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Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Downtown

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is my go to hotel when I travel to Halifax. The rooms are a great size and very comfortable. I think the hotel could use a little upgrade, but other than that, it's perfect. The comp breakfast is always a great touch. The under ground parking is a little tight if you're driving anything larger than a... smart car... Great location to bars and restaurants as well!

There was a time when I genuinely believed with my whole heart that Marriott was a standard of excellence in the hotel industry. As such I've spent thousands of dollars and countless nights staying with them over the years. Unfortunately, in Halifax at least, at this point in time, I would advise against visiting any Marriott or Delta location. I recently visited the Marriott Residence Inn on a free points stay. I'd been given these points in lieu of a refund for my previous stay at this same location on account of my room smelling like cigarettes, the hallway smelled like an absolute outhouse, and around 2 in the morning a group of people that I did not know were given keys to my room and stormed in on me unwelcome and unannounced. The e-mail I received offering me the 20000 reward points indicated that it was "the absolute least" that they could do. They weren't wrong about that. Anyway, my most recent stay started off very nicely thanks to Janet at the front desk and the two ladies working in their restaurant/lounge. Janet at the front desk who checked me in was absolutely wonderful. Kind and funny, but still very professional. They were offering free refreshments in their lounge area including sandwiches and fruit and drinks. It was lovely. Janet chose a room for us and it was absolutely lovely. The bedroom had probably the best city-view available in Halifax, despite scuff marks on the walls, it was clean, and most importantly, it was free of any foul odors. Unfortunately things fell apart. I was staying with the Marriott as I had a flight the following day and as such I asked a front desk agent if I could check out at 4pm. I also offered to pay a fee to stay longer. The front desk agent obliged and off to sleep I went with the comfort of knowing that I would not have to worry about filling a void in my day before heading to the airport. At around seven in the morning construction directly outside of my window began and was absolutely relentless for the remaining duration of my stay. It goes without saying that this greatly interfered with my sleep, though somehow, in between the pounding of a jackhammer, the yelling of construction works, and the noise of their machinery, I managed to fall back to sleep around 10am. One hour later I received a call from a front desk agent asking if I was feeling okay, which was strange. I felt fine apart from my sleep having been destroyed by first the construction and now him calling my room at 11 in the morning. Not only did he disrupt my already butchered sleep, he was calling to tell me that I was not allowed to stay until 4pm and that I'd have to leave at 2pm or they'd charge me for another full night. Of course this did not work for me and I'd already been granted the 4pm checkout by another member of their staff team. Unacceptable. From 11 onward my stay was interrupted on two more occasions by members of the housekeeping team who kept walking into my room unannounced. Fortunately I was staying in a suite and so there was a door between us each time they entered. At 1:30, scrambling to find somewhere to go for the two hours before my flight, I called the front desk and spoke with a manager who "allowed" me to stay until 3pm. Nonetheless, this left a bad taste in my mouth to say the least. This stay had all the makings of a wonderful time, but unfortunately I left exhausted, barely able to keep my eyes open, and I had to sit in a cafe down the street for an hour while I waited for my arranged drive to the airport. What a shame. My hope for the Marriott dwindles and it's become apparent exactly why this hotel is ranked #23 out of 28 hotels in Halifax by TripAdvisor reviewers. I've stayed at this hotel 10+ times over the years and I have a lot of lovely memories here which is why I've given it two stars (and because Janet was lovely). I certainly hope that they're able to pick up the slack.

We had a beautiful large kingsize suite with a view of the harbour. The kitchen was well equipped, full size fridge, 2 burner stove, microwave and dishwasher- and all necessary serving and prep untensils "including wine glasses and corkscrew". It was VERY clean and I check everything! Mon to Wed they have a social that included on Wed- garlic sausage on a bun with sauerkraut, small salad, etc and non-alcholic drink. The breakfast was better than most, make it yourself waffles, eggs, sausage, boiled egg, yoghurts, fruit, breads, muffins, great croissant, cereal, juice, porridge with many good toppings. The staff were very accomodating especially Emily at the frontdesk. The only thing that is lacking is the front entrance, it could use some greenery as it is a very austere building from the street and had trouble finding the entrance. This would make it more appealing. Will definitely return.

