Originally built by Supreme Court Judge William Lorimer Hall in 1801, the Garden South Park Inn has almost as much history as the city of Halifax, itself. In fact, some of the furniture is still there from his time, including a mahogany organ built in 1867, located inside the front lobby, as well as a large French armoire in the dining room where tea, scones, and tarts are provided for the guests.
When Gloria and Syed Hussain, owners of GEM Health Care Group first heard about Judge Hall's former house being for sale on South Park street, they knew it had promise. It had since been changed into a Bed and Breakfast, but was in dire need of renovations and expansion. They were not quite sure of what their final intentions would be; one idea was to make it their home and office for the GEM Health Care Group, and the other was to totally renovate it and open an upscale Bed and Breakfast for the many professional people who visit the central Halifax area. They eventually decided that a Bed and Breakfast would be an excellent venture, and in 1997, after two years of renovations and expansions, the Garden South Park Inn was born.
Located directly across the street from the Victoria General Hospital, the Garden South park Inn has served as the home for many doctors in town for short stays, as well as family members of loved ones recuperating from treatment. It has also become a popular spot for university professionals, as Halifax is home to two major universities, which are both within walking distance. In addition, guests generally appreciate the central location, as they don't usually require transportation after they arrive. All amenities and attractions that Halifax has to offer, including Citadel Hill, Public Gardens, the Halifax waterfront, and the shops and restaurants of Spring Garden Road are only a short walk away.
The innkeeper of the Garden South Park Inn, Mrs Marie Billard was hired by Mrs Hussain shortly after the conception of the Inn. She can always be seen standing outside giving directions to tourists, or just chatting and making her guests feel welcome. She is a shining face around the Inn and makes it what it is to those who stay there.