I will forever be grateful to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake Hotel family for making July 7 the best day of my life’s journey thus far — my wedding day.
Perhaps I’ve struggled with sharing a public review because I’m torn as to whether I want to expose this very unique and cherished Halifax venue as a best-kept secret.
From the very first site visit, it felt like a cozy, tucked away place just beyond the city core and overlooking a gorgeous lake. The staff is incredibly personable, and they truly went out of their way to ensure our outdoor wedding was everything we wanted it to be. With 115 guests, this outdoor ceremony and indoor dinner/reception required organization, planning and heart. With rain looming over the night before and morning of the big day, I can say their staff cared as much about setup as I did.. and were watching the weather network by the hour until a final call had to be made. They never pushed, and pulled off a miracle to get the ceremony set up in dry weather. I honestly felt cared for as a bride – not a customer – at every moment.
The honeymoon suite was amazing — the perfect room for a bride and her bridesmaids to prepare for the big day. With six women, a hair stylist, makeup artist and a few drop-in friends in attendance, there was still plenty of room. There’s also a TV, an electric fireplace and a two-person pod-tub with see-through side walls. The guest rooms were also lovely, very clean and decorated nicely. Having parking included was a major plus for guests. Staff were very friendly in providing guests directions, and they always wore a smile. The ballroom and outdoor patio was perfect for guests to take a break and enjoy the evening air. The backdrop of Chocolate Lake was just a stunning addition to the day.
After the festivities, we returned back to our room to strawberries and champagne, and a hand-written note from our event planner. They stored my items for a week while we were away in Jamaica, and I still keep in touch. Months later, I returned with a colleague for lunch, and a staff member remembered me and commented on my wedding photos.
It felt as though they truly took pride in being part of my day, and I felt so lucky to have found such a place in which my family and friends had the time of their lives.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Michelle Whittle and the team at BEST WESTERN PLUS Chocolate Lake Hotel. I would highly recommend their venue for events, dinners, weddings and dining experiences in their Lakeside Grill. It’s been almost a year, and I always look forward to going back to visit the place I said “I do.”