We checked into the Lord Nelson for a special event; “La Vie En Rose Valentine's dance.” It was the second year, that Nova Scotia's band Swingology, hosted this great event. It started with a swing dance class offered by a couple of instructors from the University Swing Dance Club, which warmed up the crowd and got some “rusty” attendees, like us, a bit more confident. The dance was terrific. The music is perfect, perfect for the theme, perfect for selection of music, perfect for dancing. Not only you can hear yourself think but you can carry conversation while dancing or sitting and still enjoy the music. What made it even better was an addition of guest performer, Steve Normandin, from Montreal, romantic singer and masterful accordion player.
The meal at the Arms Restaurant was great despite the Valentines Day rush
Reservation was made through booking.com, so called Genius discount, deluxe room with queen size bed.
Several things that almost spoiled the weekend. As we arrived our room turned out to be two double beds. When enquiring at the desk, we were informed that with booking.com there is frequent misunderstanding and that what is deluxe for booking.com is not what the hotel calls deluxe, and, that there was no mention of queen size bed on hotel's system. We were however given another room with queen size bed. This room however was very small. No problem we thought, and perhaps it was not but the bathroom was so tight that it was, at least for me, impossible to close the door or get into bathtub.
On entering the hotel from the parkade, we discovered that the railings are freshly painted. The warning sign was face down on the ground, but we saw it too late and my wife’s coat was ruined. We have not received much sympathy from the front desk, only some explanation about draft and signs “don't want to stay up”. To summarize three attendants took our name and promised that manager will get back to us. It has been now more than two weeks – no response!
There were some other small points which made us less than happy with the accommodation like two of three night lamps in our room did not work (one did not have a bulb) or windows in a hallway, on at least three floors) were propped open in such way that they could not be closed despite of horrific rain and storm and water pooling on a sill and floor.