The Westin Nova Scotian

1181 Hollis Street B3H 2P6 Halifax (Nova Scotia) View map
4 reviews

Number of guests 25 to 400

About The Westin Nova Scotian

The Westin Nova Scotian is a Halifax-based hotel venue that specializes in hosting elegant weddings in any one of their 2 reception facilities. Its grandiose structure is one-of-a-kind, boasting perfect views of the harbour at the rear and splendid views of the city of Halifax and Cornwallis Park. Today, this romantic venue hosts a number of special events and is considered one of Eastern Canada's premier wedding venues.

Facilities and capacity

Its facilities include two classic ballrooms. The Atlantic Ballroom which is perfect for a wedding lunch or dinner and can accommodate up to 200 guests. The Commonwealth Ballroom has seen top officials and royalty from around the world as guests in this elegant space with a capacity for up to 550 guests.

Services offered

The services offered include the following:

  • Wedding specialist to assist in your planning
  • Menu tasting for the bride and groom + 2
  • Valet parking
  • Accomodations (Harbour view room, complimentary bathrobes, cake cutting, champagne & chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast in bed)
  • Spa services
  • Room for wedding photographs
  • Podium & microphone
  • Wedding table (tea light candles, white linens)


The wedding menus offered through their packages include:

  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Four course meal
  • Beverage service
  • Late night service


Their accommodation offers a historical setting with the quality and service of a modern hotel. It has 310 rooms that range from traditional to studio suites and even rooms with a fantastic view of the harbour. Executive crown suites are located at the very top of the hotel, offering luxury amenities for even the most demanding guests.

Other facilities

Some other facilities they have include:

  • Business centre
  • WestinWORKOUT
  • Tangent at Westin (top technology work space) and more


Originally, it was a railroad hotel that connected Halifax to the rest of Canada. It was used as a supply stop for trains, where meals were prepared and laundry was done. Built in 1930, it started out with 130 rooms and 5 suites and has been under constant renovation over the years to become the landmark hotel it is today.

  • Nº of guests

    From 25 to 400

  • Type

    Ballroom, hotel

  • Style

    City, classic, waterfront

  • Event Services

    Accommodations, bridal suite, catering / bar, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound, outside vendors

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More information about The Westin Nova Scotian

  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, uncovered outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, reception, bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, cocktail reception, dessert, hors d'oeuvres, plated, tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), cash bar, champagne toast, open bar, premium liquor, signature drink, specialty beer, specialty wine
  • What event items are available? Audio equipment, dance floor, lighting, chairs
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, china, chocolate fountain, flatware, glassware, linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, valet, wheelchair access
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? C$ 750
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? C$ 750
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Set up, clean up, event planning, chairs, tables, linens, china, flatware, glassware, bridal suite
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service? C$ 43
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves? C$ 38
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake cutting, server(s), dessert
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? C$ 6
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartenders

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Reviews for The Westin Nova Scotian

4.2 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.5
  • Professionalism 4.0
  • Flexibility 4.2
  • Value 3.8
  • Response time 4.2
  • Paula

    Paula Diab, Married on 19/05/2018

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    Perfect wedding day

    I had an amazing experience planning my wedding with the team at The Westin in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jeff Salterio went above and beyond to ensure that we were happy and comfortable throughout the planning process. Chef Raj was also wonderful to deal with. Our wedding day was seamless with zero errors and Jeff had a large part in making that happen. I am happy to highly recommend The Westin for weddings and any events.

    Sent on 09/07/2018
  • Kayla

    Kayla Sarty, Married on 16/09/2017

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    Jeff at the Westin is absolutely amazing!!!! My fiance and i walked out of there completely blown away we were truly speechless (in a good way) It was the second place we viewed and nothing compared to the space and the way jeff made us feel leaving so of course we had to book! I would highly recommend!!

    Sent on 30/11/2016
  • Jacqueline Guidry, Married on 08/08/2015

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      Below Average

    I have very mixed feelings about the Westin after hosting my wedding dinner there and using them for all of our guest's lodging in early August 2015.

    The lodging aspect was great! I stayed in a suite with my bridesmaids and then groom and it was spacious, connected to a HUGE outdoor patio, and had a full bathroom and a half bath which was really exceptional. Since there were more than the typical 2 guests in the room, we did require extra bath towels, etc which guest services provided without hesitation. Interestingly, there was a pull out couch in the room with no blankets and when we called guest services the first night to request a blanket they told us the hotel did not have extra. Two of my bridesmaids thus spent the night freezing, sleeping with the hotel robes and multiple layers of clothes. The next night we tried guest services again and they brought a comforter right up. Why?

    We also had issues with the parking. Part of our group rate was supposed to include complementary parking for all wedding guests. They doled this advantage out very intermittently and many of our guests ended up paying for parking even though we were promised that they would not.

    The front desk staff and bell boys were all lovely to interact with and helped us with any and all requests!

    Finally, the wedding dinner portion. We got paired with the wedding coordinator for the Westin named Jackie Collins. Her service/planning/etc was very mediocre. We had multiple miscommunications with her that could have easily been avoided, except she was very disorganized. We even had more than one instance where we had written "proof" of something she had earlier told us, but then she changed

    Sent on 23/11/2015
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    The Westin was where we stayed on our wedding night. It was a great hotel to get ready in and was quite close to our wedding venue.

    Sent on 07/07/2013

    The Westin Nova Scotian's reply:

    We love our location! It's perfect for beautiful water front photos and simple accommodations for guests! Thank you!

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