Halifax has no shortage of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, but there are two that, for me, have always had an “old school swanky” aura about them – the Lord Nelson and the Prince George.
Headed to Halifax for the Bluenose Marathon weekend, where I was running the 5k and my daughter was running the 2k (with Daddy’s help), I was looking for a hotel placed conveniently for my mother (who I knew would find Halifax’s hills challenging) and with a pool (for post-run recovery and child entertainment). The Prince George hotel offered an excellent rate for us runners – just $135 a night! – and being located less than a block from the finish line, fit the bill nicely.
Typically, I find fault with hotels. It might be because I always feel mildly guilty about paying so much money just to not sleep in my own bed, or maybe my expectations are just too high. But for the rate we paid, I haven’t got a single complaint about the Prince George.
First and foremost, I have never encountered better staff at a hotel than those at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax. Unlike most hotel staff, these men and women genuinely seemed to like their jobs- a refreshing attitude that I, as a guest, appreciated. The staff were unfailingly kind to our exuberant daughter – exuberance is not a quality everyone finds adorable – and one of the wait staff in particular took a special liking to her, always remembering her when we came to the restaurant or ordered room service.
The food was delicious. We wound up eating there often due to my failure to make reservations and our unwillingness to wait in line with a preschooler (we did eat at the Five Fishermen one night; that was a slow service disaster), and each meal was great. The Sunday buffet, our late Mother’s Day present to my mom, was excellent with a wide range of cuisines represented.
On the second floor, the fitness area and pool were both smallish (typical for hotels, though) and well-maintained. The hot tub was perfect after race day and there was also a dry sauna.
Most importantly, the beds were like sleeping on clouds.
We had a busy weekend, and somehow I neglected to take many photos at the hotel – probably because I was too busy enjoying it. Hopefully, I will have another chance to fill in the gaps.Google+