The Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian is a hotel located in Halifax.
In the heart of downtown Halifax, The Westin Nova Scotians prime location offers a peaceful respite in this beautiful city. With easy access to nearby shopping and dining, you can experience all that downtown has to offer or simply enjoy a stroll by the boardwalk and wharves of Halifax Harbor.
Refresh and Renew at The Westin Nova Scotian with our Zest Spa offering a variety of services. Our state-of-the-art fitness center boasts an indoor heated pool. Let our food and beverage specialists help you host the perfect event in one of our 23 versatile meeting spaces.
Enjoy stunning views of either Halifax Harbor or Cornwallis Park from one of our 310 guest rooms and suites. Each room has contemporary amenities and an oversized bathroom. Relax in one of our cozy Heavenly Beds®.
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Local dining options close to The Westin Nova Scotian include Elements Restaurant (Westin Nova Scotian Hotel), Tomavinos Ristorante, Cafe Chianti, and JAZZZ Deli Cafe.
Reviews for The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax
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Wed 04 Jan 2012
Positives: Liked the location, close to farmers market, liquor store, grocery store, restaurants, waterfront. Liked the main lobby and well dressed staff.
Negatives: Extra fee for internet, most places do not charge!! self parking to expensive.
Comments: Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at the Westin. Great location and good staff. Although, the Priceline cost was a great deal.
Sun 01 Jan 2012
Positives: Great spot, good location, clean and friendly staff.
Negatives: No free wifi Internet.
Comments: Enjoyed are staff, a little out of the way but still a great location.
Wed 28 Dec 2011
Positives: It was nice.
Negatives: The hotel staff.
The hotel is very nice, however, when we were going to bed we could smell cigarette smoke, which was coming from the room next to ours. Not only were the guest in the room next to ours smoking in their room they were extremely loud, did I mention it was one in the morning. We called the front desk and decided to wait a bit to see if the problem would be resolved quickly, however this did not occur.
<BR/>. We had to call a second time at two in the morning and finally the front desk sent security.
Sun 18 Dec 2011
Positives: Location, spacious, clean, and free parking.
Negatives: Pool facilities are dated.
Comments: More than adequate. Room small, but clean & comfortable. Free parking in excellent location. Pool/ whirlpool could use some updating/ freshening up. Very friendly staff.
Thu 15 Dec 2011
Positives: Very close to restaurants and shopping.
Negatives: The hotel Internet wasn't always working.
Comments: A pretty hotel with nice furnishings. I have stayed here before and I hope to stay here again.
Wed 14 Dec 2011
Positives: Staff very helpful.
Negatives: Christmas time, I was booked into a room that was next to a suite of rooms -- loud late parties.
Comments: Great staff, nice facility and no complaints.
Wed 14 Dec 2011
Positives: The young man at the bar/dining area who was from the Niagra area and really knew his wine. He was friendly, not pushy.
Negatives: The parking kios was down and yet they charged to park there.
Comments: Near down town, Saturday Market and next to a grocery store and Tim's. Quiet and comfortable. Had a coffee machine and a fridge. Dog friendly.
Mon 12 Dec 2011
Positives: Location, amenities.
Negatives: No continental breakfast, no air-conditioning very hot in rooms.
Comments: Rooms very hot and uncomfortable no AC although it was December and it was a warm week for<BR/>December. Wonderful staff and very convenient location.
Thu 08 Dec 2011
Positives: The location was great.
Negatives: The rooms was not clean ,wallpaper peeling, the bathroom was visibly soiled. Elevator didn't work part of stay.
Comments: Stayed at the westin , have stayed several times before. The location was great , staff were friendly and mostly helpful. When we checked in and went to our room, I was surprised to see that the bathroom appeared as thought, it had not even been cleaned. The sink was visibly soiled. The room itself although appeared updated , when you looked past the flat screen TV and nice lines you could see the wallpaper peeling and the moulding and finishes needed repair. The elevator wasn't working for a while during the stay and we had to climb 4 flights of stairs to get to our room , good exercise though.We had inquired prior to our stay about the offer of discounted tickets to the yuk yuk club located on the premises. We were told by hotel staff the tickets were half price, but when we called to book were told we had to pay full price. We were not impressed.
Tue 06 Dec 2011
Positives: Good location, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and clean.
Negatives: No free wireless Internet.
