Being one of the staple hotels in Downtown Halifax, I thought it would be a good hotel to have included in my blog. I stayed here for 2 nights back in February of 2019, in a King bed room. As soon as you pull up to the front doors you’re instantly greeted by the doorman who will help you with the dreaded luggage. The front desk staff made the check in process simple and painless and were super friendly.
The room was your typical standard hotel room, and was a decent size for 1 person. The bed was extremely comfortable, it was soft but not too soft, nice and cushy. Bedding and the duvet were very cozy. I loved that they provide a lavender scented roller ball for bedtime. I am a huge lover of lavender and put it in my diffuser every night at home, so it was a nice surprise to have that lavender scent to help relax.
The bathroom was small, there was just enough space for 1 person to move around. Even with the small area they still had a shower & tub combination with a rainfall shower head. The bath products weren’t my favourite, I found the shampoo really dried my hair out, but at least they smelled good.
My first evening after supper while watching a movie in bed, I discovered there was a mouse in my room and it wasn’t a cute little one. I called the front desk to inform them and to ask for a new room, she was shocked, and said the Manager would be calling me and to pack up my stuff while I was waiting. During that time, the mouse had actually run over my foot and then crawled up the curtains. Active little bugger it was, and that was enough for me. I headed down to the front desk instead of waiting for the phone call. The lady working the front desk was very good about it and was quick to get me a new room on a higher floor.
While a new room got me away from the mouse, I did find myself tossing and turning during the night out of anxiety that a mouse would run across my bed. Having worked in a restaurant on the Halifax Waterfront, I’m not naive enough to think that any building in the downtown Halifax area wouldn’t have mice, I’m well aware of that fact. It’s simply a fact I choose to not think about while I’m trying to have a good night sleep.
I was impressed with how well the hotel handled the situation (even though I never heard from the manager), and realistically its not like the hotel put the mouse in my room to have a laugh. There is only so much you can do to prevent these situations and I felt like the Westin had done all of those things. I was just in the wrong room at the wrong time.
This wasn’t my first stay at the Westin Nova Scotian, and it will not be my last. One thing I wasn’t aware of was that parking was not included with the room charge, I’m not sure if it was my booking or if this is always the case, just something to think about when you’re booking! Overall, I give Westin Nova Scotian 4/5 stars, the level of service and comfortable beds (and bonus lavender roller) make it hard to give any less than 4.
Until next time,