The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites unveils a new look and bespoke luxury

Source: Chronicle Herald

A beloved and iconic destination hotel in Atlantic Canada has undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation designed to enhance guest experience down to the smallest detail.

 The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is proud to launch the official unveiling of its elegantly redone spaces in the fall of 2017.

As an historic four and a half star landmark with an unmatched location overlooking the downtown Halifax Public Gardens, the Lord Nelson has hosted meetings, events and special gatherings for nearly 90 years. From corporate conferences to lavish weddings, each occasion has been added to the list of visitor’s fond memories of the hotel.

As a commitment to securing the Lord Nelson’s future and its art deco past, Mani Suissa, President & CEO of Universal Realty Group and owner of the hotel, turned to the renowned team at Design360 led by Keri Koch. The collaboration resulted in the perfect blend of classic refinement and contemporary style.

All 12,500 square feet of event space encompassing the grand ballrooms, meeting rooms and corporate boardrooms have undergone a total restoration utilizing sophisticated and stylish design elements while preserving irreplaceable historic charm.

Swarovski chandeliers illuminate the elegance of the newly hand-crafted ceiling moldings, and rich marble borders the exquisite wool carpeting. A gleaming new grand piano adds to the majestic ambiance of the elegant space.

Each of the 262 Guest rooms have been completely remodelled including modern new flooring, plush seating and custom-made furnishings. No detail has been overlooked.

Decorated in serene colours, the hotel accommodations are bright, airy and comfortable. Each room offers premium linens, 55-inch flat screen televisions, convenient work desks equipped with charging stations, and state of the art Nespresso coffee makers.

One of the unique features of an historic landmark is the ability to offer guests a selection of room types and layouts beginning with the efficient “Petite” guest room to the spacious ‘Park View Suite’ boasting panoramic views of Public Gardens.

Even the ‘Victoria Suite’, known famously as being a home-away-from-home for media stars such as the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney will be freshly transformed and available for VIP occasions.

So many people have a Lord Nelson connection. A story, a shared memory.

 And for any of those who don’t yet have a Lord Nelson memory of their own, Lesa Griffin, General Manager of the hotel offers a reminder that The Arms Public House restaurant and patio overlooking the Public Gardens is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy an after-work cocktail or weekend brunch.

 “We host guests from all over the world — whether it’s parents visiting a university, academics, locals looking for a special staycation or visitors discovering downtown Halifax. One thing each of these guests have in common is an expectation of authentic Maritime hospitality in a uniquely beautiful space. Something we have always offered but now, truly better than ever.”


  • Opened in 1928
  • 262 guest rooms and suites
  • 101-120 staff employed permanently
  • Hotel named after Admiral Horatio Nelson
  • CHNS radio operated its broadcast studio from the roof in 1928
  • The hotel inspired a critically acclaimed novel by Ray Smith, titled: Lord Nelson Tavern, published in 1974
  • Famous guests include most recently Salt N’ Peppa, Frances Conroy, Rosie Perez, the Rolling Stones, Anne Murray, Keith Urban, the White Stripes, Jerry Seinfeld, Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney