The Best Hotels in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enjoy expansive views from atop Halifax’s Citadel Hill
Enjoy expansive views from atop Halifax’s Citadel Hill | © All Canada Photos / Alamy Stock Photo
Alicia Miller

Halifax, Canada’s east coast gateway, has a pretty harborfront, photogenic architecture, a buzzing bar scene and more. Whether you’re touring the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic or soaking up watery views from the 18th-century citadel, there’s a proper seaside feel at every corner. When you visit, you’ll want a hotel with just as much character as the city. Here’s our pick of the top Halifax Hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Star of the Sea Bed and Breakfast

Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Inn

Star of the Sea Bed and Breakfast room with four poster bed, white walls and wood floors
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With a seaside location, a historical clapboard exterior and the rambling greenery of the York Redoubt National Historic Site, it doesn’t get much more Halifax than this. Once a chapel, the Star of the Sea has been transformed into a homey but romantic B&B that’s favored by local people for intimate wedding ceremonies and honeymooning couples who appreciate its canopied beds and fresh white tones. Take a dip in the heated pool, then enjoy watching lobster boats bobbing past on the waves.

2. The Prince George Hotel

Hotel

A spacious, light-filled suite at the Prince George Hotel
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Steps from Halifax’s historic citadel, a star-shaped fortress built by the British, the Prince George Hotel suits travelers craving a raft of amenities. A restaurant, a lobby bar, Sunday brunch – it’s all here, as well as bountiful business amenities, an indoor pool and a summer patio for al fresco cocktails. Neutral rooms in sand and white are modern and crowd-pleasing and come with complimentary tea and coffee to start your morning before exploring Nova Scotia’s quaint capital.

3. Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites elegant lounge with glass table and fireplace
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Named after Admiral Horatio Nelson – appropriate given Halifax’s maritime history – the Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites overlooks the city’s Victorian-era public gardens, landscaped with ponds, a bandstand and photogenic carpet beds. And with its wood-paneled and white interiors, the long-established hotel feels just as regal. Some suites come with roaring fireplaces and wet bars; all rooms feature Aveda spa products and modern decor. Visit the Arms Restaurant when you’re craving east coast-style pub grub, such as a lobster roll with fries.

5. The Barrington Hotel

Hotel

The Barrington Hotel indoor pool with gym and steps
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With its waterfront location, historical facade and a clutch of bellhops wearing kilts, the Barrington Hotel channels Halifax’s unique maritime heritage (which, if you didn’t realize, includes a fair dose of Scottish influence). Despite the fun initial quirks, most of the rooms keep things modern, with a neutral vibe of creams, browns and whites – you won’t feel stuck in the past here. Take away a quick lunch from the on-site restaurant, Tempo Food + Drink, if you want to spend the day out exploring.

6. Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Four Points by Sheraton Halifax lounge with wood floor, tv and desk
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In a glossy modern building, tucked among the restaurants, bars and ice-cream shops on the city’s boardwalk waterfront, the Four Points by Sheraton Halifax might not be reinventing the wheel in terms of offerings, but it’s a solid, good-value stay. A spacious lobby gives you the space to sip a coffee or read a book; simple modern rooms come with workstations as well as mini-fridges and free wifi. An on-site gym will appeal to health nuts.

7. The Westin Nova Scotian

Hotel

The Westin Nova Scotian bedroom and lounge with tv, terrace and desk
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When you stay at the Westin Nova Scotian on the weekend, you can start your days at the Seaport Farmers’ Market – this emporium of rainbow vegetables, baked goods and souvenirs is just a few steps away. Here on a weekday? Take your breakfast at Seaport Social, a bright space serving flavorful dishes such as fish cake benedict and ricotta and lemon pancakes. The 1930s building – it has a rather grand, columned entrance – comes with a fitness studio and views over the city and water.

8. The Halliburton

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The Halliburton room with chandelier, carpets and bright colorscheme
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After a central stay with a boutique vibe? The Halliburton delivers, complete with fireside cocktails, Fairtrade coffee in the lobby and cozy bedrooms with wood headboards. The historical feel of the building – brick exterior, French doors, an occasional flash of wood paneling – means that it oozes character despite fairly modern dressing. The restaurant is one of the highlights; book in for an evening feast via a blind tasting menu.

Looking for more hotels in Nova Scotia? Check out our guide to the best hotels in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the best boutique hotels in Halifax or save a bit of cash with the best budget hotels in Halifax – bookable on Culture Trip.

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