Reno Diary: Week Four (Things are Looking BOLD!)

Things are getting very exciting here in renovation land — we’ve got a guest post on this week’s blog from our director of operations (and lead designer on this project), Robert Goldsworthy. Here he is with the reno update:

Out with old…and in with the BOLD!  This week many of our modern and luxurious new finishes began to be installed.

Here’s a sneak peek of our gorgeous new front desk and Commons Room bar…both featuring oodles of stunning black granite.

The first few peeks of our new lobby wall coverings look so chic against the crisp espresso woodwork, and word has it that our gorgeous new custom designed lobby chandeliers are being crated up in Montreal right now!

It is getting exiting to see the new space start to take shape!

Check back next week for even more progress. It’s hard to believe we’re in the middle of week four already!

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Reno Diary: Week Three

Here we are half-way through week three of our big renovation. We’re happy to say the pool area is getting some work — here’s some shots of the pool being resurfaced!

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Week Two of Renovation Action!

Week two of our six-week renovation journey is already half over! As you can tell, some major changes are happening. What used to be the bar in our Commons Room is shown above. That room (very popular for weddings) is getting a complete overhaul. There’s also been major progress on the lobby. Here are some more photos to keep you in the loop!

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The Reno Begins!

Out with the old, in with the new. Here’s the first post — Week 1 — of our six-week long renovation journey. The Atlantica team is happy to be transforming, evolving and upgrading to serve our guests better.

We are excited to announce part of our renovation plan is getting rid of our HVAC system to make way for new energy efficient units. This keeps up with our environmental plan and commitments we have made to be more sustainable property.

In other renovation news – you can see the Commons Room and the lobby are underway! What an exciting time. Stay tuned to this blog for weekly posts, as well as additional photos and sneak peeks on our Facebook page! Thank you for all your support!

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Exciting Reno News from Atlantica Hotel Halifax

The blog has been on hiatus for Christmas and New Year’s Day — and now we’re back with an exciting announcement. Starting this Monday, January 6th, we’ll be undergoing some changes at the hotel! A major renovation, that is.

We want YOU to track the renovation progress with us, here on the blog. Check back each week for photo updates during the six week process, and watch our hotel evolve.

Here’s part of the official announcement…

Atlantica Hotel Halifax is constantly responding to feedback and industry trends to improve our guest experience.

Between January 6 and February 28, 2014, we will be carrying out necessary upgrades to four levels of our parkade.  

In order to minimize any inconvenience to our guests, the hotel will be closed during this period. We will be pleased to welcome our guests back as of March 1, 2014.  

We will also take the opportunity during the closure to renovate two additional guest room floors, our lobby and meeting space!

Off-site catering services will be available during the renovation. Meeting and banquet services are available at the Waegwoltic Club.  

For clients requiring a full service hotel experience during our closure, our sister property Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island is an excellent alternative for your meeting, conference or event. 

Atlantica Hotel Halifax is a locally owned hotel business with an excellent reputation. This renovation is just one part of our ongoing commitment to our customers. We look forward to serving you in 2014!

Check back next week for WEEK ONE photos!

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Our Fave Pinterest Christmas Crafts!

Only twelve days till Christmas. That means – it’s soon time for the kids to be out of school for the holidays. What better way to keep them busy than making Christmas crafts? I’ve rounded up a few ideas for both kids and parents to work on over this holiday season… via Pinterest, of course!

This one is super easy to do for all age levels, and if it turns out really well – frame it!

A must for new parents! Baby mistle”toes”. Adorable!

Don’t throw away those old lightbulbs! Save them for Christmas craft day! A great addition to your Christmas tree, or as a gift.

Another great use of something you otherwise might have thrown away. Use old sweaters or fabric to make these great trees!

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Canadian Black Friday?

What is Black Friday?

While historically the hugely popular shopping day of Black Friday revolved around the timing of American Thanksgiving (and still does), in recent years it has definitely made its way to Canada. Black Friday falls on the Friday following American Thanksgiving and signals the start of holiday shopping “season”.

We Canadians have, more and more, begun to participate in this tradition (but without the extreme lineups). There are plenty of opportunities to find some fantastic deals in Halifax on Black Friday weekend. Both big box and small, locally-owned shops are offering great holiday shopping deals to kick off the festive season.

Shop Local

For a truly Halifax experience, I recommend taking the time to explore neighbourhoods with great independent shops to start your Black Friday experience. Our part of town, the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District, is home to over 120 businesses. Santa will be making an appearance on Saturday November 30 and there will also be a pet parade!

The nearby Spring Garden Road Shopping District has a mix of brand name stores and local businesses, with tons of parking and great restaurants.

Check out Downtown Halifax, where many stores are offering their own unique Black Friday sales and hand-made products that you simply can’t find at the mall. If you’re a Twitter or Instagram user, you have a chance to #winwhatyouwish with the Downtown Halifax hashtag contest!

