Halifax Marriott Harbourfront = Very Large Suite Upgrade

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1-Bedroom Suite
January 24, 2019 by
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Initially I was unsure where to book in downtown Halifax but when I found a very low rate using Look No Further (Best Rate Guarantee) at Marriott I thought it was unlikely I would get better value somewhere else.  I was pleased with my stay given the price I paid particularly with the very generous room upgrade.

 

Location

The location of the hotel is great as noted by several others on FT.  You are walking distance from lots of restaurants and centrally located in the city, right on the water.  I used self-parking for 25 CAD per day with in-and-out access, which is not out of line compared to other parking options around the hotel.  

Room

Some FTers reported not getting great upgrades at this property, as a result my expectations were modest in addition to the fact that I was paying a LNF rate for the basic room.  I noticed a few days in advance that I was assigned to a 1-bedroom suite.  The 1-bdr suite is supposed to have 1.5 bath according to Marriott.com but my suite had 2 full bathrooms.  I was told that some of these suites have 1.5 bath indeed although the full bathroom is larger than the two bathrooms that I had.  According to the floor plan this suite is exactly the size of three standard rooms and in fact we could access our room from three different doors, one entrance being for the bedroom, one for the dining room, and one for the bar / living area.  Obviously the room is very large and the angled roof along with the fireplace with brick wall give some charm to the room.  Both bathrooms are a bit small but having two full bathrooms was convenient so nothing to complain about plus the fact that the bathrooms were probably redone recently as they looked more refreshed than the rest of the suite. The hotel is currently going through some renovations and I can see that some of it is needed.  The room was not modern by any means and particularly the windows need to be replaced because there was condensation leaking down the windows, hindering the nice view of the harbor the day we arrived.  There was a sign in the hallway indicating that the hotel was in the middle of replacing windows which will be a good improvement. 

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Dining

The Club Lounge was also closed for renovations and as a replacement they had a small private room in the back of the hotel bar where Platinum guests could have soft drinks and snacks during the day.  

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Happy hour is 5:30pm to 7pm with hors d’oeuvres provided.  I thought the offerings were quite light even for North American standards – there were veggies but only a small tray which they had to replenish quickly despite there being only a few guests in the make-shift lounge.  It was similar for the hot appetizers: they were gone quickly and it took quite a bit of time for the kitchen to bring a refill and all portions were small.  One evening it was a shrimp kung-pao with rice and another evening it was almost the same but butter chicken on top of the rice, still in the same small cup of rice. 

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The breakfast buffet was the same for guests in the temporary lounge than in the regular restaurant because they both shared the same buffet area.  It is the sitting area which was separate for the lounge. Breakfast was nothing to write home about: standard hotel fruits (although they did have blueberries), yogurt, basic cereals, stale pastries, and traditional hotel options such as bacon, sausages, and scrambled eggs.  The only thing that stood out was the poached eggs with tomato sauce which I enjoyed.  Breakfast in the lounge normally ends at 9am which I find too early, but since the buffet was the same as the regular restaurant the time limit did not apply as it normally would when the real lounge is open, so I was told.

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Overall

Overall if you set your expectations appropriately this is a good hotel and good value for the money for Platinums as they are willing to upgrade to superior rooms, although I might feel differently if I was paying a high rate in the middle of the summer without an upgrade because the hotel might be full.  The lounge situation was a bit subpar but I can give them a pass because it was a temporary situation.  I would return to this hotel in the future.  

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