as you step out of the elevator into somebody's Las Vegas nightmare. Stripes and swirls of browns, blacks and cremes accented by the cheesiest, plastic chandeliers i've ever seen. (Tons of them.) There has got to be either a very funny or very sad story behind this. Just strange.

Location: There are two places to be in Halifax. On the waterfront, which this isn't, or across from the public gardens, which this is. Halifax's waterfront isn't the greatest. Standard tourist fare with a very average casino at one end. The public garden however is magnificent.
If you are a gardener, this victorian garden, rated the best in North America, may alone be worh the trip to Halifax. It's spectacular. And this is the only hotel that I saw that fronts it.

Service: The bell boys and front desk were all helpful and attentive. Everyone we met was quite friendly. I didn't have occasion to use the concierge, so don't know.

Room. The room was quite spaciouse with two closets and a room dedicated to a wet bar. The bathroom however was quite small. Big enough for a tub, sink and toilet with no room to spare.
The decoration was bland but not offensive. Cabinets and tables all seemed to be carryovers from the last couple of redecorations. Refinished heavy stuff from the fities. Sort of fit the hotel.
The bed was a king and very comfortable. The air conditioner kept the room as cool as you wanted it.

The amenties were good. Forget the brand.

The Crowd: Tourists and tour groups.

This hotel could really be a small gem with some decorative upgrades to the rooms and hallways. Some of the closet space would be better used as extra bathroom space.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Second time staying here, have enjoyed it both times. We always stay at Hampton Inns for a point of reference and this is up to their standards as far as bedding and room amenities.
Staff is friendly and helpful, everything is within reasonable walking distance. The only downside is the $20.00 daily parking charge, but hey, you are in a city.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

Booked two junior suits a week before. Called before for late check in. However, we were given one room at 7th floor, with nice washroom and sitting area. Another room at 4th floor with smallest bathroom I ever seen in a hotel!!! No bathtub only shower with plastic shower curtain, with vent collected to the next room.you cannot possiblly call it a junior suit in a four star hotel!! The lobby full of cigar smell and loud nosy people . The manager at the front basically told me no more room available. Nothing he can do with an attitute. Not helpful at all. I will never never never stay here again!! Worst hotel experience ever!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Got a great rate for Sunday which encouraged us to stay an extra day when they extended it to Monday. Two days prior to arrival, were offered via email an upgrade to a suite for just $25 extra. Accepted the offer and then it was all downhill from there. The room, 509, has a carpark view and was dismal. Bathroom was tiny, but the suite did have a full kitchenette. At 1AM, the first night we were there, we were awoken from a deep sleep by the TV in our bedroom turning itself on full blast. We hadn't turned it on at any time during our stay so it was due to nothing on our part; it just turned itself on by itself. In the morning, when we advised the front desk staff, they apologised to us and sent the maintenance staff up to attend to it. They "bought us off" with a "free" continental breakfast. Later in the day they assured us that it was fixed. Guess what? It happened again the second night at precisely the same time! This time, I couldn't get back to sleep for 2 hours. How did they deal with it? They removed the $20 per night car parking charge! Poor compensation indeed from a 4 1/2 star hotel - allegedly the city's best - for two sequential disturbed nights' sleeps. We will NOT be returning.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Stayed here in connection with a conference held in the hotel. Was upgrade to a suite on check-in, and it was very spacious, with modern decor (unlike the hotel's public areas, which are traditional in appearance). Very clean and comfortable, with spacious bathroom with nice amenities. Local paper at the door each morning, and coffee maker and refrigerator in the living room area. Service was courteous, although somewhat 'cold' in tone at the front desk; rest of the staff was warm and friendly. Location of the hotel is near ideal, right across from a lovely public park, which makes up for not having an ocean view. Can recommend it for either business or pleasure.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Excellent Location near restaurant. Nice rooms a little small but nicely renovated.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Outstanding service all around. Wonderfully hospitable staff.

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Property: The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Address: 1515 South Park St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2, Canada
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Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Halifax > Downtown Halifax , South End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Halifax
#10 Romantic Hotel in Halifax
#11 Business Hotel in Halifax
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 261
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built in October 1928, the Lord Nelson Hotel is a legendary landmark in downtown Halifax located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street across from the beautiful Public Gardens. ... more   less 
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