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.
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