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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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