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Both a state capital and "the insurance capital of the world," Hartford is where Mark Twain conceived Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Guests of hotels in Hartford can walk through Twain's home as well as those of fellow authors Noah Webster and Harriet Beecher Stowe. A small city with a small-town feel, visitors to Hartford sometimes feel like they've gone back in time. Among rose gardens and blossoming trees, visitors can find accommodations in bed and breakfast inns, luxury hotels, and even hostels for the extremely budget-minded. Wherever they may stay, they are greeted by the friendly people of Hartford.

Neighborhoods

From the skyscrapers of downtown to the Georgian Revival buildings of Frog Hollow, and out to the industrial and commercial South Meadows areas and the many parks in every neighborhood, Hartford encourages relaxed friendliness. And when the academic bug bites, visitors can go north to the Blue Hills area where Hartford University is located. The West End contains the Connecticut Historical Society and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Other neighborhoods are more residential in atmosphere, but all contain parks, interesting historic architecture and those friendly people. Visitors to Hartford University can find hotels in Hartford such as the Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill, just a short drive from campus, cutting down on driving times to visit the kids attending school, or the amenities on campus. Downtown visitors are served by the Holiday Inn Express Downtown, directly across from Bushnell Park, and within walking distance of Wadsworth Atheneum, the first public art museum in the country. This is a compact city, so no matter where the Hartford hotels are located, they are close to almost any site you might want to visit, although you may need to take a car as public transportation is limited.

Hartford Quick Picks and Tips
Conventions

The Connecticut Convention Center hosts aliens, elves, comic characters and simply fans of the various genres at the ConnectiCon convention in mid-summer. It also hosts the more conventional Stitches East Knitting convention!

Dining

Visitors to Hartford hotels can have a romantic Italian dinner at Salut, or try out the ever-changing menu at Firebox. When they are done with dinner or lunch, Munson's family chocolate factory is right there to provide dessert as well as some to take home.

Major Point of Interest

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the United States' first public art museum, with over 45,000 paintings, sculptures and other art pieces in its permanent collection.

Shopping

Shopping areas in Hartford are growing rapidly, but visitors should stop by the traditional New England town center at West Hartford Center. Most of the shops are privately owned, non-chain stores.

Sports

All of the local Universities have sports teams, and the town focuses much more on these than the professional sports world. The University of Connecticut Huskies play football at Rentschler Field. In addition to football games, this major stadium has hosted concerts by the Police, Bruce Springsteen, and more recently, Taylor Swift.

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Marriott Hartford Downtown

Close to the XL Center

Overall the Hotel itself is very nice and clean but we felt very underwhelmed about the service we received. We were under the impression that there was a complimentary shuttle to the XL center but apparently doesn't run on the weekends-we were able to find out from other guests that it was just a short walk-something the front desk should have mentioned when we were inquiring about the shuttle. Service was very slow in both the restaurant and lounge and we just felt like nobody went out of their way to make you feel welcome.

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1 year ago

5.0

Inn at Middletown

Great location, great amenities

The food here is great, and the bar staff. It's very walkable to the cute restaurants and shops in Middletown, and right near the Christmas tree. I had a great view of it from my room! This is my 4th time staying here in a year and I can't wait to go back!

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1 year ago

4.0

Four Points by Sheraton Meriden

Overall good

I attended a business conference held there and strayed in a room the night before. The hotel is very clean and room nicely furnished. The staff was excellent. I checked in about 1130 at night. I had a small problem with the shower. The water pressure varied low and high. It was probably the valve. I was able to use it ok and let the staff know the next day at checkout. I would recommend this hotel and stay there again in the future.

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5 months ago

4.0

Comfort Inn & Suites

Great short stay

Easy access to highways. Clean, comfortable room, decent breakfast. Would highly recommend.

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8 months ago