Best Areas to Stay in Halifax, Canada

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Where to stay in Halifax – A guide to the great city of Nova Scotia

Located in the centre of Nova Scotia, Halifax has a charming atmosphere that attracts hundreds of visitors each year to relax during their trips to Canada.

In Halifax, there are several rainy days, even during the driest months, and the average annual temperature is 9ºC (48ºF), so travelling with the appropriate clothing will make the journey through its streets easier.

Halifax is known among tourists as a city full of fun and a lively nightlife, thanks to its bars and pubs located in different areas, such as Argyle Street.

To travel through Halifax, you can take the bus, rent a car or just walk around.

The activities that can be done in Halifax vary from taking a walk around the harbour, seeing the Victorian buildings, taste their famous lobsters in the restaurants, take a boat ride and watch the whales or visit the Atlantic Maritime Museum.

An interesting fact about Halifax is that, in the Museum, there is a collection of Titanic artifacts since the port of the city was the closest to the place where this ship sank.

Halifax also offers breathtaking views that can be appreciated from a hilltop fortress known as “Citadel Hill.”

For those who love shopping, Spring Garden is the ideal place. Nine blocks of shops, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy delicious cocktails or a craft beer.

The best areas to stay in Halifax comprise the Downtown since it is surprisingly cheap(See accommodation in Downtown Halifax).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Halifax, Canada

The best areas to stay in Halifax, Canada

1. Our favourite area: Downtown

Downtown Halifax is known to be an area primarily for business, entertainment and much tourism in Nova Scotia.

Unlike other historic cities in Canada such as Quebec or Montreal, Halifax retains little of its historical past in the central area, defined by the architecture of some of its emblematic buildings.

Downtown Halifax also has a modern environment, with large towers and business offices, as well as government buildings.

One of the old buildings preserved in Downtown Halifax is the Granville Mall, filled with a large number of shops and pubs.

In the Downtown, you’ll find the Citadel Hill, the star-shaped fort that serves as an observatory for different parts of the city.

Downtown in Halifax is also known to house the majority of accommodations in the city, from major hotel chains to comfortable hostels, ideal for staying and attending world-class festivals and events.

The best areas to stay in Halifax, Canada - Downtown

The best areas to stay in Halifax, Canada – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Halifax – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Halifax – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Halifax:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Best area to stay without a car
  • Great variety of accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

The Halliburton

This restored boutique hotel with 3 historic homes is located in downtown Halifax, 2 blocks from the coast, and features a library.

fromCAD$189
Budget

Granville Hall Residence

The Granville Hall Residence is located in downtown Halifax. It is a student residence that rents rooms to the public.

fromCAD$98
Luxury

Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

The Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown was built in May 2014 and is located in Halifax.

fromCAD$286
 

 

 

2. South End

The South End is a middle-class neighbourhood located in Halifax. It has a cheerful atmosphere full of young students, thanks to the universities and institutes in the area.

In the South End area, there is a small Chinatown, due to a large percentage of Asian population.

Other attractions in South End are the Discovery Centre, an interactive science museum ideal for smaller travellers, with exhibits and shows that will entertain each family member.

South End is a recommended area to stay for the views it offers, the port, the museums that tell the history of Halifax, as well as its comfortable and affordable hotels for any budget.

Like other areas of Halifax, the South End has several bus routes available to move to other areas, in addition to the Ferris in the port.

Where to stay in Halifax - South End

Where to stay in Halifax – South End

Accommodation in South End – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in South End – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Halifax:

  • Important museums in Halifax
  • Hotels with views of the port
  • University area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Saint Mary’s University Conference Services & Summer Accommodations

This Halifax property, located on the campus of Saint Mary’s University, offers a free daily hot breakfast buffet.

fromCAD$94
Budget

lovely room

Lovely room offers well-appointed accommodation with free Wi-Fi in Halifax, 1.5 km from Point Pleasant Park.

fromCAD$59
Luxury

Westin Nova Scotian

The Westin Nova Scotian is in downtown Halifax and has a state-of-the-art fitness center and a heated indoor pool.

fromCAD$296
 

 

 

3. North End

North End Halifax is also among the best areas to stay in Halifax since it is full of shops, restaurants and luxury hotels.

This area is located between the neighbourhoods of The Narrows and Bedford Basin.

The commercial and entertainment heart of North End is Gottingen Street, with bars, nightclubs, shops and stages full of shows every season. Therefore, it is, certainly, a must-see during your stay in this area.

Also, in the North End, you’ll find recreational places such as the Halifax Armony, a national historic site in a romantic style that resembles a castle.

North End connects with other areas of Halifax thanks to the bus routes scattered on streets such as Robbie St, Novalea Dr and Duffus St, facilitating the transfer to other neighbourhoods.

The very modern North End is one of the best areas to stay in Halifax for its nightlife, recognized among tourists and locals, hotel variety and entertainment offer.

Best areas to stay in Halifax - North End

Best areas to stay in Halifax – North End

Accommodation in North End Halifax – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in North End Halifax – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Halifax:

  • Great variety of hotels
  • Modern area
  • Best area for nightlife

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Modern Fully-Equipped Studio in Downtown Halifax

    This apartment has a living room and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven. Towels and bed linen are provided.

    fromCAD$102
 

 

 

4. Dartmouth

Dartmouth (nicknamed “City of the Lakes”) is another one of the best areas to stay in Halifax.

This popular community has grown over the years to become a vibrant neighbourhood full of entertaining sites to see, such as the famous Sullivan Pond.

A benefit for those who choose to stay in the Dartmouth area is that it has several bus stops on most of its streets and avenues.

Dartmouth is a 12-minute drive from Halifax. The best way to get from this district to the Downtown area is through the Ferry system, available in the ports of both neighbourhoods.

Staying in Dartmouth also allows you to taste delicious croissants in the local cafes and craft beers in the bars while watching the best sunsets from the harbour.

Where to stay in Halifax - Dartmouth

Where to stay in Halifax – Dartmouth

Accommodation in Dartmouth – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Dartmouth – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Halifax:

  • Great public transport connections
  • Close to Downtown Halifax
  • Great food

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dartmouth – Halifax

    This Dartmouth hotel in Nova Scotia offers rooms with high-speed internet access and a flat-screen TV.

    fromCAD$190
 

 

 

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