Canada’s First Moxy Hotel Opens in Downtown Halifax


Exterior of Moxy Hotel in Halifax

HALIFAX — The first location for the Moxy hotel brand is set to open today in downtown Halifax. The hotel will be led by general manager Kelvin Uy, a seasoned hospitality executive from the west coast who has worked previously with other Marriott Bonvoy properties and leading global hotel brands. The hotel is managed by Hotel Equities.

The hotel features 160 smart and unique guestroom layouts, including 18 suites with an open kitchen. Other modern details range from plush platform beds to fun-size work surfaces, walk-in showers, select bath amenities, open-wall closets and dog designated friendly spaces. Every check-in includes a drink at Bar Moxy.

Among the hotel’s notable details is a stately steel lion sculpture, a reference to the Nova Scotia flag, installed at the entrance created by Ballast Design Studios. Design of the main lobby pays homage to industrial Halifax, with steel bridge columns flanking the bar area, exposed brick and an original cannon. It also features a custom-built DJ booth and an installation of vintage luggage as a nod to the city’s global influences. A hidden room, the “Lion’s Den,” is a modern dedication to the Trinity Anglican Church on the original site and features stained glass replicas and pipes from the original organ suspended from the ceiling.

For events and corporate, the hotel will offer 1,520 sq. ft. of open, airy meeting space as well as stylish communal spaces where guests can relax and re-charge. For fitness, guests can access a boxing bag, gym equipment and a full-circuit gym, available 24/7. Moxy’s target guests are defined as having a deep desire to play spontaneously and live life unscheduled, even while travelling.

“We live in an incredibly vibrant city that has a well-established reputation for being social, creative and connected,” says Joe Metlege, co-owner and developer, JONO Developments. “Moxy Halifax Downtown is the boutique hotel re-imagined and fills an existing gap in the hospitality space – offering a modern and energizing vibe where people can gather for business meetings, spontaneously meet up with friends after work or create the ultimate staycation.”

“The Moxy brand is such a natural fit for Halifax and we’re thrilled to be the first to bring it to Canada,” says Norman Nahas, co-owner and developer, JONO Developments. “In collaboration with our partners at Marriott, we’ve been able to design and curate something that’s more than just a hotel – it’s a place with energy, day or night.”


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