The Westin Nova Scotian
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History and description
The hotel was built by the Canadian National Railways. Construction began in 1928 and it opened on 24 June 1930 as the Nova Scotian Hotel. The hotel was the final part of the South End terminal project which had seen the new Halifax Railway Station moved from the north end to the south end of Barrington Street as well as the opening of the Halifax Ocean Terminal, which included Pier 21, a trans-Atlantic ocean liner passenger terminal. The hotel was directly connected by an interior walkway to the Halifax Railway Station and by an overhead walkway to Pier 21.
A new wing was added to the north in 1959. In 1966, the name was changed to the Hotel Nova Scotian.
The hotel was sold by Canadian National Hotels in 1981 when that chain divested all of its properties in the early 1980s. It was purchased by Revenue Hotels and in 1989 Hilton Hotels took over management and the name changed to the Halifax Hilton.
It closed in 1993 and was used as a temporary dormitory by Saint Mary's University for several years.
The hotel reopened on 1 December 1996 as The Westin Nova Scotian after being sold and extensively renovated.
- "A Hotel by Any Other Name". Halifax-HRM West Community Herald. 3 January 2011. p. 2.