Press Releases August 8, 2014

New Hotels and SilverBirch Conference Centre in Halifax!

Blog written by Kristi Wenaus, Director, Sales and Marketing with Hampton Inn by Hilton™ and Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown

In January 2012 SilverBirch Hotels and Resorts closed the doors to the old Citadel Hotel. It had been a fixture of the Halifax downtown core for over 50 years. Thousands had called it a home away from home but the hotel was past her prime and it was time to move on.

After careful consideration SilverBirch Hotels and Resorts decided to partner with Hilton Hotels to shift the Halifax Skyline and build two brand new beautiful hotels – the first Dual Brand hotel east of Toronto and Hilton’s 100th hotel in Canada.

Today, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown and the Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Halifax-Downtown now stand where the old Citadel used to be.

When you check into the Homewood Suites you will find yourself at home in one of our 135 studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites, each suite featuring full kitchens with 5 appliances, contemporary furnishings and 42” flat screen TVs. You are invited to start your morning with a complimentary full hot breakfast in our Homewood Lodge, enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and Monday through Thursday, we invite you to end your day with complimentary dinner!

Right next door at the Hampton Inn by Hilton you will find 181 brand new contemporary guest rooms featuring either a King or Queen/Queen beds, complimentary full hot breakfast daily and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you want to start your day with a stunning view – ask for a room with a view of Citadel Hill – they are my favorite!

Our brand new, state of the art complex also features a spectacular fitness centre and pool with natural light, on-site guest laundry, 24 hour business centres in each hotel and over 5000 sqft of modern meeting space in our all -inclusive SilverBirch Conference Centre®.

The SilverBirch Conference Centre® at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown and the
Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Halifax-Downtown is among the most inspiring meeting facilities in Canada, with an unmatched combination of easy all-inclusive packages, leading edge technology, innovative health-inspired cuisine, and our ironclad Better Meetings Money Back Guarantee.

This innovative concept is the result of extensive research and careful consideration of feedback provided by our clients. They told us they wanted modern facility with built-in state of the art AV equipment, natural light in the meeting rooms, distraction free meeting spaces with all of the meeting tools they need readily available, healthy and creative food for their breaks (along with a few small indulgences for a special treat), and they wanted to be able to enjoy the food and beverage offering all day long -not just at set break times. Additionally, they want great value and easy booking. We listened to this input and created the ultimate meeting facility – ideal for training and development sessions, meetings and events.

To address the food and beverage “wish list” from our clients, we developed the Connections Café®. As part of the SilverBirch Conference Centre® experience, meeting attendees enjoy all-day access to the culinary delights offered in Connections Café® such as smoothie shots, fresh fruits and vegetables, mini desserts and pastries and espresso machines. With complimentary Wi-Fi, meeting attendees can refresh and maybe even indulge while staying connected in the Café, and they can do it anytime throughout the day!

Planners told us that they were looking for a simple way to budget and book. They want one price without the typical meeting “a la carte” price scenario where the price can end up double the original quote (room + food + beverages + AV + gratuities + internet access +++). The SilverBirch Conference Centre® makes it easy for busy meeting planner or corporate trainers with one simple per person price and since it is all inclusive – there are no surprises.

The SilverBirch Conference Centre® at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown and the
Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Halifax-Downtown offers seven meeting rooms with nearly 5,000 sq.ft of flexible meeting space and an additional 2,000 sq.ft Connections Café®, as well as an outdoor terrace that holds approximately 40 people, so there is plenty of space to accommodate any size group.

The booking is easy – the experience is exceptional – the food quality and variety is amazing and the price is right, but most importantly, the meeting planner can focus on the content of the day not the details of the meeting. With delegates well fed, comfortable in their individually climate controlled meeting rooms in their ergonomic board room chairs, surrounded by the latest in “plug and play” technology they can focus on learning – not distractions.

While it was difficult to say farewell to our old friend the Citadel, we are so happy to have these two hotels as part of our new family!

Blog written by Kristi Wenaus
Director, Sales and Marketing
Hampton Inn by Hilton™ and Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown
1960 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS, B3J 2G7 Canada
Office: 902-422-6890 | Fax: 902-407-9954