Muir Hotel, Autograph Collection

Atlantic Canada-style modern luxury

Stretching into the water, Muir Hotel, Autograph Collection resembles a ship floating in the Atlantic. It’s fitting for Muir, whose name means “the sea” in Gaelic, one of the languages spoken in Nova Scotia.

The Halifax hotel is part of three wharf structures in Queen’s Marque, a new waterfront downtown district. One of the region’s best-known architects, Brian MacKay-Lyons, drew on the capital city’s rich marine and mercantile history for a modern, abstract interpretation of the ocean for buildings with a deep sense of place.

The exterior is sandstone sourced from quarries in Wallace, Nova Scotia. The contemporary, neutral interiors feature local natural materials like salt and pepper granite, sandstone, Muntz metal and walnut. Meanwhile, the vessel theme subtly flows through the spaces — nearly all of the 109 rooms overlook the water, bar shelves and bathroom mirrors recall portholes, and rooms are covered with gray oak planks and one-of-a-kind Nova Scotia sea landscapes.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Design is a hallmark of the property, from the specially made tartan throw in each room with soothing cream and taupe tones mimicking the land’s hues to the hotel entrance’s “Light Chocks” installation with glowing columns that look like the Fresnel lenses at the province’s Sambro lighthouse.
  • A waterfront patio makes Drift a magnet for a meal, but it’s also an opportunity to indulge in updated authentic Atlantic Canadian fare like blueberry grunt (which is similar to a blueberry cobbler) and hodgepodge (a vegetable stew), along with plenty of fresh seafood.
  • The Halifax hotel puts local art, including landscape paintings, ceramics, photographs and tapestries, on display throughout the property. See more in True Colours, Muir’s guests-only gallery. It spotlights a rotating collection of regionally curated pieces and organizes gallery talks and intimate events.
  • See the raw beauty of the coastline up close with a scenic tour in Little Wing, Muir’s 36-foot Morris yacht, or Reach, its 24-foot motorboat.
  • When you want a drink, head up to the third-floor BKS, a secret speakeasy only open to guests and members. Lounge in the waterfront terrace and sip specialty rums — a nod to Halifax’s prohibition-era rum-running past.

Things to Know

  • Guests gain complimentary access to The Wardroom, a private executive meeting space that accommodates up to six people.
  • If you need a ride to a nearby destination, let the chauffeured hybrid Range Rover take you there.
  • Stay healthy on the road at the boutique hotel’s Windward Wellness center, which offers Technogym equipment, a spin and yoga studio, a halotherapy salt room, a vitality pool, a eucalyptus steam room and an infrared sauna.

24-hour room service
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
1709 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1T3 Canada
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