If big brand names are your thing, make plans to head to the Halifax Shopping Centre (less than 10-minute drive from our hotel) or Dartmouth Crossing for a full day of Black Friday discount shopping.


Wherever your shopping adventure adventure takes you, kick off the season right with a stay-over at Atlantica Hotel Halifax. We’re offering a Black Friday flash sale of our own! Rates start at just $89 per night, click here and press “book now”, using the promotion code FLASH. Happy shopping!

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Holiday Event Roundup

Don’t let the holidays sneak up on you! It’s a mere six weeks until Christmas Day, and planning is fully underway for this festive season. Before you get caught off guard, here are some important holiday events happening in HRM that you might want to pencil in your calendar!

November 15-17 – Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council Christmas Craft Show

Hit up the Cunard Centre to do some semi-early Christmas shopping and to explore designer crafts made by some of the most talented artists in the province.

Friday November 16 & December 6 – Shopping Under the Stars

Enjoy no tax, late hours, live holiday music and carollers in the Spring Garden Road Business District on these two special dates!

Saturday November 16th – The 18th Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights

Don’t miss out this weekend – the Holiday Parade of Lights is already here; always great for a night out with friends or family! Head downtown with the kids in some warm clothes and grab a thermos of hot chocolate, the parade starts at 6pm. For information on the route, click here.

Saturday November 23rd – Christmas Tree Lighting in Grand Parade

This free annual event is a sure way to get into the festive spirit. There is a free live stage show for children as well. More details can be found here.

Keep an eye out for Win What You Wish – brought to you by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Simply take a photo of something you’d like for Christmas at any downtown business and share it via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #winwhatyouwish for the chance to win big!

New Year’s Eve in Grand Parade

It’s a Halifax tradition to watch the hosts from CTV on stage in Grand Parade on December 31st. Fantastic musical acts are always on the schedule; this year enjoy headliner David Myles! Here’s the official website.

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Halloween EMERGENCY Solved!

Emergency! It’s October 30. You have no Halloween costume yet. We’ve all been there. So, what are you going to do?

Read this blog — that’s what. Luckily for you, I’ve been researching the easiest last-minute D.I.Y. Halloween costumes out there. And I’m going to share some of the best ones I’ve found, with you. This is why we love the internet!

First, a few ideas for kids…

This Starbucks drink with whipped cream is adorable and easy to put together. Bristol board, brown or white paper to go over top. The hardest part would be recreating the logo with a green marker — or hey, just print it off and paste it on! Get some white frilly material, or take an old white sheet and make it frilly for the whipped cream part. Done.

A kiddie mime. Find a striped shirt at the Salvation Army, or maybe you already have one, add some black leggings. Most people have a simple face painting kit for Halloween or grab one at the drug store. If you want to get super adorable, add a beret.

How about a scuba diver? If you’ve already got some kids gear, or older flippers, put them to use in this very easy DIY costume. Your little diver can stay warm with the black toque, as well!

Adult ideas…

Even without the crochet bear, the lumber jack costume is awesome. You can also paint on your own beard, or perhaps you have an actual beard — even better! We’ve all got a plaid shirt, or can easily find one at the thrift store. Wear some jeans, and your sturdiest work boots — or borrow some! Just maybe don’t take a real axe to parties involving alcohol!

Ladies, grab some blue clothing, find a red bandana, and before you know it, you’re Rosie the Riveter. Of course, you have to flex your muscles a lot… and have some attitude.

The scarecrow! Great for men, women or kids. Most of these items you might already have, and if not you can get straw raffia at the dollar store. Really easy face painting job, and you’re good to go.

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We love October!

The long Thanksgiving weekend may be over, but there’s no reason to feel down. The rest of October in Halifax is looking pretty exciting! A couple of our favourite events that take place in HRM just happen to be coming up in the next two weeks! What are they? Read on to find out…

Nocturne: Art at Night

Starting at 6pm this Saturday night (October 19th), you can walk all over Halifax and Dartmouth, taking in interesting, thought-provoking art. Everything from statues to living demonstrations to live music is offered, as inspiration comes from everywhere! Nocturne is truly a special event, great for a night out with family or friends. This year there are 94 exhibits. To make things a little easier, download the Nocturne app if you have a smart phone. Or check out the online guide here.

Halifax Pop Explosion

We are proud to be the host hotel again this year for the Halifax Pop Explosion digital conference as well as the headquarters for the overall music and culture festival. Starting October 22nd and running until the 26th, check out 180 different bands performing at 20 different venues throughout Halifax. This is a not-to-be-missed event for music lovers in Atlantic Canada and beyond. If you’re in the digital industry, you might want to register for the conference that’s boasting some awesome speakers. Check it all out here.

And of course, Halloween… but more on that later!

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