Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront

Not only is Halifax the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, but it’s also a really charming seaside town. Learn about the city’s deep history at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, then stroll one of the best Victorian gardens on the continent at the Halifax Public Gardens. To venture farther, take a boat ride or paddle out to the Georges Island National Historic Site and see its historic lighthouse. Be sure to explore the Halifax waterfront, which has blossomed in recent years as a hub for great dining and shopping, and try your luck at the Casino Nova Scotia. Here are the best hotels in Halifax.

Westin Nova Scotian (1181 Hollis St.; 902-421-1000) Waterfront

This 1928 hotel next to the Via Rail train station nods to Canada’s Grand Railway history, when palatial hotels dotted the railroad line that stretched across the country. Conde Nast Traveler calls this Westin one of the city’s “most significant Grande Dames that serves international dignitaries … and an excellent option for travelers looking to drop their bags in the middle of the action.” A Tripadvisor writes that the place pretty relaxing too: “The hotel was so comfortable and friendly—I felt right at home. Location was great for access to the boardwalk. The harbor view is a treat and a terrific start to the day when I opened the curtains.”    >> Book this hotel for less

Muir, Autograph Collection (1709 Lower Water Street; 844-631-0595) Waterfront

This waterfront hotel sits next door to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and is a short walk to the concerts at Scotiabank Centre. Afar writes that the hotel “channels Nova Scotia’s maritime history—and future” and likes the made-in-Canada personality. “Here are midcentury-style furnishings made in Quebec, local art, and modern tartan blankets that nod to the province’s Scottish history. Even the mini bar is stocked with a rotating selection of Canadian snacks and beverages.” A Tripadvisor user calls it “a gorgeous, modern, stylish hotel in a great area of Halifax. The hotel has a speakeasy with a fabulous bartender that is a must-visit.”

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (1919 Upper Water St.; 902-421-1700) Waterfront

 “Lovely location right on the waterfront,” writes a Google reviewer about this 352-room Marriott hotel that has an indoor pool, a locally sourced restaurant and a coffeehouse all on site. “Convenient walking distance to everything downtown with enclosed walkways to [events at] Scotiabank Centre and Scotia Square shopping mall.” Forbes calls it “a reliable spot” that also “offers the ideal combination of luxury and comfort, with a tranquil on-site spa and a variety of fine and casual dining.”    >> Book this hotel for less

The Prince George Hotel Halifax (1725 Market St.; 800-565-1567) Downtown

Stay in the heart of downtown at this 200-room red-brick hotel that Forbes likes for “its sophisticated guest rooms and suites, landscaped patios, and even a private coworking lounge space for Crown Floor guests.” It’s also known for a fabulous Sunday brunch. Online, some users were most enamored by its convenient location: “It’s within tens or a few hundred meters of everything,” writes one Google reviewer, while another says that “the pool and gym were also good. The location is close to many restaurants and bars and a liquor store.”    >> Book this hotel for less

The Lord Nelson (1515 South Park St.; 902-423-6331) Nelson Place
This 262-room hotel, which first opened in 1928, sits across from the Halifax Public Gardens and is steps from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Condé Nast Traveler writes that it is “ideal for those who prefer exploring outdoor activities,” or for those “searching for a quiet and laidback retreat just outside the nucleus of the downtown core.” A Tripadvisor user finds it tempting to stay put. “This hotel has so much character and charm, and attentive staff. Love the attention brought to the free water bottle, as well as a Nespresso machine in the room with milk and cream cups in the refrigerator.”    >> Book this hotel for less