Comments: I would recommend this hotel for its proximity to Downtown Halifax, safe well lit parking, nice old feel atmosphere.
Thu 01 Dec 2011
Positives: Great location for a great price.
Negatives: We were unable to get a king, but the 2 other rooms I booked got kings.
Comments: Hotel is old and therefore a bit quirky. We had gotten a room that had been smoked in so we had to switch.
Tue 29 Nov 2011
Negatives: parking and elevator.
Comments: to expensive to eat at hotel.
Sat 26 Nov 2011
Positives: The staff was very good. The staff made up for the location, dreary room and ho hum food.
Negatives: The room was clean but lack lustre.
The staff was on top of their game. The room disappointed.
Thu 17 Nov 2011
Positives: Lobby is nice, starbucks is a nice touch.
Negatives: Paid parking, messy bed linens, dirty water glasses, fan not working in bathroom, no table to sit at in room to relax.
Dirty water glasses left in room. Looked like the maid just threw the pillows on the bed. Loud noises heard in hallway. Fan not working in the bathroom. Bathroom too small. Beds too small. The room did not seem fresh and welcoming.
<BR/>. Having to pay for breakfast and parking is an additional cost that is included in other hotels like Hampton Inn and Suites and Holiday Inn Express.
Thu 17 Nov 2011
Positives: It has a very good proximity to amenities for young and old.
Negatives: Not a fan of the pay for parking situation. The lot is not secure and very crowded.
Comments: Overall,<BR/>I had a great experience, the staff that worked cleaning the rooms were very professional. Waitimes for elevators was lengthy at times, and my only thing<BR/>I would love to see is a breakfast bar of some kind. Traveling with three small kids the budget is tight and having some breakfast options, even continental would be great.
Thu 17 Nov 2011
Positives: The bed linens were great!
Negatives: Slow elevators.
Comments: Always feel safe and enjoy the luxurious feel.
Wed 21 Sep 2011
Negatives: We did not know what our stay gave us access to and what items available were extra charge. Nothing was even mentioned to us about where the pool was.
While the room was nice the service at the hotel was terrible. When we got there my partner and I were not explained about any features with our room such as the pool, where it was or if we even had access to it or the restaurant available or even where the elevator was. They even snickered at us when they saw us go the wrong way.
<BR/>. Furthermore, the neighbors were extremely loud at 2:30 in the morning.
Sun 11 Sep 2011
Positives: Reception and valet personnel helpful and friendly, room very clean.
Negatives: Hallway carpets dirty, in serious need of cleaning, mattress in need of replacement.
Comments: Overall good experience. Concierge, although efficient, did not go beyond what was necessary to help with inquiries.
Sat 10 Sep 2011
Positives: Friendly staff, and great harbor view room.
Negatives: Restaurant layout, buffet overpriced for selection.
Comments: We stayed here for our wedding. They upgraded our room as we needed for our 2 year old and a regular sized room would be too small. We had a great stay at the Westin.
Fri 09 Sep 2011
Positives: It's absolutely beautiful. Loved having our car brought to the front door.
Negatives: Brew your coffee in room was free and downstairs it was $4.50 for us.
Comments: It was fabulous. $4.50 for our coffees each day when it was free in our room to make, as you know you can't make your own coffee as good as someone else could. I know this is a very small thing, but I really like the small things. Coffee should be free for guest. Wonderful stay and would certainly stay again and again.
Tue 30 Aug 2011
Negatives: Had to pay extra for a room with double beds.
Comments: Great location, rooms were clean, had to pay $18.00 for parking then extra for a room with 2 beds.
Thu 25 Aug 2011
Positives: Good price for quality.
Negatives: Room was stale and not fresh and clean.
Comments: Older hotel that is trying hard. Good value if you can get it for low price.
Sat 20 Aug 2011
Positives: Familiarity, we have stayed here before, comfy pillows.
Negatives: Slow service for bellman/concierge. very tiny bathrooms.
Comments: In general we like this hotel, the rooms are big, but the hotel staff.service is slow at times.
Fri 19 Aug 2011
Positives: Great service!
Negatives: Parking fee was not included in the original bill, so we had to pay extra, and it was very expensive.
Comments: Great place to stay, clean rooms, and<BR/>excellent service.
Tue 09 Aug 2011
Positives: The front desk employees are very professional.
Negatives: The parking cost is $18.00 per day, it should be included in the price of the room.
