The Westin Nova Scotian
It 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, Halifax 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. It reopened on December 1, 1996 as the "Westin Nova Scotian" after being sold and extensively renovated. It is considered[by whom?] one of the most prestigious hotels in Atlantic Canada. The Hotel is currently owned and operated by New Castle Hotels and Resorts.
- "A Hotel By Any Other Name", Halifax-HRM West Community Herald, January 3, 2011, p. 2