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Where to stay in Halifax

Inside the Lord Nelson Hotel.(©rwkphotos, flickr.com)

Inside the Lord Nelson Hotel.

Halifax has the best range of places to stay of anywhere in Nova Scotia. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or a tight budget, you’ll find something to suit.

There are also hotels near the airport but don’t forget the airport is 35km from the city centre so don’t book these for sightseeing!


  • The Halifax Heritage House Hostel is where to head if you’re penny pinching. It’s centrally located with nice extras like free wireless internet and a recently renovated interior. With dorms from $26 and private rooms from $57, this place fills up in peak season so book ahead. Address: 1253 Barrington Street, Halifax. Website: Halifax Heritage House Hostel
  • At Halifax Backpackers you’ll find free towels, free internet, a cheap laundry service and a bed in a hip part of town. On Tuesdays you can join in a frisbee game! Dorms start from $20 and private rooms from $57. Address: 2193 Gottigen Street, Halifax. Website: Halifax Backpackers Phone: 1-888-431-3170
  • Dalhousie University rents out student residence rooms during the summer. You won’t find fancy decor and the bathrooms are shared but just $40-60 buys you a private room, with internet access and a pass to the athletics centre, with its pool, play area for kids and gym. You can hit the dining halls for reasonably priced meals. Website: Dalhousie University Accommodation Phone:1-888-271-9222
  • Saint Mary’s University is another affordable option. Rooms start from $34 (some come with microwaves and fridges) and there are also two-bedroom apartments with a kitchen for $123 a night. Website: Saint Mary’s University Phone: 1-888-347-5555


  • The Waverley Inn has been welcoming visitors since 1876, including famous names like Oscar Wilde and P.T. Barnum. Tastefully furnished with antiques, the smaller rooms are a bargain at $129 but there are more luxurious options available too. Lovebirds can arrange for a room with a jacuzzi and roses. Parking, a hot buffet breakfast and internet access is included. Address: 1266 Barrington Street, Halifax. Website: The Waverley Inn Phone: 1-800-565-9346


  • For comfort and class, it’s hard to beat The Prince George Hotel, nestled in the downtown and just a short stroll away from the Citadel and the Historic Properties.  The service is polished and the rooms furnished in mahogany with flat-screen TVs are immaculate. Internet access is included and there’s the eclectic Gio Restaurant on site. High season rates start around $200. Address: 1725 Market Street, Halifax. Website: Prince George Hotel
  • Set in townhouses dating back to 1809, the intimate Halliburton charms its guests with a delightful courtyard, a tranquil library and a range of rooms including suites and an apartment. It’s top-class luxury with a B&B feel. Close to the waterfront, you can walk to attractions like the Pier 21 museum but the side-street location means there’s little traffic noise. Address: 5184 Morris Street, Halifax. Website: The Halliburton
  • The Lord Nelson Hotel, set just across from the Public Gardens and trendy Spring Garden Road, first opened its doors in 1928 and has a beautiful, classic interior. It’s fully accessible, making it a good choice for travellers with disabilities. Prices can be steep so check to see if there are any special packages available. Address: 1515 South Park Street, Halifax. Website: The Lord Nelson