Hotel with a difference! I loved my stay at the Marriott residence inn. The rooms are spacious, breakfast included, decor modern and bright, a place that feels like a home from home. The only part I have to complain about are the prices at the food shop, these are way, way too expensive. I wanted to support them but I was literally blown away by the bill I got for just a few items!! That is why I marked it down to poor rather than very good.

This hotel is located at a great location to explore the down town. Room was comfortable. Staff was a little inexperienced but got the check in and check out sorted. Our check-out bill was not accurate but was corrected. Parking is extra ($19) per day but on-street parking is free on weekends. The breakfast is standard. They have a sign out stating gluten free options are available, but they were out of stock when we asked.

Residence Inns are always nice but we especially enjoyed this one. It was in a convenient location. Several restaurants were within walking distance and the Citadel and wharf are just a short walk away. Our room was spacious and comfortable and the staff couldn't have been nicer. The breakfast buffet had a good variety and was more than adequate.

This hotel is in a great location though some may not like the hills they have to climb up from the waterfront. But it's in a busy spot, near the Citadel and a block from Spring Garden which makes this a very central spot. You can walk pretty much everywhere. The hotel itself is fine and I think needs some touch-up renovations. The bed and room itself was fine but some of the furniture needs changing. You can tell the bathroom can use a makeover. I think the hotel is working on updating itself which is a good sign. Cleanliness and staff friendliness was outstanding. I would stay here again. The free breakfast is pretty good and helps you start off the day relaxed and full.

Our room was very nice, very spacious with the standard desk, couch, side chair, and full kitchen. Clean, and generally well laid out. It could use more towel bars for the bathroom. TV and wifi worked fine with our Firestick. No views except rooftops. The breakfasts were pretty standard buffets, but lots of little pieces wrong - orange juice was almost pure water one day, condiments missing or in odd places, bread goods not great. There is an evening snack which also was very uneven. Drinks tended to be water with some flavorings available. One night was flatbread without much in the way of spreads or toppings, another night pizza, which was good but almost stone cold (and that was when it was first served). The hotel is near the Citadel, on a very high point of Halifax, and walking up the hills is rough unless you are a strong walker. There also is construction all over nearby, which makes walking treacherous. Front desk was very friendly and helpful.

This was a nice clean hotel. My room had fridge, stove, dishwasher and was fully appointed wit dishes. I was only there for one night but would have been great for a family. Breakfast was plentifully and well done

Pros : Unbeatable location. Friendly staff. Big rooms. Price was great. Cons : No pool, but it’s a city hotel, what can you expect? Needs better soundproofing - we stayed on a Friday night sou you could hear the bargoers at Durty Nelly’s in the AM and the construction going on Argyle St during the daytime. Rooms were outdated, decor was sterile and lacked character. Buffet wasn’t the best I’ve been to and was packed to the brim. Verdict : I’d stay here again if I needed to be downtown for a night and if the price was right. Apparently the hotel has new owners and will be renovated soon, so I can’t wait to see what this hotel will be next. Marriott/SPG loyalists have great options in Halifax - three Deltas, the Marriott, a Courtyard, a Residence Inn and now a Four Points and a Westin!

1599 Grafton St Halifax NS

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Halifax Citadel and Public Gardens Park
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located in Downtown Halifax, Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Downtown is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Halifax Citadel and Public Gardens Park. This 92-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a 24-hour fitness center, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. It's in central Halifax and also a short walk from Neptune Theatre and OneLight Theatre.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, or mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


Rooms

All 92 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, stovetops, and dishwashers. Guests can expect 37-inch LCD TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. IPod docks, sofa beds, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.


Property features

Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Downtown offers a 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, self parking is CAD 19.00 per day, and there's also limo/town car service. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include 2 meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Studio, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 392 reviews