by Amanda Geronikos
The Westin Nova Scotian is an AAA Four Diamond hotel in Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax, featuring three dining options and the Westin’s Kids Eat Well Menu; an indoor pool; and complimentary Wi-Fi. If your family frequents Westin Hotels & Resorts, you’ll find this property to be less luxurious than most — something to consider if that’s important for your family vacation.
While it’s not our first pick for a hotel in Halifax, its location — just steps from Halifax Harbour — makes it a worthy choice for most travelers. The hotel is within walking distance of the Halifax Harbourfront Boardwalk, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (famous for its unique Titanic artifacts), and ample opportunities to get out on the water — including the always popular Harbour Hopper Tours. It’s also convenient for those traveling by Via Rail Canada, with a train stop just steps away from the hotel.
Our Editor Loves
- Halifax cruise port hotel
- Location by harborfront
- Three dining options
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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The Westin Nova Scotian has 301 nonsmoking guestrooms and suites, all of which are equipped with coffeemakers (with Starbucks coffee), safes, radio alarm clocks, irons and ironing boards, and hairdryers. Flat-screen TVs (32 inches) and work desks are also included, as is a port for electronic devices, with two outlets and two USB ports. Mini-bars are also featured in most rooms. Shower/tub combos, bathrobes and Westin's signature White Tea toiletries are standard throughout the hotel.
Westin Heavenly Cribs are available free of charge for families traveling with infants. Rollaway beds are also available (for a fee).
Traditional Guest Room
Traditional Guest Rooms are small (200 to 200 square feet), though typical for a city hotel. These rooms have one king, one queen, or two double beds, all equipped with Westin's signature Heavenly mattresses. Traditional Guest Rooms offer views of other city buildings.
Harbor View Guest Room
Harbor View Guest Rooms feature the same amenities as the Traditional Guest Rooms, with the addition of views of Halifax Harbour.
The Studio Suite offers more space than the guestrooms, with a living area, large bathroom with Jacuzzi, and a balcony overlooking the city. However, it comes with one king bed only, so it's best for grandparents or other relatives traveling with extended family.
Executive Crown Suite
The Executive Crown Suite is a nice space to rent for family gatherings of up to 25 people. It features a full bar, plenty of lounge space, and even live music on request! Only two people can sleep in the room, however (with one king bed).
I am a frequent business traveler and spend much of my life in hotels. I always carry earplugs but this time they were simply insufficient.
This stay was by far one of the worst and most traumatic stays of my life.
While the staff is very nice and the rooms are fully renovated and very clean, the walls are paper thin and the inside noise travels through multiple floors. Even water being flushed from upstairs gets very loud. Let alone doors slamming every 5 min and teenagers running from elevators to their rooms giggling.
Even though I was told there were a volleyball tournament and that might be the reason for the shenanigans, they did not stop after the said “kids” checked out.
Feels like the building is made of wood frame without acoustic insulation inside the walls. A door being slammed far away has its loud noise carried tens of meters and sounds like the louse is inside the room. You can clearly hear the next door neighbors using their coffee maker or hanging their clothes.
I spent three nights and had an aggregate amount of sleep that did not exceed 2 hours among all three days.
I raised this up to staff and they were very sympathetic, and even moved me to a different room. But it didn’t help.
Considering the price of this hotel, this is a huge slap on the face and an insult. As I said before, I am a very regular business traveler and I can’t recall any experience remotely as bad as this one. Perhaps if you travelling just to party very hard, your experience may be better. But, if you need to sleep, stay away!
It was a very traumatizing experience and I hope never to have to come back to Halifax. 3 days with zero sleep being startled every 5 min was a truly unique experience.
I only stayed one night but I experienced great service from multiple members of staff. Nothing was too much trouble! Shout out to Brogdan (maybe incorrect spelling?) who works at the buffet he was so sweet! Also Tracy I think it is who does room service etc. What an absolute doll! I will definitely recommend this hotel to everyone.
Situated next to the fitness center, the pool seems to be intended for adult travelers looking for a place to exercise and relax. Still, kids are welcome to use it with adult supervision.
elements on hollis
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at elements on hollis, which specializes in New American cuisine with a local twist -- expect to see lots of fish dishes on the lunch and dinner menus. Breakfast (weekdays) and brunch (weekends) are also popular, mainly for the buffet that features made-to-order omelettes.
elements on hollis, which is a good mix of fine dining and casual, also offers the Westin Kids Eat Well Menu. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, though breakfast hours/days vary depending on the season.
Roy's Lounge (situated next to the lobby) is the place to go for cocktails (and mocktails) and light bites such as salads and sandwiches. When the weather is nice, you can dine on the outdoor patio for a casual atmosphere that's perfect for kids.
Roy's Lounge is open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving pastries and Starbucks coffee in the mornings.
In-room dining is provided 24 hours, and includes the Westin Kids Eat Well Menu.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Basic Wi-Fi is complimentary and works well, though you can upgrade your service for a fee.
Check-in time is 3 p.m., with a late check-out time of noon.
Westin's official fitness program, WestinWORKOUT, is housed in a fitness studio that's open 24/7 and includes all manner of workout equipment. And Westin is so dedicated to fitness that if you forget/don't feel like packing your workout gear, you can borrow some via the New Balance Gear Lending program.
The hotel warmly welcomes pets (for a fee), who enjoy Westin Heavenly Beds of their own!
Self parking is available for $18 per day, and valet parking is available for $22 per day.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Westin Nova Scotia bustles with activity throughout the year, from business clientele to cruisers to families visiting Halifax for a few days. Summer is typically the busiest time for the city and its hotels, with "cruise season" occurring between May and October.
Fly into Halifax International Airport, about 30 minutes from the Westin Nova Scotian and downtown Halifax. There is a $1 toll to get into the city. (The U.S. dollar is widely accepted in Halifax). A Via Rail Canada train station is within walking distance of the hotel, too.
From the Westin Nova Scotian, it's easy to walk to the Halifax Harbourfront for dining, shopping, a playground (where face painting and other activities take place), the Martime Museum of the Atlantic and boat tours, including the popular Harbour Hopper Tours. You'll want your own car to get to other parts of town, such as Citadel Hill, or to explore the nearby Annapolis Valley.
For Mom and Dad
Schedule a relaxing treatment at the hotel's Skylea Salon and Spa and/or head to Yuk Yuk's Halifax Comedy Club (next to elements on hollis) for libations and laughs.