This was my second year staying at the Hilton Hartford for ConnectiCon. It is a comparable price to the Marriot, which is connected directly with the convention center, and it is a short shuttle ride or walk away (about 10 minutes).
The hotel was very clean, the staff were very helpful and quick, and they accommodated last minute requests for my group and managed to get us two connecting rooms, allowing us to spread out a bit easier. The beds were very comfortable. Even during the high traffic times of the convention, the hotel was fairly quiet and the security guards are quick to disperse any crowding and noise that may come from people in the hallways.
As I was traveling light, I had to make use of the hotel shampoo and wash. They were fantastic, had a subtle, but pleasant scent, and left my hair very smooth and clean. The pool is great, but the hot tub and saunas are a little on the small side, so beware if you suffer from claustrophobia. The fitness center here is 24/7, so daily routines are not a problem here.
A little coffee maker is in each room with some complementary coffee, but this doesn't last long. Also, the news stand beverages and drinks are quite expensive. You are better off purchasing from a vending machine which charges a little more than average. The restaurant there is a little on the expensive side due to its convenience, but the food is fairly good. Look to spend between $15 - $20 for a meal.
It is embedded in the middle of a bunch of restaurants and bars, namely Dunkin Donuts for the morning and City Steam for the evening. This made it much easier to get great food and enjoy late evenings without having to walk across Hartford late at night or pick up a cab. The streets around the hotel are quite open and clean as well.
I will warn you that price for the hotel parking garage is quite steep, though this is not unusual to travelers familiar with parking in Hartford. It is $18.00 per night when you validate your parking pass with the hotel. This will be charged on your hotel bill for your convenience. This makes leaving the parking garage smooth. The bright side of this is the in and out privileges that comes with the cost. If you will be needing to use your car, you aren't stuck paying in and out every time.
Another option is finding alternative transportation to the hotel as the star shuttle, which is just across the street from the hotel, will provide you with a free service to many key locations throughout Hartford. This makes getting around without a car easier.
All in all it was a positive experience and my friends and I enjoyed ourselves at the convention.
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Thank you for being a guest of our hotel and for sharing the positive feedback from your stay with the TripAdvisor community. Your comments regarding the efficiency of our staff and quality of our rooms are much appreciated. The line of amenities that you enjoyed in your room are from Peter Thomas Roth. I am happy that you were able to benefit from the fitness center as well as the ease of the Star shuttle. Regarding the parking fee, unfortunately we do not own the garage and are required to lease space from the City of Hartford. As a result like many similar downtown hotels throughout the country we have no choice but to pass along the expense to our guests. This being said, thank you for acknowledging the convenience of having this charge billed directly to your guest room. Our top priority is the satisfaction of our guests and we look forward to the opportunity to serve your future needs.
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