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Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Built in 1928, the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is a landmark property in downtown Halifax located across from the Public Gardens. It is Halifax's most historic hotel and maintains a traditional, heritage style while at the same time providing all modern conveniences. Guests enter through the grand lobby with its ornate coffered ceiling, glittering chandeliers, tall, arched windows and polished marble floors. 

The guest rooms are more contemporary in style with pared-back, neutral decor in pale tones. Wood floors, white linens and simple, modern furniture give a sense of refined elegance without being too fussy. Rooms vary in size and configuration but all have large TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee facilities. 

Just off the lobby, the Arms Restaurant champions old fashioned elegance and nostalgia and is laid out in the style of a decorative saloon lounge with a faux-tin embossed ceiling, a large Union Jack and leather banquettes. It serves a menu of classic British pub fare alongside international dishes and offers plenty of quiet corners to relax in.   

The hotel also has a small gym, complimentary limousine service and helpful staff. 

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

The hotel has 262 air-conditioned rooms and suites decorated in a simple, contemporary style. Pale neutral tones combine with wood floors and sleek, modern furniture to give a sense of restrained elegance. All rooms offer complimentary  Wi-Fi, cable TV, coffee maker, fridge and iHome docking station. Suites have a separate living room and electric fireplace, and some also include a kitchenette. 

Location

The hotel is located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street across from the Public Gardens in downtown Halifax. A wide variety of shops and restaurants line the street outside and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Historic Waterfront and Maritime Museum are a 15 minute walk away. 

Food and drink

The nostalgically-styled Arms Restaurant is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a menu of classic English pub fare filled out with some international dishes. The decor is saloon-like with an ornate, embossed ceiling, leather banquettes and snug corners. Along with cereals, pastries and fruit, the breakfast menu includes eggs, steak and lobster, while lunch features dishes such as seafood chowder, salads and sandwiches. In the evening, steak, ribs and tandoori chicken are popular choices. In summer you can eat on the patio that overlooks the Public Gardens. 

Facilities and activities

The hotel has a small gym, onsite parking, laundry service and a complimentary limousine service to the waterfront. 

Our opinion

This hotel has a great blend of modern decor and traditional furnishings. It is further back from the waterfront than a number of other properties, but more than makes up for that in service and amenities. 

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