HALIFAX — The Armour Group Limited has unveiled plans for Nova Scotia’s first five-star hotel located in the new Queen’s Marque district on the Halifax Waterfront.

Set to open in 2021, MUIR (Gaelic for sea) takes inspiration from the forces that have shaped Nova Scotia and its people, including its rugged architecture, sea-faring traditions, strong, resilient character, warmth and hospitality. The hotel will feature Nova Scotian design, decor, amenities, art collection and refined regional dining.

Designed by acclaimed Canadian designers Studio Munge, MUIR’s contemporary design honours traditional materials and craftsmanship. Its furniture and lighting will be bespoke, designed and made in Canada, reflecting a modern interpretation of traditional East-Coast design. And, each of the 110 rooms will feature original art and pottery from our region.

“MUIR is a physical and spiritual manifestation of Nova Scotia, exploring materiality and craftsmanship of our past, yet imparting a contemporary relevance. It’s an invitation to an inspired future. Anyone who visits MUIR will see this softly spoken in every detail,” says Scott Armour McCrea, president and CEO, The Armour Group Limited.

As the centrepiece of the Queen’s Marque district — designed by celebrated Nova Scotia architect, Brian MacKay-Lyons — MUIR will be set in a vibrant waterfront location, against a backdrop of prime restaurants, galleries, shops and nightlife.

The property will be led by general manager Desmond Acheson, a U.K. native who has worked around the globe, from London to Whistler and Cairo to Hong Kong, and has held leadership positions with many of the world’s most revered luxury hotel brands including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.


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