Comments: The room was very comfortable, the linen of the beds were of a high quality. It is very quiet and I like the idea of a separate elevator for the guests who use the pool. I did not like to be charge for local calls.
Tue 09 Aug 2011
Positives: When we lost power the hotel provided sandwiches and juices for everyone. That was nice.
Negatives: We could have gotten a bit of a discount because we lost all power for 9 hours.
Overall, we liked our stay at the Westin Nova Scotian and would like to stay there again some time. Thank You.
Mon 08 Aug 2011
Positives: Updated, clean, attractive hotel with some complimentary shuttle service.
Negatives: Parking is now an additional $18.00; before it was free. It was and still is outside open air parking. Disappointing.
Comments: A very pleasant, inviting hotel, with historical references. One of the drawing cards was free parking, which was important as it is not centrally located. I have stayed here several times through Hotwire and always had a much larger room than this time.
Mon 01 Aug 2011
Positives: Very good location.
Negatives: No bed in room.
Comments: I arrived at the hotel on Wednesday evening. Upon check in, I was told I had been booked in the "Vice regal sweet", which unfortunately only had a pull out coach for a bed. I was offered a roll away bed, which was essentially a cot, and was not better. I essentially did not sleep this night, and it really had a detrimental effect on my stay.
Mon 18 Jul 2011
Positives: Access to the Boardwalk.
Negatives: Rooms were small - we were a bit cramped with 3 small children.
Comments: It is apparent they have tried to renovate the hotel to give it a more modern feel. The linens, decor, and style were welcoming, bright, and clean. We were traveling with 3 children (3 and under) - the rooms are cozy and felt quite cramped even with out boys sitting quietly watching television. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. If you prefer dark sleeping arrangements, the curtains do not block the light out completely. All in all, it was worth the bid we made on Priceline.
Tue 28 Jun 2011
Positives: Good location.
Negatives: Inefficient, room service woke me up when I had ordered nothing and did not even apologies.
Comments: Worst Westin I have ever stayed in for cleanliness and efficiency.
Thu 12 May 2011
Positives: The location and friendly staff.
Negatives: The $2.50 "delivery charge" for room service.
Comments: The room (2 double beds) was very small. The bathroom and decoration in general is quite dated. It was very noisy (near our room anyway). Partying went on until at least 5am. Our "harbour view" was a window overlooking the roof of another section of the hotel on which rain water had pooled. The pool was very noisy, no towels left. The hot tub, while very hot, did not have the jets working. Also, it was cold in our room and when called we were told that the heat had been turned off for the season. I would not stay here again. Also, there is a $10 per day charge to access Internet in your room. I have not stayed at a hotel in a long time where I had to pay extra for Internet, especially not that amount, and not what I would expect from a "higher end" hotel.
Tue 10 May 2011
Positives: Great hotel.
Negatives: Nothing. Perfect experience.
Comments: Great hotel.
Mon 25 Apr 2011
Positives: Yuk Yuks comedy club on site. Great dining within walking distance.
Negatives: Parking is an issue. $18.00 to park.
Comments: Great staff, nice room with comfortable surroundings.
Sat 23 Apr 2011
Positives: I liked the price that I received by booking on priceline in an upscale hotel.
Negatives: I found the room small and the extra charge for wi-fi annoying.
Comments: Overall, a nice hotel but I would probably not book there again. Our room was quite small, it was a bit out of the way for downtown activities, overpriced for room extras like bottled water - $5.95 / bottle.
Sat 04 Dec 2010
Positives: The foyer.
Negatives: Small room with king bed.
Comments: 1st impression upon entering was excellent. Our room though was small for a king bed and we seemed to be allergic to something because we both had red eyes for the 3 days we stayed. maybe the carpet floors were the cause or the room was home to a pet at one time. We enjoyed our stay though and would go back but would have more specific requests prior to arrival.
Wed 01 Dec 2010
Positives: Nice lobby.
Negatives: Walls are paper thin.
Comments: The is an old hotel. Walls are paper thin, I could hear people in the room next food until 3 am. Also the slowest elevators ever.
Tue 30 Nov 2010
Positives: Love the beds.
Negatives: Not enough parking spaces.
Comments: The Westin has old world charm combined with a modern urban feel.
Fri 19 Nov 2010
Positives: The room was very nice.
Negatives: Noise, pay to park.
Comments: Very poor experience, will not stay at this hotel again.
