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Autograph Collection Debuts on the Halifax Waterfront

Inspired by the enduring spirit, culture, and character of Nova Scotia and its people, Muir, Autograph Collection has officially opened its doors, debuting on the Halifax Waterfront in the new Queen’s Marque district. The new lifestyle hotel joins Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott Bonvoy’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of independent hotels championing individuality.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Muir, Autograph Collection to our growing portfolio of distinct independent hotels,” said Jennifer Connell, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Autograph Collection Hotels. “From an impeccable waterfront location, carefully appointed rooms, to Nova Scotian art, heartfelt design, and dynamic dining, Muir establishes an authentic sense of place – remarkably unlike anything else – that invites guests to forge a meaningful connection with the province and its people.”

Bold Architecture and Inspired Interiors
Envisioned, developed, and operated by The Armour Group Limited, and designed by celebrated Nova Scotian firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Muir (Scottish Gaelic for ‘sea’) is a shining example of “Born of this Place” design ­­– honoring character, materiality, and heritage through the art of place-making. Throughout the property, the forms portray a contemporary marine, wharf-like design while materiality makes a connection to place – from local materials, including salt-and-pepper granite and sandstone, to Muntz metal, a copper alloy prominently used in shipbuilding. Together, these elements provide an indelible sense of place, resulting in a design that simply could not exist anywhere else.

Muir’s interiors and furnishings are the work of internationally-recognized designer Alessandro Munge of Canada’s Studio Munge. Throughout the hotel, custom furniture, and lighting – designed and crafted in Canada – reflect a modern interpretation of East Coast design. The 109 rooms and suites are richly textured with curved white oak walls and plank flooring – a subtle nod to ocean voyages, while gathering spaces are anchored by soft cove lighting and lively fireplaces. Statement pieces from local artists are proudly displayed throughout the property, including commissioned landscape paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and tapestries.

Elevated Cuisine and Cocktails
Inspired by this region’s natural bounty, Drift is a culinary love letter to Nova Scotia’s land, people, and history. Featuring modern, elevated takes on classic Atlantic Canadian dishes, Drift’s culinary vision is driven by celebrated Canadian Chef, Anthony Walsh, and Chef de Cuisine, James MacAulay. As distinct as Muir itself, Drift is thoughtfully designed for entertaining colleagues or quiet work at the spacious bar. The dining room is expansive yet comfortable, with detailed craftsmanship and premium materiality complemented by an outdoor patio with stunning waterfront views. Floor to ceiling marble fluted fireplaces, leather wrapped walls, bespoke furnishings, and soft lighting invite guests to linger and connect.

BKS, Muir’s speakeasy lounge, is an enclave of curved wooden walls, muted marble, and luxurious banquettes. Open to guests and for private events, BKS offers a discreet setting for historically-inspired premium cocktails and unique small plates, that are best savoured on the harbourside private terrace, with the most desirable views in the city.

Distinct Amenities and Experiences
Muir’s curated collection of amenities includes the ultra-premium wellness centre, Windward Wellness, where high-performance fitness equipment, vitality spa pool and halotherapy salt room encourage guests to rest and rejuvenate. Little Wing, a 36-foot Morris yacht and Reach, Muir’s high-speed motorboat are available for guests to charter and explore the harbour and take in the views of this much-loved city.

Memorable Meetings and Gatherings
The hotel offers one-of-kind settings for business events, celebrations, and gatherings. In addition to conversation-starting art, the 1,200-square-foot True Colours Art Gallery offers a dramatic harbour-facing backdrop for exclusive gatherings. The Wardroom – complimentary for Muir guests – is a fully-appointed, private executive meeting space that can hold up to six guests. The Watch, embraced by the sea on three sides, is a 2,100-square-foot event space featuring bespoke furniture, an art collection, two private bars, and a private tasting room.

The Heart of Halifax
Muir is part of the Queen’s Marque district, a cultural and community destination for locals and visitors to Atlantic Canada. The bustling district encompasses vibrant restaurants, shops, nightlife, offices, and luxury residences, all set against a striking harbour backdrop.

“Muir, Autograph Collection is a one-of-a-kind destination and a cultural beacon for visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Eugénie Jason, General Manager. “We are excited to welcome guests to an elevated hospitality experience that is truly born of this place.”

Autograph Collection Hotels participates in Marriott Bonvoy, the award-winning travel program from Marriott International. Marriott Bonvoy members will earn points for their stay at Muir, Autograph Collection, and at other hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

Iuliia Tore