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Halifax History / Where to Stay June 21, 2022

Historic Halifax Hotels

Halifax is a city steeped in history, and our accommodations are no exception. Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the naval heritage, luxurious ballrooms, and old-world glamour of these three historic Halifax hotels.

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park St | Downtown Halifax

The Lord Nelson is a local landmark known for its luxurious interiors and its central location overlooking the Halifax Public Gardens. In 1927, investors led by the Canadian Pacific Railway began construction on the Lord Nelson Hotel, named after British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson in fitting tribute to Halifax’s
naval heritage. The hotel opened its doors the following year in 1928.

Today the hotel is steeped in British history, right down to The Arms Public House (formerly The Victory Arms), named after Lord Nelson’s ship, HMS Victory. Some of the biggest celebrities to visit Halifax have stayed at this hotel, including rock royalty The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

The hotel’s luxurious interior is a mix of old-world glam and modern amenities. Rich dark wood lines the grand lobby, renovated rooms are timelessly elegant, and The Arms Public House remains a popular and cozy British pub.

The Halliburton

5184 Morris St | Downtown Halifax

Occupying a group of heritage townhouses on Morris Street, this boutique hotel was built in 1809 as the
home of Sir Brenton Halliburton, the first Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The building remained in the Halliburton family until the death of Sir Halliburton’s son in 1884 when it was purchased to serve as the prestigious Dalhousie Law School from 1885 to 1887.

In the mid-1980s the building was purchased and renovated to become The Halliburton Hotel. Today guests can enjoy a fireside cocktail in Sir Brenton’s Library, or in the private courtyard garden before heading into the dining room at Stories for a farm-to-table meal that may be one of Halifax’s best-kept secrets.

The Westin Nova Scotian

1181 Hollis St | Downtown Halifax

Originally known as The Nova Scotian, this grand hotel opened in Halifax’s seaport district in 1930. It was one of the first Canadian National Railway landmark hotels which were built across the country in the 1930s and 1940s to connect the country from East to West.

The hotel was renowned for its scenic tearoom on the top floor surrounded by a rose garden and a luxurious ballroom. In the 1950s, the Evangeline Room was considered the most stylish restaurant
in town. Princess Diana even hosted her only official royal dinner here during an Eastern Canadian tour in the 1980s.

Today the hotel features more than 300 guest rooms and the popular Seaport Social restaurant. The hotel’s proximity to the Halifax waterfront makes it the perfect home-base for exploring some of Halifax’s best attractions.

 


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