Thu 18 Nov 2010
Positives: An attractive hotel with professional staff in an excellent location.
Negatives: For the amenities, it is unfortunate that one has to pay for wireless Internet; no airport shuttle either.
Comments: The staff was confident and professional, the rooms were clean, a number of amenities were available, though they charge for wireless Internet (disappointing). Easy access to a number of local attractions.
Wed 17 Nov 2010
Positives: The lobby and surroundings is very nicely decorated and maintained.
Negatives: We had to move rooms due to plumbing problems and although travelling with a group our room was smaller and very inconvenient
Comments: The hotel is pretty well maintained, beautiful lobby and outside surroundings; buffet breakfast was very good. Shower left a lot to be desired and the rooms were a little small. We had to move to another room due to plumbing problems and we were placed in one that appeared not to be typically used:
Wed 03 Nov 2010
Positives: Convenient location, couldn't have asked for anything more!
Negatives: Wedding that night. Music was loud.
Comments: Great hotel and<BR/>enjoyed our stay.
Wed 03 Nov 2010
Positives: The Hotel Lobby is attractive and gives an appearance of a 4 star hotel.
Negatives: The rooms are old and noisey, the guest parking is horrible.
Comments: The last time that we stayed there when I phoned the front desk to complain about the noise they offered us ear plugs. This time when we were woke up at 5am I did not bother contacting the front desk so the noise continued until 7:30. I reported it to the front desk when I was checking out and they said that it must have been the guests in the room above us walking heavily.
Tue 02 Nov 2010
Positives: Clean, spacious room.
Negatives: Outdoor parking.
Comments: This hotel was suitable for the quick trip that e made.
Fri 29 Oct 2010
Positives: Comfy beds.
Negatives: Fee for parking should be free.
Comments: Clean, comfortable beds, nice TV.
Mon 18 Oct 2010
Positives: They fixed our room problem.
Negatives: The room they gave us was very dirty, smelly and unkept.
Comments: Did not like my stay at the historic 'Westin Nova Scotian". Very cheap Holiday Inn's were much better in my honest opinion.
Mon 11 Oct 2010
Positives: Comfortable room, bed.
Negatives: Old bathtub, no complimentary breakfast, fee for parking, fee for internet.
Comments: Renovated older hotel near the waterfront in Halifax. Location is a mile or so from the active part of the waterfront – the shops, restaurants and casino. It is relatively quiet, has a tiny swimming pool, and charges extra ($18 per night) for parking and an additional charge for internet (haven’t seen that in a hotel for some time.) Staff is friendly and helpful.
Thu 16 Sep 2010
Positives: TV How clean, hot water, and the front desk staff.
Comments: It was great and for people that can stay at your hotel for the price can plan on coming more often for sure .
Wed 15 Sep 2010
Positives: Comfy beds. Convenient location.
Negatives: Unknowledgeable front desk staff. Lack of parking.
Comments: Didn't have a good experience at the hotel. There is a very limited parking on site and it is not free but when asked specifically about parking, front desk staff never mentioned anything about the $18 fee to park in their lot. If we had known,we could have parked on the street in front of the hotel for free (weekend). When we checked in, we received complimentary tickets to a comedy show for that evening, which was a very nice surprise.
Mon 28 Jun 2010
Positives: Location, cleanliness, comfort.
Negatives: Paid parking excessive, front desk staff no so knowledgeable.
Comments: Checked in after 11pm, front desk clerk not as warm and fuzzy as he should be. Offered very little information. Unable to get the room we requested. Upon checkout, error made in our bill, when questioned the front desk clerk explained away the error as though it was not an error. We were overcharged by over $40. The invoice was corrected after a 2nd visit to the front desk. Corrected by a different front desk clerk, without issue.
Sat 26 Jun 2010
Positives: Room set up and the courteous staff.
Negatives: Smelly corridor carpets - need be charged or cleaned thoroughly.
Comments: Overall excellent hotel. Corridor carpets is only issue for me. Need be changed. Value for money and well situated. Good food too. Wonderful staff.
Thu 24 Jun 2010
Positives: The foyer was really nice.
Negatives: Room wasn't nice. The tub faucet leaked, wasn't clean and the bed was uncomfortable.
Comments: The hotel is nice. The rooms are a bit outdated and not roomy. Bathrooms need some refreshing. Beds are small and not comfortable. The staff was friendly.
Sun 20 Jun 2010
Positives: Location and cleanliness.
