The newest kids on the block in Halifax, Nova Scotia, are two linked properties: Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown, and Homewood Suites by Hilton®. Located at the base of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, these properties are within easy walking distance to the Halifax Trade Centre, the Metro Centre, downtown shopping district, scores of restaurants and other points of interest.
Both the Inn and the Suites are contemporary designs, have a cheery colour scheme, and feature the stunning work of artists Bruce Thomas and Andre Hugo. The first thing you’ll see as you enter each property is a welcoming fireplace.The Hampton Inn has 181 spacious hotel rooms (some with shower; some with bathtub/shower). Note the Maritime artwork on the walls. All rooms have a large-screen TV and WiFi.
Homewood Suites has 135 suites featuring a kitchen/living area along with a separate bedroom and bathroom—much like a small city apartment. Again, the artwork is colourful and depicts scenes of the city or nearby surroundings. A large-screen TV and WiFi is part of the accommodations.
Both properties have their own dining areas, with a full, hot breakfasts included in the room rate. Aside from a comfortable main eating area, there are several cosy places to take your food within a few feet of the service areas.
For business travellers
Also, both properties have cosy business centres where guests can use computers, the Internet, or hook up to printers. Again, note the lovely artwork.
In the middle of Homewood Suites and the Hampton Inn—accessible from the lower level of each—is the SilverBirch Conference Centre.
It includes a 2040 sq. feet main room as well as smaller meeting rooms, modern A/V capacity, and gathering spots for breaks and networking.
A pool and fitness centre top off the list of guest amenities and are centrally located on site. The fitness centre has the latest in cardio and weights equipment. Both are free.
Depending on what side your room is, you may have view of the Halifax Citadel, or a handsome view of Halifax Harbour.
The only downside is the parking. Although the main garage for guest parking in adjacent to the two properties, you do need to step outside to access the garage, and, parking is an additional fee.
The bottom line
The price range for both Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn ranges between $169-229 during high season (June-September).The suites cost the most (although the range is not exorbitant) as each unit is like a small city apartment, and, evening dinner during weekdays is included.
Bottom line: great value for money at both places.
Bonus: friendly staff who are tuned into the city, and helpful with suggestions.