The Hilton Hartford really doesn't knock your socks off in any way, but it's sufficiently average enough that there's nothing too much to complain about either. Basically, if you're in it for the points, you won't be overly disappointed.
Rooms are ok: nothing new or trendy, but not noticeably tired either. The TVs aren't flat screens, there are no minibars or refrigerators, and the walls are adorned with standard hotel art and some faux silk wallpaper that reminds me of 1992. The bathrooms have strange floorplans, as the toilet sits flush against the shower and you have to do a lateral lunge just to reach the toilet paper under the sink. Rooms are usually clean, though I noticed a dried-up pee stain on the underside of the toilet seat this time around. In short, I wouldn't propose to anyone here, but it's fine for solo business travelers.
Room service is average though pretty limited for a hotel with this many business travelers. There is a nice bar on the first floor, which is great for relaxing or working. The gym is reasonably adequate if all you need is a treadmill, but you can use the much better equipped (and adjacent) YMCA gym for $6 per day. The Club Lounge is moderately sized; again, nothing too impressive. Parking is conveniently in an attached garage at $18 per night. It is almost too convenient to my room, as I am exactly at eye level with it, and overlook the lovely concrete wall buttressing the sides of the structure.
Service is slightly friendly, slightly indifferent, slightly unpolished. My main beef with the place is that they seem to have an inordinately large number of double/double rooms. I never can seem to get a king-bedded room, no matter how hard I beg the front desk at check-in. The location, however, is the best in Hartford, and you can walk to area restaurants (which is surprisingly unique for such a business-oriented town).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Hartford hotel is a shining star in the skyline of the historic city of Hartford, Connecticut. With a central Downtown location and connection to the XL Center, guests have access to outstanding area sports, cultural and consumer show events. Many of Hartford's corporate offices are also within walking distance of the Hilton Hartford. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hartford Hotel Hartford
- Hilton Hotel Hartford
- Hartford Hilton Hotel