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Where to Stay in Hartford
Hartford has a reputation as one of the nation's commercial centers. Nicknamed the Insurance Capital of the World, the city claims the headquarters of many international insurance companies. In addition, its downtown convention center is the largest in all of southern New England. To accommodate all these travelers, many large national hotel chains have a presence downtown. Whether you're looking for something luxurious or modest, you can find it in Hartford's business district. But this area isn't just home to offices; it's also one of the best places to shop, dine and drink in town, too. During the day, explore the boutiques along Asylum Street. At night, venture to Allyn Street, and grab a drink at a swank lounge or a rowdy pub. If you're want a quiet stay in a charming, historic town, head just south of Hartford to Wethersfield. This small city dates back to the 17th century and boasts more than 100 homes that pre-date the Civil War. Here, you can compare rates at the handful of quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that populate the area. Or head just west of downtown to the swank West End district where you can book reservations at a nearby posh boutique hotel.
Hartford Hotel Tips
One of the most popular times to travel to Hartford is in the fall. This is when New England foliage turns from brilliant shades of green to a collage of yellows, oranges and browns. Temperatures are also pleasant during this time of year, falling somewhere between the 50s and 60s. Because this season experiences an influx of tourists, hotels can fill up quickly. Be sure to book your reservations in advance for the best deals.
Because Hartford plays host to dozens of large conventions every year, it's best to call a hotel in advance before booking your trip. Conferences tend to book rooms in blocks, which can minimize the likelihood of vacancies for other travelers. In addition, downtown restaurants and bars can get pretty busy during some of the larger conventions.
Budget travelers should consider visiting Hartford in the winter after the holiday season. Chilly temperatures keep many tourists away, so crowds are rarely a problem. Also, to attract guests, hotels frequently offer discounts. This is also one of the best seasons to search for cheap flights to Hartford.
Hartford Hotel Recommendations
If you're traveling to Hartford on business and you plan on spending a lot of time at the city's convention center, look for rooms at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The hotel, which overlooks the tranquil Connecticut River, is attached to the convention center. Rooms feature modern furnishings. Guests can enjoy a spa treatment care of the hotel's Glo Fitness & Spa Services. Enjoy authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel's Vivo restaurant, or chill out at the intimate Crush lounge. The hotel also offers special packages aimed specifically at families with small children.
Housed in the same building that was once occupied by the historic Bond Hotel, the Homewood Suites of Hartford is suited for the traveler that plans on an extended stay. In the morning, the hotel provides guests with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. The hotel also provides complimentary light meals and beverages four evenings a week. Guest can choose from a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite. Each features separate living and sleeping areas. All also come with a two televisions, full-size refrigerator, microwave, two-burner stove and dishwasher. Plus, the hotel is located directly across from Bushnell Park, the oldest urban park in the country.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in nearby Wethersfield at the Silas W. Robbins House Bed & Breakfast. Housed in a large, antique mansion, this elegant bed and breakfast claims five rooms, each with its own charm and character. All rooms are equipped with private baths, flat-screen televisions and bathrobes. The Morgan Room is decorated in cream and gold tones and features a king-size bed. The Jane Robbins Room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a pedestal bathtub and separate shower. A traditional breakfast is served each morning.
Because of Hartford's relatively small size, it doesn't have a robust public transportation system. Visitors who plan on sticking to the downtown district can rely on their feet. If you'd rather not walk, you can always catch the Star Shuttle. This free bus transports locals and guests between major downtown destinations, including the convention center, downtown hotels and the arts and entertainment district. Tourists looking to explore areas beyond downtown can catch a municipal bus, while those planning trips to the suburbs or nearby towns can rent a car.