Negatives: Lack of table and sitting chairs in rooms.
Comments: Outside atmosphere very inviting. Rooms are good size and very clean. Restaurants and bars nearby, decoration inside comfortable and pleasant, convenient outside parking lot which should be complimentary for hotel guests always (would be a nice touch).
Fri 04 Jun 2010
Positives: Beds were very comfortable.
Negatives: Parking spaces were very tight.
Comments: Beds were comfortable and rooms very nice. Lobby and public areas were classy and comfortable.
Fri 04 Jun 2010
Positives: Friendly faces and clean rooms.
Negatives: Bathroom sink was clogged.
Comments: An old classy hotel, tastefully restored to modern standards, with amble, but not overly large rooms.
Sat 22 May 2010
Negatives: No life jackets for younger children at the pool area.
Comments: Overall very pleased.
Thu 20 May 2010
Positives: It has class!
Negatives: My wife injured her ankle on the bed frame.
Comments: A good place to stay. Our only disappointment was that the staff was not quick in responding to the hazard associated with the bed frame. The manager promised to take action when we reported it to him during check-out.
Mon 17 May 2010
Positives: Public spaces are grand, tall ceilings – welcoming.
Negatives: Outside traffic - bottleneck.
Comments: We liked everything about the hotel, staff was friendly and accommodating, the was music in the main area and it was very good. We could dine without going out of the hotel. It was very clean.
Fri 14 May 2010
Positives: Friendly and accommodating staff. Excellent front desk, room service, maid service and restaurant wait staff. Incredibly comfortable beds.
Negatives: Would have preferred shallow entry steps into pool for children and or a small wading pool for them.
Comments: Have stayed here a few times now and each time is more enjoyable than the last. Have not had the time to enjoy all the amenities but those I did, I have no complaints about. Cannot say enough about the staff. The Green options are a great addition and really appreciated.
Mon 26 Apr 2010
Positives: Close in proximity to where we had to go.
Negatives: The price of meals in the restaurant.
Comments: Overall a pleasant experience, close to downtown and most amenities.
Fri 23 Apr 2010
Positives: Starbucks coffee.
Comments: I usually sleep at the Marriott when I go to Halifax.
Sun 18 Apr 2010
Positives: Efficient, clean and friendly.
Negatives: Intermittent Wi-Fi.
Comments: Upscale, older hotel with friendly and efficient staff. Great interior ergonomics, relaxing atmosphere, well appointed.
Sun 18 Apr 2010
Positives: Comfort and location as well as pool and gym.
Negatives: Paying for parking and Internet gets expensive.
Comments: Good place to stay. Little expensive for parking and Internet.
Sun 18 Apr 2010
Positives: The staff; location; and comfortable bed.
Negatives: The room was dirty. The curtains were broken. The air control was broken.
Comments: Overall, the hotel is great. We've stayed there before via Priceline. However, the room we had this time was dirty. The fan switch for the air vent was broken, and the room was almost at 30 degrees and we couldn't cool it down. The curtains were broken along the top. The bathtub was dirty. And the room was very small compared to what we've had before. The first time we stayed at the Westin we had a fabulous room. Hopefully next time the room will be better.
Fri 16 Apr 2010
Positives: It was very clean.
Negatives: The noise level. Not sound proof.
The hotel was real nice. Very loud above and beside. The clerk at front desk was excellent.
Location details / directions
Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) 25.00 Km. Shearwater Airport (YAW) 15.00 Mile.
Starting at Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport Take Highway 102 South, bear left and follow the signs for Highway #118 (Halifax/Dartmouth via Bridges). Bear right and follow the signs for Highway #111 (Halifax/MacKay Bridge). Cross the MacKay Bridge to Halifax (toll is $0.75). Bear left and follow the sign to Barrington Street (Downtown Halifax). Follow Barrington Street through two sets of traffic lights. Follow the signs to Hollis Street. Follow Hollis Street through five sets of traffic lights. The hotel is on the left, adjacent to the Via Rail Station
Near to the following attractions
IWK Grace Health Centre for Children Women and Families
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
Technical University of Nova Scotia
Historic Properties (Shopping)
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
World Trade and Convention Center
Nova Scotia Casino
Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
Prices should be used as a guide only and may vary with room and dates chosen. Lower pricing may be available via booking system. Please note all distances are approximate, and may not reflect driving or travel distances.