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From boutique hotels to historic hideaways and Victorian palaces, Halifax has plenty of places to stay (though full service uber-luxury hotels tend to be in short supply). Our Forbes Travel Guide editors have narrowed down the options to the five best places to spend Halifax nights in style.
1. The Halliburton. Tucked away in a row of historic townhouses on Morris Street, The Halliburton is a truly distinctive boutique hotel. All 29 rooms are unique, each exquisite in its own way. Some have working fireplaces, others have private balconies overlooking the courtyard garden. In the heart of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, The Halliburton is a short walk from shopping and dining. Stories restaurant offers fine dining onsite, while the locally favorite Hamachi House next door serves sushi.
2. Lord Nelson. Uptown on Spring Garden Road, overlooking the Victorian splendor of the Public Gardens, the Lord Nelson is the grand old dame of Halifax hotels. The historic hotel dates back to 1928 and has recently undergone substantial renovations, marrying its timeless aeshtetic with updated amenities. Planning a longer visit? The Lord Nelson has several well-equipped suites, with special offers for extended-stay guests.
3. Westin Nova Scotian. This Hollis Street hotel has long been a favorite for visitors to Halifax. Attached to the Via Rail station, it first earned its reputation in the golden age of rail, and remains a place where tradition rules. Case in point: Roy’s Lounge, just off the lobby, where local legend Roy Clorey (yes, it’s named for him) has tended bar since 1963. Drop by for a friendly chat, insider info galore and one heck of a fine martini.
4. Halifax Marriott Harbourfront. Right next to Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street you’ll find the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront. The recently updated rooms are spacious and deliver harbor views. Feeling road weary? Visit the hotel’s Interlude Spa for a rejuvenating body treatment.
5. Inn on the Lake in Waverly. If you want to pair your Halifax experience with a taste of the country, stay just outside the city (and a 10-minute drive from Stanfield International Airport) at the Inn on the Lake in Waverly. The Halifax boutique hotel has one-, two- and three-bedroom suites that are equipped with Whirlpool tubs and private balconies, while onsite Oliver’s Gastropub boasts an ever-evolving menu of seasonal Nova Scotian cuisine.